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July 24, 2010 19:28 by Barbara Shelby

GIFT SPOON IDEAS...USE FOR COFFEE, HOT CHOCOLATE OR TEA! Nice gifts but also a great winter time activity!!!

CHOCOLATE SPOONS
These are nice!
For 12 spoons need:
1 cup (6 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips and 12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in winter colors ( OR....pick up mismatched spoons at a thrift store)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Start at about 2 minutes and then keep checking. You don't want to burn the chocolate. Dip the spoons into the chocolate...allow the spoons to cool slightly, then dip them in the chocolate again. Repeat until chocolate reaches your desired thickness on the spoon. If a gift---after the spoons are cool, wrap them in gift cellophane and tie with a ribbon or yarn. Wonderful for coffee and hot chocolate...

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 PEPPERMINT CANDY SPOONS

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 candy cane or 5 peppermint candies, crushed
12 heavy-duty plastic spoons in Christmas colors

1.  Put candy in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin.
2.  Melt chocolate.
3.  Dip spoons into chocolate to fill.
4.  Sprinkle with crushed candy.
5.  Place on waxed paper covered cookie sheet to cool.
Wrap with cellophane and tie with ribbons for gifts.

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SWEET AND NICE TEA STIRERS

 34 pieces crushed, flavored hard candy; 2 Tbls. light corn syrup; heavyweight clear plastic spoons

  • Line a jellyroll pan with waxed paper and spray it with cooking spray. In a small, heavy saucepan- combine crushed candies and corn syrup over low heat. Continuously stir as the candy melts.
  • Spoon the melted candy into the bowl of each spoon.
  • Place the spoons on a prepared pan with a rim so the spoons are level. Let them stay until the candy again hardens.
  •  Store in airtight container or wrap in gift cellophane and ribbons for a gift.

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TWO TEA GIFT IDEAS

 
#1 TEA FOR TWO GIFT

  • Insert a small funnel into the top of a 3x4 resealable bag.
  • Measure and pour into the bag- 2 teaspoons unsweetened instant tea, ½ tsp. sugar-free cranberry gelatin, and 1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder.
  • Remove the funnel and seal the bag.
  • Repeat for as many as desired (each gift bag should have two).
  • Stack together two 10 ounce foam cups. Put the bags of tea mix into the top cup.
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    #2 RUSSIAN GIFT TEA
    Put in a jar, wrap prettily and give with instructions.
    Ingredients:
    2 cups Tang
    1/2 cup instant tea
    1 package lemonade mix-3 oz.
    1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
    3/4 tsp. cloves (optional)
    1/2 cup sugar
  • Combine ingredients. Use 2 or 3 heaping teaspoons of mixture to each cup of water. Serve hot or cold.
  • Include the recipe and preparation directions:
    “Pour 8 ounces of boiling water into cup. Stir contents of one tea bag until dissolved. Add sugar to taste.”
  • Wrap the cups in colorful tissue paper. Add a ribbon or bow.

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CHECK OUT THE recipes and goodies with PRETZELS in the PRETZEL CATEGORY! So many it has its own category! Also has ideas to wrap gift wrap them...

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HERSHEY'S KISSES Flower Bouquet 

Materials: 6" lengths of 12 gauge floral wire
Silk flower leaves
Green floral tape
Clear cellophane
Glue
Scissors
ribbon
Hershey Kisses Milk Chocolates
To create Chocolate Roses:

  •  For each candy rose, spread glue on the bottom of one foil-wrapped chocolate. Firmly press the bottom of another chocolate to it.
  • Insert florist wire into one pointed end of the double chocolates, twisting cellophane, continuing down the full length of wire with tape.
  • Add 1 or 2 artificial leaves, if desired, securing leaves in place with florist tape.

You can also make them by taking two Hershey kisses...  first insert a pipe cleaner or wire into one. Next attach kisses together at flat end with tape or glue; wrap them with red saran wrap. Take 2 wire leaves and attach them to the pipe cleaner with florist tape.......

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RICE KRISPY HERSHEY KISS

For a Valentine's Day or _____ gift make -- a "Hershey Kiss" using rice krispie treats. 
1. Make a batch of the krispie treats
2. Spray a funnel using Pam and push some of the treat into the funnel making a kiss shape.
3. Put the kiss shape onto a piece of foil and wrap it up. Add a gift carad saying I love you or _________!

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CANDY CANE CAPPUCCINO  (Gift Jar)

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup instant coffee
1 cup hot cocoa mix
8 regular sized candy canes, crushed

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or blender until it becomes a smooth powder. Place mixture in small jars and decorate with fabric and ribbon-- and attach the tag.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR TAG (attach to jar/bag)... Candy Cane Cappuccino:
Stir 1 tablespoon of cappuccino mix into 1 cup boiling water. For a richer cup of cappuccino, place 1 tablespoon of mix into 1 cup of hot milk.

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COCOA MIX GIFT #1  FOR A COLD DAY...

Materials:
Small glass jar (baby food size)
1 serving of hot cocoa mix
About 1/4 cup of small marshmallows
4-inch or larger fabric scrap (depending on the size of your jar)
18" length of ribbon
Glue
Hershey Kiss candy
Small wrapped candy cane
Card

Directions:
Clean the jar and dry it well. Measure a one-cup serving of the hot cocoa mix into the jar. Fill the jar to the top with small marshmallows. . Cut the fabric scrap into a circle. Center the fabric circle on top of the jar lid. Tie the ribbon around the edge. Glue the Hershey Kiss on top of the fabric cover. Glue the candy cane to the side of the jar. Write a personal note and draw a candy cane or other symbol on the card.

Include simple directions like the following:
"Here's a little gift to warm you up on a cold afternoon. Simply pour this jar of cocoa mix into a mug filled with 6 to 8 oz. of hot water. Top with marshmallows and drop in the Hershey Kiss. Stir with the candy cane and enjoy!"

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COCOA GIFT #2 (SNOWMAN SOUP) WITH POEMS

Place in a clear plastic bag...
1 individual pack hot chocolate mix
3 Hershey's chocolate kisses
10-15 mini-marshmallows
1 small candy cane
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Add one of the following poems...

COCOA POEM #1

When the weather outside is frightful,
Snowman Soup can be delightful.
May it warm your spirit and your soul.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

When you feel a chill or 'burrrrrr',
Use the peppermint stick to stir.
Add hot water and sip it slow.
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.
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POEM #2

When it's so cold that you holler and whoop,
It's time to bring out the Snowman Soup!

Pour the packet in a mug. Add marshmallows too.
And throw in these kisses
that are special just for you.

Now add some hot water and use the cane to stir it.
Sip slowly and soon you'll feel the warm winter spirit!
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COCOA POEM #3

A little cup of cocoa, I'm sending your way,
For you to sip and enjoy,
On some cold lonely day.

As you sip this cocoa, It's warmth will warm your heart...
Just like our friendship warmed mine, Right from the very start.

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GOURMET APPLES (Adapted from Mrs. Z. Rochester, Mi.)
Apples MUST be dry and room temp.

•Put caramels in a crock pot (You can also microwave the caramel dip sold in stores)
Place Popsicle sticks in  stems of large apples.

Adult- When caramel is melted, put the apple on a stick in crock pot; make sure it’s totally covered.

•Let it drip; place on wax paper on a paper plate.

•Next have semi-sweet choc melted and put in baggie; snip off the corner of baggie and drizzle over caramel. You can also do white chocolate...

•Decorate  with choice of colored sprinkles, nuts, m&m's, seasonal edible decorations, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Reese pieces etc. Mrs. Z gives children the choice of two decorations. (At home she does more)

•Lift off the paper plate and place on a doily.

These make a wonderful gift! For two other Apples on a Stick ideas, visit the Apple Foods category...

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SNOWBALL MARSHMALLOWS

Ingredients:
Bag of Large Marshmallows, Corn Syrup, Sugar Crystals, Cake Sparkle Sprinkles

• Gently brush each marshmallow with corn syrup.
Roll in sugar crystals and cake sparkles.
Set aside on parchment paper to dry.
Cover lightly with saran wrap to keep air off so marshmallows don't dry out.
Once set, place into snack-sized zip loc bags for gifts or later!

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COLORED SUGARS IN PRETTY CONTAINERS to give as gifts! To make: Combine 1/4 t. food coloring, 1/4 t. water, 1/2 t. vanilla extract and 1/4 c. granulated white sugar. Mix together and spread out in a thin layer to dry. Rub out the lumps between your fingers to make the powder uniform. Use more food coloring for darker colors, and less food coloring for lighter hues.

You can use clean baby food jars and cover the tops with fabric/felt and ribbon! These are to be used on cookies and desserts...

Recipe #2  Without the vanilla and water-Materials: Ziploc bags, Granulated sugar, Food coloring, Paper plates

Put some sugar into a bag and add a drop of food coloring. Close the bag and, with your hand on the outside of the bag, mix the color in. You may need to add slightly more food coloring or sugar until you get the right color and texture (you don’t want the sugar to be at all damp). Tip the sugar on to a paper plate to dry.
To use the sugar, tip it back into a clean bag, seal and break up any lumps which have formed. To give as a gift-layer in jars as directed above. They really do look like sand art!

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HOLIDAY GUMDROP/SPICE DROP  CANDY TREE

Materials:
Gumdrop (Spice Drop) Candy
Styrofoam tree - Any size desired; sample is 6"
Tin foil
Pointed Toothpicks

1. Cover the tree base with tin foil
2. Break toothpicks in half
3. Put a gumdrop on the broken side of the tooth pick...
3. Starting at the bottom of the tree, poke the pointed side of the tooth pick (with the gumdrop on it) into the tree.
4. Continue going around the tree until it's covered with the candy.

Use caution with young children ... it can be difficult removing the toothpicks. These should only be for decoration. 

I remember making these in the late 1960's! Seeing a photo of one on a website --brought back some nice memories--so guess what?! I made one and "Hubby" made the other...(Barb)

Click Here for directions for "Candy Cane Seeds" and "Snowman and Reindeer Poop" Gifts! 

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Other Craft Categories that are also great for Gifts are:

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Pretzel Recipes-All Kinds!

July 21, 2010 03:11 by Barbara Shelby

 

 Updated October 2013

NOTE: Wrapping 'pretzels for gift' ideas are at the bottom of this page...

HUGS AND/OR KISSES  PRETZELS (Good all year round!)

Simply change the color of the M&M candy. Green for St. Paddy Day, Red and Pink for Valentine's Day, Red and Green for Christmas, etc.

 Ingredients: 3 (10 ounce) bags checkerboard, windowpane or round shaped pretzels
1 (large pound size) bag M&Ms plain chocolate candies.  (H
ershey's Hugs chocolates
Hershey's chocolate kissesse Red and Green M&M's for Christmas--Red and Pink for Valentine--Green for St. Paddy Day, etc.) 

Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

Open the bags of pretzels and place them on a parchment or waxed paper-lined cookie sheets in a single layer. DO ONLY ONE TYPE OF CANDY PER SHEET because the 'Hugs' melt faster than the kisses.

Unwrap Hugs or Kisses, place one on each pretzel, repeat for an entire cookie sheet.

Place cookie sheets in the preheated oven, bake 4 MINUTES FOR THE SHEET OF pretzels and HUGS, 5-6 minutes for the pretzels and KISSES. Remove from oven and immediately put a M&M on top of each pretzel/chocolate, pressing down gently. Place cookie sheet in freezer or refrigerator until the chocolate is reset.  If this is a gift...wrap either in cellophane bags, a tin or a candy box. (Photo samples by KidActivities. 

 

The version  with a variety of colored M&M's used Chocolate Kisses candy on square pretzels. The Valentine version used smaller round pretzel shapes with both Hugs and Kisses candy. M&M's were only in shades of pink and red...

 

THE ABOVE PRETZEL ideas are boundless! Two more ideas following the above directions are pretzels on pretzels... and pretzels with gold fish crackers! Images by KidActivities.net

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CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZEL RODS
Ingredients:
Pretzel Rods
Semisweet chocolate chips
Sprinkles (the sugar sprinkles won’t work as well as non-perils or “jimmy” sprinkles) (The pictured also have caramel drizzled on them.)

  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chocolate chips in either a double boiler or in a mason jar over a pot of simmering water. Remove from heat.
  • While the chocolate is still hot, dip the rods in the chocolate and place on the cookie sheet.
  • Using a spoon, scoop out some chocolate and finish covering the rods to ½ of the way down.
  • Sprinkle with sprinkles. Allow to cool until solid.
    Wrap either individually or in bunches in Pretzel Rod bags.
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LARGE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS
12 oz.) bag chocolate chips
Large pretzels--Not rods (KidActivities likes Snyder Pretzels)
Melt chocolate and dip pretzels in chocolate leaving about 1/2-inch space at top of pretzel to hold. Lay on wax paper and let set.
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 TIP: When I melt chocolate for dipping- I add about a teaspoon to teaspoon and half of shortening such as 'Crisco' to the chocolate. (The amount of shortening depends on the amount of chocolate being melted.) Do not use liquid shortening. 
I also microwave in short intervals. If chocolate is heated too long it will become hard. I don't have half power on my microwave-so I use the 'defrost setting'---starting with one minute and adding 25 to 30 seconds as needed. Usually when ready, the chips will still have shape; however, when stirred they melt down
. (Barb/KidActivites)

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WHITE CHOCOLATE DIPPED PRETZELS

 1 lg. bag pretzels
1 lbs. white chocolate
Melt chocolate in microwave as package shows. Dip pretzel in chocolate and place on wax paper; let cool. To change the color of the chocolate, add food coloring before dipping.

 

PRETZELS FOR VALENTINES DAY or ANY Holiday/Season 

Using the above directions... dip pretzels and then sprinkle with 'jimmies' to match the season. I just made these--and they are ohhh-so good!

The white chocolated pretzels were dipped in Wilton's Vanilla with peppermint  candy circles. The chocolate are melted Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips. (Image by KidActivities.net)
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MILK CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT 3" PRETZELS

Ingredients: 1 pkg. (11 1/2 oz.) milk chocolate morsels, 3 inch square chopped paraffin wax, 3 1/2 to 4 doz. (3 inch) pretzels, Unsalted peanuts, finely chopped, Mixed colored sprinkles...

  • Line several trays or baking sheets with foil; set aside.
  • Melt milk chocolate morsels and wax over hot (not boiling) water.
  • Stir until morsels and wax melt and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat.
  • Using tongs, dip each pretzel in chocolate; drain excess. Place on foil-lined tray.
  • Before chocolate sets, sprinkle with choice of peanuts or sprinkles; repeat with remaining pretzels.
  • If chocolate starts to set, return to heat until melted.

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 ROLO CARAMEL SMALL TWISTED PRETZELS
Ingredients:
Small pretzels (twisted)
ROLO Chewy Caramels in Milk Chocolate
Pecan halves 

 

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil.

2. Place one pretzel for each pretzel treat desired on prepared sheet. Top each pretzel with one ROLO Chewy Caramel in Milk Chocolate.

3. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until caramel piece begins to soften, but not melt. Remove from oven; top with either A pecan half or additional pretzel. Cool completely before storing in airtight container.

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CHOCOLATE (ALMOND BARK) COVERED PRETZEL RODS 

1 bag of pretzel rods
3 to 4 squares of almond bark-any flavor

Melt chocolate in dry, narrow but deep, microwave-safe dish.
Dip in pretzel rods to coat 3/4. Shake off excess. Lay dipped pretzels on waxed paper. Chill or freeze until set.

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BUTTER BRICKLE PRETZEL RODS
1 box pretzel rods
1 pound white chocolate
1 package butter brickle chips

Melt chocolate. Dip two-thirds of each pretzel rod into the chocolate. Roll on butter brickle chips.

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BUTTERSCOTCH PRETZELS  

1 (6 oz.) pkg. butterscotch chips
1 tbsp. cooking oil
3-4 doz. small pretzels
1/4 c. chopped nuts

Melt butterscotch pieces and oil over hot, but not boiling water. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat but keep over water. With tongs, dip each pretzel into butterscotch. Place coated pretzels on wire racks (with foil underneath to catch drippings, if desired). Sprinkle tops of pretzels with chopped nuts. Refrigerate a few minutes until coating is firm.
Makes 3-4 dozen.

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CHOCOLATE CHIP CARAMEL PRETZEL RODS  

1 (14 oz.) pkg. caramels
2 tbsp. water
20 pretzel rods
3 c. miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips

Line cookie sheet with wax paper. Unwrap 1 package of caramels into 4 cup microwave proof measure. Add water. Microwave on high until melted (2 1/2 minutes), stirring every minute. Cool about 10 minutes. Dip 20 pretzel rods into caramels just to coat, leaving 2 inch handle. Roll in 3 cups miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips. Place on wax paper and let stand until firm.

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FROSTING & PRETZELS -- 84 Servings)

Heat contents of 1 tub Creamy Deluxe vanilla or chocolate ready-to-spread frosting in 1 qt. saucepan over low heat until melted. Keep frosting over low heat, stirring occasionally; dip small pretzel twists into frosting to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until dry, about 8 hours

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RAINBOW PRETZELS

Ingredients:
3 different colors of Candy Melts (Purchased at candy supply or craft store)
Pretzel rods or shapes
1. Melt the candy.
2. Using a teaspoon, swirl the colors onto the pretzel rods or shapes--until you achieve your desired 'rainbow' result.
3. Sprinkle on rainbow jimmies before the candy melts dry.
Note: Even though the melts will be pastel colors of pink, blue, green or yellow -the flavors will all be vanilla.

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 HOLIDAY PRETZEL RODS

REINDEER CHOCOLATE COVERED PRETZEL RODS (Pretzel rods with antlers)

 Ingredients:
4 ounces chocolate vanilla or butterscotch-flavored almond bark--chopped
12 large pretzel twists
12 pretzel rods
24 miniature semisweet chocolate chips
12 red M&M'schocolate candies (sample uses gree for nose)
1 roll Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot--Cherry or other flavor chewy fruit snack rolls
12 miniature  M&M's

  1. Place candy coating (Almond Bark) in 1-cup microwavable measuring cup. Microwave uncovered on High 30 to 60 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds, until melted.
 
2. Dip pretzel twists into melted candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.
 
3. If necessary, re-warm coating. Dip top 2 inches of pretzel rod into melted candy coating; attach pretzel rod to bottom of pretzel twist. Place on waxed paper.
 
4. To make reindeer...
Press on chocolate chips for eyes and red M & M for nose-- using melted candy coating.

  • Cut scarf from fruit roll; attach to reindeer using candy coating.
  • Press on green M & M for button using candy coating. Place on waxed paper. Let stand until coating is set.
  • Store coated pretzel rods loosely covered at room temperature no longer than 2 weeks. Really cute! (Source: Betty Crocker)

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HALLOWEEN (or any Holiday color) PRETZEL RODS
Ingredients:
2 cups white chocolate candy melts or white chocolate chips
Orange colored sugar or sprinkles (for Christmas use red and green
Chocolate sprinkles
20 pretzel rods
Preparation:
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
2. Place candy melts or white chocolate chips in a double boiler. Heat over low heat until melted.
3. Spread orange sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles in even layers on two separate shallow plates.
4. Dip pretzel rods into white chocolate, using a spoon to coat the rods well.
5. Press gently into orange or other colored sprinkles. Turn, then press into chocolate sprinkles.
6. Place pretzel rods on prepared baking sheet. Let harden for 20-30 minutes.
Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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GOODIES WITH PRETZELS AS AN INGREDIENT!

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CLUSTERS WITH PRETZELS

25 soft caramels
1 tbsp. water
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 c. M&M'S plain chocolate candies
1/2 c. broken thin pretzel sticks

1. In medium saucepan, stir caramels and water over low heat until smooth.
2. Remove from heat and gently stir in nuts, candies and pretzels. d
3. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto greased waxed paper lined cookie sheets. L
et stand until firm. (Image by KIdActivities.net)

NOTE: I made these following the above reciepe; however, I think these chewy delights would be excellant using chopped pecans or peanuts instead of the walnuts.

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PRETZEL CANDY DROPS
1 1/2cup Broken pretzel sticks
1 1/2 cup Nuts; chopped
1 pound White candy chocolate
Break pretzels into thirds, add nuts. Melt chocolate according to package directions. Pour chocolate over pretzels and nuts, stirring to cover all. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper on cookie sheet. Refrig about 10 minutes.

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 BARB’S WINTER HOLIDAY SPECIAL (Or anytime special)
This one is really good---a tradition in many holiday homes!  (I make this every year!)

   1 2/3 cups (11-ounce package) Nestle TOLL HOUSE Butterscotch Morsels AND 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) Nestle® TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
   1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
   2 cups pretzel sticks
   2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
   1 1/3 cups Nestle RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
   Directions:

1. Butter 13 x 9-inch baking pan. 

2. Microwave 1 1/3 cups butterscotch morsels, semi-sweet morsels and peanut butter in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. The morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

3. ADD pretzels, peanuts and Raisinets; stir well to coat. Spread into prepared baking pan.

4. REFRIGERATE for 1 hour or until firm.

5. Break into bite-size pieces or chunks. Note: It can be very difficult to break apart. Last time I made this-- my husband used a chisel LOL! Yes-it was clean...Barb 

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CANDY CARAMEL PRETZELS AND POP CORN  

16 c. popped popcorn
2 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. dark corn syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 c. of M&M's, raisins, chocolate mints
5 c. miniature pretzels
1 c. butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. salted peanuts

1. Heat oven to 200 degrees. In large roasting pan combine popcorn and pretzels, set aside.

2. In 2 quart saucepan combine brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (12 to 14 minutes).

3. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally until small amount of mixture dropped in ice forms a soft ball or candy thermometer reaches 238 degrees.

4. Remove from heat, stir in baking soda.
 
5. Pour over popcorn and pretzels, sprinkle peanuts over caramel mixture. Stir until all popcorn is coated.
 
6. Bake for 20 minutes, stir. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
 
7. Stir in candy.

8. Immediately place caramel corn on waxed paper, cool.Break into pieces and store in tightly covered container.
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RANCH PRETZELS (APPETIZERS)  

1 bag broken up pretzels
1 pkg. Ranch style dressing (dry)
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1/2 tsp. dill weed
1/2 tsp. garlic powder or salt
1 c. oil

Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Break pretzels in bite size pieces and put in 9 x 13 inch cake pan. Mix oil, Ranch pack, dill weed, lemon pepper, and garlic together in small bowl.
Pour over pretzels and mix up and put in oven for 15-20 minutes. Stir about three times while baking. Let cool.

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STRAWBERRY PRETZEL JELLO DESSERT (or buffet dish) - - It may seem this is off  topic--but it DOES contain Pretzels and people really like it!  

 

1ST LAYER:

1 sm. bag pretzels, crushed (about 2 TO 2 1/2 cups)
3 tbsp. sugar
3/4 c. melted butter
Press into 9"x13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool.

2ND LAYER:
1 (8 oz.) pkg. softened cream cheese
1 c. sugar
Beat cream cheese and sugar, mix in 1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip. Spread over cooled crust.

3RD LAYER:
Mix this layer together first and then set aside to thicken.
Dissolve 1 large box strawberry Jello in 2 cups boiling water. Add diced frozen strawberries, 12 ounce bag or 2 cups cut up fresh. Gently pour over 2nd layer. Refrigerate to set.

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BLUEBERRY PRETZEL DELIGHT   

3 tbsp. sugar
2 c. crushed pretzels
3/4 c. butter, melted
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 lg. black raspberry Jello
2 1/2 c. boiling water

Mix together the sugar, pretzels and butter. Press it into the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. 

Cream softened cheese, add the confectioners' sugar, beat. Fold in Cool Whip.
Spread it over the baked cooked layer. 

Make Jello, add 2 1/2 cup boiling water to gelatin. Cool until syrupy, add can of blueberry filling. 

Chill until slightly thickened. Spread over cream cheese layer and chill. Serves 16 to 20.

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CHERRY AND PRETZEL DESSERT 

2 c. coarsely crushed pretzels (save out 1/2 for topping)
1 c. melted butter
3/4 c. sugar
Mix together and press in bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan (chill).

1/2 c. powdered sugar
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
Mix together and spread over crust:

1 can cherry pie filling
Pour over cream cheese. Top with Cool Whip and sprinkle 1/2 cup pretzels on top.

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BUTTER PRETZEL COOKIES   

2 c. sifted flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. butter
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. milk
2 c. coarsely crushed pretzels (about 36 thin twisted pretzels)
Confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Sift flour, sugar, and salt together.
3. Work in the butter and vanilla, then add milk and pretzels.
4. Shape into balls about 1 inch in diameter.
5. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake in oven for about 25 minutes. 6. While still warm, roll cookies in confectioners' sugar. Makes about 5 dozen. 

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BACON PRETZEL RODS (Hmmm-let me know what you think about this one!)  

1 lb. bacon
1 pkg. pretzel rods

Cut each bacon strip in half lengthwise.
Wrap bacon around pretzel rod in a spiral fashion.
Microwave on bacon rack until bacon is cooked, about 6 minutes for 8 pretzels.
These can also be broiled in the oven on a cookie sheet until bacon is done.
Optional: Sprinkle with garlic salt or Worcestershire sauce.

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WRAPPING PRETZELS FOR GIFTS

...Image courtesy of Bigsislittlesis

Any of the above Pretzel Recipes are great for gifts... but also fun to make with kids -- for the kids and for yourself!!!  If they are for gifts--the following may give you wrapping ideas...

1. Purchase 'PRETZEL BAGS'.  Place 1 or more pretzels in a bags--dipped side up. Wrap prettily with ribbon and bow and you're done!

2. SMALL VASE
To make a "bouquet" of pretzels, stand pretzels dipped side up and wrap the tops individually in cellophane. Place them in a small vase and wrap it with a bow.

3. Take a TWO QUART JAR and fill the bottom of the jar a few inches with basket filler, shredded cellophane, or scrunched tissue paper. Put a pretty ribbon/bow or raffia around the jar. Stand the pretzels 'dipped ends up' in the jar.

FABRIC ON ABOVE JAR: You can also take some pretty fabric (or tissue paper); place the jar bottom in the middle of fabric/tisue paper;  pull the paper up with the material or paper flowing over the jar top. Secure the fabric or tissue paper at the jar lip with a ribbon!

4. You can do the same as the above using  SMALL CLAY POTS.

5. Place a few Rods that have been wrapped in individual cellophane pretzel bags and place in a cup...

6. Most everyone loves dipped pretzel Rods---if you are giving another wrapped gift---Use a rod as a decoration!  Place a cellophane  and ribbon wrapped rod on top of the wrapped package.

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