Edible gifts began as a way to solve my gift giving dilemma when I had very little money to “give.” These three easy to do recipes rapidly became gifts that were on my friends and family most wanted list. Continue reading My 3 Most Popular Edible Gifts: Fudge to Infused Vodka Sweet Treats.
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Recipes courtesy of RecipeZaar
Peppermint Cocoa (as good as Starbucks maybe) Crush 3 peppermint stick candy in food processor until fine powder. Add to 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 cup non dairy powdered coffee creamer, and ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa and pulse until mixed. Add ¼ cup mix to ¾ cup boiling water. To make it with a dash-use a shot of vanilla liqueur with it and top with whipped cream. For the kids, leave out the liqueur and top with whipped cream or marshmallows.
Spiced nuts: don’t purchase them for $4.00 lb or more
Heat over to 350. Spread 2 cups nuts (pecans, almonds, walnuts or peanuts) on baking sheet and toast for about 6 minutes until they are fragrant and the color deepens. While baking create seasoning: In medium size bowl mix 2 tbls sugar, ¾ tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp all spice, 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. In a saucepan mix 1 tbs water, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp brown sugar, and 1 tbs canola oil. Warm it until it makes glaze. Pour toasted nuts into saucepan with glaze and stir it around until coated. Pour nuts and spice mix into plastic Ziploc bag (larger freezer type) and shake. Store in tightly sealed container – out of everyone’s reach. I have gone to wrap these for someone to find them all gone!
For any of the food and drinks be sure to print out a label with instructions on what to use and ingredients. Store in mason jars, baby food jars, tins, and plastic decorative “goody” bags with ties. Jar lids can be covered with holiday cotton themed material and ribbons. For soaps and candles, place cloth in between the lid liner and the lid top. Decorate lid top. This way people can take the lid off and enjoy the fragrance and/or keep it sealed to use at another time.