Clearly, I thought I did not hear it right when a friend told me to dip my beloved candy cane into a lemon. Yuck. I live for candy canes and that sounded like blasphemy . I even freeze candy canes so I have them all year round and I don’t care when my kids scoff at me eating a candy can during summer. Please note: this adds value to my lifelong work to embarrass my kids.
I use the Spangler Candy top 8 allergen free candy canes or Sweet Nature Candy Canes (thanks Connie Green for the tip) and a regular grocery store lemon. Meyer lemons are too sweet for me, (I know, as if there could be too much sweet), so I avoid these. The magic of this treat is the minty fresh sweet and sour taste of mixing these two lovely items!
Just cut the lemon in half, lick your candy cane and then dip, lick, repeat. If you plan on setting your lemon down, slice off a small piece from the bottom of the lemon to help keep it stable. Yes, there is an art to eating a lemon with a candy cane. Keep some wipes handy too as it can get messy towards the end for newbies.
The activity and novelty of eating a candy cane with a lemon makes kids laugh. Of course, the lemon juice can make a mess and some kids migh find the lemon too sour, so this is when a Meyer lemon might save the day. Using smaller candy canes works well for those little hands too.