Candy canes don't have to be eaten just as is; they can be use in hot cocoa, peppermint bark, as the straw for drinking juice out of a lemon, and more. Check out these suggestions from Howcast.
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Combine sugar, yeast, root beer extract, and cold water in a large jug, shake the jug, let it sit for a few days at room temperature, and cool it in the refrigerator—ta da, homemade root beer! Basically. For more detailed instructions, check out this video from Howcast.