Food Coloring 1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
For the “white” batch of dough, just mix the above well; kneading/mixing by hand works fine. Your dough should not be sticky – if it is, add more flour. For the “red” batch of dough, food coloring or liquid watercolors should be added to the 1/2 cup of water you are measuring. You don’t want to add more than 1/2 cup of liquid to the dry ingredients. Mix until the dough is nice and evenly colored (around 1-2 minutes of kneading).
If you’d like a more modern looking candy cane, after twisting the two colored “snakes” around each other, roll that out into one big smooth “snake”. This will give the candy cane a smooth appearance rather than the rough braided appearance you see on our old fashioned candy cane ornaments.
Once you’re done making your candy canes, pop them in a 200 degree oven for two hours.