Finding the Perfect Winter Dessert Treat: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

We recently had our first snow of the season in Ohio. I much prefer the warm weather months, but since harsh, brittle winters are inevitable in Ohio, I’ve learned to make the best of it. I often have guests over to help make the time spent at home a little more fun. Since I tend to have a lot of people over, I am always looking for flavorsome treats to have in dishes throughout my home for people to snack on. My favorite winter snack to have ready while entertaining is peppermint dessert treats. I am always on the hunt for new variations on this classic candy that my guests will love.

Anything made with peppermints around this time makes me incredibly happy – peppermint sticks, peppermint brownies, peppermint martinis…the list goes on and on.

Now that we are entering into the start of the chilliest months here in Ohio, my primary focus was to get my hands on the mintiest treat I could find from Hickory Farms.

I had some amazing minty options, but my sights were set from the beginning. Hickory Farms Peppermint Snow cookies were my choice. I can’t think of  a better treat than combining crunchy chocolate cookie with crushed peppermints.

 

I was first drawn to the appearance of these amazing peppermint Christmas cookies.   These tasty indulgences are concealed within white and dark chocolate. As if that isn’t enough, they are then sprinkled with crushed peppermints. the crushed peppermints not only add a crunchy, minty finish, but they make the presentation of these chocolate peppermint cookies so impressive that they make for an incredible after dinner dessert treat at a dinner party or family gathering.

The Peppermint Snow Mint Cookies were put to the test when I hosted a small holiday gathering. I knew my guests thought they were as enchanting as I did when I realized an hour into the party that there were none left for me!

There were two lessons I learned that night. The first was that for every winter gathering from this point on, Peppermint Snow Mints have to be a dessert treat for guests to nosh on. The second lesson is that I always need to buy an extra bag for myself.

Holiday Gift Ideas & Easy Picnic Ideas: Pack and Go Picnic Tote

Planning a picnic with Hickory Farms
Enjoying a beautiful day outdoors with a picnic is one of summer’s best treats. But why wait? Give your friends or loved ones a gift they’ll never forget this holiday season by presenting them with a Hickory Farms Pack and Go Picnic Tote. You can take them on a memorable winter picnic with these five easy picnic ideas.

 

Picnic food for kids from Hickory Farms.

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When planning a picnic, start by setting the dress code. Make sure your guests are prepared to be outside for an hour or two. In colder climates, you may want to suggest that all of your guests wear snow pants and parkas. Be sure to also bring a few extra scarves and gloves along in case one of your guests doesn’t bundle up as much as they should.

 

Winter picnic ideas from Hickory Farms.

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Next, prepare the table. If you want to keep your party simple, just lay out a brightly colored blanket. However, if you’re looking for something a little more elaborate, try this winter picnic idea by making your own amazing snow table. Start by packing snow into a large garbage can and a couple of small containers. Allow the containers to sit out overnight and, on the day of your picnic, turn the containers over to release the snow. Use the larger mound of compacted snow for the table and the smaller ones for stools. Bring along a heat source for a cozy place to warm up. Outdoor stoves are a great option.

 

Winter picnic food from Hickory Farms.

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Start the meal with something hot to drink, such as hot chocolate or one of the selections from our Ceylon Tea Collection, accompanied by Peppermint Snow Mints. Serve the drinks in fun thermoses to keep everything nice and warm.

Finally, serve the winter picnic food! Keep your meal simple by creating a platter with slices of Our Signature Beef Summer Sausage, Farmhouse Cheddar and Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers. For dessert, try Christmas Tree Pretzels and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies.

With these easy picnic ideas and the Hickory Farms Pack and Go Picnic Tote, your friends and family will love being treated to a special winter picnic with their unique picnic basket holiday gift.

Family Fun with Edible Christmas Crafts: Make a Festive Popcorn Tree

Christmas food crafts from Hickory Farms

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There’s no better way to bond than getting the family together to prepare festive Christmas food crafts. This holiday season, spend some quality time with your kids or grandchildren while whipping up a batch of Festive Popcorn Trees. Combining our decadent gourmet popcorn and a little imagination, your little loved ones are going to adore getting their hands a little messy while creating their own culinary masterpieces with these popcorn crafts.

 

Popcorn crafts from Hickory Farms

Make the popcorn mixture

Start by placing a bag of our sweet and salty Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle into a large bowl.

Then, in a medium saucepan, combine miniature marshmallows and butter, cooking over medium-low heat. Continue to stir the mixture until it’s well combined and silky smooth. After removing the marshmallow sauce from the heat, stir in a dash of vanilla extract to add a nice flavor and aroma. Pour the marshmallow sauce over the popcorn, mixing to coat.

 

Edible Christmas crafts from Hickory Farms.

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Form and decorate your trees

Prepare a working surface by lining a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, coat your hands in cooking spray and let the fun begin! Grab a handful of the gourmet popcorn mixture and form the popcorn into a tree-shaped cone, keeping the base nice and flat.

Once the tree is formed, you can start decorating your holiday food crafts. Using colored baking sugar, let the kids add some color, and break out the icing and candy to add the finishing touches. Pipe bright frosting around the trees to form garlands, add white tips for snow and place the candy around the tree like ornaments.

When everyone is finished with their masterpieces, place the completed popcorn trees on sugar cookies. Now, you’re ready to dig in!

These easy popcorn trees are a great way to get kids excited about cooking, while bringing their imaginations to life. By using our delicious Hickory Farms Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle, you can transform this fun project into a texturally rich, delicious dessert the whole family is sure to love!