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soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 02:51 AM

I have been buying pretty Christmas mugs over the years with the thought that I could use them "someday" for Christmas gifts (with a food item in them). Well, "someday" has arrived because we will be putting our house on the market and I need to clear out all the stuff we have accumulated--including these mugs.

The only things I can think of are homemade s'mores (which may not fit--graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows could take up more space than the mugs have), biscotti, and nuts---either sweet or savory.

Anyone have any great ideas? I am feeling singularly uncreative!

Thanks in advance.

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    INDIANRIVERFL RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 02:54 AM

    Packets of coffee beans.

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      ultimatepotato RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 03:30 AM

      Nice loose leaf tea parceled up, gourmet chocolate powder and mini marshmallows, coffee beans and a boozy miniature for irish coffees.

      I like the smores if you could get your hands on mini-sized everything.

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        monbakes_downunder RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 03:55 AM

        Caramel popcorn and/or roasted nuts would be nice too and could look nice in decorative bags.

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          shaja RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:00 AM

          One year, I gave my work colleagues Christmas mugs with a recipe for homemade hot chocolate. You could include the pre-measured cocoa and sugar.

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            BangorDin RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:17 AM

            A stack of cookies, a few cookies taller than the cup could be cute. Just wrap in clear wrap and add a bow. Or savory breadsticks.

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              tcamp RE: BangorDin Dec 5, 2013 07:07 AM

              Savory breadsticks reminds me of this easy and delicious recipe for blue cheese straws - I'd love to get a mug full of them.

              http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/reci...

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                alkapal RE: tcamp Dec 8, 2013 04:34 AM

                Reminds me of another savory...using puff pastry strips and Parmesan, then twisting each strip before baking. Saw it on pinterest, and there were lots of cheesy variations, including with gruyere. I thought they"d be great for a party.

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                  pine time RE: alkapal Dec 8, 2013 05:15 AM

                  I've made these, and they didn't hold up well over the course of an event. Great straight from the oven, though.

            2. pinehurst RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:18 AM

              Excellent ideas so far by the previous posters soccermom!

              A packet of homemade cocoa mix, and a candy cane stirrer.
              Spiced or candied nuts
              Toffee
              Homemade biscotti or mini cookies
              A handful of Lindt truffle balls

              1. firecooked RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:19 AM

                Granola

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                  KarenDW RE: firecooked Dec 8, 2013 12:45 AM

                  +1

                2. MidwesternerTT RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:24 AM

                  The dry ingedients and this recipe for chocolate cake in a mug.
                  http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/20...

                  Flavored instant coffee mix (home made). Lots of recipes out there, here's an example
                  https://stacyspage.wordpress.com/2013...

                  Cereal party mixes.

                  Caramel corn.

                  A stack of pecan tassies / nut cups made in mini muffin tins.

                  Miniature fruitcakes.

                  The biscotti and nuts are both fine ideas.

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                    tacosandbeer RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 06:46 AM

                    Pretzel rods dipped in white and dark chocolate and rolled in green and red sanding sugar?

                    1. tcamp RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 07:05 AM

                      Chocolate truffles.

                      1. meatnveg RE: soccermom13 Dec 5, 2013 07:09 AM

                        Fruit Cake Cupcakes

                        Ferrero Rochers

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                          soccermom13 RE: meatnveg Dec 6, 2013 02:43 AM

                          Thanks for the great ideas, everyone! Now I have to get busy and do it!

                        2. Cherylptw RE: soccermom13 Dec 7, 2013 02:56 AM

                          Bark candy, fudge, toffee, etc.

                          Candied and or savory nut mixes

                          Homemade crackers/cheese straws

                          Chocolate covered coffee beans

                          Brownie/blondie bites made in miniature muffin tins; flavors are endless...consider the sweet & salty combination like pretzel crust/raspberry brownie/bittersweet ganache. Lemon bars/pecan pie/pumpkin bar can also be made into a mini bite.

                          Pretzel rods drizzled in white chocolate that has assorted flavors/colors, assorted chocolate ganaches and flavored caramel, then rolled in crushed candy, cookies, nuts, chopped dried fruit, etc. I used to sell these to a coffee shop in my area and they went over well.

                          Nut brittles-pistachio & dried cranberry, walnut & dried cherry, etc. Candied popcorn - peanut butter caramel sprinkled with peanuts, Spicy butterscotch, etc.

                          Bags of homemade dried fruit mix such as apricots, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc.

                          Cookies shaped like spoons; baked off and once they've cooled, put in the freezer for an hour then dip in melted chocolate & roll in garnishes. Allow to set then wrap individually and put into a glassine bag with a bow. Pair with a packet of good coffee/tea/cocoa.

                          Peppermint or other old fashioned candy sticks, wrapped with a bow

                          Holiday Christmas candy and truffles

                          I second the granola

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                            soccermom13 RE: Cherylptw Dec 7, 2013 07:46 AM

                            More great ideas, Cheryl. Thank you.

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                              Cherylptw RE: soccermom13 Dec 7, 2013 11:19 PM

                              You're welcome, hope you find some of them useful

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                              pine time RE: Cherylptw Dec 7, 2013 08:34 AM

                              I'm making blue cheese/pecan crackers today. Says you can make the dough logs ahead & slice-n-bake as needed. I'll report back if they're good enough for CH!.

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                                alkapal RE: pine time Dec 8, 2013 04:38 AM

                                Those sound good, pine time.

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                                  pine time RE: alkapal Dec 8, 2013 05:22 AM

                                  Here's the recipe, if you'd like. They were just okay--I usually make a new recipe as written, then do variations the next time. So, consider adding: black pepper or a few shakes of Tabasco, maybe some herbs (my thyme is still alive), etc.

                                  Blue Cheese Crackers

                                  1 1/4 c flour
                                  1 c pecan pieces, toasted & cool
                                  1/2 c cold, unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
                                  6 oz cold blue cheese, crumbled or diced
                                  1 egg, separated

                                  In food processor: flour & pecans. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter, blue cheese, pulsing until pea-sized clumps. Add egg yolk, pulse until dough forms.

                                  Press dough onto wax paper. Form into 2 10" logs. Freeze 30"-1'.

                                  Oven to 375. Put parchment onto large baking sheets.

                                  Cut logs into 1/4" slices. Lightly beat egg white, brush each cracker top. Prick w/ fork. Bake 13-15 min. Let cool. Store in airtight container. Makes 5-6 dozen.

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                                    alkapal RE: pine time Dec 8, 2013 06:39 AM

                                    thanks. were they salty enough?

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                                      pine time RE: alkapal Dec 9, 2013 08:33 AM

                                      We prefer lower-salt things, so the blue cheese added plenty for us. Definitely needed some peppery bite, though.

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                                        alkapal RE: pine time Dec 10, 2013 03:40 AM

                                        i was thinking the blue was salty on its own. i guess you'd have to taste test, depending on the cheese, good to know it needed some peppery punch.

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                                alkapal RE: Cherylptw Dec 8, 2013 04:45 AM

                                Love your ideas and combos for the rods, and the idea of brittle! So many neat brittles online these days.

                                All these great suggestions, but if it were me (and I were dealing with moving), I'd use something that I was not going to have to cook or bake or mix up, but only wrap in a pretty cello Baggie with colorful ribbon from Michael's or JoAnne"s. I love the Lindt truffles and the Ghirardelli chocolate squares. I'd love to receive an assortment of those in a pretty mug.

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                                  Caroline1 RE: Cherylptw Dec 12, 2013 06:52 PM

                                  I second the home made peppermint sticks, but with a "crook" on the end. Home made candy canes!

                                2. alkapal RE: soccermom13 Dec 8, 2013 04:30 AM

                                  Chocolate dipped pretzel rods with Christmas sprinkles!

                                  1. JerryMe RE: soccermom13 Dec 8, 2013 07:56 AM

                                    These look festive

                                    http://celebrationsathomeblog.com/201...

                                    1. LaureltQ RE: soccermom13 Dec 9, 2013 11:43 AM

                                      Midnight Rum Balls - but with bourbon instead of rum!

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                                        acssss RE: soccermom13 Dec 9, 2013 12:05 PM

                                        Baci

                                        You can make them with peppermint and decorate them with mint leaves and red-hot-candies

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                                          alkapal RE: acssss Dec 10, 2013 03:36 AM

                                          peppermint and red hots?
                                          i'm trying to imagine that flavor combo.

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                                          atomicpurple RE: soccermom13 Dec 9, 2013 04:11 PM

                                          Brownie in a cup?

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                                            Lilybakes1 RE: soccermom13 Dec 11, 2013 07:26 PM

                                            You could put ingredients in the mug (for cookies, brownies, etc.) and instructions on a pretty card along with it.

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                                              molomo RE: soccermom13 Dec 12, 2013 09:34 PM

                                              hot chocolate!(placed in a bag of course!)place homemade hot chocolate mix and homemade marshmallows!

                                              1. natewrites RE: soccermom13 Dec 17, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                Homemade hot chocolate mix in a pretty glassine bag. Also, pair it with one homemade jumbo marshmellow (use Ina Garten's recipe) also in a glassine bag.

                                                Tie up both with pretty satin ribbon.

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