As promised, here is the scoop on the second part of the homemade Christmas gift I’m giving to friends this year. I already shared the recipe for Cranberry Citrus Bread and how to wrap the loaves. Last year the gift was just Snickerdoodle Bread but this year I wanted to add a little something extra. These chocolate covered candy canes were fun, fast and they have that pop of red that makes them festive. All you need is chocolate, candy canes and some sort of sprinkle. To get started, unwrap the candy canes. Melt the chocolate according to the package directions. Dip the candy canes in the chocolate and before it hardens top with peppermint sprinkles. That’s it!
This really is easy and fast but I learned a few things I’d like to pass on: Buy more candy canes than you need. Why? Because no matter how careful you are, some will break. I did figure out about half way through that there is a little flap on the straight end of the candy cane. Lift that flap and twist to make the cellophane come off a little easier. Don’t buy the expensive candy cane sprinkles. Just take all of your little broken pieces, crush them and voila! Instant candy cane sprinkles. I tossed mine in a little food processor. You could also put them in a ziploc bag and then crush with a rolling pin. I put my chocolate in a glass so I could dip the candy cane up to the hook. It worked great but I would suggest using a Solo cup or something that can be thrown away. Cleaning the chocolate out of my glass was not fun. After the candy canes have been dipped and are sitting on waxed paper, let the excess chocolate slide off, pick them up and move them to a clean piece of wax paper. This eliminates the globs of chocolate puddled around the candy cane. So the steps are: Dip. Set. Move. Set. Sprinkle. I double dipped mine because I wanted a thick coating of chocolate. Totally a personal choice. I wrapped the candy canes individually in little cellophane bags. They measured about 10 in. x 2 in. Narrow ribbon tied in a bow closed the bags to keep them fresh. I picked up a pack of little 5 in. x 8 in. kraft bags. I think there were 13 bags for just a few dollars. Use one sheet of white tissue paper to line the bag. I added a loaf of Cranberry Citrus Bread and a few candy canes. I’m not sure how much these gifts added up to but it isn’t very much. I already gave a couple bags to friends and they seem to be a big hit. Another thing you could do with the candy canes is use them as stirrers for hot chocolate or coffee. I have a wonderful recipe for Christmas Morning Hot Chocolate that is made in the crockpot. Pair the hot chocolate with the candy canes and I bet you have a winner!
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