December 6, 2011

December 6 Newsletter - Fruity Peppermint Bark and Tasty Reindeer Treats Recipes

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe that Christmas is only a little over two weeks away? Where in the world has the year gone? Well, this is the time of year when we should be spending as much time with the friends and family members that we cherish the most. Whether it’s getting together with your church group to go caroling, going ice-skating with friends, taking the family out to look at Christmas lights or another fun holiday activity, this is one of the easiest times of the year to make memories with your family and friends. At Kids Formal, we want to help you do that, so in today’s newsletter you will two yummy holiday recipes that you and your kids can make together!


Fruity Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

12 oz. pkg. Nestle Premier White Morsels
½ t. Peppermint Extract
8 Strawberry Starburst Candy Canes

Directions:

1.    Place candy canes in a plastic bag, let air out and seal. Crush candy canes into small, fine pieces and set aside.
2.    Place white morsels in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave (medium) for 1 minute and stir. If needed, microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds and stir. Stir until smooth. You may need to microwave a little longer, depending on your microwave.
3.    Add peppermint extract to the melted morsels and stir well.
4.    With wax paper, line a baking sheet. Then, spread the melted mixture out on the wax paper. Spread until the mixture reaches your desired thickness.
5.    Sprinkle with crushed strawberry candy canes, pressing lightly. Refrigerate until hard and then break into pieces and place in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Tasty Reindeer Treats

Ingredients:

1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix
1 Tub Strawberries and Cream Frosting
1 pkg. Chocolate Almond Bark
Black Frosting Pen
Pretzels (Regular…not the straight sticks)

Directions:

1.    Bake the cake mix in the manner it says on the back of the box in a 9x13 pan and let cool.
2.    Crumble the cake in a large bowl and mix ½ to ¾ of the tub of frosting with the cake mix, until the cake/frosting mixture is a play-doh consistency. (Do not put in too much icing!)
3.    Using your hands, make small cones with the cake/frosting mixture. Make sure the entire cone is somewhat thick, with the top being the thickest and the bottom being pointed and a little thinner. Set aside on wax paper.
4.    Take the pretzels and break them into evenly sized pieces to make antlers. Stick two antlers in the top side of each formed cone (this will be the top of the reindeer head).
5.    Leave the antlered cones alone for a few hours to give them time to dry/set up.
6.    Melt almond bark in a medium microwave safe bowl in the microwave.
7.    One by one, dip the cones into the melted chocolate up to the antlers and place back on the wax paper.
8.    Let the chocolate cones dry.
9.    With your black frosting pen, draw eyes just below the antlers and a black dot on the bottom (pointed tip) of the cone for a nose. You’ll be left with dozens of tasty reindeer waiting to be eaten!

****If you don’t want to make the reindeer, you can simply roll the cake/frosting mixture into balls and have chocolate covered strawberry balls…very tasty also!****

With holiday parties coming up for work, home and school, you and your kids will surely be able to find a reason to make the recipes above together. We hope you have a wonderful time making memories with your family this month!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal