Edible Holiday Sweet Treats

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Need a few more gifts before Friday but don’t feel like dropping more cash on the holiday? Why not give the gift of sweets? A few years ago I started to make sweet treats for my friends Christmas presents, and they have been a big hit. I have two that are my go-to gifts and both are fairly easy to make and look beautiful wrapped up in a clear bag with some ribbon.

peppermint_bark_candyThe first and easiest holiday treat to make is peppermint bark. Melt down a bag of milk chocolate chips and lay it over a cookie sheet of parchment paper. While that cools, melt down white chocolate chips and four drops of peppermint oil. Spread this over the hardened milk chocolate. Last, crush up candy canes and sprinkle them on top. When the bark is cool have fun smashing the bark off the parchment paper!

My other favorite sweet treat to make is not only delicious but beautiful as well. I luck out in the fact that my parents winter in Florida and like to send me boxes of fresh citrus. I recently got a box of fresh oranges and decided to make candied orange slices dipped in chocolate. The process takes a while but the end result are beautiful translucent orange slices that are the perfect sweet treat.

Chocolate Dipped Candied Oranges

Ingredients

  • 1-3 navel oranges (depending on how many slices you want to make, one orange produces about 6 slices)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 oounces dark chocolate

Instructions

  • Thoroughly wash the oranges to get rid of any waxy residue.
  • Slice off and discard the ends, and slice the rest of the fruit into 1/2 inch slices.
  • In a wide pot, heat and stir water and sugar until the sugar dissolves.
  • Avoid stirring after this point to prevent crystallization.
  • Bring to a gentle boil and add the orange slices.
  • After 15 minutes, lower the heat to medium-low.
  • Flip over the slices and continue cooking on low for another 15-20 minutes, until the peel becomes translucent and the syrup has thickened.
  • Place a wire rack on top of a lined baking sheet, and transfer the candied slices on top to cool.
  • Melt chocolate and dip slices halfway.
  • Place slices on a parchment-lined tray and chill.
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Mollie is a native Cape Codder who learned at an early age how to put a lobster to sleep, harvest cranberries, and dig for clams. After high school she followed her sense of adventure out west to the University of Wyoming where she graduated with marketing and communication degrees. She found herself making roots in Jackson, her fiance’s hometown, and using her sales skills combined with her love of anything delicious to join the Dishing sales team. She loves baking from scratch, large glasses of red wine, and hiking with her heeler, Newton. She’ll try anything, but remains a stuck up Cape Codder when it comes to seafood. If she didn’t catch it or see it come off the boat, don’t even try tempting her.

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