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Neighborly Love

December 24, 2009

I have really great neighbors, Evan and I are really lucky.  We live on a block where everyone knows each other, we get together for BBQ’s, we know each other’s kids (in our case, dog) and we just plain like each other. Every year, I make sure to wish everyone happy holidays with a delicious tray/box/plate of homemade goods. Last year, I whipped up some of Evan’s moms’ famous fudge (aka “mert’s pudge”) and this year, I made a fun array of chocolate dipped treats. I’m not a fan of minty/pepperminty/spice cake type desserts… even around the holidays. I don’t like ginger bread or candy canes, I won’t eat fruitcake or drink eggnog… I’m simply not a traditional holiday dessert gal. I was uber busy the week leading up to Christmas break (which for me began on 12/18) with cupcakes so making treats at home was pushed down to the bottom of my priority list unfortunately. Since time was of the essence, I decided to make chocolate ganache dipped pretzels and Rice Krispies treat pops. I can attempt to give you a recipe but I really sort of winged it. I’ve made ganache a bunch and at this point I can basically tell how I like it  by the color and consistency. A quick chocolate ganache search on google will give you several options but basically you’ll need butter, bittersweet chocolate, and cream. Melt it all together in a saucepan over low heat and voila, you have ganache. After dipping each pretzel, I sprinkled them with toffee chips, slivered almonds, and shaved sweetened coconut. With the Rice Krispies treats, I made them following the recipe on the cereal box with the exception of two things: 1) the original recipe called for 3 tablespoons butter… I used 4 tablespoons. 2) the original recipe calls for 6 cups cereal… I used closer to 4 cups, but again, I eyeball it. I like my Rice Krispies treats to be gooey and overly marshmallowy. I find following the recipe to the letter, makes for a dryer cereal treat. While the krispies are still warm, I put about two spoonfuls into a silicone cake pop mold and stuck a lollipop stick into each one. I then dipped the pops into the chocolate ganache and placed them on a sheet of parchment to harden. Once the pretzels and the pops were cooled enough, I placed each one in cellophane sleeves and packaged them into cute boxes I found at Michael’s. Evan and I walked them over to all of our neighbors, who were all incredibly stoked, and topped the night off with a nice glass of red. These gifts were fun and easy to make.


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