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Peppermint Candy Cane Dip {5 ingredient dessert)

5 ingredient Christmas peppermint dip made with real candy canes. This candy cane dip will be a festive addition to your holiday party spread.

Peppermint candy cane dip with two candy canes in the middle

This makes an easy, no bake peppermint dessert and has a wonderful peppermint flavor. Serve in a holiday bowl or serving dish, add some crushed peppermint to the top, and you have a fun and festive dessert dip that is so simple to make.

This will also be a great way to use up all those left over candy canes after Christmas is over.

Here are some other great holiday dip ideas:

Red and white bowl of peppermint candy cane dip

Tips and Tricks

Crushing the candy canes

Crushing the peppermint is really the hardest part of this recipe, but it can also be quite fun 🙂

I place the candy canes in a freezer bag, cover with a towel (some candy cane dust will come through the bag), and beat into tiny pieces using a meat tenderizer. You can also hit with a rolling pin or regular old hammer.

You can also use a food processor or blender to crush the candy canes.

Recipe FAQs

Can you make candy cane dip ahead of time?

Yes, this can be made a day ahead and stored in the fridge.

If you do make ahead, then give it a good stir before serving as the crushed candy canes can separate a bit and sort of crystallize. Stirring will allow the dip to regain it’s texture.

What to serve peppermint dip with? 

For dipping, I like chocolate wafers or Oreo cookies, but graham crackers are great too. You could even serve this as a fruit dip with some strawberries.

Step by Step Instructions

  • Use a mixer (handheld or stand) to whip the cream cheese until fluffy
  • Then add in the sugar and vanilla
  • Add the crushed candy canes to the bowl
ingredients in a clear mixing bowl
  • Add cool whip to bowl and fold in along with the candy canes 
Oreo cookie dipped into bowl of Peppermint Candy Cane dip
Peppermint Candy Cane Dip

Peppermint Candy Cane Dip

Darlene Kratz
5 ingredient Christmas peppermint dip made with real candy canes. Serve this candy cane dip at your next party or holiday gathering. Easy, no bake peppermint dessert.  
4.8 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 160 kcal


  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 12 candy canes)
  • 8 oz cool whip


  • Using a mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. 
  • Add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and mix until combined and creamy. 
  • Fold in crushed candy canes and cool whip until incorporated. 
  • Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. 


Calories: 160kcal
Keyword candy cane dip, peppermint dip
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