Edible Christmas Gifts

So today in one click officially marked the end of my Christmas gift shopping.  Yes, sorry family and friends as much as I love you, I’m now done! Don’t you just love internet shopping?

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As well as bought gifts I also like to make up hampers and homemade edible gifts for my family as little treats.  I think that they really appreciate the effort of handmade foodie gifts.  Last year I made up a huge hamper for my Nan for Christmas that really had that personal touch and she loved it.  It was filled with crackers, cheeses, jams, homemade mince pies, my Guilt-Free Ginger Bread Cookies, shortbread and chocolaty treats.

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This year I’m going to make another hamper for my Nan and some treats for the rest of the family.  This weekend I started on making some chocolaty treats to give as gifts..

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*Marbled Chocolate Bark*

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I don’t mind if I do!

Ingredients (makes one large generous slab)

  • 300g of good quality dark or milk chocolate

  • 100g of good quality white chocolate

  • salted nuts of your choice (I used peanuts)

  • dried cranberries (optional)

Melt the milk and white chocolates over separates double boilers on a low heat.  Next on a sheet of grease proof paper or a Teflon baking sheet spread out the milk chocolate making a large rectangular shape with a spatula (it doesn’t have to be neat).  The spoon onto the milk chocolate random blobs of white chocolate and hen using the end of a spoon or a cocktail stick drag the white chocolate into the milk chocolate, making swirly marble patterns.  Sprinkle on the peanuts and dried cranberries pressing some of them into the chocolate and leaving dome to rest of top. 

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Leave the chocolate to set at room temperature for a few hours.  When it has fully set place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes so the chocolate hardens and requires that snapping sound when broken. Next break up into shards and place in foodie gift bags to give as Christmas presents or dinner party favours.

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I decided to use milk and white chocolate as these seem to rule over dark chocolate in my family. If I was making it for my self I would just use dark chocolate, but you could also mix in white or milk chocolate in with the dark chocolate as well.

Optional add-ins could include dried cranberries, raisins, coconut, candied fruits, dried cherries, ginger, cinnamon, chilli powder.  The options are really endless and you can personalise the chocolates to individual tastes quite easily.

Do you make your own edible Christmas gifts?

What would you like to receive as an homemade edible gift this year?

Also go and check out my guest post on Sarah’s fab blog Welsh Girl Eats!

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27 responses to “Edible Christmas Gifts

  1. denise xx

    jemma save me one xx

  2. I love your blog and that bark looks amazing! I usually always make cookies for people at Christmas time, but I think I need to ‘branch’ out (har har, speaking of bark) a bit more!

  3. That bark looks lovely! I made some nut butters and homemade chocolates this year for gifts, its nice to give things a personal touch 🙂

  4. Handmade gifts always go down well 🙂 Love the cookies!

  5. I love seeing all of the beautiful xmas gifts other bloggers are making! Your family are so lucky 🙂

    My favourite edible xmas gift so far has been the wonderful candied and spiced nuts that I received from Maria as part of my Secret Santa – they disappeared very quickly!

    Thanks ever so much for sending out those Munchy Seeds so quickly too – they arrived today 😀

    xxx

  6. That looks so pretty! I tried to make something like that once but once the chocolate hardened it went all white- think maybe it cooled too quickly or something? I will have to try again. I like making mint chocolates- crush some sugar with some peppermint extract, then mix in to melted dark chocolate and spoon into rounds on greaseproof paper. Delish and so easy. Oh, and fudge is always a brilliant gift but takes a little more time!
    I love anything home-made as I know effort has gone into it.

  7. That chocolate bark looks delicious. I wish that I could reach into my screen and eat some!
    I haven’t started xmas shopping yet – tomorrow is the day! I wish I was organised enough to do internet shopping.

  8. caloricandcrazy

    that chocolate bark looks so delicious 🙂

  9. That bark looks delicious! I love bark for it’s simplicity and it really is fantastic stuff. Oh, and lucky you for having your shopping done! I haven’t even started. :S

  10. The bark looks so good! I love making food presents for the holidays!

  11. That’s such a good idea! I love to bake for my coworkers for holiday gifts. I’ve made pumpkin butter, cookies, bread, and my favorite- friendship brownies!

  12. I’ve just made some cranberry and almond biscotti and they were amazing; so I can imagine just how good cranberries would be in this chocolate bark! I don’t usually do salty and sweet together but the idea of salted peanuts in this is calling to me too – in a big way 🙂

  13. Baskets of edibles are such a great present, I think people always appreciate them so much. next year when I have my own kitchen I want to have a go at making jams and chocolates and things. I think I need to have a go at this bark stuff, it looks amazing!

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