I usually make everything from scratch. I tend to think not only does it taste better, but it allows me to add personal flair and style to my treats. When it comes to the holidays I am extra busy in the kitchen between cookie exchanges, family bonding time baking, regular cooking and baking for every day, and holiday party prep. This is the first year we are in our own home and will be hosting Christmas here, so party prep is full steam ahead. I unfortunately don’t have the time or energy to make everything from scratch this month so I need to find tasty alternatives to cheat parts of my recipes with.
The good thing is yummy “cheat” ingredients don’t need to cost a ton of money. I used Gold Emblem chocolates and pretzels from CVS to make these treats. I was introduced to the brand at an event I went to this fall and may or may not have eaten my weight in Gold Emblem chocolates and truffles. I grabbed one on my way by the CVS table and next thing I knew I had a handful of empty wrappers. This was me, I won’t lie:
When I was brainstorming ideas for cute yet simple snacks to put out for Christmas, I knew right where to go. Unfortunately I also had to run to the craft store for edible eyes and the icing for the nose because I was out. Why do craft stores always have one register open on a weekend in December? Don’t they know everyone is crafting and baking this month? The stress of that craft store line made me want to stuff chocolate in my face. It honestly doesn’t take much.
Making these reindeer was a lot easier than they look. I took the chocolates and poked holes in the “back” to fit the broken pretzel pieces in for antlers. The hardest part was really breaking the pretzels to resemble antlers and not over break them. The excess pretzel pieces I was going to use for cookies but the boys gobbled them up instead. After I had the antlers in, I took red icing and used it as a glue to keep the candy eyes on the reindeer, then squirted a little icing between the eyes for the nose! It only took a few minutes to turn the supplies into Rudolph looking reindeer!
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