Take a little sugar and spice and create Christmas food gifts for a hostess, a neighbor, or that special friend.
Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee
Christmas food gift recipes are best when they offer flavor beyond the ordinary. The slightly salty addition of fleur de sel,
added just before chilling, highlights the sweet toffee and rich chocolate.
Satisfy your craving for sweet-and-savory treats with this super easy candy recipe. The combination of chocolate bark coating,
semisweet chocolate morsels, and German chocolate baking squares will delight even the most demanding chocoholic.
Give yourself an extra day when making these beautiful sugared cranberries since they need to soak in a sugar syrup for eight
hours. But beware, once you pass these around to party guests there's no going back. You, and they, will be hooked for life.
This crispy almond brittle takes a walk on the light side since it's free of traditional staple candy ingredients, butter
and cream. Even better, you won't need a candy thermometer or any special equipment to make the treat.
These addictively sweet candied pecans are a great gift for the holidays. The recipe makes 8 cups so there's plenty to share
with others as well as enjoy for yourself. Place small bowls of pecans around your house during a party and watch how fast
they'll be gobbled up.
This rich chocolate fudge can be made and frozen for up to two months so it is ideal for gift giving. Make one batch and divide
into six equal parts. Place the fudge in airtight containers and decorate with festive ribbon.
This crunchy brittle is made with walnuts instead of peanuts to make it a touch more special. Make it a few weeks in advance
and wrap parchment lined holiday tins. Or try stuffing the sweet treat into clear jelly jars and tie with fabric ribbon.
This super simple holiday bark from Southern Living is made by melting dark and white chocolates in the oven and then swirling
the finished product. Chopped pecans and coarse salt are sprinkled over the top to offer contrast. Pack them in tins and ship
in padded holiday envelopes.
For adults with a refined sweet tooth, these chocolate dipped dried apricots hit the spot. Rolled in crushed pistachio nuts,
they're a sweet, creamy, crunchy treat. Try dried figs, papaya slices, or pineapple to replace the apricots.
These homemade butterscotch caramels are a rare treat to be shared with those special friends that you can't thank enough
for all they do throughout the year. Give yourself a few hours to make the candy and another two hours to cool the caramels.
These no-bake coconut snow balls are laced with key lime juice and fresh crumbled graham crackers. Sweetened with condensed
milk and powdered sugar, they're a pretty little holiday confection. Wrap them in plastic bags and tie with lime green ribbon
and a cranberry sprig.
Discerning candy lovers will like the tart-sweet flavor of these candied fresh orange slices, but pack them with a crock of
deep dark chocolate ganache for dipping to make them holiday special. Substitute lemons or small red grapefruit for the oranges
if you like.
These chewy treats are like caramel apples in candy form, combining the tangy-sweet flavor of cider with buttery caramel.
To create your own spin on them, use a flavored apple cider or add different spices, like ground ginger or black pepper.