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Homemade Candy Canes

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 25 min.

Makes

16 canes

Try making these candy canes during the holidays. They will look extra special hanging on your Christmas tree. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint or spearmint extract
  • 6 drops red or green food coloring

Directions

  1. Grease two baking sheets with butter; set aside. In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, water, corn syrup and cream of tartar to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 280° (soft-crack stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in extract and food coloring. Immediately pour onto prepared pans in eight 8-in. strips. Let stand just until cool enough to handle, about 1-2 minutes.
  3. Working quickly, roll each strip into a 10-in. log. Cut each into two 5-in. lengths. Curve the top of each to form the handle of a cane. Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 candy cane : 110 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 14mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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