DIY Candy Cane Syrup

With the holidays literally around there corner, I’m sure we all have many of people to give gifts to. One of my personal favorite things to do around this time of year is to make something at home so that I can give it to friends, neighbors, teachers at my kids school and my delivery guys who are making sure my packages arrive on time and in good conditions.

Mason jars are definitely in when it comes to homemade gifts. You can put just about any and everything in a mason jar. From cookie or cake in a jar to simply putting a bag of M&M’s in a mason jar and tying it with twine, you can use mason jars for just about anything and they’re perfect for gift giving.

Last year I put together cookie in a jar to friends and neighbors. They loved it and it wasn’t expensive to do whatsoever. This year I plan on handing out Candy Cane Syrup which tastes absolutely delicious and has become a hit in my house this past month. We’ve put it in our hot cocoa, coffee, ice cream and even on pancakes and waffles. Definitely, gives us that good old Christmas feeling. It’s inexpensive to make and will make great gifts for family, friends and neighbors.

It’s simple and easy to make and to store the syrup I’ve put them in Bernardin’s decorative 250ml mason jars. I love Bernardin’s mason jars. They’re durable, affordable and I love that I can store lots of goodies in them and know that whatever I’m storing will remain fresh. You can put hot or cold items in their jars and their 250ml decorative jars are ideal for storing sauce, jam, jelly and chutney.

Candy Cane Syrup

CANDY CANE SYRUP

Ingredients
2 Cups Sugar
1 Cup Water
6 to 8 Candy Canes

Directions:
Pour sugar and water into saucepan. Whisk together until it is well combined and then turn your stove on medium heat. While the sugar and water mixture is heating, unwrap your candy canes and break into pieces. Add the candy canes to the sauce pan and continue to stir the mixture. The candy canes will start to dissolve and will begin to turn a pinkish red color. When everything in the saucepan has dissolved, let it boil for 2-3 minutes before turning off the stove. Let the syrup cool in saucepan. When the syrup has cooled pour into jar with lid for storage.

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