Candy Canes

  • 35 grams (1.25 ounces) water
  • 110 grams (3.90 ounces) sugar
  • 50 grams (1.75 ounces) glucose syrup


  • Saucepan

    A heavy-bottomed saucepan ensures even heating, which is crucial for boiling sugar without burning it. Aim for a medium-sized one to give your mixture enough room to bubble up without overflowing.

  • Silicone Mat

    Perfect for pouring out your hot syrup. It’s non-stick and can withstand high temperatures, making the candy creation process smooth and hassle-free.

  • Candy Thermometer

    Accuracy is key! Make sure your mixture reaches exactly 155°C (311°F) to get that perfect candy texture.

  • Measuring Scale

    Precision in measurement is the secret to perfect candy. A digital scale ensures you get your grams and ounces just right.


Step 1

Kids love candy cane decorations because they can be made into various festive shapes like flames, balls, splashes, ice floes, and waves. And the best part, it's simple and cost-effective.

Step 2

Before you start, make sure you have all the ingredients and tools ready. Gather water, sugar, and glucose syrup.

Step 3

Mix together 35 grams (1.25 ounces) of water, 110 grams (3.90 ounces) of sugar, and 50 grams (1.75 ounces) of glucose syrup in a saucepan.

Step 4

Heat the mixture until it reaches a temperature of 155°C (311°F). Using a candy thermometer is crucial to ensure you get the right consistency.

Step 5

Optional: Add a few drops of your favorite food coloring to the syrup.

Step 6

Pour the heated syrup onto a silicone mat and shape it into your desired forms. Work quickly as the syrup can harden fast. Consider using silicone molds for uniform shapes.

Step 7

Let the candy cool down and harden completely. Voila, your festive candy canes are ready!


Wondering how to showcase your candy cane masterpieces? 🎨 Here are some fun and festive ideas that'll make your presentations pop!

Holiday Dessert Platters 🎅: Add candy canes around cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, elevating your holiday desserts to show-stopping status.

Hot Chocolate Stirrers: Dip candy canes into mugs of hot chocolate and watch your guests' faces light up as they stir in that extra sweetness. Perfect for cozy winter nights by the fireplace. ⛄️

Ornaments and Gifts 🎁: Tie these candy canes with a bit of ribbon, and you’ve got an edible addition to gifts or tree decorations. Who doesn’t love a treat that doubles as décor?


Want to enjoy candy cane magic without gluten or animal products? 🌱 Try these wonderful alternatives:

Gluten-Free Variation: Ensure that every ingredient you use is certified gluten-free. Most glucose syrups and sugars are naturally gluten-free, but a quick label check is always smart!

Vegan Variation: Replace standard glucose syrup with a plant-based version (like rice syrup). Many sugars are processed with animal bone char, so opt for organic or vegan-certified sugar options. 🥥

Enjoy the same gorgeous results with a touch that's friendly for all dietary needs!


  • Why is my candy cane sticky?

    The mixture might not have reached the proper temperature. Ensure you bring the syrup to exactly 155°C (311°F) to get the perfect consistency.

  • Can I use a different sweetener instead of glucose syrup?

    Yes, you can substitute glucose syrup with corn syrup or rice syrup, though the texture may slightly vary. Glucose helps prevent crystallization, so keep that in mind.

  • How do I prevent air bubbles in my candy?

    Mix the ingredients gently and avoid stirring too vigorously once the syrup starts boiling. This helps minimize the incorporation of air.

  • How do I clean my saucepan after making candy?

    Soak the saucepan in hot water to dissolve the sugar residue. For tough spots, boil water in the pan, and the remaining syrup should come off easily.

  • My candy canes aren't shiny. What did I do wrong?

    The shine comes from the right level of cooking and quick cooling. Make sure to pour and shape the candy quickly after it reaches the desired temperature.

  • Can I add flavors or colors to my candy cane mixture?

    Absolutely! Add flavor extracts or a few drops of food coloring just before pouring the syrup onto the silicone mat for vibrant, flavored candies.

Nutrition facts

Recipe Yield:20 candy canes
Calories:Per candy cane (12 g serving): 60 kcal
Calories (Min - Max):250 - 300
Total Fat:0g
Saturated Fat:0g
Total Carbohydrate:15g
Total Sugars:15g