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Peppermint Candy Canes Recipe

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Try making candy canes at home with this easy recipe. Make traditional candy canes or experiment with different flavorings and food colorings. Be careful! It will be very hot. Once it is just barely cool enough to handle, the candy must be pulled and turned on itself over and over until it is no longer clear.

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Red food coloring


Cook sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar to a very hard ball stage (use candy thermometer: 250 to 265 degrees F.). Remove from heat and add peppermint. Divide into two parts and add red food coloring to one part and mix well.

Pull pieces of each part to form ropes and twist red around the white to make candy canes.

Yield: 1 dozen

Cost analysis: Store bought: $1.29 per dozen; Homemade: 50 cents per dozen

The Author says: "From my Great-Grandmother Maggie's cookbook..." --Jonni McCoy

Recipe Source: Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy (Full Quart Press)
Reprinted with permission.

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 3 out of 5
re:peppermint cansy canes, Member LovelyLoriC

I made these twice so far, and they dont get hard unless I put them in the freezer, but when I take them out they soften up again. hard to eat when they are falling apart. what am I doing wrong? I'm following the recipe :(

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