Saturday, December 3, 2011

Second Annual Treat Exchange

I had a treat exchange to go to last night so thought I’d share the goodies I brought. A girlfriend of mine did this for the first time last year, everyone brings 5 of something and everyone leaves with 5 of something…can be sweets or appetizers. It’s now become a tradition.
Peppermint Bark Treat Exchange
Last year I made cake pops. This year I made dark and white chocolate peppermint bark and salted chocolate pecan toffee.

Peppermint Bark
Barks are one of the easiest candies, OK THE easiest candy to make! I used a combination of chocolate chips and candy melts for both the dark and white chocolates. For the peppermint, I used candy canes and Andes Crushed Peppermint thins.

Salted Chocolate Pecan Toffee
In a clasically brilliant move, I broke my candy thermometer right before I needed it. Do not have candy thermometer on counter when breaking up candy canes and pecans! So I had to eyeball my toffee but I think it turned out OK.

I used this recipe : Salted Chocolate Pecan Toffee

I love packaging things. For these, I used ceramic mini loaf pans I found at Michaels for $1. Put my candies in cello bags, then put them in the loaf pans:
Peppermint Barn and Toffee
Then I wrapped each in polka dot cellophane, and finished with gift tags I made from scraps from my Christmas cards. I used a holly wreath graphic from The Graphics Fairy as part of my labels.

Treat Exchange Wrap

Treat Exchange (2)

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lindalou said...

I love that kind of pecan toffee. I need to try making it some day. So what did you come home with?

Your packaging is lovely.

Maggie Massey said...

Ooooh! Carol! Looks wonderful!!!! Ummmmm, why wasn't I invited??? ;)

malia said...

Is MMMMM a word?

Unknown said...

You cannot go wrong with a form of bark. And it looks so good wrapped up in celophane!
Thanks for linking up to Make the scene Monday!