Candy canes, at least in their original stick form, have been around since the mid-17 th century. There is just something special about them, it seems. Candy canes generate smiles, whether you are nine or ninety. Maybe it's nostalgia, as you recall shyly accepting Santa's gift of the sweet treat after whispering your fondest wishes into his ear. Maybe it is memories of hanging them on the tree with your family, or perhaps it's just the festive colors. Whatever your reason, here are some ways to incorporate this age-old favorite into your holiday happenings. DRINKS:
Candy Cane Martinis. Beautiful and delicious! First, rim martini glasses in colorful holiday sugar. Combine vodka and peppermint schnapps, and decorate with a candy cane stirrer. Ho! Ho! Ho!
Candy Cane Cocoa. Rich cocoa is kissed with bits of candy canes and even includes a cane to stir with. Have some ready for Christmas morning, and sip it as you watch the chaos unfold!
Candy Cane Cocktail. Can't you just picture yourself by a warm fire, surrounded by good friends, holding this lovely drink? It is a blend of vanilla rum, white chocolate liqueur, and peppermint schnapps. Pour into a champagne flutes or martini glasses and add a candy cane for garnish.
Candy Cane Shot Glasses. For festive and easy fun, buy a few of these pairs of shot glasses for your next party and a couple bottles of peppermint or cinnamon schnapps. FOOD:
Candy Cane Brownie Bites. Kids, and plenty of adults, love food on a stick. A sure party-pleaser, make a few dozen of these colorful, tasty brownie bites with their cheerful skirts of crushed candy canes and white melted chocolate.
Candy Cane Mousse. Incredibly simple, incredibly delicious! It only takes ten minutes to blend cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, and whipping cream. Top with crushed candy canes and chill for six hours, or you make create this several days ahead of time and freeze until it is party time!
Candy Cane Puffs. Hey, what happened to the Candy Cane Puffs? "They're so light they must've flown away," your guests will say as they wipe tell-tale crumbs off their lips.
Candy Cane Lollipops. Food-on-a-Stick makes second appearance on the candy cane post! This one is a big hit with the kids. They will enjoy rolling these fudge balls in different holiday coatings and inserting a candy cane "handle." DECORATIONS:
Candy Cane Vase. Create this beautiful centerpiece without much fuss at all. Purchase a silicon vase or even use an old can. Get double-sided tape, a wide ribbon and fill with flowers.
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