Christmas is almost here! Are all of your presents wrapped and under the tree or are you a Christmas Eve shopper?  I want to share two of my most popular homemade gifts especially for those of you who are looking for a last minute yummy gift to give out!

The first idea is Candy Cane Dip with Apples. This is an adapted recipe from the lovely ladies at The 36th Avenue. I like to pair it with a Granny Smith apple to be dipped into the candy cane dip. The tartness of the apple off sets the sweetness of the dip. Packaged together you get an absolutely adorable little gift!

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Candy Cane Dip

IngredientsIMG_8285
  • 8 oz Light Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 2 containers of Marshmallow Creme
  • 6 Candy Canes
Instructions
1. Mix together cream cheese and marshmallow creme. The longer you let it mix, the more creamy and fluffy it will be.
2. Place candy canes in a plastic baggie & crush with a mallet or rolling pin.
3. Slowly add the crushed candy canes into cream cheese mixture. Mix until well blended.
4. Pour into 3 ounce jars & keep refrigerated. Makes 5 servings.

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

 I have a confession to make. As I was making my gifts, the items that I had purchased didn’t make quite as many gifts as I needed to make! I couldn’t walk into work with gifts for some people and none for others. What did I have on hand that would make a nice gift? Harry & David’s “Moose Munch” immediately came to mind! Here is my take on that yummy idea.

Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn

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1 bag of popped popcorn (I like to use microwaveable kettle corn)

1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup chocolate chips

2 regular sized candy canes

2 cups caramel corn (optional)

Directions:

1. Pour popped bag of popcorn on a aluminum foil wrapped cookie tray.

2. Pour caramel corn over popcorn & mix together by hand.

3. Sprinkle peanuts over popcorn mixture.

4. Put two candy canes in a plastic baggie & crush with a mallet or rolling pin. Set candy cane crumbles aside.

5. Warm up chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments. Stir well and repeat until chocolate is melted.

6. Drizzle over the popcorn and peanut mixture.

7. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy canes over the melted chocolate.

8. Allow to set until dry. Place in refrigerator if you need to cool quickly.

9. Scoop into adorable little cellophane bags or cute boxes.

These are two of my favorite food gifts to pass out. Do you give gifts in your office? What are your favorite homemade gifts to make or receive?

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