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Candy Cane Reindeer

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + standing


1 dozen

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
We had a blast creating these adorable candy cane stocking stuffers! Rudolph and his friends never looked sweeter than they do with pretzel antlers, chocolate eyes, and candy noses made with Red Hots. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Candy Cane Reindeer Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 8 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 12 candy canes (6 inches)
  • 12 miniature pretzels
  • 12 Red Hots or milk chocolate M&M's
  • 12 double candy eyes or 24 single candy eyes, black sugar pearls or miniature semisweet chocolate chips


  1. In a microwave, melt candy coating; stir until smooth. Keep warm. Holding the curved end of a candy cane, use a spoon to drizzle coating over the straight part of candy; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper to dry. Repeat with remaining candy canes. Break pretzels in half to resemble antlers; set aside 24 pieces.
    Attach Red Hots candy noses to the curved portion of each candy cane with melted candy coating, holding for about 10 seconds to help adhere. Use candy coating to attach candy eyes just above noses and pretzel antlers above eyes, holding each piece as needed to help adhere. Place in mugs or drinking glasses; let dry for about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 candy cane: 201 calories, 6g fat (5g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 124mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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