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I had so much fun making these with my little girl today! Ok, she’s 16 & she’s taller than I am & she only made 1 & then she immediately ate it. But we DID have fun! That part is true. If you have little people at your house they will LOVE these. They would be super cute for a class treat, teacher gift or a little something for your VALENTINE!
I had good intentions when I bought these candy canes in December but never got around to using them as planned. I remembered seeing this idea in Family Fun magazine last year at the dentist office. I was happy to find the instructions again HERE.
After reading the reviews, I adapted the instructions a bit & I found these to be quick & easy. I made one dozen pops in about 30 minutes.
Sweet Heart Valentine Pops
24 mini candy canes
12 6" lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik
1. Heat oven to 300 degrees. On a parchment lined baking sheet, arrange the candy canes as hearts with the lollipop stick centered in between the two candy canes. Bake for 3 minutes. You want them to be malleable, but not melted.
2. Remove from oven & shape candy canes into hearts by pinching the the bottom of the heart into the stick and pinching the top ends together. I also pulled the edges out to make my hearts more round and full. They will be hot & you need to work fairly quickly. If the candy canes harden before you have them shaped, just stick them back in the oven for a couple of minutes. I re-heated mine a few times before I got the hang of shaping them the way I wanted them.
3. Melt candy coating in the microwave at 30 second intervals on medium power, stirring between heatings, until smooth.
4. Spoon the melted candy coating into the center of each heart, then top with sprinkles. Cool the pops before serving or wrapping.
P.S. If you want to do this even easier, don't soften & shape the candy canes. Just spoon the candy coating right onto the arranged candy canes & sticks. You can also make these without the lollipop sticks.
P.P.S. I've made these a bunch & they DO NOT work with candy canes made in China (purchased at The Dollar Tree). China made candy canes do not soften in the oven. I've had really good luck with the brand shown above, Spangler & also some that I bought at Target that were made in Mexico.