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Uses of Peppermint: Candy Canes & Beyond

Peppermint is a great tool in your multi-purpose arsenal that can be used for many things. You'd be surprised at the many uses of peppermint other than just eating delicious candy canes during Christmas. Instead of throwing them out - find a second use for them.

Peppermint is a great oil to keep on hand during an emergency but is also a great herb that can be grown for multiple uses around your home - allowing you to be more self-sufficient.

If you grow your own peppermint, be sure to grow it in a pot or bed of its own. Peppermint can tend to overgrow its bounds so it’s best to grow it separately.

Upset Stomachs & Congestion
Peppermint is a great way to soothe upset stomachs. Add a few drops of peppermint to a hot drink. You can also dry out peppermint leaves and then crush and boil them in water to create a peppermint tea.

The tea is also great for relieving head colds and congestion. Many times, peppermint is combined with elder flower and yarrow.

Candy Cane Cake
Instead of throwing out all those old candy canes, make a great-tasting candy cane cake!

You’ll need:

• 1 cup sifted cake or pastry flour
• 1 3/4 cups sugar
• 12 egg whites, at room temperature
• 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 8 ounces peppermint candy canes
• 2 cups heavy whipping cream

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Sift together flour and 3/4 cup sugar. Sift again and set aside.

2. In a large bowl or standing mixer, beat egg whites until foamy. Add cream of tartar and salt. Beat until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup sugar and the vanilla and almond extracts. Continue beating until egg whites are firm but not dry.

3. Sift 1/3 of the flour-sugar mixture onto the egg whites and, with a rubber or silicone spatula, gently fold the mixture into the egg whites. Add remaining flour in two batches, folding gently after each addition. Turn batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan and bake until browned and firm to the touch, 50 to 60 minutes.

4. Invert cake (in pan) on a cooling rack for at least an hour. When completely cool, run a long, thin, sharp knife between cake and pan to loosen, and remove cake.
Put candy canes in a large sealable plastic bag. Crush them into small pieces with a meat pounder, rolling pin, or the bottom of a small frying pan. Sift crushed candy with a fine-mesh strainer and reserve candy dust for another use. Set crushed candy aside.

5. In a large bowl, beat cream with remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Frost cake with whipped cream using a spatula to form swirls and peaks. Sprinkle frosted cake with crushed candy canes. (To get candy on the sides, hold your hand about 1 in. from the cake and gently toss crushed candy at the sides.) Serve immediately, using a serrated knife to cut slices.

Many Uses of PeppermintDecorative Candle
A great way to add festive designs and scents to your home is by creating a candy cane candle. Glue a row of candy canes around the base of a red or white candle.

As the candle grows smaller and smaller, the peppermint will begin to be heated and start to smell even more festive.

Fudge Recipe
You can also make some pretty great-tasting fudge with the help of peppermint.

You’ll need:

• 2 (10 ounce) packages vanilla baking chips
• 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
• 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
• 1 1/2 cups crushed candy canes
• 1 dash red or green food coloring

Directions:

1. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, and grease the foil.
2. Combine the vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until almost melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When chips are completely melted, stir in the peppermint extract, food coloring, and candy canes.
3. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours, then cut into squares.

What makes you rock around the Christmas tree?
How do you use peppermint or extra candy canes this time of year? Comment below and tell everyone your ideas.

15 thoughts on “Uses of Peppermint: Candy Canes & Beyond”

  • Pollyann Magers

    I don't just use candy canes around this time, I use it all year long, They freeze very well! I just take out what I want. I throw the small one in a cup of coffee or tea! Love it!

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  • I e

    Great tips
    I planted a sprig from a glass of Ice tea from a restaurant
    It has Invaded my lawn and I love it. When the grass is mowed it smells lovely. I also use sprigs as a basting brush when grilling chicken. Also use in flower arrangements. Looks and smells great. Alice

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  • susan p.

    Love the article, great idea to use candy canes to make candles, cakes, or other general uses! Thanks! Merry Christmas!!

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  • OregonAnnie

    Love your ideas, I e. How is the overall appearance of your lawn affected by the mint? Have you tried incorporating chocolate mint? Pollyann - try adding candy canes to hot chocolate, as well. Yummm... Crush into bite sizes and add to cookies, either while or after baking.

    Blest Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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  • Tanya D

    A drop of peppermint oil placed on your temples will help releve a headache.

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  • woogie123

    Sweet and Salty Snack -
    Pop a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Drizzle with melted white almond bark. Sprinkle with finely crushed peppermint candy. Delish!

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  • June G?

    I use cady canes in baby bottles . When my little ones had bad tummy pains I would melt a piece of cady cane in hot water , this is better than store bought remedies and cost a fraction of the price.

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  • Cheryl Cholley

    I used crushed candy canes to decorate the top of a peppermint trifle for Christmas. I normally drink green tea with a little bit of peppermint tea mixed in. To make sun tea I use five green tea bags and two peppermint tea bags in a gallon of water. Set in the sun until brewed, then cool.

    My favorite is fly repellent. I use a small amount of peppermint essential oil and some citronella essential oil in a spray bottle full of cool water. When I'm milking, I hate to use chemicals on my animals so I make up my fly spray and spray it on them and around the barn to keep the flies away. It doesn't work for long so you have to keep spraying it, but the cows love it. They hate chemicals so I know I'm doing the right thing.

    Ants hate peppermint also. If I get ants coming into the kitchen I spray with my fly spray mixture and it gets rid of the ants.

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    • Kim J

      Thank you for that great tip! I had ants in my kitchen the other day, in December! I will be picking some up today and telling my father, he lives in FL, about the fly spray.

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  • Brenda

    Mice and squirrels do not like peppermint as well. On the farm, we would soak peppermint essential oil onto cotton balls and place them in drawers and inside the pantry. The mice and squirrels would stay away.

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  • Jennifer

    So I have lots of whole candy canes, the good sized ones. I know I will use them throughout the year. I plan to freeze them. Is it better to crush them before freezing or leave them whole?

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  • Kate

    My dad would make the best homemade vanilla ice cream and pieces of crushed candy canes. Great holiday or anytime treat!

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  • Greer

    Have to laugh, I have NEVER had too many candy canes. However, some of these suggestions sound so good, I think I'll go and get some more.

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  • Tanya

    Letting a baby suck on a candy cane helps with colic. Just be careful to not let the end of it get to sharp and make sure the baby does not swallow any pieces whole.

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  • Michele

    Peppermint oil works better than cough syrup! Rub it behind your ear lobes and just above the hairline on little indent in the middle of your head. Plus you smell delicious!

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