I loved them so much that I bought ten boxes of them. That's a lot of candy canes. Even for me. So, what does one do with ten boxes of candy canes, you ask? Well, I decided to make my own version of those old-fashioned reception mint sticks - the pastel candy sticks dipped in chocolate and wrapped in cellophane.
To make my own candy sticks, I started by removing the curved potion of the candy canes in order to transform them into "sticks". You could obviously leave them as canes if you so desired, but I was in the mood for sticks. :-). This was really a very easy process - I just scored each cane with a knife (where I wanted the break to be) and then gently snapped off the tops.
Next, I melted some white chocolate (milk or dark chocolate would be delicious, too) - you can use candy melts for this if you wish. Then, I just dipped each stick in the melted chocolate and then immediately rolled them in some pretty nonpareils.
I let them sit for about ten minutes to set up before I packaged them.
II also wanted to let you all know that I'm headed out of town for a family vacation. A little bit of snow and I'm ready for sunny skies and warm beaches. I am such a Winter wimp! Anyway, Have a great week and I'll be back soon...