Have you got any candy canes hanging around from Christmas? Here's the perfect opportunity to use them up by making a homemade gift for Valentine's day!
These candy cane hearts with white chocolate centres and decorated with sprinkles are the simplest little treats to put together. You could also make miniature ones from the smaller candy canes and keep a jar full of them in the fridge or wrap them in cellophane and tie a pretty red ribbon around.
How to make candy cane hearts
- Preheat your oven as hot as it will go.
- Arrange the candy canes on baking paper in the rough shape of a heart.
- Heat them in the oven for around 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on them, I have been left with a bubbling puddle of sugar many times if I've let myself get distracted. You want them soft and malleable but not at melting point.
- Take them from the oven and work quickly to get them into shape as they will set rock hard again once cool. Pinch together the top and the bottom of your heart shape taking care not to burn your fingers.
- Next, melt some white chocolate and spoon the melted chocolate into the centre of your hearts.
- Add some festive sprinkles or edible glitter.
- Leave them to set in the fridge for an hour, and then wrap them (or eat them) as you wish.
- Merry Christmas!
As I had so many candy canes I decided to make some white chocolate dipped peppermint pretzels (or breadsticks in other words!) you can see a post with the instructions here.
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These are awesome - what a wonderful idea! I'll be trying these next year - lack of kitchen is the only thing stopping me this year! x
Thank you Donna! Oh having no kitchen is a nightmare but just think how amazing when all your work on the house is finished! x
These are brilliant and I love that they are so easy to make and that you could get the kids to help too, with adding the sprinkles. Perfect for hanging on the tree too. :-)
These are awesome! I love the video too!
Oh these are just gorgeous - you're very inventive! Send me some - although I'm not sure they would survive the mail ha x x #TheListLinky
they look amazing, and again your photography is gorgeous too! #TheListLinky
Jo from Organised Jo
What a fab idea for reusing up candy canes. I'm off to check the left over stash, which has probably has been found and raided by the 5 year old! #thelistlinky
New Mummy Blog
What a brilliant idea! They look and sound fab, they don't seem to take too much time either #thelistlinky
I love these and every year mean to make some. I do have some canes left so should do them
Cathryn - Little Paper Swans
These look great and a perfect way to use up any leftovers from Christmas!
Megan - Truly Madly Kids
Such a cool idea! Might do these for the cake sale at school - a good alternative to cake!
These are so sweet - what a lovely idea for Valentine's Day! :)
These look like the sugar hit we all need sometimes and perfect for Valentine's Day! #TheList
These are cute - but there's no way we'll have our new kitchen in time for Valentines so I'll just have to drool over them online rather than try them myself #thelist
Toni | Gym Bunny Mummy
These are so cute, perfect for the kids to make & take into school x #TheList
Oh my goodness, these look amazing. I'm definitely going to try to make them with my girls.
Savings 4 Savvy Mums
Wow these look lush and so easy to make! #TheListLinky
Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
These are super cute! I love white chocolate, so if anyone that game these to me would have a place in my heart x
Alana - Burnished Chaos
What a great idea for using up all those candy canes that never get finished x
These look so cute and easy...maybe I could even do them... Wouldn't the fella get a surprise. #TheListLinky
These look just gorgeous & what a clever idea! BB will love this! #thelistlinky
Alex @ That Butterfly Effect
Another one to drool over :) love the photography as well! xx #TheListLinky
Adventures of Mummy and Me
Oh wow these look amazing! Unfortunately we candy canes don't tend to last much past (or sometimes, even to) Christmas in our house, but maybe next year I'll have to store a spare box and try this! #TheListLinky
we always seem to have canes left over after Christmas-I never know what to do with them! At least I know now ;)
Nicole - Tales from Mamaville
This is one of the cutest, novel (and sounds delicious) ideas for Valentine's Day. Heck, I would try them anyways... who can resist white chocolate?:)
Ooo clever. And now I know the trick of melding candy canes I'm thinking of what great stuff I could do for next Christmas #TheListLinky
These are just so cute..I'm definitely going to do them as a Valentine's activity with my boy.xx #thelist
Phoebe | Lou Messugo
Such an ingeniously simple idea, I love it! #TheListLinky
Mummy and the Mexicans
This is a great idea, and would work just as well for Valentine's Day as for Christmas! #TheListLinky
Love these Amy! I have scheduled TailWind to pin to several boards over the next few weeks,
That's so nice of you, thank you Aly. I am really glad you like them - I loved making them!
They would look nice with ruby chocolate.
Yes they would! I haven't had a chance to try Ruby chocolate yet but I hope to soon.