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Reindeer Antlers

Reindeer Antlers

Who doesn’t love the combination of sweet and salty? Chocolate covered pretzels fill the need. The smooth creamy decadence of chocolate followed by the saltiness and crunch of the pretzel-delightful!  Of course it is the holiday season so why not have fun with it!  If you loved the M&M Chocolate Bark featured on this blog earlier this year, then you will love this holiday variation!

Reindeer Antlers

Decoration Time: 10 min.
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: Makes 14 antlers.

1 3/4 cups DOVE® Chocolate
3/4 cup M&M’S® Brand MINIS®
1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
Parchment Paper

1. Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S® Brand MINIS® and set aside for decoration.
2. Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper.
3. Melt the DOVE® Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.
4. Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S® Brand MINIS® on each antler as it is finished.
5. Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.
6. Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.
7. Once firm, remove them from the Parchment Paper.
8. If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.

Tip: Add red M&M’S® Brand MINIS® to form the red nose.

Click here to order your M&M’s® Brand MINIS® and DOVE® Chocolate now!

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Tasty Tree Lights CookiesThis year the Christmas season seems to have barrelled down upon us.  The stores barely had their Halloween décor stored away or their Turkeys & Pilgrims displayed before Rudolf & Santa made their first appearances. For me it doesn’t feel like Chrismas without my yearly ritural.  I need to wait until we have at least  exhausted the Thanksgiving leftovers so I can start baking a few batches of holiday cookies-have to make sure we have some for Santa!  MMMM Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights with M&M® or Peanut Butter Blossoms and a nice cup of cocoa-now we’re talking!  Then to really bring on the holiday spirit I need to sit in front of the twinkling Christmas tree with my family and watch National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation (the squirrel in the Christmas tree!) and A Christmas Story (You’ll shoot your eye out!)…now I’m feeling it!  What goodies and movies get you in the holiday spirit?

M&M’s Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights Recipe (pictured above)

Prep Time: 10 min.

Bake Time: 45 min.

Difficulty: Moderate

Yield: Makes 24 cookies.

Ingredients

2/3 cup flour 

1 18 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1½ cups prepared vanilla frosting 

3 cups M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend 

4 strands red licorice laces 

Resealable plastic bags 

Drinking straw 

Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (small)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

2. Knead the flour into the cookie dough until smooth. 

3. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. By hand, or using a Christmas light cookie cutter, cut out shapes. 

4. With a spatula, gently transfer the cookies to a baking sheet.  Using a drinking straw, press a hole at the top of each cookie. 

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. 

6. Separate different colors of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies, and set aside. 

7. Spread vanilla frosting on top of each cookie. Arrange a solid color of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies on top of each cookie. 

8. Let the cookies dry for 30 minutes. Run licorice laces through each hole, connecting the cookies into one continuous strand. 

9. Tip for a quicker and lighter version: Tint frosting to match the M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. Frost the cookies and then decorate with color coordinated M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. 

Featured: Candy Bouquet Contest

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Thank you to everyone that made our Candy Bouquet Contest a success! It ran through the month of June and 2 lucky Grand Prize winners, Jenny from California and Matt from right here in New Jersey, received the Grand Prizes and were very excited and happy with their bouquets! We appreciate the excellent response we received from our Facebook community and look forward to future contests and deals we can offer to our followers!

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One of our winners, Jenny, all the way in California with her basket!

 

 

 

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Tarts & Crafts

Don’t play with your food.
But DEFINITELY play with your candy.
Kids are going to eat candy whether we like it or not. I guess it’s just a part of being a kid. I know I absolutely adored candy when I was little (still do, but that’s neither here nor there). Cakes and cookies (and vegetables) I could do without, but candy was my number one treat.
My kids definitely inherited my sweet tooth and always ask for a jolly rancher here or a tootsie roll there. So if they are going to eat sweets, the least I can do is try to make the situation fun and creative. Using my noodle, I gathered some great activity ideas for birthday parties, play dates, craft time… I’m not going to lie; I definitely “borrowed” some of these ideas from my girlfriends (and their husbands too of course! Credit must be given where credit is due…)

1. Make your own personalized trail mix.
Simple! You can buy an assortment of candies and nuts in bulk (I prefer to buy from candycentral.com … they have a great selection and low prices). Split the treats up into different bowls, and then package them up to your taste buds’ delight! To add a little pizzazz, get your pick of party favor baggies and different colored gift wrapping ribbon. The kids can make delectable gift bags and exchange with each other.

2. Create a sweeter, juicer, fruitier, gingerbread man! (hold the ginger and hold the bread)
If you already plan on baking some cookies, make sure to have a gingerbread man cookie cutter handy. After the little men are done baking, spread your favorite frosting flavor on the entire top surface. You can then use jelly beans, Nerds, Skittles, even pulled licorice, and any other fun colorful little candies to decorate your own gingerbread man. Fun hint: Use the licorice to make the hair!

3. Make candy jewelry.
OK…no brainer – you could always buy a bunch of those pastel colored candy necklaces already packaged up…but what’s the fun in that? I think it would be more fun to personalize each necklace (or bracelet) to each child. This is a great idea to keep the kids busy during a birthday party. Ok, here’s what you’ll need:
- Bite-size candy that comes in a variety of colors. Preferably the kind that doesn’t melt right away. I.e. Gummy Bears, jelly beans, lifesavers (they are the best because they have a pre-made hole), Dots, etc.
- Pull-n-Peel Twizzlers or just regular lanyard.
- Toothpicks and scissors.
Just use the toothpicks to poke holes in the candies and string them onto the Twizzlers (one pulled off piece at a time) or use the lanyard as the string.
The lanyard will last longer than the candy string, but in my experience, it doesn’t really matter because the candy will be eaten anyhow!

4. Go Fish with Swedish Fish!
I honestly do not want to offend any parents here by teaching their children the fun in gambling. After all, we are using candy, not money. Assuming you already know the rules to the classic card game, Go Fish, proceed to deal cards out to all the players. Every time a player is told to “Go Fish,” they must draw a card from the pool….AND a Swedish Fish from the bowl of candy. In this version of the game, everyone wins!

5. You won’t need a crystal ball to be a fortune teller…find out who’s got a crush on who using Sweethearts Candy Hearts.
When I was a little girl, we had all sorts of games to predict our “very complicated” little love lives. Remember those little origami finger fortunes? Well this is even easier to do. Ask a question or call out a name of the suitor in mind and pick from a box of Sweethearts Candy Hearts. Answers will vary from “text me” to “true love,” or “sweet dreams” and “ask me.” Interpret the messages as you like, but please remember not to take the suggestions too seriously. It is just candy after all ;)

6. Sushi candy.
If there’s anything I enjoy as much as candy, it is sushi. So why not combine the two? My girlfriend actually served candy sushi at an adult cocktail hour … so much fun! Here are some preparation ideas: As rice, use plain white marshmallows or for a more authentic look, cut up Rice Krispies treats. Fruit roll-up makes awesome seaweed paper to bring the whole thing together, and here’s my personal pick: Swedish Fish Sea life candies as the pieces of fish! Each package has a variety of colors and they already look like seafood! Gourmet cuisine, voila!
I would suggest that the best way to go about candy crafting would be to give the kids (or adults…just bigger kids) plenty of options. Put your own spin on any of the ideas above. Just make sure to have a variety of sweet treats at home. There are plenty of online vendors that sell bulk candy. As I mentioned before, my personal favorite is www.candycentral.com.
Happy crafting y’all!