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December 27th, 2010

Candy Cane Leftovers

from Kate

There is a very cool candy company called Hammond’s that has been making candy canes by hand from natural ingredients since the 1920s. To me, a stocking is not ready for primetime until a beautiful candy cane is gracing the top, but no one in our family really eats them — or at least a whole one anyway. Rather than let these beautiful works of art go to waste, it’s candy cane leftovers to the rescue. The trick, of course, is to crush them into smaller pieces and use them as a topping for dessert or sprinkle on whipped cream for your hot chocolate. Better yet, think ice cream. Do you have an ice cream maker? You don’t need fancy equipment if you own a KitchenAid stand mixer. You just need an ice cream attachment and away you go. If you want to make ice cream from scratch, a tasty approach is to start with a great mint ice cream recipe and add the candy cane chips during the mix. The light green color of the ice cream looks beautiful with the red and white chips — right on brand with the colors of the season! And here is a far simpler, kid-friendly recipe to enjoy with the little ones in your life.

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