Snacks before & after the feast

Surely the day of Christmas is for feasting with family….turkey & cranberries, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, peas, coleslaw, salad…those are our traditional foods. But before and after, early in the day and late in the evening, we nibble…. cheese…. salami… crackers…. clementines….. hot cider….eggnog..,. and of course, cookies & chocolate.  Today, the day after, for us, is a big breakfast and leftovers & nibbles. Lunch was your choice of salad & turkey & green beans & cheeses & potato soup.

The sweets were the easy things that the kids helped make, those things we really don’t have recipes for:

Peppermint bark: use a rolling pin to smash candy canes in a heavy zip-lock bag, into small and pulverized pieces. Melt chocolate in the microwave. Stir every 30 seconds or so until melted. Pour smashed candy canes in, stir, then pour mixture out onto wax paper or foil and spread until desired thinness. Let harden. Break into pieces, and store in airtight container. FANCY VARIATION: Melt chocolate and spread thinly onto wax paper or foil. Let harden for 10 minutes or so.  Melt white chocolate and stir smashed candy canes into it. Then, pour this mixture on top of the chocolate and spread to desired thickness. Let harden and break into pieces. (this will be thicker, and look much fancier and more difficult.

Dipped pretzels: Ideally, get a bag of ~ 4″ long pretzel sticks. Small thin twisty pretzels are OK, too. Melt chocolate in the microwave, checking and stirring every 30 seconds or so until melted. Dip half of pretzel into chocolate and place on wax paper to harden. Can be decorated with sprinkles, or stripes of melted white chocolate. Or not. And of course, if you use enough chocolate to hold them together, you can make letters and initials

Rice Krispies treats: See the cereal box for amounts. But you can also use Cocoa Krispies and marshmallows.

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