The Christmas season is a special time of joy, spending time with family and friends, and reflecting on our traditions and values. Hanging peppermint candy canes on our Christmas tree, and eating a few throughout the season, is part of that nostalgic tradition. Umpqua Dairy is proud to announce our December Flavor of the Month: Peppermint Candy, a delicious ice cream flavored with real pieces of peppermint candy. Refreshing and cool hard peppermint candy goes hand in hand with those chilly winter days. You will love this premium ice cream chock full of the flavor of Christmas.

The original candy cane was made 350 years ago. Over time the candy cane has become a symbol and tradition during the Christmas holiday, used as a decoration for Christmas trees. The first candy cane was not made in the shape of a cane. It was white, completely straight and only flavored with sugar.

Legend has it that in 1670, the cane shaped candy became historical when a choirmaster at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany bent the sugar-sticks into canes to appear as shepherd's hooks. The all-white candy canes were given out to children who attended the ceremonies. This became a popular tradition, and eventually the practice during church ceremonies which spread all over Europe and America.

The first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when August Imgard, a German-Swedish immigrant, from Wooster, Ohio decorated the Christmas tree with paper ornaments and candy canes.

The solid white sugar canes were on Christmas cards in the early 1900's. The first red and white striped candy canes were made at the turn of the 19th century. At the same time the first striped candy canes appeared, and candy makers added the peppermint flavor which quickly became a traditional flavor.

Flavor of the Month Recipes

Easy Individual Peppermint Pies

Inspired by

http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2013/12/easy-mini-peppermint-pies.html

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. Oreo cookies
  • 3 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 8 oz container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/2 gallon Umpqua Peppermint Candy ice cream

Directions:

  • Crush 25 of the Oreo cookies.  I used a blender, but you can place the cookies in a zip-lock bag and smash them with a hammer/mallet also.  Melt the butter and combine with the Oreo crumbs.  Press crumbs into the bottom of mini cheesecake or muffin tins to form crust.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the ice cream with the whipped topping.  I let my ice cream sit on the counter for about 20 minutes before mixing - it makes this process much easier!  Scoop the mixture over the crust into the tins and freeze until ready to serve. Slide a knife around the edge of the tins to loosen pop them onto a plate.
  • I topped mine with some chocolate syrup and a few more crushed Oreos!  Enjoy!

Peppermint Eggnog Punch

Ingredients

  • 1 qt of Umpqua Peppermint Candy ice cream
  • 1 qt of Umpqua Dairy Old Fashioned Egg Nog
  • 1 cup of rum (optional)
  • 1-2 10oz. bottle of chilled ginger ale
  • Peppermint sticks (optional)

Directions

  • Place ice cream in a large chilled bowl; stir until softened.
  • Gradually stir in eggnog. (If desired, stir in rum.)
  • Transfer to a punch bowl; add desired amount of ginger ale to reach desired consistency.
  • If desired, top each serving with additional peppermint ice cream and peppermint sticks.* Makes 18 (4-ounce) servings *