Advent No.24: Treats for Santa

{When I First met Ashley about 7 years ago, her last name was Movold, and to remember it, I kept saying Movodo, so now when I think of her, I always think Ashley Movodo. Anyway, Ashley is the sweetest person you would ever hope to meet, she’s fun, caring, stylish and such an all around lovely person. Oh and her smile is contagious! I don’t see her nearly enough! Thanks so much for writing for me Ashley!!! Merry Christmas! Let’s plan to see each other in the new year, okay? -Ryn}

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I’m Ashley – a believer, a wife and new mom!  I enjoy hosting parties, celebrating people (birthdays are my favorite), and afternoon walks with my family.  I think it’s important to find happiness in the most mundane of tasks and to make everyday a vacation.  XO

Can you believe it’s Christmas Eve?! This time of year always seems to fly by a little faster than normal as we wrap up the year, prepare for Christmas and gather with friends & family. It’s a fun time to let creativity run wild and whip up fun treats in the kitchen.

 

Here are four simple treats that share the same two key ingredients: chocolate & peppermint. You really can’t go wrong here.  These treats are fast, delicious and prepared with one man in mind… Santa!

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What you’ll need:

4 boxes of Bakers semi-sweet chocolate

Crushed peppermint (I purchased mine pre-crushed at Central Market)

1 bag of Synder’s Pretzels (twists or rods)

1 bag of large marshmallows

Disposable spoons

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First things first:  The chocolate.  This chocolate will be the base for all four treats.  Once it’s ready, the possibilities are endless.

Step 1:  Set up a double broiler on the stove.  This will allow your chocolate to melt without burning. Fill a saucepan ¾ full of water.  Boil water.  

Step 2:  Once water is boiling, turn it down slightly and place a bowl over the saucepan.  

Step 3:  Place your chocolate in the bowl and allow it to completely melt.

Viola!  The chocolate is ready!

 

Treat 1: Chocolate & Peppermint Covered Pretzels

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This is a fun twist on the typical cookie plate and it’s eeeeasy.  I used pretzel rods.  However, the twists are also great.  My grandma always says to use the Synder’s brand of pretzels.  So, I do.  You should too!  

Step 1: Dip pretzel into chocolate.  

Step 2: Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 3: Sprinkle on peppermint pieces.  

Step 4: Repeat!  

Step 5: Allow to dry.

 

Treat 2:  Chocolate & Peppermint Coffee Spoons

 

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These spoons are my favorite.  They are wonderful for coffee and make great gifts and present toppers.  

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Step 1: Dip spoon in chocolate.  I used plastic spoons since these will be gifts!

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Step 2: Place spoon on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 3: Sprinkle with peppermint.  Seeing a pattern here?

Step 4: Repeat.

Step 5: Pop into freezer for chocolate to set.

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Treat 3:  Chocolate & Peppermint Marshmallows

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These bad boys were made for hot chocolate.  And they are game changers.  

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 Step 1: Dip marshmallow into chocolate.

Step 2: Place marshmallow on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Step 3: Sprinkle with peppermint.  

Step 4: Repeat.

Step 5: Pop into freezer for chocolate to set.

Treat 4:  Chocolate & Peppermint Rimmed Glass

Okay, we all know that Santa loves milk. Or at least, that’s how the story goes.  Let’s jazz that milk up with a taste of chocolate and peppermint with each sip.  

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Step 1: Dip top of mug into chocolate.

Step 2: Allow to slightly dry.

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Step 3: Sprinkle peppermint onto chocolate.

Step 4: Place mug into freezer until it’s time to place it out for Santa!  

 
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There you have it, four simple treats that require 3 ingredients or less.  Easy!  Check Santa’s treats off your list!

 

 

 

 

 

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