Chocolate Candy Cane Amish Friendship Bread

Submitted by: Friendship Bread Kitchen
Image (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen

“This is the perfect Christmas treat that brings together chocolate, candy canes and Amish Friendship Bread!”

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16
Yield: 2 loaves


1 cup Amish Friendship Bread Starter
3 eggs
1 cup oil
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 small box candy cane instant pudding
1 cup chocolate chips
1 candy cane, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F (165° C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add ingredients as listed.
  3. Grease two large loaf pans.
  4. Dust the greased pans with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cocoa powder.
  5. Pour the batter evenly into loaf or cake pans and sprinkle the remaining sugar-cocoa mixture on the top.
  6. Bake for one hour or until the bread loosens evenly from the sides and a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the hot bread with the crushed candy cane.
  8. ENJOY!

Kitchen Notes

The candy cane instant pudding used in this recipe is a seasonal pudding found at most local stores. If you can’t find the candy cane pudding substitute with vanilla pudding and 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract.

To make cupcakes, you pour batter into lined muffin cups and bake 12-15 minutes and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Once cooled and ready to serve, top cupcakes with whipped topping and sprinkle on crushed candy canes.

From Tamara Jessee: “Another variation is to leave out the cocoa powder, candy cane and chocolate chips and stir in 1 cup of chopped Hershey’s Kisses candy cane flavored.”

From Rebecca Givens Bickerstaff: “After the bread is out of the oven, sprinkle on crushed peppermints.”

From Emily Schaefer: “Another variation is to use 2 small boxes of candy cane instant pudding and 1 cup of chopped walnuts.”

From Stacey Hensley: “I used two boxes of the Candy Cane instant pudding mix in my batter. I also used Betty Crocker Peppermint icing and topped with crushed candy canes.”


L to R: ingredients (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; loaf (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; loaf (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; cupcakes (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; cupcakes (c) Friendship Bread Kitchen; crushed peppermints (c) Rebecca Givens Bickerstaff | On Dragon Wings with Buttercup Tea; (c) Stacey Hensley


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  1. Alison Kirby says:

    I thought I was following a link to a place where I could order this bread and found a recipe. I’d be excited about the recipe, if I knew where to get the starter it calls for. Can you help me?


  2. Thanks!!! Was wondering what I was going to do with my boxes of candy cane pudding. Picked them up because they’re seasonal and was going to make whatever was on the box. I used gingerbread pudding yesterday to make Friendship bread gingerbread style! Was a huge hit!! Made a double batch and used 1 box vanilla and 2 boxes gingerbread pudding. Amazing and delicious!!

  3. I made this today, but instead of adding candy canes, I added crushed Peppermint Kisses (white chocolate flavored Hersey kisses). I added a teaspoon of peppermint extract to add to the minty flavor since I only had chocolate pudding in my pantry. Yum!! I think it was perfect with mint chocolate chip ice cream!!

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