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Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

This festive candy cane cream cheese spread will put your party goers in a great mood for Christmas or even Boxing day. The spread is shaped like a candy cane but won’t stay that way long!

If you’re a big fan of anything and everything candy cane related, you’ll be happy to know there’s actually a national day dedicated to them! National Candy Cane Day is one of this month’s food holidays that falls annually on December 26.

National Candy Cane Day isn’t the only festive, Christmas themed national day. There are over 150 national days in December to celebrate, and many revolve around Christmas! 

A festive candy cane spread formed in the shape of a candy cane on a table next to crackers.

Making this candy cane cheese spread

The cheese spread is flavored with a nice blend of spices and shaped like a candy cane. You’ll need several hours for it to sit in the fridge.

One the log has set, decorate with some chopped red bell peppers and serve with your favorite crackers or chips.

This recipe has been shared from McCormick.

Yield: 1 candy cane log

Candy Cane Cream Cheese Spread

Festive candy cane spread

Shape your cheese spread into a candy cane shape and decorate with bell peppers for a festive look

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Chives
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Parsley Flakes
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® California Style Garlic Pepper with Red Bell and Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Dill Weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Thyme Leaves
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped (about 1/2 cup)


  1. Beat the cream cheese and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients except for the red bell pepper; beat well.
  2. Place plastic wrap on baking sheet. Spoon the cheese mixture onto plastic wrap and form it into a candy cane shape. Fold up plastic wrap over cheese to cover it completely.
  3. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight or until cheese is firm.
  4. Unwrap the cheese mixture. Place it on a serving plate. Smooth the entire candy cane with spatula or knife to make it smooth. Add diced red bell pepper to form the red part of the candy cane. Serve with assorted crackers or chips.
  5. If you make this with fresh herbs, triple the amounts for best flavor.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ounce of spread

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 46Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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