Christmas treats

”Tis the season for baking ๐Ÿ™‚ We are having fun making treats and giving them away ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Candied Almonds 


1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 TBsp cinnamon 

2 cups almonds 

Mix water, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium heat. Add almonds and stir. Keep stirring until all of the water has evaporated – the pour the candied nuts onto a cookie sheet to cool.


They make great gifts – unless a 13 year old boy in your house, eats them all! 

Chocolate toffee candy 


I have been making this for over 15 years ๐Ÿ™‚ simple and yummy! 

1 1/2 cups butter

1 1/2 cups sugar 

1/2 tsp vanilla 

Cook in a sauce pan on medium heat. Stir continuously until it reaches 295 on a candy thermometer ( not any longer or it will scorch. ) 

Pour into a greased pan and top with 2 cups of chocolate chips. Let the chocolate melt and spread it. Sprinkle sea salt 

Cool and break up ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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Bits and Bytes, Christmas candy and strawberry iceย 

Treats treats and more treats! 

It’s that time of year and although I have been going hard core gluten and dairy free… I do have 4 and sometimes 5 (Jaclyn qualifies as a family member ) who need treats for Christmas…. and with two snow days in a row…. we have had lots of time to get er done! So here are 3 great treats for the holidays ๐Ÿ™‚ (I’ll probably have to make more lol )

Bits and Bytes 


1 bag of pretzel sticks 

2 boxes of cheese sticks or nibs ( I used one of both )

1 box of shreddies

1 box of honey nut cheerios 

Mix that all up in a bigggggg roasting pan 

Melt 1 pound of butter ( I know right? It’s a lot – but it’s a big pan!! )

Add

1 TBsp  garlic powder

2 TBsp worchestire sauce 

2 heaping tsp onion salt

2 heaping tsp. celery salt 

Mixer up and pour over the bites ๐Ÿ™‚ toss around and then bake at 250F for an hour and a half – mix up every 1/2 hour ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Strawberry Ice ( this is the kids absolute favourite dessert! ) 


Base 

2 cups of graham crumbs

2 TBsp brown sugar 

1/2 cup of melted Butter 

Mix it up and press it into the bottom of a 9×13 pan – bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes

Topping

1 big brick of cream cheese 

2 cups of white sugar 

Blend with a hand mixer 

Blend in 1 big tub of cool whip 

Fold in 1-2 cups of frozen strawberries ( really any frozen fruit will do but my kids prefer strawberries 

Christmas Candy

This is the candy from my childhood. My mother always bought a bag of this at Christmas time ๐Ÿ™‚ a very sentimental taste lol


We called them Barley candy – I have no idea why lol 

I got the tin candy molds at Scoop and Save… do NOT use chocolate molds! 

2 cups of white sugar 

2/3 cup of white corn syrup

3/4 cup of water 

1-2 drops of food colouring ( I have red and green paste and it rocks ) 

Mix the sugar, syrup and water in a sauce pan at high heat and keep stirring until mixture reaches 300F on a candy thermometer. Take off the stove and let it settle a bit till the bubbles stop. Mix in your colour to your desired shade and then pour into the moulds. 

Let things cool and pop those yummys out! 
Enjoy!!!