Looking for a great idea to celebrate St. Nicholas day with children? Try a candy cane blessing. It combines the sweetness of candy and the holiness of a saint’s feast day. It is one part delicious kitchen craft project and one part saint day prayer for a sweet idea!
Making Candy Canes Shaped Like a Bishop’s Staff
We loved this idea from elisebakes.wordpress.com on how to make shaped candy canes. Not only does she bend the canes into the shape of a bishop’s crosier (staff), she takes it a step further and dips them in chocolate.
How to Shape the Candy Canes
All the details are found on the blog elisebakes.wordpress.com. We included the essential steps below since the author no longer maintains the site and the information may be removed
Shaped Candy Canes Dipped in Chocolate
- Preheat oven to 250°F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay out candy canes on parchment paper leaving 1/2 – 1 inch between each. It is easier to work with a couple at a time.
- Heat for 5-10 minutes and remove pan from oven. Keep an eye on them; if you overheat, they will melt and flatten (see picture to the right)!
- Pick up a candy cane and gently pull to shape it with your hands. If you don’t pick it up, it may stick to the parchment paper and stretch the swirls/stripes on the back side. If it becomes to hard to shape, just place it back in the oven for a couple minutes. I found it helpful to heat for a smaller amount of time, shape a little, heat again and continue to shape.
- Allow to cool completely before handling.
- Dip in melted chocolate if you’d like to.
A word of caution: Initially this may seem like a great idea to do with kids. However, we recommend an adult does the shaping of the candy cane. It involves handling hot candy and there is a burn risk. If you decide to do the chocolate dipping, then everyone can get in on the action.
Once they are all completed, take a moment and have a Blessing of the Candy Canes. You can use the following prayer.
St. Nicholas Day Blessing of Candy Canes
Good St. Nicholas, we honor you
on this your holy feast day.
We rejoice that you are the patron saint
and the holy symbol of joy
for many peoples of many lands.
Come, great-hearted saint,
and be our patron and companion
as we, once again, prepare our homes and hearts
for the great feast of Christmas,
the birth of the Eternal Blessing, Jesus Christ.
May these sweets, these candy canes,
be a sign of Advent joy for us.
May these candy canes,
shaped just like your Bishop’s staff,
be for us a sign of your benevolent care.
We rejoice that you are the holy bringer of gifts
and that so many have been delighted
through your great generosity.
Help us to be as generous of heart.
Wherever these candy canes are hung,
on tree or wall or door,
may they carry with them
the bright blessing of God.
May all who shall taste them
experience the joy of God
upon their tongues and in their hearts.
We ask God, now, to bless
these your brightly striped sweets
in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
~ By Edward Hays. from Prayers for the Domestic Church: A Handbook for Worship in the Home.
Reference: The cited recipe is on the blog elisebakes.wordpress.com. The author is no longer maintaining the site. Since the information may be removed we have included the portion of her article with the steps to make the candy canes earlier in the article. All credit goes to the original author.