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Thanksgiving noshes

November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving noshes

I’m sitting here thinking about what I might share with you this week. A few minutes go by and I ask my hubby if he has some idea to inspire me. He quickly suggests I do something with crafts.

Um. Well. This chick isn’t particularly talented in the area of do-it-yourself ventures like “Five scarves you can make at home in 15 minutes” or “how to create a vintage jewelry wreath.” My sister inherited those talents and does a fine job of creating masterpieces worthy of that pin website. Personally I find crafting to be very stressful. Unless, of course, I’m crafting with food!

I can assemble a pretty cool gumdrop Christmas tree or a turkey fashioned out of cookies and corn candy. Let me loose with an ice cream cone and a teepee you shall have! Perhaps these are my favorite crafts because they entail snacking along the way. I mean it’s only proper to taste the ingredients prior to using them to ensure they are of good quality, right?

With the Thanksgiving holiday right around the corner, I thought I would share some recipes for fantastic snacks too. Arrange the snacks on a few colorful trays, add the food-craft snacks and you’ll have a beautiful table that is kid-friendly too.

Caramel Corn

Source: Deb Jury

6 quarts popped corn, unflavored
2 sticks butter
1/2 c. white corn syrup
2 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tsp. soda

Put popped corn in a large bowl or two medium bowls. Combine butter, syrup and brown sugar. Boil for 6 minutes, stirring constantly. Add salt, cream of tartar and soda and stir until combined. Pour over popped corn and toss to coat evenly. Pour onto large cookie sheets covered with aluminum foil to form a single layer. Bake in a 200 F oven and stir every 15 minutes for one hour.

Goody gumdrops!
 

There’s the traditional gingerbread house you can make and then there are these tasty little treats that provide a bit of fun and a whole lot of snacking! I love making these with the kids and laughing at the occasional turkey that didn’t come out so good. Poor guy, he’s the first to get eaten.

Cornucopia Bugles

Box of Bugles
3 squares of vanilla or chocolate almond bark
Candy-coated chocolate pieces, sprinkles or other small candies

To assemble: Simply melt the almond bark in the microwave until it is smooth. Dip a bugle into the almond bark until the middle is full. Then dip the bugle into the sprinkles so the outer rim is covered. Then quickly stick a candy-coated chocolate piece into each.

I’ve seen people use all sorts of candies or cereals to add to the middle. Be creative.

Nutter Butter Turkeys

Package of Nutter Butter cookies
White almond bark
Brown candy-coated chocolate pieces
Red, yellow and orange jelly beans
Candy corn
Oreo cookies

To assemble: Melt almond bark and place a T-shaped line on the top of the Nutter Butter cookie. Place 2 brown chocolate pieces on for eyes, a yellow jelly bean for the nose and a red jelly bean for the waddle. Pull the Oreo cookie in half and place one side, frosting side up on the table. Use more melted almond bark to stick the turkey onto it so that it stands up. Quickly stick two orange jelly beans on for feet. Use almond bark to add candy corn to other half of Oreo so that it fans out over the end of the cookie. Use almond bark to attach it to the back of the turkey.

Acorn Cookies

Package of Mini Nutter Butter Cookies
Mini chocolate chips
Package of caramel Hershey Kisses

To assemble: Pull the cookies apart. Melt some of the chocolate chips (or use melted chocolate almond bark) to use to glue it all together. Put a drop of melted chocolate (or a bit of peanut butter) on the top and bottom of the cookie half and place the Kiss and chocolate chip into the melted chocolate and hold for a moment until it is set.

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