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choc cup7

Hi friends! I’m here with something fun to do with your kids, or for your kids, or for your husband, mom, sister, brother, neighbor, teacher, boyfriend, girlfriend… you get the idea. You can do this for anyone and it’s fun, cute, and easy!

Start with small candy canes– which hopefully can still be found in the clearance Christmas aisle… but if not, you could always buy 280 of them HERE.

Preheat your oven to 240-245.

Place unwrapped candy canes in heart shapes on parchment lined cookie sheets.



Bake for 2 to 5 minutes watching closely. I tried this with large canes and the smaller ones… each type of candy will vary as to how long it needs to soften. Some will take longer others will melt into a puddle if you walk away.


When they come out touch them and see if they are pliable. If they are, pinch the tops and bottoms together like this, if they aren’t return them to the oven for a couple minutes until they’re ready.


I tried the microwave too {at 20 second intervals until ready}. It worked for this one…
But certainly didn’t work for this one…

Stick to the oven… it’s a safer, steady, lower heat!

I think they’re really fun and fun to play with…


This is what I suggest you do with them… or if you have some time… serve with homemade peppermint ice cream! Mmmm!

To make the chocolate cupcake liner…  {pictures only– sorry I have dinner to fix and the pictures speak for themselves!}



choc cup1

choc cup2

choc cup3

choc cup4


choc cup5


choc cup6

choc cup7

*I left the paper wrapper inside the foil wrapper and wish I had taken the melted chocolate all the way to the very edge of the wrapper for a taller chocolate shell!

Inspired by and adapted from: Skip to My Lou!

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  • alyssa
    January 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    This is really bad for a person, like myself, who struggles with a chocolate addiction….yummy! Is that homemade ice cream that you served? this would be a very cute idea to have for a preschool valentine’s party…the wheels are already beginning to turn in my head! thanks, again, for such a great idea!

  • Jaime
    January 13, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Love, love, love this idea! Fabulous use of left-over candy canes and just so darned pretty! Thanks so much, sweet Darby!

  • grace
    January 13, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    this is this a fantastic idea!!! i’m not that good in the kitchen, but still want to give this a try. thanks for sharing:)

  • Donna
    January 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Too cute!!! Love those chocolate liners…by the way, my family is now addicted to “frosted banana bars”…my kids will not eat the bananas just so I am forced to make a batch! Thanks for all the yummy recipes!

  • Jenn
    January 13, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Those are adorable! Definitely would be cute for a Valentine’s Day dessert. I love that first photo too, very pretty.

  • elizabeth
    January 13, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    yum! Two of my favorites…..chocolate and peppermint!

  • Emerging Domesticity
    January 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Such a cute idea! And, with Valentines day around the corner … I can think of a million different uses! Thanks for posting. Love your blog!

  • Shannon
    January 13, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    WOW! You are my new best friend and I don’t even know you! LOL! Thanks for the continued inspiration!

  • Mott
    January 13, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    All I can say is “Yummy”!

  • rebecca
    January 13, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    darn…gotta bring out the elastic pants again!

    will be trying, filling and eating tomorrow!

  • Ashley
    January 13, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Super cute!!!! The pics that you took are so beautiful!
    Also…just wanted to say good job you for posting where you got the idea from. I know there’s alot of copying that goes around blog land and it’s easy to claim an idea as your own instead of giving credit where credit is due. It’s was refreshing to see that you had posted where you adapted the idea from. Love how you made it your own! 🙂

  • Melise
    January 13, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    i’m in love with this!!!

  • Jacci
    January 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Those are adorable, Darby! 🙂 I could see us making this into a 3 day thing – 1 day to make the cups, one day to make the hearts, and a third day to put it all together and **enjoy**. Very festive.

    Thanks for sharing it with us 🙂


  • Kaylene
    January 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    adorable. My head is filling with ideas for other uses for the chocolate cups. So fun.

    in another note, I made your rice pack the other day and am loving it. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to mine and it smells great every time I heat it up. Thanks for the idea!

  • Alli
    January 13, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    This is a great idea! I have two boxes of candy canes left over from Christmas, I was just about to toss the other day! Can’t wait to try it.

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    January 13, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Super cute!

  • Amanda
    January 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Very cool idea! Will definitely try the candy cane hearts!

  • Brittan
    January 13, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    “Love” it!

  • Melissa Richie
    January 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    yum! so fun!

  • Devon
    January 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    This is not an appropriate post for someone trying to take off the baby weight!

  • Holly @ Times Two
    January 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    These are darling! I’ve got a Valentine’s idea on my blog too. Check it out.
    Thanks for sharing yours.

  • melissa
    January 13, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    This is so cute! I hope you’ll have a few minutes to post the ice cream recipe, too!

  • Talysa
    January 13, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    so darn cute!

  • Jen
    January 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    Oh! I suddenly can’t wait for the weekend; as if the weekend wasn’t full of enough goodness on its own, it’s going to have ice cream in chocolate “cupcake” bowls and cute candy cane hearts on top! Be still my heart! My kids are going to LOVE doing this with me!

  • Jessica
    January 14, 2010 at 12:37 am

    I am definitely making these. What a cute idea!

  • Jean Anfindsen
    January 14, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I want to be your next door neighbor!!! ~ to love your kids and watch you do amazing things! Thanks, as always, for sharing!

  • Nancy
    January 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

    I absolutely love those. Everything about them. First of all, chocolate. Hello, my bootie loves chocolate. And, second red and white and peppermint. Divine.

  • Mandy Norris
    January 14, 2010 at 9:22 am

    So cute! Now on to find some candy canes! Have a great day! Love, Mandy

  • Katie
    January 14, 2010 at 9:32 am

    CUTE! I love the chocolate shell!

  • mag
    January 14, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Thank you Darby for giving me an idea for the 2 boxes of candy canes that my Mom always brings me after Christmas! She just can’t pass them up(bless her heart) at 25 cents each, but I never know what to do with them! Now I do:)

  • Bailey
    January 14, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I love this! What a cute/fun/simple idea for a festive treat…and we all know Peppermint is my…well…bliss!!
    (Am I just a hopeless geek or what!?)

  • tia
    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 am

    what a clever idea! i have an entire box of mini candy canes left over from christmas and now i know what to do with them. thank you for posting this 🙂

  • kasey
    January 14, 2010 at 11:32 am

    What a cute idea.

  • Stephanie
    January 14, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I LOVELOVELOVE the candy can hearts!

    I wish I had known this little trick at Christmas time for my candy cane themed dining room – I can’t wait for next year!

    {Hoping I don’t forget! hehe}

  • christi
    January 14, 2010 at 11:57 am

    those are adorable darby!! thanks for sharing!

  • Christie
    January 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    What a cute idea! My oldest daughter, Tyler, has a late February birthday — that would be really cute for her party! And chocolate cupcake liners? Delish! I am sure they would be no points at all on Weight Watchers, either, right?!?! 😉

  • Andrea
    January 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    great idea! will try to make these for my boys!

  • Jessica
    January 14, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    Most adorable idea! …and I have had the biggest sweet tooth since Christmas, these are a sweet way to use leftover canes!

  • melanie
    January 14, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    These look so yummy! Definitely plan on making them. By the way loved seeing your name today in the upcoming Southern Living and your sister’s work was beautiful!!!

  • Brooke
    January 14, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    saw this banner and thought of you! maybe tackle it for the next birthday? i’m sure you could do it just as cute if not cuter!

  • Kathie
    January 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I am eager to surprise my Bible Study group with chocolate cupcakes and these peppermint hearts. The ladies will love it.

  • mommasissy
    January 14, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    did you make that ice cream!?? yummm. love and miss you!!!

  • Julie
    January 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I would just like to inform you that thanks to Jeane Caroll Brookshire… every Chi-O at Mississippi State is completely fallen in love with you and your sister’s blogs… It’s the first thing I do when i open my computer! haha yall are so great!

  • Denise
    January 15, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Hi Darby,

    Just noticed your bathroom on Houzz under Rhymes with Orange! Yum this treat looks delicious.

  • Colleen
    January 15, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Good morning,
    I have read your blog for quite some time now, and love reading about your daily adventures…they sound so similar to my own 🙂
    I am writing hoping for the recipie for the Texas Sheet Cake. I tried subscribing as you suggested, but for some reason it is not accepting the information (I am from Canada and the error message is with regards to a not known address)
    Let me know if you can help me out. The pictures looked SO good.
    Have a great day.

  • Melanie Gore
    January 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I love to bake and this looks like a fun thing to do. Very cute.

  • seleta
    January 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I LUV all of your projects!!!

  • Jessica
    January 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    How awesome is this?! I love it!! 🙂

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    January 15, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    fantastic idea! yum!


  • Jenn
    January 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Oh my…I’ve got to keep this in mind! February is a huge month in our house. We have 5 family birthdays in 5 days, so this will be a fantastic way to add a bit of variety to the mountains of cakes and goodies that come into the house in a few weeks! Thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah
    January 15, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    I HEART this post!!!

  • Becky
    January 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    The best part of this post is the picture showing your less-than-perfect cookie sheets! I thought I was the only one that didn’t have shiny, brand-new looking ones.

    Now I wish I hadn’t eaten all our leftover candy canes. Oh well. I’ll try to refrain next year…or maybe just buy mass quantities instead. 🙂

  • Lisa
    January 19, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I must have these! I must have these…now! Adorable, Darby.


  • Laura
    June 9, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I love these. Your blog is inspiring. I’m a blogging newbie who is addicted to your site.

    Going to try this soon. 🙂

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