Christmas may be over, but some of the remnants of it are probably still lurking around your home. One thing that tends to stick around our house for weeks after Christmas is candy canes. They are so festive and inexpensive that we always buy too many to eat, but then what do you do with them after Christmas? Well, I like to make candy cane syrup out of them!
This is such a simple recipe and the result is a decadent and sweet syrup that’s wonderful for flavoring hot chocolate or drizzling over ice cream.
All you need is 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and 6 to 8 candy canes.
Start by pouring the sugar and water into a saucepan.
Give it a good stir and turn the stove on medium heat. Meanwhile, unwrap from 6 to 8 candy canes and break them into pieces.
Add the candy cane pieces to the pan and continue stirring frequently as the mixture heats up.
The candy canes will start dissolving, and the syrup will begin to turn a creamy pink color. When all the sugar and candy canes are dissolved, it will turn clear and take on a deep pink color.
Continue cooking until the syrup comes to a boil. Let it boil for about 2-3 minutes and then turn off the heat and allow the syrup to cool in the pan. When it’s cooled, pour the syrup into a jar with a lid for storage.
This syrup makes a lovely gift if you put it in a pretty jar or bottle and decorate it with a ribbon and a candy cane. I find that Mason jars, clear bottles from vanilla extract, or small jars from gourmet green olives make really charming containers for things like this.
This is a great recipe to make with the kids, who will love unwrapping the candy canes and seeing what you can make from them. And of course if you let them eat the results in hot chocolate or over vanilla ice cream (my personal favorite), they’ll love it even more!