How To Make A Candy Cane Reindeer

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Super simple instructions for how to make a candy cane reindeer. I love that there is no cooking!

Maybe you’ve tried baking with your small kids and don’t ever want to try it again. What you thought would be the beginning of a great family tradition only ended up in tears and a huge mess. Take a deep breath. Don’t give up! You may just need a simpler recipe. Here’s a great one to try!

Below are super simple instructions on how to make a candy cane reindeer. There is no dough to mix, nothing to roll out, and nothing to bake. In fact, the only kitchen appliance you’ll use is a microwave for less than a minute. Do you think your preschoolers can pay attention for less than a minute? I’ll bet they can!

How To Make a Candy Cane Reindeer


You will need:

24 small Candy Canes
12 Hershey Kisses
12 Red Candy Decorations (like Red Hots or mini M&Ms)
24 Candy Eyes
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Candy Melting Chips
1 White Candy Melting Chip



  1. Line a cutting board or cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Heat chocolate candy chips in microwave oven for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted.
  3. Dip the straight ends of 2 candy canes into the melted chocolate. Gently shake off excess.
  4. Place together on wax paper so the hook ends of each candy cane face opposite directions.
  5. Place an unwrapped Hershey Kiss on the chocolate covered canes.
  6. Repeat for remaining canes.
  7. Use a toothpick to dab some melted chocolate on top of the kiss and glue the red candy on as the nose.
  8. Use a toothpick to dab melted chocolate on the kiss and glue on the eyes.
  9. Take the white chocolate chip and place on wax paper. Heat in microwave for 15 seconds.
  10. Use another toothpick to paint a white mouth on each reindeer.

My kids loved making these! Let me know how it goes with your kiddos!

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Super simple instructions for how to make a candy cane reindeer. I love that there is no cooking!

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