1. Stir Sticks for Hot Chocolate
Chocolate and mint are a classic combination, appearing in many favorite holiday treats. So, it's no surprise that some of the best uses for surplus candy canes revolve around chocolate. A beloved holiday beverage, peppermint hot cocoa is the perfect treat when the temperature plummets.
How you make your hot chocolate depends on family tradition and your own ambition. You might opt for cocoa powder, finely grated dark chocolate or instant cocoa mix from a can. Once your steaming mug of sweetness is ready, unwrap one of your leftover Christmas candy canes and dunk it into your chocolate as a stir stick. As the candy cane dissolves, it will add a pleasant hint of mint to the drink.
As an added benefit, candy canes hook neatly over the lip of your cup, so you don't have to worry about them falling in and "drowning."
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