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How To Make Candy Cane Lollipops

Candy Cane Lollipops in packaging

I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas day with your family (or Hanukkah or Solstice if that’s what you celebrate)!

The energy and excitement that children bring to the holidays is certainly contagious and so fun.

Also a little crazy, though, I have to admit. Our house looks like a hurricane swept through it and I’m already starting to think about cleaning, purging, and organizing in preparation for the new year.

I wanted to post about these candy cane lollipops before Christmas and just didn’t quite make it, so here you go.

Perhaps you could make these with leftover candy canes? Or save the idea for next year. I also think these might be good for Valentine’s Day, even though candy canes seem so very Christmas-y to me.

Maia and I have been making and giving these lollipops this past week. The idea came from Sharnel at My Life – My Loves (via Pinterest of course!).  We simply added lollipop sticks to turn them into lollipops.

How to Make Candy Cane Lollipops

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Arranging Candy Cane lollipops

These lollipops were Maia’s baby. She was in charge of all the steps except for melting and pouring/spreading the chocolate.

She unwrapped the mini candy canes, put two together to make heart shapes (on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet), and added lollipop sticks.

Candy cane lollipops - applying sprinkles

I melted a bag of chocolate chips (bittersweet for one batch, semi sweet for another) in our double boiler then drizzled the chocolate into the candy cane heart shape with a spoon.

Maia shook on some rainbow sprinkles on some and added white chocolate chips to others.

Decorating Candy Cane Lollipops

The white chocolate chip idea was Maia’s. We tried melting some for a layer of white chocolate as Sharnel did at My Life – My Loves, but it just made a congealed mess. Not sure what I did wrong there.

But Maia really wanted to use the white chocolate chips to decorate some of the candy canes so she added them individually. They look great!

Candy Cane Lollipops

Afterward, we just let the lollipops sit until the chocolate hardened…

Candy Cane Lollipops - putting in bags

…then popped them into little candy bags that we tied with a red ribbon. So pretty!

We brought a basket full of them to a holiday party and also added them to the cookie plates we gave out.

So if you’re looking for a festive holiday treat that your kids can make (or help make), this is a good one!

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  • Reply
    Rachelle | TinkerLab
    December 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Yup, I’m pinning it for next year :) As always, super idea, Jean. Merry day-after-Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for all the cheer you bring to my life. xo

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    Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree
    December 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    These are great! We made chocolate dipped candy canes with sprinkles along with our chocolate covered pretzels. I just love peppermint and chocolate together and would love these too! I have tons of candy canes left over and was thinking of making more chocolate covered ones today ( for me to eat! )

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    December 26, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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    December 26, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    I think the computer ate my post; sorry if this turns out to be a duplicate. You might want to try using a bar of white chocolate next time or maybe candy melts from the craft store. We ran into the same congealing problem when we tried melting white chocolate “baking chips” and were told later that the white chocolate chips, or things labeled baking chips or baking bars have different levels of fat & emulsifiers so they don’t melt as smoothly for things like this.
    Cute idea!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 26, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks, Rachelle! Merry day-after-Christmas to you, too!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    We’ve made chocolate dipped pretzels before but not candy canes. I bet Maia would love that idea!! Maybe next year…

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    Jean Van't Hul
    December 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks, Emily! I’ll do that! (and sorry the computer ate your comment.)

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    Haewon @ BabybubbleNYC
    December 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

    Hmm, I think the computer ate my first-comment-ever-on-this-site too. Please remove one of them if both show up :)
    This is truly a great idea. Should definitely try it before the new year, thanks!

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    Emily Stevenson
    January 19, 2013 at 6:14 am

    This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I also blog about the family lifestyle and fun seasonal projects at if you are interested.
    Thanks for all you do to promote the family lifestyle!!

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    April Sisco
    November 4, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    LOVE THIS!!!! The white chocolate didn’t work because white chocolate isn’t real chocolate, sp it needs a fat to make it melt able. Next time try using a drop of shortening with the white chocolate.

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    April Sisco
    November 4, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    Sorry supposed to say a dollop of shortening ;)

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