A mint-flavored simple syrup made with leftover holiday candy canes. Use it as a topping for ice cream, or as a cocktail mixer.

Watch this CHOW Tip for more creative ideas on how to use up leftover candy canes.

  • Yield: 3/4 cup
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (3)

  • 8 candy canes
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


  1. In a plastic bag, break up the candy canes into small pieces.
  2. Add the candy canes to a saucepan with the water and sugar and stir over medium heat. While stirring, simmer for a few minutes, then turn off the heat and let the syrup cool.
  3. Pour the syrup through a fine-mesh strainer to filter out any remaining pieces of candy, then store in an airtight jar. Use it in cocktails, hot drinks, or on top of ice cream.