Cannabis-Infused Candy Canes: A Twist on Holiday Tradition

Cannabis-Infused Candy Canes: A Twist on Holiday Tradition

Cannabis-Infused Candy Canes: A Twist on Holiday Tradition

Cannabis-Infused Candy Canes: A Twist on Holiday Tradition

As the holidays approach, the iconic image of the candy cane often springs to mind. These sweet, minty treats are not just delicious but also a symbol of festive cheer and tradition. By infusing candy canes with cannabis, we add an extra layer of enjoyment for those looking to blend the holiday spirit with a bit of relaxation and fun. Cannabis-infused candy canes can be a delightful and unique addition to your holiday celebrations, offering a special twist on a classic favorite.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serving Size: Makes about 20 candy canes


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons cannabis tincture (adjust based on desired potency)
  • Red food coloring


  1. Prepare Your Workspace: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly oil it. Have a pair of scissors and a candy thermometer ready.

  2. Combine Sugar Mixture: In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and cream of tartar. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves.

  3. Heat Mixture: Insert the candy thermometer and let the mixture heat without stirring. Heat to 300°F (hard-crack stage).

  4. Add Flavor and Cannabis: Once the mixture reaches 300°F, remove from heat. Carefully stir in peppermint extract and cannabis tincture.

  5. Form Candy Canes: Quickly divide the mixture into two. Add red food coloring to one half. Pull each portion into ropes and twist them around each other. Bend the top to form the cane shape and cut into desired lengths.

  6. Cool: Let the candy canes cool completely on the parchment paper.

  7. Storage: Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.

Bonus: Flavor Variations

  • Citrus Twist: Replace peppermint extract with orange or lemon extract.
  • Chocolate Mint: Add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the sugar mixture.
  • Spicy Cinnamon: Use cinnamon extract instead of peppermint and add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

A Brief History of Candy Canes

Candy canes date back to over 250 years ago in Europe. Originally, they were just white and straight. The iconic red stripes were added around the early 20th century in the United States. Their shape is often associated with a shepherd’s crook, symbolizing the shepherds who visited baby Jesus. Over time, they have evolved from a simple white sugar stick to the colorful, mint-flavored treats we know today, becoming a staple of holiday traditions around the world.

Note: Always consume cannabis-infused products responsibly and keep them out of reach of children. The potency of cannabis tincture can vary, so adjust the amount used according to your preference and local laws regarding cannabis consumption.