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This holiday season, give the gift of homemade goodness! Whether it’s a co-worker, neighbor, teacher or just the aunt and uncle that are nearly impossible to buy for, we’ve got you covered with a list of seasonal recipes you can DIY into gifts this year. Turn on some holiday tunes and get your apron out because we’ve got some gifts to bake!
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm cup of cocoa at the end of a frosty winter day! This mix is a great gift for just about everyone on your list and requires no baking! Simple, fast, and delicious.
2 cups powdered milk
¾ cups granulated sugar
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Optional: ½ cup non-dairy creamer*
Optional: mini marshmallows, crushed candy canes, and/or chocolate chips
*The creamer allows your gift recipient to mix the cocoa with warm water rather than warm milk. If you decided to leave this ingredient out, be sure to write up the recipe tag accordingly!
The perfect combination of sweet and salty? Check! If you haven't already jumped on the bandwagon, this unique treat is worth trying. Limited in ingredients and easy to make, consider this your fresh take on chocolate-covered pretzels!
24 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate or chocolate candy coating)
One 16-ounce bag ridged potato chips
These chips are best eaten soon after they are made, to preserve the crunchiness of the chips.
This easy-to-make version of a vintage recipe calls for mashed potatoes as the secret ingredient that binds this delectable mixture. While it sounds unusual for a sweet treat, recipients of this tasty gift will have no idea it contains potato! We’ve offered some yummy variations so you can divide your recipe for a flavorful assortment! Nestle finished products into mini muffin liners or candy cups for gift giving.
Makes 5 dozen candies
¾ cup mashed potato, about one medium Russet potato. (Do not used mashed potatoes that contain butter, salt, or other ingredients.)
4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
4 ½ cups powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
12 ounces dark chocolate candy wafers or chocolate-flavored almond bark (about 2 ½ cups)
Ground or finely chopped almonds for garnishing, optional
When using a double boiler to melt the chocolate, make certain the utensils, and any bowl or pan you place the chocolate in, is completely dry. It is crucial that water not enter the chocolate as it will cause the chocolate to “tighten” and turn into a clumping grainy mess! Water is heated over low heat, not boiling water, and should not touch the top bowl or pan.
Peppermint Bark is a perennial holiday favorite we see popping up in everything from coffee creamer to covered pretzels. Here’s an easy 4 ingredient version that you can have ready for gift giving in no time. We love its pretty pink color, too! This recipe is easy to double: one for you, one for a friend!
20 round hard peppermint candies or equivalent candy canes.
12 ounces IGA vanilla-flavored almond bark or candy coating, chopped into ½ inch pieces.
1 ½ teaspoons pure peppermint extract or peppermint oil*
Red gel or powder food coloring*
Try something different! Use green spearmint candies in place of peppermints and tint bark a pale minty green with green food coloring. If chocolate is a must-have, before bark has set, thinly drizzle a bit of melted dark chocolate pieces over it.
*Like chocolate, candy coatings and almond bark react to water, “tightening” and “seizing” up. Liquid food coloring and imitation flavorings use water as a main ingredient. Using a gel or powder food coloring and extracts made with peppermint or mint oils such as pure peppermint extract help assure a silky-smooth finished candy!