Each time I opened the pantry the little pile seemed to beg me to pay attention.
It was sad really.
A reminder of that warm, happy time of year that always produces feelings of love and joy.
And yet, this left-over pile that was a treat relished during the holiday season sat abandoned and forlorn just days after.
“Round Two” for Candy Canes!
Grandma had always crushed candy canes inside a plastic bag and then sprinkled it through my tapioca pudding. I suppose the same thing could be done with instant vanilla pudding.
But, I needed more ideas, so the search began. Here are some ideas you might like to try as we approach Valentine’s Day.
1. Candy Cane Art – leave messages of love in crazy and unexpected places, and/or on top of
Place a sweet heart treat on top of your loved one’s pillow
Tape a candy cane heart to the top of their notebook or briefcase.
Arrange a heart in the center of tonight’s dinner plate.
Look for other places to leave this “sweet heart” surprise.
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2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.
3. Arrange your left over candy canes on top of a cardboard pop stick (purchased at a craft or cake store) as illustrated in the photos at the bottom of this post.
4. In a double boiler, melt chocolate wafers or chocolate bark, usually found at the grocery store in the baked goods aisle. White, dark or milk chocolate can be used. You can even add food coloring to the white chocolate and make it any color you want!
5. When the chocolate has melted and is a smooth consistency, drop one spoonful at a time into your heart shapes. Smooth the surface within the heart “frame” with the back of the spoon and spread the chocolate to the edges.
Or, you can use a pastry bag to fill the hearts as shown below.
If you don’t have a pastry bag:
1. Clip the corner off of a Ziploc baggie and use it as a pastry bag.
2. Or, use parchment paper. Cut out a triangle piece, then roll it into a cone shape. Tape the sides, cut off the pointed tip, fill with chocolate and pipe the chocolate into your hearts.
6. Sprinkle with crushed candy, commercial sprinkles of any color combination or leave plain. You could even add a few miniature marshmallows for a variety.
7. Allow candy to sit until completely cool. At this point the candy should peel easily off the paper.
8. Serve pops in a clear glass container filled with colorful candies (like M & M’s) using your heart pops like flowers in a vase. This would make a fun centerpiece or gift for someone.
Note: if you don’t have pop sticks, make your sweet hearts without the stick! These would make lovely favors at each person’s plate on Valentine’s Day.
Keep in mind…. You don’t have to wait until Valentine’s Day to tell someone you love them! You could surprise your family with these treats any time!
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