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These are not your typical candy canes that are made from 3 cups sugar, 1 cup of corn syrup, red #5 food dye and a few other items. My candy canes are not solid and crunchy, nor are they swirled with ribbons of red and white. Maybe one day.. but this experiment is just taking it one step at a time.
These candy canes hold their shape but will slowly bend over if you hold it by the very end. They are chewy. Be careful that you don’t add too much peppermint. Since you will be biting off pieces and chewing (rather than sucking on it), the peppermint grows in strength.
To create the candy cane shapes, you can do this free-hand or you can use a template that is slid under the teflex sheet. Here is a link to the one that I used. Candy cane template.
So they may not be the candy canes that you grew up eating but it is time to start some new traditions. Candy canes can taste good and be good for you! Dates are the base to this recipe and they are an excellent source of dietary fiber, especially soluble fiber, the type that promotes and helps maintain healthy blood glucose and cholesterol levels. They are higher in potassium than oranges, bananas and spinach.
The next ingredient that packs some greatness to this recipe is the beet juice. When is the last time you got your kiddos to partake of beet juice? Shhh, it will be our secret. :) Beetroot juice is one of the richest dietary sources of antioxidants and is known to protect the liver. The list of health benefits goes on and on for both of the ingredients that I just mentioned, I just shared enough to wet your whistle. I hope you enjoy these. Merry Christmas!
This was one another attempt that I made. I softened some raw coconut butter,
piped it out just like the red candy canes and then laid the cane on top. The coconut
butter returns to a solid state thus giving the over all treat a stiffer feeling, but in
the end, I preferred it without. You could use raw hardening chocolate in the same