As the holidays approach and you begin making a Christmas shopping list for your friends and family, you may find yourself looking for ways to give them a gift that is both edible and appropriate for Christmas. Holiday-themed edible gifts include a variety of baked goods, assorted candies and food gifts that come in a decorative jar.
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Gifts in a Jar
Fill glass jars with a variety of food items, snacks and treats. Homemade food items that can be packaged in jars include granola, nuts, chocolate or other candy, jam and cookies. Tie a ribbon around the lip of the jar and decorate it with Christmas-themed paint, glitter, stickers and other embellishments. To make a "Cookie Recipe in a Jar," mix the dry ingredients of a cookie recipe and seal them in a glass jar. Write instructions on a small piece of card stock on how to finish the recipe and secure it to the jar with ribbon.
There are a variety of baked goods that make appropriate edible Christmas gifts. Cupcakes, cookies, cookie bars, cheesecake, fruit pies and brownies are all good choices. To add a Christmas theme to your baked goods, select recipes that utilise traditional holiday flavours, such as peppermint, cinnamon or nutmeg. Ideas include peppermint bark, cinnamon streusel cake and pumpkin pie.
Fill a basket, tin or gift bag with chocolate-dipped treats, such as candy canes, pretzels, crackers, cookies or strawberries. Candy melts in various colours are available at most craft stores and many supermarkets. Alternatively, you can colour plain chocolate melts with food colouring. Once the chocolate is melted and mixed, dip your treats into it and place them on waxed paper. Allow the dipped items to harden in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes before packaging them in sealed containers.
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