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How to Make Chocolate Candy Cane Sleighs for Christmas

Updated on December 07, 2016

How to Make Candy Cane Santa Sleds with Chocolate

I'm the type of person that is always looking for new ways to make small gifts for people at Christmas time and this year they are receiving these cute, easy to make candy cane Santa sleds.

It's important to note that I am not the only person who makes these as gifts, last year we received three of them from friends that had come up with their own ideas. We even had one that had wrapped candy that was made to look like gifts on the sled, but I decided to make these with my own flare and personal touch, this is just a starting point and you can change it up as much as you want to make each one a little different then the next.

These are so simple to make that your kids could even make them for their friends, although younger ones should have a little help when using the glue gun as it can be a little too hot for their small fingers. I have included step by step instructions along with pictures below to help you find the starting point to make your very own Christmas craft for your gift giving this year.

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Candy Canes & Chocolate - The same ones that I used to make these sleds

For households on a budget these are reasonably cheap to make, I chose to use the Hershey mini chocolates for my sleds, but if you can get square individual wrapped candies those could work too.

I bought four boxes of candy canes to start with so this will make twenty four sleds and since they come in different flavors now they don't all look the same.

Making Candy Cane Sleighs - These are simple and fun to make using chocolate

I think receiving a gift is always better when it comes from the heart and not the store!

I made twelve of these within a few hours so they don't take to much time to make, the hardest part was trying to keep my candy canes the same width and length on the Kit Kat bar. I made a few mistakes but once their completed you really can't tell by looking at them.

Your going to use hot glue but don't worry about that, it cools fast so it never melts the chocolate. Make sure whatever chocolate you decide to use has a flat side making it easier to glue on top of one another, it'll look like a pyramid when it's finished. I wouldn't recommend stuffing one of these sleighs into a Christmas stocking, they could get stuck when trying to pull it out come Christmas morning, but they do look cute resting on the top after it's been stuffed with all of the other goodies and small gifts you added to it.

Time required: 10 - 15 minutes per sled

Difficulty: easy

Cost: approximately $3.00 per sled


  • Candy Canes
  • Mini Chocolate Hershey Bars
  • Regular Size Kit Kat Bars
  • Mini Flat Santa's (optional)


  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Scissors
  • Christmas Ribbon (optional)
  • Christmas Bows (optional)


1. This step is a little tricky, but with some practice it does get easier. Take two candy canes and run a small amount of glue along the long part doing only one at a time. Place it on the Kit Kat bar, then repeat with the second candy cane making sure to line them up as even as you can get them. This is the base of your sled.

2. Take four of the mini Hershey bars and using your glue gun dab a small amount of glue on them and place them side by side.

3. Now we'll take three mini Hershey bars and glue them on top of the four you just placed

4. Just like in the last two steps you'll glue mini Hershey bars only this time we'll only put two of them on the top

5. In this step we'll only add one more, this is where I change the mini Hershey bar to a different kind, you can use the same or change it up.

6. This is optional but I do think they look better when their finished so for this step all you'll need to do is run some ribbon around the chocolate sleds in both directions, here I just used a little glue to keep them in place at the top. They look a little messy right now but soon you won't even see that your almost done.

7. I trim a little of the paper at the base of the bow and just use the glue gun to attach it to the top of the sled. The Santa is optional but I like to glue him on the front of the sled. There you have it you've just made your first Santa candy cane sleigh using chocolate.

Did you know that the hook on a candy cane comes at the very end of the production only after they are made and wrapped in saran wrap for shipping!

Candy Cane Production - How are candy canes made in the factory

Have you ever wondered just how the candy cane is made, this video is excellent to watch. It shows the work that goes into making candy canes which comes from a mold shaped like a log weighing over 45 kilograms.

Sled Crafting Tools - You'll need to use these tools to create the Santa sleds

I used my glue gun to attach the chocolate, ribbon, bow and the Santa, you could use double sided tape too if you don't want to glue it all together.

Another thing you can do is slide one into a clear cello bag, and wrap the end with a thin piece of ribbon, it just gives it a little added personal touch.

Giving A Sleigh Gift - Checking the list to see who gets a Santa candy cane sleigh

When making these for friends or the co-workers they look like the picture above, but for family members like our nieces and nephews I'm going to hide a gift card on top of the Kit Kat bar, the sleigh will look a little higher. Walmart sells thin metal boxes made especially for gift cards so you can either glue the candy canes right to that box and skip the Kit Kat bar all together or add it on top of the gift card box either way it's a cute idea for giving out gift cards.

Below are people for your gift giving list

  • The kids teachers or even their classmates
  • These are great for giving to co-workers
  • The postman or woman that delivers your mail
  • The paperboy or girl it makes no difference
  • If you rent your home give one to your landlord

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving

— Mother Teresa

© 2013 Karnel

Have you ever Received a Candy Cane Sleigh? - If not would you like to get one this year?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      I love these candy sleighs! What a great gift idea!

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      Karnel 3 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      @anonymous: Thanks let me know if you decide to make some this year

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      toshia lm 3 years ago

      great gift idea...thank you for sharing

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      Expat Mamasita 3 years ago from Slovakia

      I have seen these before but disn't know how they were put together.

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      What a fun and original Christmas craft idea! Thanks!!

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      These are so great, I can't wait to make some.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      Such a great & useful idea; thanks for sharing! It would be a terrific gift to have on hand to share with anyone who pops by around Christmas time!

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      Very well put-together gift suggestion. Thanks!

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      I have actually never seen this before, what an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing, Greets, Joebeducci

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      This is the first I've seen this cute craft. Fun.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Such a sweet gift. Who wouldn't love one of these sleighs? Thanks for sharing the "how to."

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      cute idea!

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      DebMartin 3 years ago

      Cute. Not such a fan of candy canes but I love that they support all that chocolate. ;-)

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      pitlock 3 years ago

      I love the idea I'm always looking for new things to come with

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      Karnel 3 years ago from Lower Mainland of BC

      @DebMartin: I'm not a huge fan of the peppermint candy canes, so most of these I make with other flavours. The newest ones I used vanilla flavoured which even I don't mind. Thanks for stopping by let me know if you make any for gifts this year.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I love these! Now I wish I could put one in each of my Christmas sacks this year....and make one for myself too, of course.

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