I've been searching for a good, signature Christmas treat to hand out to friends and neighbors every year. I've tried a million things so far, and none of them are just perfect yet.
cupcakes-- too much effort for a "neighbor" treat ("neighbor treat" meaning something that can be made in BULK). and I'd have to put them in a big box, which doesn't seem to say "neighbor" treat either.
chocolate covered spoons-- this idea was ok, it was just the packaging that was difficult. I mean, I wrapped the spoons up nicely, but you can't give someone just a spoon! You have to give them hot chocolate or a mug or something too. And the cost of the hot chocolate really starts to add up if you go beyond like 5 couples (forget affording an actual FAMILY-amount of hot chocolate). And, of course the mugs are more expensive than the chocolate no matter how you do it. I did 5 of these in styrofoam mugs with two packets of Bliss hot chocolate... like I said, OK, but not great. And certainly not something I'd duplicate dozens of times.
rolo pretzels-- great tasting and looking. problem: I eat them as fast as I make them. You laugh, but it's actually a problem. And I feel like they don't make much of a package to give to someone. They just look too small. But.. I could be ok with that if I could just stop eating them. Seriously.
Marshmallow Bark-- easy, low cal (so I can nibble too). Not cute though. Just not cute. And I don't think people who aren't dieting would eat this and say "WOW. I can't get enough of this." And that's a problem for me.
Homemade marshmallows-- great in theory. cute and cheap, goes well with the chocolate spoon thing. But it looks so complicated and messy I can't talk myself into attempting it.
cookies-- classic, easy, cute, yummy, cheap. the whole package, except for the packaging. The only way I would do cookies would be if I could afford a christmas tin to put them in. I'm a treat snob, and I just can't do the paper plate with saran wrap over it.... And when we're talking 20-30 people... that's a lot of money on tins. So, no cookies.
chocolate covered pretzel rods-- so far, these are in the lead. I'd say packaging is again the only problem here. But not insurmountable. I'd just like for the package of goodies I give to someone to be a little bulkier... but, not the end of the world. I could still make these look cute. So... these are my forerunner this year.
SO, basically, what I'm asking is: Is there an easy, cheap, yummy, pretty treat out there for a picky treat-giver like me? Or maybe I should ask, is there a pretty and cheap PACKAGING option out there? That seems to be the real problem.
Leave a comment please! ...or else, no one is getting treats this year.
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