While you are buying the perfect gifts for your loved ones, getting the cupboards full of Christmas treats, everyone knows the Christmas food is what we look forward to all year round; you can eat as much as you want at any time in the day and not be judged!
If you have recently watched The Great British Bake Off or a huge fan of Masterchef, and love to get your hands dirty in the kitchen, then here are a few ideas for some amazing twists on Christmas food.
These are a gorgeous little treat to make for the holidays. Marshmallows are a cheeky snack to have throughout the year and are perfect to roast on an open fire. Add the candy-cane stripes and the peppermint flavouring you cannot go wrong bringing the Christmas feel to these yummy snacks!
Find the recipe here.
- Vegetable-Oil cooking spray.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon light corn syrup (can be difficult to get hold of in the UK, replace with good ol’ Golden Syrup)
- 4 packages (1/4 ounce each) unflavoured gelatine
- 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 large egg whites
- 2 teaspoons red food colouring
Now if you look at this recipe and think “hmm I don’t really have time to make marshmallows from scratch” then this next idea could be the one for you.
Rice Krispie Christmas Treats.
These treats are amazing, and a common favourite in my household. They take minutes to make and you can decorate and shape them in any way you please. This is a very simple recipe, and you can change it and adapt it in so many ways.
All you need are a few ingredients, recipe here
- 100g (4oz) English Butter
- 100g (4oz) Marshmallows
- 100g (4oz) Toffees
- 100g (4oz) Rice Krispies
If you are not a fan of high sugary treats and want to add some fruit into your snacks, but still have the festive element then this idea may be perfect for you.
There are many recipes out there on the internet to create the perfect toffee/chocolate apple, each one having its own twist in the ingredients. Some add butter, some add golden syrup and this is with just the basic recipes. However each one has the aim to create the yummiest apple ever. I personally prefer the traditional red caramel apple, but little Rudolf here is very tempting to make. Each recipe comes with little tricks to use, so if you don’t have a kitchen full of fancy equipment you wont have to go out and spend unnecessarily. My favourite is testing if the toffee is ready to be placed on the apple. You will have to click the link to find out here.
If you don’t feel you are a big fan of baking, then festive homemade Christmas bath products are the way forward!
Homemade Peppermint scrub
- 1 1/2-2 cups sugar
- 1/2-1 cup coconut oil
- 4-6 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1 tsp vitamin e oil
- 1-3 drops red food colouring or soap colourant
- Melt coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds or until it becomes liquid.
- Mix in essential oil and vitamin e.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
- Divide scrub in half and use food colouring in one batch.
- Fill Mason jar by alternating red and white scrub.
- Store in airtight container.
You can use any scent to make these beautiful scrubs, anything from citrus oils to lavender oil and you will have a beautiful treat for yourself or a cute gift all year round.
Homemade Bath Bombs
If you feel you want to be a bit more creative with your gift and add a personal touch to the item then I think the bath bomb is for you. They are incredibly easy to make and you can add any scent you want, you can even add glitter or flower petals for that added touch. Not only can you add what you like to them, but you can also mould them into any shape you like, by using ice cube moulds, cake moulds and even cookie cutters. You can find the most unique ice cube moulds here to bring you the best savings around. You will find the recipe and instructions here.
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