Favorite Things Friday– Holiday Treats

Here are a few of my favorite (CHOCOLATE) holiday treats. And before you start thinking about calories and exercise and New Year’s resolutions–RELAX. 

Christmas calories don’t count.

– Dove Cinnamon Dusted Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds. 

I know my chocolate, and these are, by far, my most favorite holiday treat. I absolutely love them. And don’t worry, dark chocolate and nuts are both good for your heart and cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar, so these are a win-win-win! *They are also available in milk chocolate.

These are only available from Dove Chocolate Discoveries, the makers of all Dove chocolate, but this is their direct sales line of treats. Check out this link to order (and by the way, the rest of the products are FABULOUS, too). Melissa, my Dove Chocolatier, will be happy to help you. Tell her I said hi! Yeah, we’re totally on a first-name basis. 🙂
*The almonds are listed under the “Instant Gratification” section. Yeah, they are.

– Dove peppermint bark.

Why is it that chocolate wrapped in shimmery Christmas-colored paper tastes so delicious? Well, the “inspirations” on the inside of these wrappers make me feel better about myself when I eat them, so those esteem-inducing endorphins cancel out any calories. I’m sure of it.
These are available at all major grocery stores. 

– Chocolate-Peanut Butter Mallow Bars

Recipe Here
Not to deter you from trying these, but in my house, we call them Piggy Fat Bars. Mostly because I feel like a little, fat piggy when I eat them. They are delicious and don’t last long at holiday parties and family gatherings. 

– Truffle Cake with Candy Cane Cream

Recipe Here
I made this for a holiday party and not one smidgen of cake was left. Not even a tiny bite for me to carry home and savor later. It should make me happy that this was such a hit, but it just made me depressed that there were no leftovers. 

– Chinese New Year Cookies

These are one of my favorite treats from my childhood. I don’t think these are actually authentic to the Chinese New Year which usually falls in February, but that’s what we call them and we make them every Christmas season. This is an easy family recipe, so whip up a batch and enjoy!

1 bag semi-sweet morsels
1 bag butterscotch chips
1 can rice noodels
1 bag chow mein noodles
1 can peanuts

Melt semi-sweet morsels in double boiler. Add butterscotch chips and stir until melted and blended. Remove from heat. Add chow mein noodles, rice noodles, and peanuts. Mix until all are covered in the chocolate blend. Using spoon, form into cookies and drop onto cookie sheet. (I usually line my cookie sheet with wax paper for easy clean up.) Refrigerate until chocolate has hardened each cookie. Remove from tray and store in large zip-loc bag. I usually keep mine refrigerated as we work on eating them, but you don’t have to. I just like them cold.


Share with me: What are some of your favorite holiday treats?

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2 responses to “Favorite Things Friday– Holiday Treats

  1. Oh my word, this is my kind of post, Jenny! Yum, yum, and YUM! I don't think I've tried any of these, so I've got some work ahead of me. 😉

  2. I think I am gonna have to go and bake some cookies. Right now. Yum!My holiday favorite:8-trick butter cookiesSift: 2 1/2 c. flour1 tsp baking soda1 tsp cream of tarterCream:1 c. butter (the real stuff-no scrimping)1 1/2 c. powdered sugar1 egg1 tsp vanillaRoll into quarter sized balls and flaten.Bake at 400 for 5-8 minutes.Use standard butter cream frosting recipie online. So soft and delicious. Nothing like 'em.

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