This is a frugal and creative idea for leftover Candy Canes. Turn them into Candy Cane Hearts. I was trying to think of a creative way to use my candy cane's that I picked up from Dollar General when it clicked that I could turn them into Candy Cane Hearts. I originally planned to hot glue them with the wrapper on which is a great idea but then I thought why not unwrap them and put them in the oven and see if they would attach and that is exactly what I did!
How To Make Candy Cane Hearts:
It was simple to do.
First, I unwrapped the candy canes. I used a silicone mat and place the candy canes on the mat in the shape of a heart. I did not grease my mat but you could lightly spray it if you wanted too.
Next, heat the oven to 250 degrees and placed them in the oven for 10 -12 minutes. As they started to "melt" I pulled them out and pressed them together to be sure they would attach and form a heart. You do need to be careful when they come out of the oven as they were hot to the touch but you also need to move quickly. I removed them from the pan gently, pressed and then placed them on a cooling rack.
These yummy hearts could be placed in a clear cellophane bag and given as gift, tied off with a ribbon and heart tag or they could be hung with a ribbon for decoration! Let your imagination run wild with ideas for them! Another idea is you could turn the small version into a lollipop with a stick or even for a cupcake topper! You could also fill the center with melted White Chocolate - allow to cool and you have a filled heart.
Another idea is to purchase candy after Christmas if you create a Frugal Gingerbread House like we do every year!