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Homemade Candy Canes

Try making these candy canes during the holidays. They will look extra special hanging on your Christmas tree. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    16 canes


  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint or spearmint extract
  • 6 drops red or green food coloring


  • Grease two baking sheets with butter; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage).
  • Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring. Immediately pour onto prepared pans in eight 8-in. strips. Let stand just until cool enough to handle, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Working quickly, roll each strip into a 10-in. log. Cut each into two 5-in. lengths. Curve the top of each to form the handle of a cane. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts
1 candy cane : 110 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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  • HaleyK
    Dec 22, 2015

    Best candy cane recipe I have come across so far! Super easy to make after a few gos. If you really want a peppermint-y favor, I recommend using 1 tsp. peppermint oil instead of 1 tsp. peppermint extract. I made candy canes previously with extract and couldn't taste the peppermint at all. I found the oil in two 1 tsp. bottles packaged together at Walmart near the icing decor (icing bags, tips, dispensers, etc.)

  • lexynevin
    Nov 25, 2014

    these are a great homemade treat, although having some sort of shaper would be ideal as when i poured mine onto the sheet it ended up in uneven blobs that made it pretty messy.a great idea for gift baskets. they were certainly fun to make.