Food is as much a part of celebrating Christmas as tinsel on the Christmas tree. When the holidays come around, people start to think about treats and special foods that only appear for a short time and then are gone. Even if you do not have a special Christmas treat you are known for, you can still make your own edible homemade Christmas gifts that can be popular with everyone on your gift list. By taking the time to make edible gifts for everyone, you may wind up starting a new Christmas tradition in your family.
The gingerbread man is an old Christmas favourite, but to make it into something worth giving as a gift, it needs some extra features. Make sure your gingerbread men are as large as you can possibly make them. Most craft stores sell gingerbread men cutout moulds that can be up to 6 inches or taller. Decorate your gingerbread men with the traditional candy such as frosting for hair and gumdrop buttons. Take time to add personality to your gingerbread men, and they can make fun, edible Christmas gifts.
Just like the gingerbread men, the gingerbread house is an old favourite among holiday gift givers. A well-constructed gingerbread house has frosting shingles, a cupcake front yard and candy canes that make a door arch. Use more than just gingerbread panels and frosting to make your gift, and it will be something people will remember for a long time.
Dipping a pretzel into chocolate may not seem like a great Christmas gift, but when you use your imagination, it can go over quite well. Use white chocolate instead of milk chocolate as your dipping chocolate. Use frosting to create red rings on your white chocolate dipped pretzel rods and you have pretzel candy canes.
Jars of Treats
Jars filled with Christmas treats are good Christmas gifts. Pop some popcorn and cover it with caramel that you can either make yourself by melting sugar or you can melt caramel cubes, add in some caramel covered almonds and let it all sit. Then when the caramel hardens, you can package it up into a glass jar as a gift. Sugar or chocolate chip cookies also go well in gift jars.
Strawberries and White Chocolate
Large red strawberries with the green leaf on top only need to be dipped in white chocolate to look like an appropriate edible Christmas gift. Only dip the strawberries half way, and allow the chocolate to harden before you wrap and package the strawberries.
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