As part of my continuing series on DIY christmas gifts, this weekend we made a really fun treat: DIY Candy Cane Spoons! I’ve been wanting to make these for a while. The idea is that you put the candy spoon in your hot drink, like coffee or tea, and it slowly melts and imparts its flavor to your drink. Mmmm!
Many years ago, I received a similar coffee spoon as a Christmas gift, only the one I got was ALL chocolate. The chocolate spoon was super cute, but it quickly melted in my hand and was rather messy. So as much as I love chocolate, I wasn’t going to go that route. I was just about use regular ol’ plastic spoons when I spotted something in the Christmas craft aisle at Joann: a silicone spoon-shaped candy mold! Silicone will go in the oven (up to about 500°F), unlike plastic candy molds. So let’s make a spoon out of something that melts in an oven, not in your hand — like hard candy. And what’s our favorite hard candy at Christmas? Candy canes!!
Peppermint candy canes + chocolate dip = peppermint mocha! Oh yeah!
My son Alexander and I made the DIY candy cane spoons this afternoon — it was quite easy! So here’s how you do it…
DIY Candy Cane Spoons — Materials & Tools
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- Candy canes (we used peppermint and hot cocoa flavored candy canes from Target — you could also use Starlight Mint candies, red peppermint or green spearmint). You’ll use about one regular-size candy cane, or 1/2 oz., per spoon
- Chocolate melting candy (we used dark cocoa)
- Sprinkles (these are Christmas gifts, so we went with Christmas sprinkles)
- Wilton’s Silicone Candy Spoon Mold
- Ziploc bags
- Mallet (or something heavy like a mallet)
- Two small bowls
- A knife
DIY Candy Cane Spoons — Step-by-Step Tutorial
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 300°F.
Step 2: Unwrap your candy canes, put them in a ziploc bag, and hit them with the mallet until they are powdered. It doesn’t take long! Take out your frustrations on that bag!
Step 3: Cut a small hole in one corner of the ziploc bag, just big enough for the pulverized candy cane to come out.
Step 4: Pour the candy cane powder into your silicone spoon mold. Be sure to get it in all the corners, but avoid having it spill over onto the sides as much as possible. Big chunks will leave voids as they melt, so avoid having those in the handle area.
Step 5: Put the silicone mold in the pre-heated oven for 10 minutes. (Sorry, no photo — I really need to clean my oven!)
Tip: I put my silicone mold onto a cookie sheet so it would be easier to transfer the mold to and from the oven without bending it.
Step 6: At 10 minutes, remove the mold, add a bit more crushed candy cane powder to the mold. You do this because the candy will settle down as it melts. Put the mold back in the oven for about 5 more minutes.
Step 7: Remove the silicone mold and allow to cool COMPLETELY.
Step 8: Carefully pull the silicone mold away from the now-hard candy to remove the spoons. They can be a bit fragile, so be careful. If one breaks, don’t toss it — I’ll teach you how to glue it back together later!
Step 9: Use your knife to carefully scrape away any sharp bits along the edge of the spoons. Why? It’s not just for aesthetics, but also for safety. While I was making these, I cut my thumb on a jagged edge of spoon. Yes, Virginia, candy canes can cut!
How to Dip your DIY Candy Cane Spoons
Now that you’ve made your spoons, let’s dip them in chocolate and sprinkles!
Step 9: Pour some of your melting chocolate into a glass bowl and microwave according to its directions.
Step 10: Dip your candy cane spoons in the melted chocolate. You can also use a spoon to put the chocolate onto the candy cane spoon (this is what we did because our bowl wasn’t really deep enough to dip.)
Tip: Put chocolate all the way up past the neck of the spoon, as we did. This helps protect that fragile neck area and avoid future breakage.
Step 11: Hold the newly chocolate-covered spoon over another bowl and shake sprinkles over it. Be sure to do this while the chocolate is still wet so the sprinkles stick!
Step 12: Allow the candy cane spoons to dry. We put ours end first into a wire rack which allowed the chocolate to dry without touching anything.
How to Fix Broken DIY Candy Cane Spoons
It’s inevitable — at least one of your DIY candy cane spoons is going to break. It usually happens when they are coming out of the mold. But you can fix them! Just dip the broken ends in the melted chocolate, put them together, and allow them to dry for a bit. Then you can dip them in chocolate (and be sure to cover up the join).
DIY Candy Cane Spoons Tips
You can use any hard candy that can be crushed up. Just keep in mind what you want it to melt into when it’s done — will a Jolly Rangers-flavored spoon taste good in your coffee? You decide.
Experiment with different flavors of dip, too! How about a chocolate-candy cane with caramel candy dip? Mmmmm.
If you use your spoons for hot chocolate, you could try dipping them in mini marshmallows rather than sprinkles!
This is a fun craft to do with kids. Alexander enjoyed pounding the candy canes, dipping, and sprinkling. Just be careful that you smooth the spoon edges before they handle them.
Oh, and if you love this idea but aren’t into the whole candy cane smashing and melting thing, it turns out you can buy candy cane spoons pre-made!
DIY Candy Cane Spoons – Gift Giving Ideas
I made these for gifts, and I haven’t quite decided HOW to present them yet. Here are my ideas — perhaps they are useful for you as well!
- Put in a nice plastic bag, put in a box, and wrap it up!
- Put into a bag of hot cocoa mix ready to go (check out this fun Rudolph hot cocoa + free printable gift tag idea from FrugalCouponLiving.com)
- Put in a nice plastic bag, put it in a mug like the one below, and wrap in a bigger plastic bag (watch for my tutorial on how to make that mug!)
Once I figure out how to present my candy cane spoons, I’ll post a photo here! In the meantime, I’d love to hear your ideas on how you can use these and who you will give them, too!
P.S. Check out my other fun DIY gift tutorials to help you make wonderful homemade and inexpensive gifts for the holidays this year! I currently have tutorials on DIY teacup candles, DIY candy cane spoons for coffee/hot cocoa, DIY hand warmers, DIY chalkboard gift tags, DIY Sharpie mugs, DIY bath bombs, and beeswax ornaments!