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Finally! The last day of school before the Christmas break. It was red and green day. Loopy of course went all-out. We even knocked the green eyeshadow out of the park thanks to this brand at Sephora. Oh, and the blinking wreath earrings (not really shown)... The Fan brought them for me from New York City back in the 80's! This was actually the first year they needed new watch batteries to operate, can you believe it? The original batteries were so old they had no code number on them. I had to take them to a watch repair - and they wanted fifteen dollars per battery, two batteries per earring... you do the math! No way! I caught the eye of the nice lady working there who mouthed "3-6-2" to me behind her boss's head and I went to the drugstore. So thank you, nice whispering anonymous watch repair lady. Thank you.



I volunteered to take treats to school for the Christmas party. What to do when there are egg allergies, nut allergies, wheat and gluten allergies and dairy allergies? Why, Rice Krispie snacks if at all possible.



We whipped up a tray for the teacher's lounge also. I've had some request for pretzel dipping tips:


  • The rods are not available in Canada, that I have seen at any rate. I smuggle mine home in my carry on from the US. If anybody sees them at a Canadian store, please let us know!
  • Use Wilton brand melting candy and chocolate if you can get your hands on it... at Michaels. It stays soft and workable the longest, and if you need to reheat it - it still melts beautifully.
  • We melt our chocolate and let it cool a bit before working with it. Sort of like tempering, but it is already tempered if it is Wilton. Letting it cool makes it thicker and when you dip the rod more of the candy stays on... sometimes we need to get resourceful and use a tiny spatula and sort of spread the chocolate around quite thickly!
  • This is one of those times you will use the silicone parchment paper that I told you to get at the Dollar Store! Place your dipped rods in rows on the parchment and let the chocolate solidify at room temperature. You don't want to rush it by putting it in the fridge or outside because the cocoa butter in the chocolate will solidify faster than the chocolate itself and then you might get that whit-ish look that chocolates sometimes get.


Loopy is a natural chocolate drizzler. It must be in her blood. We pour the melted chocolate into either a disposable decorating bag or a ziploc (snip the tip off after you've poured the chocolate in!) and just drizzle back and forth, back and forth. Add jimmies or sprinkles, whatever you call them where you live. What do you call them where you live?


And lastly, a tray for Veto to take to the office. I was too tired to cut the Rice Krispies into stars for this batch.


We sent everyone some of our fabulous dipped marshmallows! The same rules of dipping apply. You may want to do two thin coats rather than one thick coat, just in case your marshmallow starts to melt.



After the final dip, set them upright onto a tray of crushed candy canes... or graham crumbs! Decorate with a teddy graham and you have a s'more on a stick! Ours are wearing jaunty Christmas sweaters, just like Loopy.



The last trick up my sleeve this week, a teacher's gift for our Kumon instructors:

42 comments:

Laura said...

You blow me away with all your yummy looking treats! I call them sprinkles!

Amy said...

So yummy looking. I am really thinking I need to try dipping chocolates. I've been wanting to for awhile.

jkddz said...

I wish I worked at Loopy's school.... we had not one treat given to us for the staff =( but I did get a couple gift cards! Starbucks- nothing wrong with that- the grade 7's know me too good..

sassy studio said...

Wow! Sweaters on teddy tiny grahams...you think of it all! Those are very lucky kids and teachers! I will fall over if Foster has any allergies to food! He is os far so good on raice, beans, peas, peaches, apples andpears!I have a hilarious gingerbread story for you that Nana won't let me blog. It involes icing 220 men and then re-icing 220 men...sound like fun?

Genevieve said...

Okay, Loopy is just Stylin~ all that goodie stuff looks mmm...mmm...WOW!

SO...how bout I made your cut out recipe today with my grrlfriend Steph, we had one INCREDIBLE Cookie Day extravaganza. We also made fudge and puppy chow- oh stay tuned darlin, I should probaly post a blog tmorrow post haste

Um- I almost burned the house down making the puppy chow.

I know...how does one almost do that?

YOUR CUT OUT COOKIE RECIPE IS ALL THE RAGE around these parts~ :)

I think we may try the marshamallow thingamgigs tomorrow!

thanks darlin!

Katie said...

You are so creative! Everything looks too good to eat...well. :)

Just say Julie said...

Those look yummy! And that's saying something since I've been eating oreo truffles for 2 days now. I love the teddy graham marshmallows! I just dipped ours in peppermint to go with our candy cane hot chocolate. But those may be just the ticket for next year. So inspired by your post!

Yummers! said...

Your cookies and candy treats are beautiful... and yummy-looking, too! The photos of them are fantastic. I pick up so many tips from you. Thanks!

Loooooove Loopy decked out for the last day of school So cut! Our poor teachers have to go through next Tuesday.

Hugs,
Joni

MizSmoochieLips said...

Fabulous treats and fashionista! I borrowed your mini-candycane peppermint bark idea! Thanks for sharing that :)

tidymom said...

Thank you thank you thank you! You ROCK girl!! We're doing these today!!!

Oh, we call them sprinkles!!

Merry Christmas!
~Tidymom

Sarah and Jack said...

LOL That watch guy sounds as crazy as our local clock lady. I bought a HUGE lot of tiny batteries on Ebay for 99 cents when Jack was little. Those things are ever so handy. (And they seem to make a lot of things with small batteries work, whether they have numbers or not.)

Janeen said...

Gorgeous treats! Thank you for sharing your tips, lurve it!

Chris said...

Loopy looks fabulous! On our last day before break, we (the teachers) have deemed it "ugly sweater day". The kids think it's hilarious, and we have a blast with it--you should see some of the outfits! All the food looks incredible, too. I'm going to have to make those pretzal sticks!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I think anything dipped in chocolate is divine, but esp. salty things. Have you tried choc. covered potato chips? Heavenly.
Those are some lavish treat trays!

The Vintage Kitten said...

Ooh treats with sprinkles....Kitten heaven!!! Happy Christmas to you, Loopy and The Fan.......I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday X

Tamara Jansen said...

You BLOW ME AWAY with these gorgeous treat trays.....have you ever considered doing this as a profession???? I know a Big Box Store that needs to do a much better job on their gift boxes and your treat trays would sell like crazy!

On the other hand, selling to this Big Box Store may take 10 to 20 years off your life expectancy so maybe you should forget I asked :)

Oliver Rain said...

I'm exhausted just looking at all this stuff. You are amazing!

A New England Life said...

Okay, how do I get some of those treats anyway? I could really use some delicious sweets right about now! Usually my husband brings home all kinds of goodies from work just before Christmas. This year, nothing so far.

Loopy, the green and red look wonderful. At least you can still bring sweets to school. They're 'illegal' at all our local schools! lol! Happy holidays to your family!!!!

Sharon

Maremone said...

Thanks for posting the tutorial!!!!

Stuffbymichele said...

We call them sprinkles in Minnesota. Your treat trays are so pretty. I LOVE them!

Lisa Milton said...

What pretty treats. :)

I love that woman whispering to you - that made my day.

Sherry said...

Your treats all look ao yummy!! I want to come visit!

Sherry

MJ said...

Yummy!!

Christine said...

I love chocolate covered marshmallows. I have never thought of making them myself. Those look fabulous!

Loopy looks like a magical elf straight from the North Pole.

Sandra Evertson said...

I have just melted! Looks so Delicious! Sending Season's Greetings!
Sandra Evertson

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I think You may have missed a name on your list of deliveries... mine. ;O
Hubby and I spent the (snowed in) afternoon dipping balloons in white chocolate, making them into Christmas ornaments. We had a blast, but ran out of chocolate much to soon. I'll be posting a pic so you can see them.

Sweet Holiday wishes,
Sara

alittlebitofscrap said...

It all looks so delicious! and gorgeous!

The Stiletto Mom said...

Wait, I've been away for a few days and you changed your design up. Is Veto a GREEN BAY FAN???? Tell him my best Christmas gift ever is my Brett Favre jersey which is now framed and hanging in our house...it's almost a shrine.

I think I just fell in love with your family a little more...I live for the Packers which does not make me popular with my husband or one of my bff's who is the vp of sales for the Cowboys. :)

Am totally making those chocolate covered marshmallows. YUMMMMM.

tidymom said...

Made our dipped pretzel last night!! Thanks again - check my blog for a shout out to you for your help!!

~Tidymom

Saucy said...

Stiletto Mom, Veto is a HUGE cheesehead. We have a ROOM in our house for the Green Bay memorabilia. Thus called "the Man Room" where his theatre seating (gold) sits in front of his flat screen. He can be found there on game day. Surrounded by his green walls and the "action figures"... don't call them "dolls" and other stuff. It is his shrine...

Oh, it has some Michigan stuff in it too. That's his fave college team.

Chris said...

It is so nice that you make such wonderful things for your daughter , sadly though with allergies it is really hard to make safe things , m&m's have trace peanuts(smarties are good choice) , pretzels usually too , I won't even let my daughter have a sweet or baked good prepared in a house that uses or bakes with peanut butter or nuts because of trace amounts , its better to be safe than sorry for my kid, I wish she could experience all the treats , but I dread those treat filled days, I am always on edge and reminding her not to try things, bummer , I usually just make something but nothing as special as you make , you are so dedicated ,
Cheers

Linda Crispell said...

You are so thoughtful to make a tray for the Teacher's lounge. We had a snow day on Friday, so I wasn't able to deliver my holiday gifts to the teachers and staff at school.
How cute is your measuring tape ribbon!!!
Your Pal,
Linda

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

I do my pretzels the same way!
This is my first year using the dipping candies from Michaels....love it.
Love the marshmallow idea. Looks so festive with the candycane. I'm gonna steal that.

GABRIELA DELWORTH said...

Hello Saucy,

Too bad I live so far...yummy stuff!

~ Gabriela ~

Altered Artists said...

Omg! My kind of treats. I just blogged about a great recipe to add to your recipe repertoire. I SWEAR you will love it. Merry Christmas.
~Dawn

Rosa said...

I so want one of those trays! Wow!

Yin said...

The sweaters on those teddys grahms are TOO CUTE for words! I must nibble on one immediately!

Yin said...

The sweaters on those teddys grahms are TOO CUTE for words! I must nibble on one immediately!

michelleb. said...

My kids would love it if I were a bit more like you. I just never schedule properly around the holidays. But this looks like so much fun, I'm just going to have to do something about it next holiday season.

mblaise29@yahoo.com

blaze said...

i call them sprinkles. those treats look yummy!

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

Holy cow it looks you spent alot of time getting Christmas treats ready for everyone. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the teddy grahams on the chocolate marshmallows! I love them! That lady was extremely nice for letting you know about other batteries, I love when employees do that for you.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com

Nikki said...

You're a genuis. Thats all I can say. Brilliant! I will steal your ideas...hehe hope you dont mind!! Brilliant.