Candy Cane Syrup

Make this easy Candy Cane Syrup in minutes and have a delicious syrup for coffee, desserts, and more! There are so many uses for this Candy Cane Syrup and this recipe is a great way to use leftover candy from the holidays.

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Candy Cane syrup is so easy to make with only 2 ingredients and it tastes just like the candy! You are going to want to use this syrup in so many things and have the taste of Christmas in other forms than just candy.

This is another recipe, like my Candy Cane Cupcakes, that came about because I had a bunch of candy canes leftover from the holidays and didn’t want to throw them away but also wanted to get them out of the candy bowl.

How to Make Candy Cane Syrup

  1. Place the candy canes and water in a saucepan over med-high heat. Wait for the candy canes to melt while stirring the liquid. It will start to turn red and the candy canes will slowly dissolve into the water.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to bubble for 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, about an hour.
  3. Once the mixture has cooled, use a funnel to pour it into a sealable glass bottle or jar.
mini candy canes in a saucepan to make syrup

What to Use This Syrup For

I love homemade syrups for so many reasons, one of them being that you can use the syrup for so many things. Here are some ideas and things I have made with this Candy Cane Syrup:

  • Candy Cane Latte or coffee
  • Peppermint buttercream frosting
  • Candy Cane pancakes or waffles (in the batter and/or on top!)
  • Over a bowl of ice cream
  • In a milkshake

How to Pour and Store Homemade Syrup

Silicone funnels are a life changing kitchen gadget. If you don’t have one, I would highly recommend getting one. You never know when it will come in handy and since the collapse, they don’t take up too much space!

You will want to use a sealable bottle or jar to store this syrup. I love flip-top bottles that I can re-use or a simple canning jar will do the trick, it’s just a little harder to pour from. This Syrup will last in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Optional Peppermint Extract Addition

The addition of peppermint extract is optional. Cooked down candy canes maintain their “candy cane” taste and a small amount of minty flavor. If you are looking for a peppermint “kick” similar to a regular peppermint syrup, you may find that you want to add a little bit more to this syrup. The nice thing is that this candy cane syrup doesn’t have quite the kick, and some people may prefer that. You can always add it in, but you can’t take it out!

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candy cane syrup in a bottle

Candy Cane Syrup

An easy and delicious Candy Cane Syrup to use for coffee, desserts, and more!
5 from 14 votes
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Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 11 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • glass bottle with a sealable top or a jar with a lid
  • funnel

Ingredients

  • 2 cups candy canes (about 50 small candy canes or 20 large candy canes)
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract (optional*)

Instructions

  • Place the candy canes and water in the saucepan over med-high heat. Wait for the candy canes to melt while stirring the liquid. It will start to turn red and the candy canes will slowly dissolve into the water. If you are adding peppermint extract, now is the time to do it.
    mini candy canes in a pot with water
  • Bring the mixture to a simmer and allow it to bubble for 2-3 minutes. Watch your heat and turn it down if the mixture is boiling too much. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, about an hour.
    candy cane syrup in a pan
  • Once the mixture has cooled, use a funnel to pour it into a sealable glass bottle or jar. Store the syrup in the fridge. It will last for about 2 weeks.
    candy cane syrup in a bottle

Notes

  • The addition of peppermint extract is optional. Cooked down candy canes maintain their “candy cane” taste and a small amount of peppermint flavor. If you are looking for a peppermint “kick” similar to a regular peppermint syrup, you may find that you want to add a little bit more to this syrup. The nice thing is that this candy cane syrup doesn’t have quite the kick, and some people may prefer that. You can always add it in, but you can’t take it out. 

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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