With crunchy peanuts and fluffy marshmallow creme, these sweet sensations are great to include on a holiday dessert tray or to give as gifts. I swirl in green and red food coloring for a festive touch. —Emily Hanson, Logan, Utah
This recipe came from my grandma who loves to make candy and treats for my students. I have followed in her footsteps and make these for people at my work and for other family members. —Aimee Worth, Fair Oaks, California
COUNTING DOWN the minutes until the start of 1998 will be sweet indeed…
if you include this chocolate treat among your festive decorations! The hourglass confection is the work of our kitchen crew, who reveals that the
design tastes as good as it looks. That’s right—it’s completely edible!
And, though it appears time-consuming, the figure is easy to make.Mostly, it’s a matter of forming cones from chocolate using kitchen funnels, then assembling the pieces.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen
YOU’LL GIVE a few fun new twists to “sweets for my sweet” when you weave this good-enough-to-eat basket. It’s made from chocolate. In time for Valentine’s Day, Crafting Traditions home economists quickly pulled together this container using easy-to-create chocolate “clay” that’s completely edible. And not only is it a cinch to finish, it’s long-lasting, too. You can store your basket safely in a sealed plastic bag for a month or more—if you can find a way to keep it away from nibblers!
You can embellish your basket even further by making a bit of extra “clay” from white chocolate, rolling out a length and forming it into a bow to attach to the basket.
Here’s another tasty idea—weave smaller baskets from thinner ropes to use as individual place markers for a party.
Don’t contain this kitchen craft only to February 14—it’s a treat to make
anytime of year.
These decadent dipped balls have the wonderful combination of chocolate and orange. If it's more convenient, make them a day ahead of time and store them in the fridge overnight to chill.—Sally Gregg, Twinsburg, Ohio
Three recipes in one is a real benefit to any baker during the busy holiday season. The smooth, rich flavor and creamy texture of these diverse and delightful treats will definitely spread holiday cheer.—Luraine MacLeod, Federal Way, Washington