Can anyone else believe that Thanksgiving is over and the holidays are almost here? Christmas is the time of year when we love to make fun holiday food and give it away to our friends and family. Last year I started making different flavored chocolate covered popcorns and putting it in a cute tin to give away. Last week I headed to Walmart to buy some holiday candy to put in a new popcorn. Have you seen the Nestle holiday candy? They have the cutest chocolate bells that are great to eat or to bake with.
I decided that the Nestle Crunch Jingles would work perfectly in a new popcorn recipe that I had been wanting to create for this year’s popcorn gifts. I had my kids help me unwrap the whole bag, and then I chopped them into several pieces. Yes, we did sneak a few bites. We love that milk chocolate crunch!
For a fun new twist on chocolate covered popcorn, I decided to add some instant banana pudding mix to the melted white chocolate. I only used 1/4 c. of the instant dry mix, so that it didn’t overwhelm the chocolate flavor. I also didn’t want the chocolate to get too gritty from the pudding mix. I couldn’t stop sneaking pieces of this yummy popcorn as it was setting up in the refrigerator. It’s a good thing we bagged this up right away because I’m pretty sure it would have been gone in less than an hour.
I also decided to try out the recipe from Nestle’s Seasonal Recipes for Peanut Butter Sleigh Ride Bars while the popcorn was setting up. Peanut butter and candy in a cookie bar is a winner in our house every time. Make sure you check out that website because there are so many yummy looking recipes to choose from. These bars were gone before the afternoon was over.
I bought some cute glass tree jars from Walmart to put the popcorn in for some of our friends. The jars come in two different sizes, but for the popcorn I bought the smaller one. I think next time, I am buying the larger jars because that means I will have less popcorn left at home for me to munch on.
What do you like to bake and give away at the holidays?
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