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Candy Cane Valentine Suckers

Heloooooooooo!
So, as you can see……I’m back from my alien abduction. Those little green men were a nice escape from reality, but I figured it was time to get back to crafting and posting (at least more often than every 3 months).
So, farewell my friends from the stars….you were kind to me and introduced me to new and exciting things, like star-fishing and Gorgon hunting. I will miss you all!!
Anyhoo, I will try to post every few weeks as my blog means alot to me……as well as YOU GUYS. I am so pleasantly surprised to continue getting such nice emails wishing me well and making sure I had not fallen off the edge of the Earth (I haven’t……not yet). My migraines are still around and even with all the treatments and medicines I’ve tried, they have (sadly) not abated. But……I am tired of being a recluse and have vowed to try to inhabit the land of the living more often. I have good days and bad days……but am learning to better take advantage of the good times.
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Therefore, I want to show you all what I did with my kiddos for some fun V-Day treats! I originally saw this done here over at The Idea Room last year, and made a mental note to make sure and get extra candy canes at Christmastime. This year she added melted chocolate in the middles and they turned out so cute.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
I wanted to make larger ones and this is how it worked out for me…….
I heated the oven to 350 and then I lined my cookie sheet with parchment paper (you can use the same piece over and over) so they would not stick.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
Check all the canes for cracks and breaks and then lay them as shown with the stick in between.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
Put them in the oven and then keep an eye on them and watch for the very FIRST signs of melting and crackling on the top. In my oven this took between 2-2 1/2 minutes…….They will continue to melt a little once out of the oven (this picture was taken after they had melted a tiny bit more and cooled). Take them out and quickly (and carefully) push the melty candy onto the stick at the top and bottom. Then, let them cool.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
For the filling…..melt your chocolate chips (white or milk) and spoon into the middle of your pepper-minty treat. It took about 2 tablespoons to fill it nicely. Use the tip of your spoon or a toothpick to spread the chocolate around inside.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
You need to wait a few minutes before sprinkling in your sprinkles (or crushed candies) to keep it from sinking down to the bottom like what happened here…..
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
Done right, they will turn out supa cute like this one!!
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com

 

Then……once cooled, you can slip them into some cute bags and tie them at the bottom with a purdy Valentine’s ribbon.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
As you can see, my little girlies wanted to make their own customized suckers to show their cute individuality.
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
We even had the idea to use some of the cherry ones to make some “boy” ones for my 4 year-old’s preschool class (yes, it’s a small class…..2 girls and 2 boys)
Candy Cane Valentine Suckers By NotSoIdleHands.com
So, if you happen to have any of these Christmas candies laying around……use them up now!! If not……a friend of mine even found some on clearance at one of our local grocery stores.
Have fun!!
About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.

Comments

  1. Eeeeeeeee! It’s so exciting tht you’re back!! These are super cute, and I do have a couple of candy canes lying around…. Mmmmmm!

  2. yours turned out so cute! I saw the idea last year, too and decided to save some candy canes this year. Total FAIL. Mine were so gloppy and ugly. Oh well.

  3. looks delicious :P

  4. These are adorable, I can’t wait to try them!!!

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  5. I was *just* thinking about you!

  6. CUTE! I actually have a box of mini cherry flavored ones in my pantry still! We’ll see if my lazy pregnant self can get those done by tomorrow :) Ha! Here’s hoping, but THANKS for the cute idea to use those cuties up!

  7. darling! nice to see you checking in and never failing us with your fab ideas! happy thoughts to you on this v-day and hoping those pesky migraines will soon subside!

  8. I knew I should’ve went ‘after Christmas’ shopping! Boo hoo! No candy canes-but I LOVE the boy ones! Glad to see you again!

  9. what a come-back! i love this idea… and i just so happen to have leftover candy canes! and now they live with a purpose-lol… will make this weekend…

  10. Super cute! Candy cane is my kids favorite!
    Brad Fallon

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  12. SOOOO glad you’re back! Love this idea. Wish I hadn’t just thrown out our pile of old candy canes:(

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  14. Cute! Love this idea.

    Silver MLM

  15. Wow these look amazingly good, I wanna test one! :)

  16. I LOVE your blog. I’ve been reading it for a few years, though I stopped keeping up with blogs for a while.

    I rediscovered yours and I’m so glad I did, it’s so inspiring! Reading about your adorable family, and seeing your easy creative craft ideas is wonderful!

    I hope this isn’t too personal, but I’m curious how Kira is doing? Has she been opening up more? does she talk and smile more now that she’s surrounded by so much love and happiness? I hope so :-) I’d love to hear more about it.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity and inspiring posts with the blogging world!

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  18. Brilliant. Now on my list to make this year. When you pushed the heated canes into the stick, what did you use to do this with? Are they at this point still too hot for fingers? Thanks bunches for sharing!

    Laurie-Jean

  19. Laurie-Jean~ Yeah, they were still hot, but i just did it quickly and it wasn’t too bad ;)

    ~MLE~

  20. Absolutely brilliant idea, love these, thank you.

  21. These Hearts look fun. I like your blog. Emily Thanks for sharing.

  22. Margie Scotten says:

    These were amazing and turned out great last year but I thought it would be a good idea to buy candy canes and save them from last Christmas and it was a disaster. Turns out candy canes do “go bad.” So I learned by lessen, only fairly fresh candy canes.

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