How to Make the Cutest Holiday Treats


Forget stocking stuffers this year. It’s time to think about stuffing some tummies full of delicious and creative holiday treats. Skip out on the boring candy canes for some candy cane marshmallow pops, and ditch the white-chocolate-covered pretzels for M&M pretzel hugs. The holiday options are endless! Here are IKO Community Management’s five yummiest yuletide treats:

Candy Cane Marshmallow Pops

1 bag large marshmallows
1 box mini candy canes
1 box regular candy canes
1 block chocolate

1. Melt the block of chocolate in the microwave or by stovetop on low heat
2. When melted, pour into a medium-sized bowl
3. Place regular candy canes into a Ziploc bag, zip shut and crush
4. When crushed, spread pieces onto a plate
5. Stick one mini candy cane into a large marshmallow
6. Dip the marshmallow into the melted chocolate
7. Roll the marshmallow in the crushed candy cane
8. Place on baking sheet lined with wax paper
9. Refrigerate until set

Disney-Themed Frozen Snack Mix

1 cup Chex cereal
1 cup pretzel sticks
1 cup Swiss- or provolone-flavored Cheez-Its
½ cup peanuts
½ cup York Peppermint Minis

1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl
2. Mix well and serve

M&M Pretzel Hugs

1 bag square pretzels
1 bag M&Ms
1 bag holiday Hershey kisses

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
3. Align square pretzels on baking sheet in a single layer
4. Top each pretzel with a Hershey kiss
5. Bake for 4 to 5 minutes until chocolate is soft (but not melting!)
6. Remove from oven and carefully press an M&M on top of each kiss-topped pretzel
7. Refrigerate until set

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

½ cup butter (softened)
½ cup oil
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 bag Christmas chocolate chips
1 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar and oil in a mixer
3. Add eggs and beat until fluffy
4. Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a separate bowl
5. Add dry mixture to mixer and beat well
6. Mix in peppermint pieces, chocolate chips, almond extract and vanilla extract
7. Roll dough into small balls and place on baking sheet
8. Bake for 7 to 8 minutes

Snowmen on a Stick

18 mini powdered donuts
2 Fruit by the Foot
¼ cup white melting chips
12 Skittles
2 orange Starburst
6 lollipop sticks
Black icing

1. Microwave white melting chips for 30 seconds, stir
2. Dip lollipop stick into white chocolate mixture
3. Push 3 mini powdered donuts onto the stick to form the snowman’s body
4. Place a small glob of white chocolate at the base of the bottom donut for support
5. Lay donuts on baking sheet lined with waxing paper to set
6. Cut Starbursts in half then cut diagonally to form a “carrot-shaped piece”
7. Cut Fruit by the Fruit into 6-inch pieces for scarves
8. Once donuts set, use black icing to make eyes and a mouth at the top of donut
9. Use white chocolate to set Skittles as buttons at the middle and bottom donut holes
10. Use white chocolate to set Starburst as nose near the top donut hole
11. Let set; don’t refrigerate

You’re sure to be in the spirit of the holiday fun with these tasty holiday treats. From donut snowmen and Disney-themed Chex mix to a peppermint twist on a classic cookie and marshmallow pops, your kids will love helping you create (and eat) these scrumptious sweets.

From all of us at IKO Community Management, happy snacking!

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