What's the best way to crush candy canes, if I want to make a coarse powder for dusting on just-baked cookies ? (The food processor doesn't work very well, as the canes immediately are impaled on the blades.) Thank you. ;o)

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stacey_ballis
stacey_ballis December 11, 2010

I break them into about inch long pieces by hand and then whir them in a coffeegrinder. You can control the coarseness, and it works like a charm!

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drbabs
drbabs December 11, 2010

I'm laughing because I made a flourless chocolate cake for a party tonight and I wanted also to dust it with crushed peppermint. But I made the mistake of buying soft round peppermints instead of candy canes. They were too big to fit into the chute of my coffee grinder, and I broke my mini chopper trying to chop them in that. So I ended up slamming them with a meat pounder. It worked, but I've been vacuuming up peppermint bits all day. :)

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mrslarkin
mrslarkin December 11, 2010

I usually put them in a freezer bag first and then wack them to bits with the meat pounder.

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iuzzini
iuzzini December 11, 2010

I've actually frozen them first before smashing with a pan or meat pounder-- the freezing helped to make them more brittle.

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latoscana
latoscana December 11, 2010

I have a mallet with a resin-like plastic head used for hammering Ikea-type furniture together without denting or destroying it. I have crushed all kinds of things using this tool, including nuts. I think peppermint would work well. I put the item in at least two heavy duty ziploc plastic bags and pound away. You can see your work and adjust accordingly. It's fast, simple, and there's no mess.

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betteirene
betteirene December 11, 2010

Freeze and smash in mortar with pestle.

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Kayb
Kayb December 12, 2010

Put them in a zip-lock bag with most of the air squeezed out, and beat hell out of them with a mallet. Relieves lots of frustrations.

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amreiskitchen
amreiskitchen December 12, 2010

place them in a ziploc freezer bag and smash them to bits with a rolling pin or mallet. very therapudic for holiday stress.

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Chauncey
Chauncey December 12, 2010

Two heay-duty bags are better than one. Hadn't thought of freezing first. One thought: Look for loose peppermints, unwrapping the little b*****s is a pain!
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coconutlime
coconutlime December 13, 2010

I actually just wack them with a rolling pin while they are still wrapped then cut the end off the wrapper and pour them in the bowl. Works great!

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Debbie
Debbie December 4, 2017

I just used the coffee grinder method, after putting the candy canes in the freezer for 20 minutes. The result...truly magical! After only a few seconds, the candy canes were completely powdered!

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