Husband and I are not big candy cane eaters, and even though we never buy them, they somehow accumulate in our house around December. Today, I decided to use them for something more productive (in my opinion) than their typical use. I found an interesting recipe for a candy cane sugar scrub, and decided to give it a try.
Here is the recipe, copied from Crunchy Chicken:
Candy Cane Sugar Scrub
Crushed candy canes are really just sugar right? So, why not add them to a sugar scrub to make a super festive beauty treat?
1 cup granulated white sugar
6 candy canes, finely crushed almost into a powder
1/2 cup sweet almond oil (or olive oil)
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional – used as a preservative)
1 teaspoon cocoa butter (optional)
6 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix all ingredients until well blended. Place into a clean glass jar with a tight lid and add a fancy label. I highly recommend the 1/2 pint wide mouth canning jars and wide mouth plastic storage lids.
I only had a few candy canes, so I made a quarter of a batch, just in case I ended up not liking it. And actually, this smaller batch seemed the perfect size. I used olive oil, skipped the cocoa butter, and plan on adding an opened capsule of vitamin E next week, when I get around to getting some. I may also try adding a bit of shea butter, since I’ve got some around. I’m not exactly sure how similar it is to cocoa butter, but it might work. Even with just the basics though, it was great to use. And easy to mix up too. The hardest part was crushing all those candy canes with our little mortar and pestle. Enjoy!