5 Best Candy Canes to Stuff Your Stockings

What’s the best candy cane? The best candy canes are delightfully sweet, usually minty, and shouldn’t snap too easily.  When it comes to peppermint flavor, we want something bold and bitey. That said, there are a lot of new varieties of candy canes out there that taste like actual candy and not a breath mint you get on your way out of a restaurant. Those qualify, too, and for me personally, they were preferred.

Kind of hard to believe that candy canes are still around and being sold today. They’re a bit…old fashioned, and that’s coming from a guy who loves Necco wafers. Still, candy canes endure because they’re a classic. No stocking would be complete without them. Here are the best candy cane flavors to buy this holiday season:

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Best of the Best

Doscher’s Peppermint Candy Canes

Doscher’s candy canes are thicker than most candy canes—an attribute that I didn’t realize would actually enhance the candy cane experience. As a result of their girth (sorry), they don’t break or fall apart easily. Doscher’s candy canes are delicious and kind of have this rough, coarse texture that’s delightful to savor. The minty flavor is on point. This is like an old school, handmade candy cane you’d pick up from a mom and pop candy store. In short, Doscher’s are the best candy canes because they’re well crafted. Well done, Doscher’s.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Candy Adaptation

Hot Tamales Fierce Cinnamon 

This is my favorite candy-to-candy-cane collab. The spicy, bold, cinnamon flavor of Hot Tamales candy invades the sugary candy cane with aplomb. The flavor here is just like a Fireball candy, which is already iconic in its own right. The Hot Tamales candy cane makes me hopeful that we will see more classic candies turned into edible, lickable canes during the holiday season moving forward. Speaking of which…

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Sour

Lemonhead

Infusing classic hard candy flavors into candy canes generally works, and these Lemonhead candy canes are a prime example. The sour, tart, and sugary classic candy melds with the candy cane quite well. Typically, Lemonheads are something you can completely bite through, and the centers are soft and chewy. These candy canes don’t have that, but they do have all the sugary brightness of a classic Lemonhead. If you find peppermint candy canes to be too antiquated, you’ll love Lemonheads.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Cool and Minty

Brach’s Wintergreen 

Wintergreen has a more subtle, less bitey flavor than peppermint. It’s smooth and cooling. I personally love these Brach’s Wintergreen candy canes because they provide a mint-filled candy cane experience with a twist. If you like mint flavored things but for whatever reason don’t enjoy candy canes, these could be the solution to that problem. Brach’s Wintergreen candy canes are sweet, cool, and deeply satisfying.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Minis

Spangler Mini Peppermint Candy Canes

Love candy canes but think they’re too clunky and big? I don’t blame you. Who wants to walk around with a weird cane-shaped treat nowadays, anyway? Spangler’s mini candy canes are filled with sugar and peppermint bite, and the best part is you can savor and munch on them at your leisure—you’re not stuck holding onto a candy cane that’s been in your mouth all day. Mini candy canes all day.

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Rating:

8/10

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Other products we tried: Hershey’s Chocolate, Jelly Belly, Sweet Tarts, Jolly Rancher, Fancy Pickle, Sour Punch, Lifesavers, Airheads

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • Did you know there was an Oreo flavor candy cane? I wonder if that was any good. I’m not a huge candy cane fan though so this review might be the most helpful for me.

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  • As a kid, I remember absolutely loving the ‘Spree’ candy canes. My mom would put them up on the tree when we first decorated and told me not to eat them. When it came time to open presents, there were maybe 3 left on the tree.

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