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Candy Cane Kombucha


candy cane kombucha

Christmas at our house is a huge celebration. My daughter, Maci, has been labeled “Christmas Maci” because she wants to celebrate it in July, so it was no surprise when she came up with this recipe for “Candy Cane Kombucha.” It is delicious, festive, and full of peppermint. I love it, and so will you. Let me tell you a little bit about my Maci and kombucha. She has a love affair with the drink and actually makes it for me and sells it to her friends.

She came up with the recipe for Coffee Kombucha. I posted a blog about it and then I noticed that people were posting new blogs of coffee kombucha  all over the internet.  The  Margarita Kombucha in my new book is another creation (which I adore) that she created. She saves all her scobys and has gazillions of them. She comes up with crazy things to do with these scobys that make me laugh and also scares me.

kombucha popIn the summertime, she told me about her new popsicles which she blended with scobys and fruit. Then there was the time she used a kombucha scoby as a band-aid to heal a cut that was actually quite effective. When scobys dry, they become like leather plus they have probiotics in them, so I thought this was a pretty good idea. Her most outlandish creation was the time she took coconut oil and scobys and made it into a pie crust . . . and  frankly, that one scared me. She is a second generation fermenter and I am anything but normal, so the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

When you try my Maci’s “Candy Cane Kombucha” you will want to buy some organic candy canes at the health food store.  They don’t have the harmful red dyes in them. If you drink kombucha at Christmas time, it will help to keep you healthy and you will find yourself less tempted by all those treats because kombucha fills you up and keeps you satisfied. Don’t forget about all those extra B vitamins in kombucha, they make you feel so good!

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ~Charles Dickens

Candy Cane Kombucha
Make sure you buy organic candy canes from your local health store. These won't have the harmful red dyes in them.~Donna
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Servings: quarts
  1. Place 16 ounces of kombucha in your thick glass bottles.
  2. Place half of an organic candy cane in each bottle.
  3. Seal the bottles and let these ferment for 3 days to 2 weeks. Check them often and release the pressure. When they are bubbly they are done. The fermentation time will depend on how sweet your kombucha was to start with and the temperature in your house.
  4. Place in the refrigerator when done fermenting.
Recipe Notes

Make sure to use bottles that are for brewing. If you are using glass bottles, you must beware because there may be flaws in the glass or the yeast might just go crazy and blow up your glass bottle!

You can use old GT Synergy bottles, but my favorite bottles are clamp-down bottles by Grolsch. You can also find bottles at home brew stores. The clamp-down lids are safer and are thick glass for brewing.

21 Responses to "Candy Cane Kombucha"
  1. Why am I getting scobies in my Candy Cane Kombucha & am I supposed have them in there?I have 1 floating in both my bottles.Thx. God Bless,Danny J.

    • It can do this and its just the good yeast forming more scoby’s. If you want to eliminate this strain your kombucha through a coffee filter before you bottle it for your second ferment.

  2. Brilliant, i’ll try that as soon as i can get organic candy sticks,
    loving it already.
    thanks Maci.
    this is Marci.

  3. I have made great kombucha , my SCOBY never sinks the baby attaches to the Mother.
    I just pull it off and start a new batch. Have cut it , actually I am so gentle with it that I dont cut it I tear it with my clean hands! and now have many of what I see as viable SCOBYS .
    long comment to ask how will know when a scoby is useless?

    • Scobys last a long time and you can cut them or tear them doesn’t matter. Leave them in the jug let them stack up or if you want to remove them always use the newest one.

  4. Donna, are the SCOBYs Maci keeps still alive? If they stay viable, how does she do that over an extended period of time? Last summer we saw that a SCOBY will make tomatoes grow like wildfire and would love to learn how to maintain them throughout winter so we can use them again in the summer. Also liked the idea of a SCOBY Band-Aid, too. So what’s Maci’s secret?

    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    • WE just keep the scoby in kombucha tea in a jar on the counter. For the band-aid she let it dry out a little on the counter and then when it was still a little moist but drying she attached it and then it finished drying on her hand.

      • Interesting. I know you’ve indicated keeping a SCOBY in kombucha works but I thought only for a short time — like a month or so. Am I mistaken? Plus, how come Maci’s so smart?

  5. I made this with water kefir today as we don’t do kombucha- my kids tried some several hours later- taste like a candy cane! How Fun! Thank you!

  6. Donna, I’ve been having so much fun making kombucha, I can’t tell you. I tried second-fermenting some with papaya nectar a couple of weeks ago, and lost track of one bottle and didn’t burp it (I have a rotation system where I put the newer bottles at one end of the shelf and take the older bottles from the other end so they have time to ferment). Well, I went to open it and the entire contents of the bottle shot about 3 feet across the kitchen and hit the window! There was only about an inch left in the bottom of the bottle. After my heart rate went back to normal, I was just laughing like an idiot. It made an awful sticky mess, but it really was funny. So folks, BURP THOSE BOTTLES! 🙂

  7. Dear Donna,
    Happy Holidays and many , many Blessings to you and your family! I can’t begin to tell you what an amazing thing the Trilogy has been for me and my family.Loved meeting you in Pasadena….Your Maci is amazingly creative, can’t wait it try this recipe!
    Much love, Val

  8. What a great idea. I’m going to try it with my homemade peppermint extract and a little extra sugar. Thanks for all the great ideas. It is quite addicting once you start fermenting. My kefir sodas have been explosive fun and tasty too.
    Love the new book.

  9. Donna, I am wondering how you preserve the scoby. I made my first couple of batches of kombucha in a 5-gallon earthenware container; the challenge for me was to wait until the scoby, which I had been gifted by a kind soul, had grown enough to totally cover the surface of the liquid (took about 10 days as it is roughly 10 inches across). After I had filled my bottles, I put the scoby in a large round plastic bowl with loose-fitting lid (had cotton towel in-between) and put it on top of the fridge as that is a fairly warm place. When I checked on it several weeks later, the extra kombucha I had put in there as well to keep it alive had vanished and the scoby was about 2 inches thick and leather-like. I pitched it as I did not think it was any good anymore. Did I commit a grave mistake??? 🙂

    • You will need to keep the scoby in kombucha tea in a glass or plastic jar on your counter with a lid and then it will keep it alive this way for at least a month.

  10. What a fun idea! I love mint so this would work for me tear round 😉
    I still have yet to try making kombucha because I am in the process of 1) selling my home/business and 2) packing to move – which leaves barely enough time to eat properly much less start a project like this. However I have your site in my RSS feed (just switched over from the email as it is more convenient). However once my kitchen in the new place in Florida is functional I will be trying my hand at making this and many other of your recipes! In the past I’ve made sauerkraut – tastes so much better than store-bought! and pickles – ditto – but now it is time to broaden my horizons 😉
    One thing I really look forward to is making yogurt with almond and/or coconut milk (nasty dairy allergy so the regular type is udderly off limits) so I will be searching your site for info on that too.

  11. Dear Donna :
    I bought your scoby ,and have not used it as yet .Is it any good ?
    I really have a hard time to get the kombucha making going without getting the heater and big gallon jars .Any suggestions ?

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