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Homemade Candy Canes Recipe

Homemade Candy Canes Recipe

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. YIELD:16 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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).
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 16 canes.
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.

Nutritional Facts

1 candy cane : 110 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch.

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HaleyK User ID: 8671697 239949
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8087264 165650
Reviewed 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."

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