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When it comes to Christmas shopping and gifting, I always like to have something extra on hand to give to guests. Or to give to local community members or neighbors. Whatever the case may be, it could be something small or it could be something homemade. I prefer homemade because I think it just gives that extra touch. This year, I will be gifting peppermint Christmas cracker candy.
I was actually surprised at how easy this was to make. I’d always been under the impression that the process was complicated. That, and every time I’ve attempted to make candy at home, it never turned out well.
But, after giving it a shot, it was so much easier than I realized.
Sometimes I wonder why I didn’t try to make it sooner.
Also, being able to crush some candy canes? Quite therapeutic.
I do remember, when I was in elementary school, spending the weekends helping my mom make cookies to give to the staff at school. It was something that always stood out to me and something that I look forward to doing when my toddler is older. And now we have this tasty treat to add in to our rotation of tried and true cookie recipes.
Peppermint Christmas Cracker Candy
Peppermint Christmas Cracker Candy
An easy and tasty treat to keep or share with others during the holiday season.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 sticks butter
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 sleeves crackers
- 15 miniature candy canes
In a small to medium sized sauce pan, melt the brown sugar and butter together over low heat. Wait until it is boiling and then let boil for 3 minutes. Watch it closely to ensure that it does not boil over
While that is melting, preheat the oven to 375 and line a jelly pan with wax paper. I would also recommend spraying the wax paper
In one layer, spread the crackers on the wax paper and then pour the finished butter and sugar mixture over the crackers.
Bake for 9 minutes and then remove from the oven. Layer the chocolate chips over the crackers in an even layer and return the oven. Bake for an additional minute or two until the chocolate is melted. While this in the oven, crush but do not pulverize the candy canes
Remove from the oven, spreading the melted chocolate as needed and sprinkle the crushed candy canes over the top of the chocolate layer.
Let chill for at least 30 minutes before breaking apart into more individual sized servings
I love that I can make batches of this and store it in the fridge. Plus, with the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs, I can stack these in the fridge for easier storage.
At some point, of course, I’ll also make a printable label to put on them just in case. I’ve learned, the hard way, that I have to avoid peppermint candy canes. But that won’t stop me from making this delicious treat to share with others.
Almost a blessing in disguise though because I have such a tendency to taste test treats.
One of the other great things about this peppermint Christmas cracker candy? The ingredients are so easy to find and are probably things that you already have at home.
But, if you don’t, you can pick them up at your local WalMart along with the Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. These special festive designs are available until 12/24- so even the last minute shoppers and gifters are in luck! And if you’re looking for more holiday inspiration, be sure to check out the awesome ideas at ShareTheHoliday.com
Do you enjoy giving food gifts for the holidays? If so, what do you like to give? What would you put in a RubberMaid TakeAlongs?