I saw a recipe for making Life Savers candy canes a few years ago and I vowed that one day I would make them. Since the kids have been SOOOO into making ornaments lately, I decided that this would be the year!!!
First, we read the book J Is for Jesus: The Sweetest Story Ever Told by Crystal Bowman, which is about a candy maker who makes candy canes. He explains how the candy cane is a symbol of the birth of Christ and His gift of salvation. If you haven’t read this book, I would highly suggest that you check it out! We love it!!!
After reading the book, we got out our Life Savers. Each of the kids had to tell me something about how the candy cane before they began to create their very own. Of course, we ate a few in the process!!!
- 4 pineapple lifesavers and 4 cherry lifesavers (I bought a big bag of them)
- cookie sheet covered in tin foil
- 1½” cut from a plastic drinking straw
- ribbon or string
1) Preheat oven to 325°F.
2) Arrange the eight lifesavers into the shape of a candy cane.
3) Bake for 3 to 6 minutes, until candies are melted.
4) Remove from oven.
5) Quickly use the straw to poke a hole in the top of the candy cane. Leave the straw there until the candy has cooled.
6) After the candy is completely cool, gently remove the straw. (I did this with some of ours and was unable to get the straw out without breaking the candy cane. So, for the remaining candy canes, we made sure to remove them from the oven before the top hole already in the Life Saver melted. We used that hole to do step 7.)
7) Tie the ribbon or string through the hole to hang the ornament on your Christmas tree.