Merry Christmas, with Candy Canes
First of all, I have to say that candy canes are much more difficult to crush than you think they might be. I know, maybe it’s just me? Anyway, these are dark chocolate mint, with mint buttercream topped with a chocolate covered peppermint stick and crushed candy canes. When I type it all out like that, it sounds like a lot, but in real life they were quite simple and delicious.
I was trying to think of something that would be non-denominational, but still holiday-ish. I could have gone with snowmen, I guess, but I thought that candy canes (though associated with Christmas) and peppermint in general is a flavor that people associate with this time of year. I actually love Christmastime, though many of my friends hate its commercialism, but living in California has really exposed me to other ways of looking at the season. I have a lot more friends now who are Jewish or come from other religions or cultures, and now I really understand just how dominant Christianity is in the world, and how it is presented as dominant, mainstream, and normal.
For me, I am thankful to my mom and my family for all of the positive memories and associations I have about the season, which has always been a great time in our family. I even like Christmas music. And snow. So, Merry Christmas everyone! Thanks for reading my blog this year!
More photos of cupcakes and things are on my Flickr page.