Christmas Snack Ideas

Peppermint bark is great traditional sweet treat that adds to any Christmas event.

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Peppermint bark is great traditional sweet treat that adds to any Christmas event.

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You can spice up this holiday season by making fun homemade treats with your family. When waking up at five in the morning, most people are going to be hungry and want to eat candy, but that might not be the best option for breakfast. Breakfast can be as simple as homemade cinnamon rolls or as creative as fruit Christmas trees or even Christmas shaped waffles with fun toppings. After opening all your presents on Christmas day and enjoying family time, it eventually comes time to eat a holiday snack. Having a hard time choosing what snack to eat? Well, here’s a list to help you out this holiday season!

An easy snack to make is Santa’s Reindeer Chow.  It is mini pretzels, Rice Chex cereal, M&M’s (preferably red and green), mini marshmallows, and Whoppers mixed together in a bowl. You can enjoy this fun, festive snack while watching a Christmas movie with your family.

Another snack that everyone will love are Marshmallow Pops. To make them, use any type of chocolate (preferably milk chocolate), jumbo marshmallows, and any toppings of your choice. Melt the chocolate and then dip the marshmallows in it. Let them cool for about 30 minutes. Add any additional toppings of your choice. This homemade treat is fun and simple to make.

Rice Krispie Treat Ornaments is a fun snack to make for any holiday party. Melt butter and marshmallows together in a pan on the stove. Then, add Rice Krispie cereal, and mix. Roll the Rice Krispie Treats into balls and the add a string licorice pushed into a mini marshmallow on top of the ball. You can add “decor” around the ornament if desired. All kids will love this treat during a party.

Peppermint Bark is a great treat to give your neighbors during the holiday season. First, crush candy canes in a food processor or blender. Melt dark chocolate in the microwave and stir until smooth. Pour in pan. Let sit for 5-10 minutes. Melt white chocolate and then add peppermint extract and mix. Pour mixture over dark chocolate. Then sprinkle crushed candy canes on top. Set aside for about 30 minutes to an hour. Then lift peppermint bark out of pan and break into pieces. This traditional treat is one to never be forgotten. All your neighbors will love you after delivering this holiday treat to them. Denise Hansen, a parent of two 7th grade twins, says that her favorite treat to eat on Christmas is homemade peppermint bark and has become a staple of the Hansen holiday.  “It is simple to make and it brings Christmas traditions. Every year the whole family watches Elf on the couch while eating peppermint bark.”