I learned the most incredible thing last week. Did you know that candy canes can be melted and then shaped into anything? My kids and I have had so much fun changing the traditional candy cane shape into cupcake toppers, letters and even cookie cutter ornaments. It's a fun, fresh take on a Christmas icon.
Preheat your oven to 225. Heat whole canes canes on a cookie sheet covered with parchment for about 5 minutes. You can also crush candy canes and fill a cookie cutter with the pieces. These will take longer to melt about 10 minutes but keep an eye on them. If you want to put ribbon through it, wait a few minutes after you take them out of the oven and then use a skewer or popsicles stick to make a hole. Only do a few candy canes at a time since they cool quickly. Shape as desired. I used an ice cream cone to help shape the cupcake toppers.
This is such a great project for kids. They like seeing the transformation.