When you think of candy canes, you probably immediately think of the classic red-and-white-striped peppermint-flavored hooks. But today, candy canes come in all flavors and colors. Some candy canes, like blueberry, cherry and cinnamon, have become secondary classics. But there are tons of novelty and crazy candy cane flavors out there you won’t believe exist.
Seattle’s Archie McPhee is responsible for the monstrosity that is “Clamdy Canes.” These candy canes are flavored like clam and, according to a Daily Meal writer who tried them, smell like salty ocean water and taste like a dead fish. The silver and white stripes, however, are quite visually appealing.
Who doesn’t love a warm cup of coffee or cocoa in the winter? Snuggle up by the fireside with this trio of candy canes from Brach’s, which comes with cafe-inspired flavors: caramel macchiato, hot cocoa and sea salt chocolate caramel. The colors are appealing, as well, with shades of brown and tan. These canes will perfectly complement a Christmas tree with gold trimmings.
Sweet and sour is a classic combination on par with Santa and Rudolph, so Spangler’s Sour Patch Kids candy canes are a welcome candy-inspired addition to the novelty candy cane lineup. What are the flavors? Red, orange and green, of course, with bright colors to match.
Why learn how to glaze and bake a holiday ham from scratch if you can just suck on a Hamdy cane? Archie McPhee recommends pairing this with the mac and cheese candy cane for a comforting winter dinner via candy cane, but we’ll pass.
If the Hamdy cane isn’t meaty enough for you, worry not. Archie McPhee also has the salty, smoky, meaty taste of bacon in candy cane form. But it might make an excellent stocking stuffer for the bacon lovers in your life.
How about these apples? The crisp, bright, sugary flavor of a green apple may be more associated with the fall than Christmastime, but if you find yourself pining for days of cider and apple picking gone by, then the green apple candy cane from Brach’s is for you. The lime green, pink and white stripe pattern is also perfect for a Grinch-themed display.
Honestly, Archie McPhee has an entire holiday meal ready for you in candy cane form. After you’re done with your bacon, mac and cheese, ham and clam, you can feel healthy with a kale candy cane. One of the healthiest foods you can eat gets the candy treatment so you can enjoy all that kale flavor with none of the nutritional benefits.
Halloween may be the holiday most associated with mysterious occurrences, but Christmas can get in on the action, too. Brach’s sells a set of mystery candy canes that could genuinely be anything. The colors of these canes — blue, pink, light green, purple and white — don’t give any hints about the underlying flavor. Proceed with caution, though we highly doubt any of these are clam-flavored.
Cheese, marinara sauce and a doughy crust is a combination for the ages, so maybe these pizza candy canes from — who else? — Archie McPhee taste better than they sound. While these may be a great gag gift for the pizza fiend in your life, we’re gonna stick to the best pizzas in America for our fix.
Some people are obsessed with Christmas, and others are just plain ol’ Scrooges. If you have a Grinch in your life who has no sense of joy and merriment this time of year, this jumbo, stripeless, flavorless candy cane from Archie McPhee just may be the perfect stocking stuffer. (That is, if they even bother to hang up stockings.)
SweeTarts, those chalky, tart candies have a distinctive flavor that’s slightly fruity but mostly purely sugary. If you love the flavor of SweeTarts but not that texture, the SweeTarts-flavored candy canes will do the trick this Christmas season. And if you totally forgot that SweeTarts were still even around, just wait until you rediscover these nostalgic candies from your childhood.
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