Sweet Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

November 23rd, 2010 by Susan Brisbois

Now is a wonderful time to start thinking about holiday gift giving. There are so many homemade food items you can give to show how much you care, without spending a lot of money.

Bark
Bark is one of my favorite things to give. Just melt Dark Cocoa Candy Melts® in a microwaveable bowl. I melt them in 30-second increments on medium power. Stir and microwave again until all melted.
Candy Bark Gift
Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Now the fun begins.

  • Tiger Tail Bark
    Drizzle Peanut Butter Candy Melts® over the Dark Cocoa Candy Melts®, then drizzle with White Candy Melts®. You can put this in the fridge to speed up the setting, or just leave at room temperature. Break up pieces of bark into good size pieces and place in a holiday gift bag or box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.
  • Candy Bar Bark
    Melt Candy Melts. Before it sets up, sprinkle with crushed up candy bars. Break up pieces of bark into good size pieces and place in a holiday gift bag or box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.
  • White Candy Melts®
    Melt Candy Melts. Before it sets up, sprinkle with dried cranberries and pistachio nuts. Break up pieces of bark into good size pieces and place in a holiday gift bag or box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.
  • Peppermint Bark
    The Holiday Peppermint Bark Kit contains everything you need to make 6 treats for gift giving! Place bark in a Holiday Bark Gift Box Kit.

Gourmet Popcorn
Gourmet PopcornMake your own gourmet popcorn at home. Pop corn kernels in a hot air corn popper or your microwave. Lay popcorn out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Melt Candy Melts in a disposable decorating bag and ‘decorate’ the popcorn. I like to use Dark Cocoa Candy Melts and White Candy Melts. Place in a holiday gift bag or box, or a popcorn treat box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.

Buy store-bought Caramel Corn, remove from container and drizzle with Light Cocoa Candy Melts. Place in a holiday gift bag or box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.

Christmas Popcorn. Drizzle popcorn with green and red candy melts. Place in a holiday gift bag or box. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.

Pretzel Rods
Melt Wilton Dark Cocoa Candy Melts in a disposable decorating bag in your microwave. My tip: after they are melted, place disposable decorating bag of candy melts inside a tall container such as a drinking glass. This makes it so easy to dip the pretzel rods into the candy melts rather than trying to spoon the mixture over the pretzels. Just dip pretzels in one at a time, shake off excess candy and lay on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Before they cool they are ready to ‘dress’ up.
Pretzel Rods
Pretzel rods dipped in Dark Cocoa Candy Melts, drizzled with Light Cocoa Candy Melts and White Candy Melts.

Pretzel rods dipped in Dark Cocoa Candy Melts, sprinkled with any kind of chopped nuts.

Pretzel rods dipped in Dark or Light Cocoa Candy Melts. Melt caramel candies in microwave, drizzle over pretzel rods and sprinkle with a little coarse salt. It’s the whole sweet & salty thing.

Bag pretzel rods individually or a few in a holiday gift bag. Tie with a pretty ribbon and attach gift card.

Cakes or Breads
Give your favorite cake or bread recipe in a pretty package. Make up the dry mix for your favorite cake or bread mix, place in a clear holiday gift bag and tie with a ribbon. Put the mix in a Wilton loaf pan. Tie up both the mix and loaf pan and tie with a ribbon. Don’t forget to include the recipes so they can make it the next time.

Cookies
You can do the same thing with a favorite cookie mix, just include a Wilton cookie sheet, dry mix, recipe for cookies and wrap.

These are just a few ideas that come from my kitchen. Please feel free to add to this blog and share some of your homemade gift ideas.

Susan Brisbois Susan found her passion in cake decorating about 13 years ago. She was approached to be on the Training Team about 10 years ago and has held this position proudly for the last 10 years. Other than her family, nothing gives her more pleasure than creating a beautiful cake for someone’s special occasion. After trying many crafts over the years, pottery, oil painting, jewellery making, this was the one she kept coming back to. Susan lives in Toronto, Canada.

4 Replies

  1. I love how pretty all the gift boxes are!

  2. Diane says:

    Sue

    Awesome ideas. Keep it coming I look forward to more very helpful. You make everything look so easy

  3. Devorah says:

    I always make home made gifts for Christmas. It’s amazing how much more appreciative my friends and family are when they receive them. Much better than giving them a gift card. I use one particular Brownie in a Jar recipe for Secret Santa gifts here (http://www.cupcakemommies.com/brownies-in-a-jar/) It saves me a lot of money since I usually have the ingredients in my kitchen.

  4. Judy Scangarella says:

    My grand son loves cookies and cakes that I have made for him with your products. Unfortuantly he has now developed a ” Peanut Alergy” Because of this we have to use products that are not only peanut free but also have to be made in a peanut Free Facility. So not only ingredeants but also cake pans need to fall in this category. Does Wilton have any products that are Peanut Free and made in a peanut free facility? If you do not I think you should look at doing this because you are missing a very large growing market.

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