Bend and Shape Candy Canes!

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How to Bend Candy Canes

Did you know that you can bend and shape candy canes?


The candy cane, usually so hard and brittle, becomes soft and bendable after just a few minutes in the oven.

Maia and her friend Ava played around with this idea after school yesterday and had so much fun with it.

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They started out by taking the plastic wrapper off the candy canes and placing them on a parchment-paper covered cookie sheet.

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Then I popped them in a 250F oven fro 10 minutes. They should look like this (above)—slightly puffy but still holding their shape (although that very top one has been bent already).

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If you forget about the candy canes in the oven while a child is being picked up and you’re chatting with a parent, your candy canes will look like this. Interesting, but a little more tricky to manipulate for bendy purposes.

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At first, Maia and Ava were unsure about the candy cane project.

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But they quickly got into it. Maia bent them with her hands (they weren’t that hot)…

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While Ava used chopsticks to shape her candy cane.

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They made hearts, wreaths, twists…

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…and spirals.

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This is seriously addictive! We’re already planning to do it again with a variety of candy canes—small ones, big ones, even different colors.

Bend Your Candy Canes! This is so easy and so fun -- definitely give it a try. Kids LOVE it!

I highly recommend giving this a try and bending some candy canes with your kids! It’s so easy and quick, yet super satisfying.

Besides, what else are you going to do with all those candy canes?

Update: Check out this awesome candy cane garland that Laurie from Frosting and a Smile made for her tree using this method. Thanks to Meg for sharing the link!

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  1. Monique says

    I just tried this with some candy canes from the dollar store (hubby bought cheapies that taste awful, so I thought this idea was perfect!) They didn’t make it 6 minutes in the oven before turning into goo. I guess we’ll try our “good” ones next :)

  2. Janel says

    Cute idea! My daughter’s name is Maia! I haven’t come across many others with that name<3 She is only 2, so we may have to wait until next year to try this out, but I bet she would love it!

  3. says

    Yes! Definitely try the “good” ones. But that’s interesting that the cheaper ones turned to goo so quickly. I wouldn’t have expected that. I just bought a few different kinds, including the tiny ones. We’ll see what happens!

  4. polly says

    What a great idea! I would do this with left over ones and use them for Valentines. Then again making lollipops with them for treats for the children. Or I might decorate a whole tree in candy canes, red, and white. Thanks so much!

  5. [email protected] says

    Do you leave them on the pan while sculpting? Mine went brittle after only a minute or two off of the cookie sheet. Maybe I didn’t bake them long enough.

  6. Beth Marie says

    So cool! I’m totally doing a test trial on these tomorrow so I’ll be ready to share with the fam on Wednesday!

  7. Cheryl says

    I tried dollar store candy canes as well…Six minutes and they were flattened. Retried with with a Brach’s candy cane from Walmart for .96 and 5 minutes later – perfect for shaping. Retried with another dollar store candy cane. Approximately four minutes later it started to ooze red liquid, so I pulled it out of the oven. It did’t bend, just came apart. Suggest that everyone watch their oven at about the 5 minute mark. Love this!!

  8. Sherry Davis says

    My donkey and goats all love candy canes and peppermints, so I can play around with these and use them for treats. Always stalk up when I find them super cheap on sale after Christmas!