After Christmas I surveyed the pantry and spied a bunch of leftover candy canes. I had used some of them to make peppermint bark (check out this amazing recipe), and had a few left. My mother also gives the kids these giant candy canes every Christmas and I don’t have the heart to tell her that they just don’t like them quite that much. In years past I would let them sit in the pantry for six months before finally throwing them away. This year I had a better idea – DIY Candy Cane Sugar Scrub! I guess I am recycling candy canes . Super easy and fast and would make a great gift.
Here is what I did:
Assembled my ingredients:
Cooking oil (I used canola, but any type would work – sunflower, olive, safflower – I think a lighter oil works best)
Peppermint oil (optional)
Yep, that’s it! The essential peppermint oil is optional, but it makes it smell fabulous. You can buy it a health food store and some craft stores carry essential oils.
I used five regular candy canes and that giant one you see in the photo. I was able to make three bathes; each batch is about 1.25 cups of scrub.
First I pulverized the candy canes in a food processor until they were finely ground. There are a few bigger pieces.
Then mixed in the sugar, canola oil and peppermint oil.
Filled a jar with the scrub and you’re done!
These would make great gifts, but I kept them for myself . I have one at the kitchen sink and one in the shower. I mostly use it on my hands and feet, but I think you could use it anywhere. I especially love it in the shower because the peppermint is a nice wake-me-up on our cold winter mornings.
The recipe for one batch is below.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup finely crushed peppermint candy canes
8 drops of essential peppermint oil