Holiday Treats

EASY Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas and Chocolate-Peppermint Mini Pretzels

It’s that time of year again!  Christmas cards, decorations and gift wrapping.
Do you need an extra little gift to give someone, maybe a co-worker, or your child’s teacher?  I know I always do.  Making homemade gifts with cookies, candies and even chocolate covered pretzels are so much fun.

Get crafty this holiday season with quick and simple gifts from your kitchen. These are easy as child’s play, so you can enlist your kids to help!

These homemade gifts are not only a great way to save money during the holiday season; they are also a thoughtful and creative way to show how much you care.

“Packaging” is easy too! Use mason jars or any size jars you can find. (Mason jars can be found at Walmart or online.)  You can find small, cute, festive labels to attach, making it easy to identify the contents.  I save some extra jars throughout the year from my jams or pickled foods to repurpose.  Any size jar looks great when tied with a holiday ribbon or bow. 

Here I filled some jars with store bought candies, using Twizzlers and mixing in two flavors, strawberry and cherry.  Some jars are filled with mint candies and even mixed nuts.  You can get so creative here.
 

But our all time favorite candies are the ones homemade, like our chocolate-peppermint covered pretzels.

Chocolate-peppermint mini pretzels are mini pretzels drizzled on top with melted dark chocolate, then again with melted white chocolate, and then sprinkled on top with peppermint bits. These are so good and addicting; the saltiness with sweet dark chocolate along with a hint of cool refreshing peppermint.  YUM!
 
Best of all, homemade gifts from your kitchen will always convey a personal message of “made with love.”   ENJOY!
 
 

Chocolate-Peppermint Covered Mini Pretzels

  • 1 package mini pretzels
  • 1 + 1/4 cups dark chocolate chips – ( I used Ghirardelli )
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips – ( I used Toll House Nestle)
  • 1 package (5-ounce) peppermint bits
  • wax paper 


Use a tray or a baking sheet and cover it with a sheet of wax paper.
Scatter the mini pretzels in one single layer and lay them side by side.

Using a double boiler, on stove-top melt dark chocolate chips, stirring until they are completely melted.

Use a fork to drizzle with melted chocolate across the pretzels.  Don’t worry if they get messy, you can easily break them apart when cooled.

If you need to, rinse and dry small pot, or grab a second small pot.
Place over the double boiler and melt white chocolate morsels. 
Drizzle white chocolate over the pretzels the second time.
Scatter and sprinkle on top with peppermint bits. 
Place aside to cool, or in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
Once pretzels are completely cooled, gently break them apart and place them into jars.

 
Gently layer the pretzels into the jar,  and it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Cover with the lid and wrap with pretty ribbons and bows on top.  So festive!

Store jars in a cool place until ready to label them and give away as gifts.  Have fun!

And thanks for stopping by! 
xoxo Anna and Liz

 

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21 Comments

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 16, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Let me know when you need my address … and you can send mine in plastic so no worries about it breaking! You ladies rock – these are great ideas and anybody would be thrilled to have a jar! Thanks and Merry Christmas 🙂

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      annaliz
      December 16, 2014 at 6:56 pm

      Sure Tricia! We'd love to send you some! And thank you…Merry Christmas to you too!

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      Tricia Buice
      December 5, 2015 at 11:20 pm

      Love this post – thanks for the reminders. Such a great and lovely way to say thanks to a friend without spending a fortune. Lovely!!!!

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      annaliz
      December 7, 2015 at 3:24 am

      Thanks Tricia! Have a great week!!
      Xo Anna and Liz

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    Sandra
    December 16, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Great ideas for gifts! They look so pretty too!
    Happy Christmas! Sandra

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      annaliz
      December 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Sandra and Merry Christmas to you and your family !

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    December 16, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Anyone would be happy to receive these! What a great idea and I love how you've packaged them.

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      annaliz
      December 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Sue! These were "spur of the moment" knd of idea I came up with for emergency gifts. Thanks for the lovely comment. Xo

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    December 17, 2014 at 12:02 am

    oh wow! So many amazing and delicious things to look at. I wish I lived close to you and received some of these goodies! All great ideas!

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      annaliz
      December 17, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      We feel the same way Jessica and wished we were neighbors!
      Xo

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    Betty
    December 17, 2014 at 2:20 am

    These little pretzels look so good! I like to make a couple of jars of goodies to have on hand for "emergency" gifts. What makes these perfect is that I have all of the ingredients. That sweet and salty combination is the best! 🙂

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      annaliz
      December 17, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks Betty ! I made these for my daughter to give to her teachers and my sister was the one to suggest that I share my idea for everyone to see. Have a great day ! And Merry Christmas !!

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    Brooks
    December 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Wow, quick and easy! The pretzels are calling my name. I'm with you ladies, clever packaging makes a gift from the kitchen that much more special, and you've got wonderful ideas here. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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      annaliz
      December 17, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks Brook! These were so easy! Enjoy! Happy holidays to you as well! Xo

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    December 18, 2014 at 3:06 am

    I love receiving food gifts of any kind. Please send them my way! I just went and bought some cute containers, so I had best get started. I always try to beat the neighbors, but they always beat me!

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      annaliz
      December 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      Lol… I hear ya Abbe! Have fun!

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    Barbara Bakes
    December 18, 2014 at 4:25 am

    So many cute ideas! I'm sure those pretzels wouldn't last long at our house. Happy holidays!

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      annaliz
      December 18, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      Same here Barbara , they don't last very long, maybe a few hours the most! Enjoy!

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    Joanne
    December 18, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Yay for homemade gifts! These all look so good.

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      annaliz
      December 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Joanne – Have a great weekend!

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    Roz Corieri Paige
    December 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    You two are so amazing! Yummy homemade gifts for those you care about! I just can't find the time this year . . . gotta retire someday soon!
    Merry Christmas!
    xo
    Roz

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