SC vacation rentals are a perfect place to spend the holidays. There’s plenty of room for friends and family to gather, open kitchens in which to whip up holiday treats, and after all the presents are opened and folks are itching to head outside, there’s the beach just steps away.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five-and-ten, glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.

There is no flavor that speaks the season more than peppermint.  It is quintessentially Christmas.

Candy canes help make SC vacation rentals merry and bright!

Candy canes help make SC vacation rentals merry and bright!

This is the one time of year when candy canes appear, and it’s a bonus to have decorations you can also eat.

If you’re spending the holidays in one of our SC vacation rentals, whether it’s a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston, it’s nice to do a little holiday baking.  After all, one of the features of our luxury beach house rentals SC is great gourmet kitchens.

Then again, there’s something to be said for simple (and time-saving) recipes, especially around the holidays.  That way the kitchen of your Charleston beach house will smell delicious as you turn out the homemade treats, but it won’t be a mess afterwards.

Well, a while back, the good folks at came up with some yummy and very easy recipes made with only five or fewer ingredients, one of which is crushed candy canes.

The result is delectable treats that are a snap to make, fun and enjoyable for all ages staying in our SC vacation rentals.

Candy Cane Ice Cream Pie

• One 9-inch pre-made chocolate cookie pie crust
• 1/2 cup hot fudge sauce, slightly warmed so it’s spreadable
• 2 cups chocolate ice cream, softened
• 1 cup crushed candy canes, divided
• 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
Spread hot fudge sauce onto bottom of pie crust. Then spread chocolate ice cream on top of hot fudge sauce. Place in freezer for 20 minutes.
Remove from freezer and top with 1/2 cup of crushed candy canes, then top with a layer of vanilla ice cream.
Freeze for at least 4 hours. You can make it up to 2 days ahead of time.
When ready to serve, garnish top with remaining half cup of crushed candy canes.

Candy Cane Sugar Cookie Blossoms

• 1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough (should make about 24 cookies)
• 4 candy canes, finely crushed
• 24 Hershey’s kisses
Preheat oven, slice and bake cookies according to the directions on package.
Remove from oven, let cool for 2 minutes, then sprinkle crushed candy canes evenly over the tops of the cookies while they are still warm. Lightly press chocolate kiss in the middle of the cookie.
Let cool on pan for 5 minutes, then place on cooling rack.

White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn Mix

• 6 candy canes
• 12 to 13 cups of popped & salted popcorn
• 2 cups mini vanilla wafers (can substitute with pretzels)
• 16 ounces of white chocolate (either melts or wafers, or one package of Candiquick)
Using a food processor, grind candy canes into a powder. Go ahead and leave in a few bigger bits for texture and color.
Add the white chocolate to a microwave-safe measuring cup and microwave for 45 seconds. Stir. Continue microwaving in 30-second intervals then stirring until chocolate is smooth and completely melted.
Pour the melted white chocolate over the popcorn and vanilla wafers. Stir until completely coated, then sprinkle with 1/2 cup of crushed candy canes. Mix again.
Spread the popcorn on a wax paper-lined baking sheet and let the chocolate firm up. Store in a sealed tin for up to 3 days. Tip: For extra decadence, drizzle dark chocolate over the top once it’s set.

Here’s a link with recipes and photos on the theme of simple recipes using candy canes: Recipes and pix.

Target's not far from our SC vacation rentals, and open late Christmas Eve

Target’s not far from our SC vacation rentals, and open late Christmas Eve

A quick reminder — if you need to do some last-minute shopping Christmas Eve shopping, either for last-minute gifts or for food/beverages, you have options, no matter which one of our rental homes South Carolina you’re in.

If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, the Harris-Teeter on the island will be open Christmas Eve (Saturday night) until 7:00 p.m. It will be closed Christmas Day and will reopen Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. Same goes for the Harris-Teeter at 1985 Folly Road, near our Folly Beach rentals Charleston. Map to Folly’s Harris-Teeter.

Also, the Target just across the Isle of Palms Connector will be open until 10:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. This location has both a full retail store as well as a large grocery section. Here’s more. It, too, will be closed on Christmas Day, but will reopen Monday morning at 7:00 a.m. Here’s a direct link to this store’s page: Our local Target.

So remember, when you are doing your planning for a trip to the Lowcountry, call EP for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals fill up fast, so be sure to plan as far ahead as possible for the greatest selection in SC vacation rentals.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger