Candy Cane Simple Syrup

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

Sweet, that’s what I think peppermint Candy Cane Simple Syrup is, super sweeeeet! I don’t care, lick a spoon, add it to cocoa, coffee, and steamers, sweet.  Brush and glaze cake layers, pour it over ice cream or cookie bars, it’s outrageously great.

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

It’s almost too easy, a Cheery Basic, but I actually made it 2 ways, and think one is the best.  The first batch of Candy Cane Simple Syrup, I added about 20 mini candy canes to 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.  It worked beautifully!  I’m thinking it would be just right for most beverages and summer snow cones.

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

My second try I had a happy helper!  She had more fun smacking candy canes with my heavy, wood rolling pin, and crushed enough to fill 1 cup.  I added the crushed candy canes to 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar and made a “rich” simple syrup. It’s sensation, thick and lovely, perfect for topping desserts.

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

Try making Candy Cane Simple Syrup without any additional sugar.  Just add water to your candy canes.  It’s fine, just not as rich.  Keep it cold, refrigerator shelf life, I’d say the basic syrup, (1:1 sugar:water ratio) it’s good for up to a month, and up to six months if it’s an extra rich syrup (2:1 sugar:water ratio).  Be sure to store your syrup in a capped glass jar (in your fridge), as the syrup easily absorbs odors from other foods.

When I look at big brand peppermint syrups, it’s a great way to save money. Just think of how easy it is to unwrap a cheap box of candy canes, crunch them up in a ziplock bag, and add them to sugar and water.

Peppermint extract isn’t cheap either, it is however another option here.  I always pick up some candy canes after Christmas that are at least 50% off because they last all year in a cool dark closet and I love to use them to make peppermint bark.  Candy Cane Simple Syrup is another great reason to buy a bunch.

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

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Combine peppermint candy canes, sugar, and water for the prettiest pink Candy Cane Simple Syrup. You'll want to add to your favorite beverages and pour it over your favorite desserts!
Recipe type: Sauce or Syrup
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3 cups
Basic Candy Cane Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
Rich Candy Cane Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup crushed candy canes
  1. In a small saucepan combine sugar, water, and crushed candy canes and cook over medium heat until candy canes and sugar are completely dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  3. Store in a closed bottle in the refrigerator for 1 to 6 months.
If you'd like a thicker syrup, just simmer it till it coats a spoon. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

We know you’ve got a lot to do this busy Christmas week.  Thanks for reading our post.  Come back Christmas Eve and next Tuesday for two delicious ways to use your bottle of syrup.

What is your favorite way to use a simple syrup?  Also, what flavor do you prefer, please let us know in the comments below.

Candy Cane Simple Syrup

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Angie

    This is so yummy! I put it in my cocoa – best cup ever!

    • Renée

      Oh that sounds good right now! Thanks for sharing your cup of deliciousness with us.

  2. Jacqueline

    What a clever idea! I was hoping to have some left over, but the little ones loved them more than ever this year and we only had 2 left!
    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.


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