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Homemade Candy Canes

Prep Time:

Cook Time:

20 Minutes


approx. 10



About the Recipe

These homemade candy canes are SO much better than store-bought, and so fun to make! Just make sure you have a stick of butter handy to keep your hands buttered for pulling so it doesn't stick to you.


  • 2 cups sugar

  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/4 tsp. cream of tarter

  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract

  • 1 tsp. red food coloring


In a heavy-bottomed large saucepan or small pot, combine the first 4 ingredients and stir until sugar dissolves. Cook, without stirring to a hard-ball stage. (265 degrees.)

Remove from heat and add peppermint extract. Divide into 2 portions, and add coloring to one part. Pour out onto buttered cookie sheets. (Pour half onto one sheet, then add coloring to the rest and then pour onto the second sheet.) When it's cool enough to handle, start pulling each part separately. (Best done with 2 people, but if doing alone, go back and forth pulling each.)

When you feel like you just can't pull anymore, form into ropes and twist them together. Cut into 8" lengths, form into the shape of candy canes, and place on a lightly buttered platter until fully hardened.

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