Does anyone know if you can melt candy canes so that I can shape them for gifts?
Wendy from Joliet, IL
I've done this with great success. Use the lowest setting on your oven. Line a baking sheet with foil, or better yet, a silicone mat. Use a variety of shapes and sizes of mints and canes. I like to use a round mint as a center and arrange small canes or broken pieces of canes around it to make snowflake designs. Just make sure the pieces are touching when you put them on the sheet. Place them carefully in the oven and "watch them".
It takes only a very short time for the canes to soften and stick together. Experiment. You could probably bend softened (warm) canes by pushing them with a spoon or chopstick. Just be sure to watch them carefully; my first batch became peppermint puddles. I wrapped my snowflakes and wreaths in plastic wrap and used them as special package toppers. A frugal tip: candy canes go on after-Christmas sales, buy them up to use next year. They sometimes get sticky after a year in the pantry, but it doesn't matter after you've baked them. (12/11/2007)
I read on the web the temperature is 250 degrees F. I want to make mugs, baskets, and shot glasses. The snowflakes sound interesting. You could do just about anything you want like a star maybe (that would take some doing and playing, but hey). (06/16/2008)
I wonder if you could use metal cookie cutters? If I drop a star mint (pinwheel mint) in the middle would it melt enough to take the shape of the star? I'll have to try it. (12/04/2008)
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