Valentine’s Cupcakes With Leftover Candy Canes

I’m not the biggest candy fiend, so every year I end up with candy canes left over after Christmas. Valentine’s is the perfect way to get rid of them. Of course, now that I have two kids of candy-eating age, I expect to have to hoard candy canes for this purpose.

It’s quick, too. All you have to do is arrange miniature candy canes in heart-shaped pairs on a silicone baking mat and put them in a 275-300°F oven. In about ten minutes, they’ll soften, and you can squish the ends together to seal the hearts. If they’re not quite ready, stick them back in for a few more minutes. I’ve also read that at about 350°, you can melt them into solid, flat hearts.