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Candy Cane Chocolate Loaves

When I had a bunch of leftover candy canes after the holidays, I was inspired to use them up by adding them to a chocolate bread. Coffee and cocoa intensify the flavor. —Shelly Platten, Amherst, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    3 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large egg whites, room temperature
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces white baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 tablespoons crushed candy canes


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Coat three 8x4-in. loaf pans with cooking spray. In a large bowl, beat butter and brown sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add egg whites, eggs, coffee, yogurt, oil and extracts until blended.
  • In another bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; add to brown sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 50-55 minutes. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Drizzle melted white baking chocolate over loaves. Sprinkle with crushed candies.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 162 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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  • ConnieK
    Dec 22, 2013

    Tasty and interestingly different. And so cute and festive. I agree it was more like cake but still very good. Next time I will try as mini loaves since they would make the perfect gift around the holidays.

  • chickluvs2cook
    Nov 15, 2013

    These are easy, tasty and very cute! They will make the perfect little Christmas gifts for neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc. - just wrap them in plastic wrap and tie with a pretty red ribbon.

  • CiCiB
    Jan 21, 2011

    Made this first as gifts to share with co-workers, and then the second time to share with my Amish neighbors. Well recieved on both counts. I did not have plain yogurt so I substituted chocolate yogurt. The taste was wonderful. Had troubles with the glaze the first time so just went to standard milk and powdered sugar with candy canes crushed and sprinkled over top.

  • Maxine Miller
    Dec 1, 2010

    Mix white chocolate chips with the crushed peppermint in the loaves.

  • chdistel2
    Dec 1, 2010

    No comment left

  • marciedarciestuff
    Jan 8, 2010

    NOt sure what I was expecting but this wasnt it. It was easy and moist but it was just chocolate cake to me.

  • zehnderje
    Dec 21, 2009

    The bread was very moist and tasty. I made these into "mini" loaves to give as Christmas gifts. Worked great...just reduce baking time by about 10 minutes.

  • andij68
    Dec 20, 2009

    Made this for teacher gifts this year. Very festive looking and pretty.I made 8 mini loaves baked for about 40 minutes on a cookie sheet.Bread is very moist and flavorful.Definitely a great gift,everyone loved it!