Candy cane hearts

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Sam wanted to buy something for everyone in her program this year, (which was 36 people) so we compromised on making them something. We found this idea using the mini candy canes and melted chocolate, and thought it was a perfect little treat, that was relatively inexpensive. Dylan on the other hand insisted that we don’t even give his teachers presents this year.

Sams friends organized a secret Santa, amongst themselves, and she did presents for individual friends as well, plus teacher gifts, and these treats for everyone in her class. Teenaged girls and boys are so different!

The only ingredients you need are candy canes, chocolate, and sprinkles.

The hardest part by far of the whole project was unwrapping the candy canes without breaking them. We soon learned that is was pretty impossible to only use the unbroken ones. So as we unwrapped, we laid them out on a cookie sheet with parchment paper

We started by melting the chocolate in a sandwich bag in a cup of hot water… this is by far my favourite way of melting chocolate. When the chocolate has all melted, cut a corner of the bag off. I even started reusing the bags by using the other side of the bag to melt the chocolate, then squishing it back over to the side with the hole when it was all melted.

I was worried about the chocolate flowing out through the cracks, so I started trying to do an under layer, letting it harden, the doing the top. Turns out, it wasn’t necessary, the chocolate hardened before it had a chance to flow through most cracks.

So, my advice, is to fill it all in one go. Just squeeze the chocolate out, give the tray a few gentle taps to settle the chocolate, then add sprinkles.

You can let them harden in the fridge, but I found that they became very brittle, and we broke a few because the chocolate and candy cane just snapped apart, so if you are storing them in the fridge, let them warm up before you try to package them or transport them.

We put them in little individual bags, they were so cute!

I would make these again for sure, quick and easy!

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