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Monday, December 5, 2011

White Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes

On day three of the 12 Days of Christmas Treats I thought we'd celebrate one of the most symbolic treats of Christmas; the candy cane. We always used them as edible decorations to hang on the tree growing up and my family continues to decorate with them to this day.

Apparently there is a bit of controversy about the origins of the candy cane. I know of the Christian story in which the candy was shaped like a J for Jesus; colored white for Christ's purity and red for the blood that he shed for us; three stripes represent the Trinity, meaning Father, Son and Holy Spirit; hardness of the candy represented the foundation of the Church on the solid rock; and the peppermint flavor represented the use of hyssop, an herb used in the Old Testament.

Whether or not these are the true origins or just something that Christians have adopted along with the candy cane I'm not sure. History proves that candy canes have been around for centuries but began as a solid white color. Regardless of the true history of the candy cane I, being a follower of Christ, have chosen to use the candy cane as a reminder of who I worship and believe in. You may see it simply as a delicious holiday treat...and it is delicious! Now I think I've made it even more delicious in this recipe for White Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes...





White Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes
1 package peppermint flavored candy canes
1 package or large block white chocolate
sprinkles
colored sugar, red & green


Melt chocolate in microwave safe container using 30 second intervals, stirring in between each interval until completely melted. Unwrap candy canes. Line a baking sheet or tray with waxed paper.




Dip the curved end of the candy cane into the chocolate, about halfway up the straight side.




Lay candy cane onto the waxed paper lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles. Repeat process for each candy cane.




Let the candy canes cool for 1-2 hours, or until hardened.




Enjoy with a cup of hot chocolate or coffee or simply by themselves!







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3 comments:

  1. Great idea for my kiddos to make for Christmas gifts!!

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  2. Love your daughter doing the work! Nothing is better than kids helping in the kitchen. If you have the mini candy canes, you can use those at valentines to make a heart, just like your final picture!

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  3. Cute idea Heidi! I've pinned it for later use! :)

    Willa

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