This is the time of year when candy canes come out of the woodwork. As a kid, we considered them an essential decoration for our Christmas tree, but no one really liked eating them. Peppermint candy canes are yummy, but maybe kind of boring. Here, however, is a fun and delicious way of using some of those candy canes that we seem to collect every December:
We learned this trick at the preschool my kids used to go to. My kids absolutely love when we do candy cane lemons, and it's become a holiday tradition. It's kind of magical too how you can take a solid candy cane and it suddenly becomes a straw. Not only that, but lemon juice becomes palatable. Here's the trick:
Start with one large lemon and one candy cane for each person.
First, take the lemon and roll it around, pressing firmly, until it's soft. This is something the kids can work on, but then a grown-up can check to make sure the lemon has become soft. The pressing helps to release all the little jewels of lemon juice inside.
When the lemon is soft, use the tip of a knife to cut an "X" in the side. This is where the peppermint straw will be inserted- but first, prep the candy cane:
The candy cane simply needs both ends cut off so that there is just a straight section left, with porous ends. When ready, insert this into the lemon and suck away. The acids from the juice will hollow out the candy cane, and the candy will sweeten the juice. Together, a perfect and entertaining holiday treat!
|Odin, who does not like to let his hands get messy, holds his lemon in a cup. They also could be wrapped in a napkin to prevent dripping.|
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