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Addicting Snack/No-bake treats.. to Ship

GraceW Oct 1, 2012 06:31 PM

With the holiday seasons approaching (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and December holidays), I would like to know what snack-mixes and no-bakes you would recommend shipping to relatives, friends, etc.

I end up baking a lot--but besides the usual cookies.. I want to diversify the package.

(Besides Puppy Chow and 'Chex' mix..)

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    mariars RE: GraceW Oct 1, 2012 06:38 PM

    I really love to make bark for Christmas! I do white chocolate with dried cranberries/almonds, or chocolate with crushed candycane, or you can do any candy for the holiday, and a white or chocolate base. Even swirl patterns. My sis in law does homemade flavored nuts, and chocolate dipped hard buttery pretzels, fudge(get creative). Homemade hot cocoa mix.

    1. Caitlin McGrath RE: GraceW Oct 2, 2012 10:17 AM

      I used to ship treats cross-country to family every year. Spiced nuts and homemade granola were both well received, and keep well without staling. The varieties and flavors are limited only by your imagination (and pocketbook!).

      If you are up for candy making, caramels are definitely a winner. I use the (very easy) recipe from How to Cook Everything, and do both the plain and chocolate variations, and always get raves. They're even better using Lyle's golden syrup instead of the corn syrup.

      This is the recipe: http://books.google.com/books?id=e9F8...

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        Tara57 RE: GraceW Oct 2, 2012 05:06 PM

        Chocolate dipped candy canes / peppermint sticks
        Pretzel rods dipped in caramel, chocolate, nuts, candy, sprinkles, etc.
        Coffee spoons -- plastic spoons dipped in chocolate with drizzles of caramel, icing, etc.
        Butter pretzels -- pretzels mixed with butter flavored popcorn oil, ranch dressing powder, garlic, and dill. The oil and seasonings sink in and make the pretzels rich and flavorful. They are too trashy to be so good!
        Rice Krispie treats -- cut with seasonal cookie cutters, dipped in chocolate, sprinkles, etc.

        1. greygarious RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 07:33 AM

          There are several threads about variations on rice krispie treats. Over the summer, it occurred to me to add Trader Joe's freeze-dried banana to the standard RKT, and I loved the results. As you eat it, you get the occasional burst of intense banana flavor. I also liked them with freeze-dried pineapple and am going to try a carrot cake RKT: f/d pineapple, dried carrot flakes, golden raisins, and coconut, plus a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. TJ's has various f/d fruits, all of which would be usable in RKTs.

          1. Chocolatechipkt RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 08:13 AM

            Candied ginger/grapefruit (orange/lemon) peel, dipped in chocolate (or not)

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              laliz RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 08:19 AM

              Thank you for this thread

              1. LaLa RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 10:19 AM

                i love when people make spiced tea mix
                cheese straws are so easy but a hit

                1. LindaWhit RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 10:42 AM

                  Orange-Spiced Nuts.


                  1. GraceW RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 04:10 PM

                    Thanks for all the ideas... keep them coming! I just found another good no-bake...

                    No-bake stuffed Cookie Balls .......(although 'stuffed' would be a bit much)

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                      cheesecake17 RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 06:20 PM

                      Looks fantastic! But how would the butter hold up during shipping?

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                        GraceW RE: cheesecake17 Oct 4, 2012 05:15 PM

                        I am not sure. I was more worried about that..

                    2. todao RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 04:39 PM


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                        gimlis1mum RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 06:43 PM

                        tamari almonds. technically they are baked (in a slow oven), but so much cheaper to make than to buy.

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                          ninabasu RE: GraceW Oct 3, 2012 07:14 PM

                          Granola bars are great for this - homemade chewy and crunchy granola bars are easy to make (and a run through the Trader Joe's dried fruit and nut aisle or your local organic store provides creative combinations). Union Square Bar Nuts usually gets rave reviews when I include it. Truffles are my go-to - though they get very, very expensive quickly.

                          1. chowser RE: GraceW Oct 4, 2012 04:55 AM

                            Popcorn balls, peanut brittle, chocolate toffee

                            1. geminigirl RE: GraceW Oct 5, 2012 12:22 PM

                              I love rolos and someone just told me about these

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