Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

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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 Breadbut 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!

candy canes chocolate candy coating package

Tips for making Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

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 my pieces in a little food processor to crush them. You could also put them in a ziploc bag and then crush with a rolling pin.
  • Next, 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.

chocolate covered candy canes

So the steps are: Dip. Set. Move. Set. Sprinkle. I double dipped mine because I wanted a thick coating of chocolate. That is 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.

Add a few chocolate covered candy canes to a gift bag along with a loaf or two of Cranberry Citrus Bread and you’ll have a “homemade from the kitchen” Christmas gift anyone would love.

chocolate covered candy canes with sprinkles on christmas plate

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 you’ll have a definite winner!

chocolate covered candy canes in cellophane with red bow

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  1. How did you make the ornaments? Adorable! Love them with the bag decoration.

  2. LOVE these. This is seriously one of my favorite holiday treats! Simple and delicious!

  3. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!! THese not only are adorable Ann, they sound scrumptious. Making these for my family this Christmas! xo

  4. Lori Swearingen says:

    Ann, these are adorable! I was going to make hot chocolate packages to give to some friends. These would be a great addition. Where did you find the chocolate? Thank you, Lori :)

  5. Peppermint and chocolate. What’s not to love about this adorable gift? I made your cranberry and citrus bread recipe and it’s fabulous. I made two small loaves to freeze for Christmas family breakfast and 4 muffins for hubby and I to taste test.

  6. diann @ The Thrifty Groove says:

    I love how simple these are and how pretty they look. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Garden, Home and Party says:

    What a great gift. I know I would love some. I love the simple packaging and I will be trying to fit this idea in, along with the other great tips you’ve provided this season. Thanks so much.

  8. Nancy McIntosh says:

    What a wonderful git idea! They look beautiful and delicious. I love the Christmas bag presentation.

  9. What a lovely idea.
    Love the gift bags done up,so simple and festive.

  10. Ellie LaJuett says:

    Well, I made your bread recipe, now on to the candy canes. If I have time, I’ll blow the dust of my sewing machine and make a few of those cute burlap decorations. Slow down creative lady I can’t catch up!!!

    1. Ann Drake says:

      LOL. Just have fun and enjoy!

  11. What a darling but simple idea! Great idea for kids to give to family for Christmas. You have some pretty lucky friends! Plan to try your citrus loaves too!

  12. Wonderful idea! I think I have a busy week ahead of me as we will be getting together with all of my neighbors on Saturday!

  13. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says:

    I love chocolate and peppermint so these sound fantastic to me! Thanks for all of the tips!