Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

Project 1:  Reindeer Treats

(aka Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels)


Six years ago, Becky and I began a tradition of a full day of holiday gift making.  This day is the day of all days.  A holiday of our own!  We start bright and early and end in the wee hours.  This year, we began at 8:30 am with shopping for supplies and ended at 10:30 pm, packing up my car with half the goodies for distribution.  We learn so much along the way like…there’s no time that day for baking, tripling or quadrupling a recipe doesn’t always turn out with the same quality, and this year’s tip…always use a canning basket when canning or you’ll have exploding jars!!  (A moment of silence for the 2 jars of marinara that we’ll never get back) 

Now, we like to switch it up from time to time with some new items, but also make some oldies but goodies.  This is the first time that we added these Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pretzels to the mix.  We’ve both been making them for some time (because we can’t just leave a store bought snack go untouched!) but soon realized that these would make the perfect addition to our holiday treats!  In order to add some cheer, we’ve dubbed these snacks Reindeer Treats. 


To Create:

Lay out store bought peanut butter pretzels on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  I like to get them as close together as I can, not to waste any chocolate!!  Melt Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers in a microwaveable bowl for about 30 seconds at a time, until completely melted.  Drizzle the chocolate over the pretzels.  Let the chocolate harden for about an hour or two before breaking apart. 



To Decorate: 

Add the Reindeer Treats to mason jars.  Print our Reindeer Treat Labels.  Use the mason jar lid as a guide to trace and cut the round.  You can secure it with a glue stick or tape.  Add a red jewel sticker to give Rudolph a 3D nose.  Finally, finish it off with a festive ribbon around the top of the jar and voila! 

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