Do your kids love slime? If so, they’ll love this peppermint-scented candy cane slime that is both super stretchy AND made from edible ingredients. Celebrate the holidays with this fun Christmas-themed sensory activity that is perfect for toddlers through teens!
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Do your kids love slime? There is something so satisfying about stretching it with your hands and seeing it ooze between your fingers.
But if you have young kids at home, you may be worried—and rightly so—that they’ll try to eat it. After all, most slime recipes contain glue and borax, which aren’t exactly safe for human consumption.
That’s where this DIY edible slime recipe comes in. Not only is it wonderfully stretchy, but it’s also made from food ingredients, which makes it safe for toddlers and younger preschoolers! Plus, it has a wonderful peppermint scent and a fun combination of colours.
So if you’ve been looking for an easy Christmas activity to try with your kids (or pre-K class), you’ll definitely want to give this one a try!
How to Make Edible Candy Candy Slime
Here’s what you’ll need to whip up a batch of edible Christmas slime for your kids:
- 2 cups marshmallow fluff
- ⅔ cup cornstarch (you may know it as “corn flour” if you live in the U.K.)
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar (also known as icing sugar or confectioner’s sugar)
- Red gel food colouring
- 2 tsp coconut oil (if it’s winter where you live and the coconut oil has solidified, melt it in the microwave before using it)
- Peppermint extract (optional but fun!)
1. Mix Cornstarch & Sugar
Start by adding ⅓ cup of cornstarch and ⅓ cup of icing sugar to a medium bowl and stirring them with a spoon.
2. Add Marshmallow Fluff
Once the cornstarch and sugar have been combined, spoon some marshmallow fluff into the bowl.
You’ll need to add about 1 cup, but don’t worry about using exact measurements as you can always adjust the texture later on by adding more cornstarch or marshmallow fluff.
Note: Make sure that you complete these steps in the right order. If you add the marshmallow fluff to the bowl before the cornstarch and sugar, it will stick to the bowl and you’ll have a difficult time mixing it in.
3. Start Mixing Ingredients
Gently stir the ingredients with a spoon until they start to combine. Don’t be too heavy-handed or the cornstarch and sugar will likely end up outside of the bowl.
4. Add Food Colouring
Since this slime is meant to look (and smell) like a candy cane, you’ll need to create two batches: one white and one red. And because this slime is naturally white, you’ll need to add food colouring to the red batch.
To do this, using the same measurements, repeat the previous steps in a separate bowl. Once you have a second bowl containing cornstarch, icing sugar and marshmallow fluff, squirt some gel food colouring onto the marshmallow fluff.
If you want it to be bright red, you’ll need to add quite a lot—but you can always add just a little bit if you don’t mind the colour turning out pink.
5. Add Coconut Oil & Peppermint Extract
Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and a few drops of peppermint extract to each bowl.
If you want to scent of peppermint to be really strong, you can add about ⅛ teaspoon to each. But a few drops should be fine to give it a light scent. (You can always add more later, so start with a few drops if it’s your first time making this and you’re not sure how strong you want it to smell.)
6. Stir Mixture with Spoon
One bowl at a time, continue to stir the ingredients together with a spoon.
You probably won’t be able to combine the ingredients completely this way, and that’s totally normal. But if you combine them as much as you can, the spoon should get the process started and stop the food colouring from staining your hands too much.
7. Knead Slime
Once you’ve gotten as far as you can with the spoon, use your hands to continue mixing the ingredients. You can add a bit of coconut oil to your fingers before you start to help the slime stick less.
Fair warning—even with coconut oil, the mixture will be quite sticky. Just do your best to knead it and if you need to add a bit more coconut oil to make the kneading easier, feel free to do so.
Note: If you’re worried about the food colouring staining your hands, you can protect them by wearing latex or nitrile gloves.
8. Adjust Texture
Once you’ve combined the ingredients as much as you can, it’s time to adjust the texture! If your slime is too sticky, work in some more cornstarch and/or a bit more coconut oil; if it’s too stiff, add in more marshmallow fluff.
9. Twirl White & Red Slime
Once you have kneaded and adjusted the texture of both colours of slime, roll each one into a thin log. (Add a bit more coconut oil if needed to make it stretchier and prevent it from drying out.)
Then, wrap the two logs around each other to create the look of a candy cane and your homemade holiday slime will be ready to play with!
Our kids had SO much fun playing with this slime! And since it’s made from edible ingredients, it’s safe for younger kids who like to put everything in their mouths.
Fair warning though—while this slime isn’t meant to be eaten as a snack, it actually tastes pretty good. (One almost-two-year-old will attest to that.) So you’ll want to supervise to make sure your kids aren’t just snacking on it instead of playing with it!
How to Store Marshmallow Fluff Slime
Assuming your kids don’t lick it too much, any edible peppermint slime that is still usable can be stored in an airtight container for a couple days and taken out during play time.
I would recommend storing the slime at room temperature as marshmallow fluff tends to harden when it’s cold.
If you’d rather store your slime in the fridge to make it last longer, you’ll need take it out ahead of time to give it a chance to warm up, or heat it in the microwave for a short amount of time to bring it back to room temperature. (Just make sure not to overheat it!)
Edible Candy Cane Slime (Peppermint Scented)
- ⅔ cup cornstarch
- ⅔ cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups marshmallow fluff
- red gel food colouring as needed
- 2 tsp coconut oil melted
- peppermint extract optional
- Add ⅓ cup of cornstarch and ⅓ cup of icing sugar to a medium bowl and stir them with a spoon.
- Spoon about 1 cup of marshmallow fluff into the bowl and gently stir with a spoon until the ingredients have started to combine.
- Repeat the previous steps in a second bowl. Then, add some red gel food colouring to one of the bowls.
- Add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and, if desired, a few drops of peppermint extract to each bowl. Feel free to add up to ⅛ teaspoon of peppermint extract to each bowl if you want the scent of the slime to be nice and strong.
- Gently stir the ingredients together with a spoon. Once you've gotten as far as you can get with the spoon, use your hands to continue mixing the ingredients. You can add a bit of coconut oil to your fingers before you start to help the slime stick less.
- Once the ingredients have been completely combined and the mixture has a slime-like consistency, adjust the texture as needed by adding a bit more cornstarch and coconut oil (if the slime is too sticky) or marshmallow fluff (of the slime is too stiff).
- Roll each colour of slime into a thin log, then twist the two logs together to create a candy cane effect. Once that's done, give it to your child to play with!
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