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Christmas Recipes and Crafts That Kids Love!
This Christmas, make the delicious snacks and crafts below and you will have a wonderful time. You can even have some on hand for your Christmas visitors or give them away as personal gifts!

Chocolate Coffee Spoons With Peppermint

Materials:
• 2 cups white chocolate chips
• 10-15 drops peppermint candy flavoring
• 3/4 cup peppermint candies
• 35 to 45 heavy-duty plastic spoons
• 2 teaspoons solid shortening (optional)
• 2 large cookie sheets
• waxed paper
• quart-sized food storage bag
• glass 1 cup measuring cup

Instructions:
* Cover the cookie sheets with waxed paper.
* Unwrap and place peppermint candies in food storage bag. Crush the candies with rolling pin. Place crushed candy in a medium size bowl.
* Place one cup of white chocolate chips in glass measuring cup.
* Microwave chocolate chips at 50% power for 1 minute. Stir the chips gently. Continue microwaving at 50% power, stirring every 30 seconds, until chocolate is melted and smooth.
* Important Note: Do Not over-heat the chocolate.
* Add 5 or 6 peppermint candy drops to each cup of chocolate and mix thoroughly.
* Important Note: If you wish to thin the chocolate simply stir in thoroughly 1 teaspoon solid shortening per cup of chocolate chips.
* Dip plastic spoons in melted chocolate to cover the bowl of the spoon.
* Important Note: If the chocolate thickens in the measuring cup, return it to the microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power. Stir gently.
* Immediately press the chocolate covered spoon into the crushed peppermint candy, holding the spoon at a diagonal.
* Place the spoon on the wax covered cookie sheet and let cool.
* Repeat the entire process with second cup of chocolate chips.
* Let the spoons cool thoroughly before wrapping individually with cellophane paper and a ribbon.
* Makes 35 to 45 chocolate coffee spoons.
* Excellent Christmas gifts for any coffee lover!

Chocolate Popcorn

Ingredients:

• 12 cups popped popcorn
• 2 1/2cups salted peanuts
• 1 (11.5 ounce) package milk chocolate morsels
• 1 cup light corn syrup
• 1/4cup butter or margarine

Directions:

* Preheat oven to 300º F. Grease a large roasting pan. Line a large bowl with waxed paper.
* Combine popcorn and nuts in greased roasting pan.
* Combine morsels, corn syrup and butter in medium, heavy-duty saucepan.
* Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils.
* Pour over popcorn; toss well to coat.
* Bake, stirring frequently, for 30 to 40 minutes.
* Cool slightly in pan; remove to bowl lined with wax paper.
* Store in airtight container for up to two weeks.

Christmas Chocolate Kiss Tree

Materials:
• One 12″ X 4″ Styrofoam cone
• 1 yard red or green 1″ wide ribbon
• Aluminum foil
• Glue (low heat gun, non-toxic craft glue, glue stick or confectioner’s glue)
• 7 (8 oz) bags of HERSHEY KISS(r)* Chocolates — Holiday colors

Instructions:
• Cover foam cone with foil.
• Decorate cone with green foil HERSHEY KISS(r)* Chocolates by gluing their flat
side against the foil covered cone.
• For ornaments, use the remaining silver and red HERSHEY KISSES(tm)*.
• Insert one end of a toothpick into the side of each HERSHEY KISS.
• Insert other end into the foam cone, filling in the gaps between the green foil HERSHEY KISSES(tm)*.

Completed craft is for decorative purpose only and candy should not be eaten.
Magic Reindeer Food

Mix up a batch of magic reindeer food to leave out for Santa’s reindeer. This is a great gift idea for school parties. Magic Reindeer Food leaves a glittering path to Santa’s reindeer to your home on Christmas Eve.

In a small zipper food storage bag mix the following ingredients:
• 1/2 cup oatmeal
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup red or green sugar crystals (used for cake and cookie decorating)

Print the poem below. Cut it out and staple the tag to the top of the magic reindeer food baggie.

Be sure to take this magic food and sprinkle on the lawn,
On Christmas, Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn.
The smell of oats and glitter path will guide them on their way
And you’ll wake up to Santa’s gifts next morn on Christmas Day!

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