Christmas Candy Kids Can Make! 6 easy to make Treats for Teacher!
This is just a short and sweet (no pun intended :)) post to share the six fantastic candies The Littlest Helper and I had fun with on the weekend! While she has usually crafts up adorable ornaments as Christmas teacher gifts, this year she spotted Melted Snowman Bark, and it was a game changer. Sweet treats for teacher 1 through 9! Hopefully we don’t have any nut allergies in the group!
We had so much fun I simply had to share them with you. It didn’t occur to me to take photos until after everything was wrapped up, but honestly, they pretty much all turned out just like the photos! And the best part is that The Littlest Helper was able to do most of the work on her own, with minimal assistance. I was mostly on dish washing duty!
Ummmm…nope…the best part was actually that we had oodles left over both for munching on over the holidays, and to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve!
I know I posted about some of these recipes really recently, but I thought I would quickly just add in a couple of tips and tricks I learned along the way!
1. Melted Snowman Chocolate Bark – Princess Pinky Girl
Our first choice for our treats for teacher selection was the melted snowman bark that started this whole turn of events. It turned out incredibly well! I did cut the little mini-reese’s for the hats though, as they are actually pretty tiny and that blade was a little too close to fingers for my comfort! I couldn’t find straight pretzels anywhere, so actually got a little bag of Bits and Bites from the bulk food section and picked out the pretzels. And for the nose, we used (or tried to use) edible marker…not sure why it didn’t seem to want to write on the chocolate.
The only teensy little issue that popped up is that when we took them out of the fridge to cut and package, the chocolate got really soft, so it’s anybody’s guess what kind of shape they will be in when the teachers open their gifts! I guess they are supposed to be melted though, so its all good!
2. Peppermint Reindeer Bark – It’s Always Autumn
This was a real joy to make. The only tricky part turned out to be the antlers, which again, I cut rather than have the little one lose a finger tip! I finally figured out that if you cut the rounded end off the pretzel, then cut down the center, it works quite well. Though we did have a lot of cracked failures to nibble on as we went!
When cutting it into pieces, I discovered the best way to proceed to minimize cracking where you don’t want it is to use a sharp knife and gently score your cut lines over and over until eventually they break (mostly) along the lines.
Oh and they are just a little funny looking – I bought eyeballs a size too small, and it turns out the the mint M&Ms are quite a lot bigger than the regular ones. But, honestly, a homely Rudolph is just as cute – maybe cuter!
3. Pretty Peppermint Bark – Love From The Oven
Treats for teacher #3 – We were having so much fun with the chocolate Barks we decided we couldn’t resist doing one more! This one was super fun too – and made good use of the candy melts we had just picked up on sale. And Bellae the Elf had just brought a bag of M&Ms so we were good to go! You can’t get much more “Christmas Candy” than this festive little treat!
4. Toffee Bites – The First Year
This little edible gift was a big learning opportunity for me! I have never seen butter separate before! I had stressed to The Littlest Helper that she had to keep stirring the butter and sugar well so that it didn’t burn.
Well apparently it is possible to stir too quickly! What a mess! About 20 minutes later, after trying several things recommended by our good friend google, I simply poured the liquid butter off the top and used the caramel underneath it. Tasted the tiniest bit burnt from WAY overcooking trying to re-incorporate the butter but nothing wrong with burnt almond bites, right?
5. Turtle Candy – Nellie Bellie
These were perfect for The Littlest Helper! She was able to chop the pecans and the caramels herself, and heat the chocolate and caramel in the microwave on her own. The only bit I helped with was getting the VERY sticky VERY hot caramel off the spoons and into the cups. We ended up using buttery fingers to get the job done :). Talk about the perfect Christmas candy for kids to make!
6. Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies – Eat.Drink.Smile
This little treat is more of a Christmas cookie wannabe candy! This is one of my favorite holiday treats from childhood – I snuck my own body-weight in these things out of the freezer every year! Sorry mom – turns out it was me. Mystery solved! It is the standby in our house and a perfect addition to our Christmas Treats for Teacher list!
The Littlest Helper didn’t actually help with these ones tonight – she had worked hard enough! And she has made them with me for years, so I whipped them up while she finished her toffee bites.
Nine cookie tins from the dollar store and a few doilies for stacking and Bob’s your uncle – edible Christmas gifts for every teacher on her list ( and a few treats left over for snacking!).
If you are crafting up some edible gifts this year you might also enjoy these posts: Christmas Candy Kids can Make, Christmas Chocolate bark kids can make or Christmas Fudge: 15 Festive Holiday Fudge Recipes!