15 Christmas Crafts Under $15: Project 10, Christmas Candy

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Ok, so I know that candy isn’t really a craft, but it’s definitely part of Christmas!  I have two candy recipes for you today.  I have to admit, I didn’t really keep track of how much the supplies for each of these recipes cost, but I’m sure it’s under $15.  I made these candies for my teammates at work and Cora’s daycare teachers.  I bought the plastic bags for $1.99 for 25 and the Christmas paper was around $.59 each.

The first recipe is for a holiday candy mix I make every year.  My mom got this recipe from a coworker of hers many years ago, and it’s always really popular.

Recipe

3 cups Cheerios

6 cups Crispix or Chex

2 cups Salted Peanuts

2 cups Pretzel Sticks

8 oz Holiday M&Ms

16 oz Vanilla Candy Coating

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Mix the Cheerios, Chex, peanuts, and pretzels together in a large bowl and set aside.

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Melt the vanilla candy coating in a double boiler.  Be careful to not overheat the candy coating, it will scorch and not taste right and get thick and yucky.

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Once candy coating is melted, pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Add the M&Ms and stir to coat.  Spread the mixture out evenly over wax paper to cool and harden.  Once cool, break apart.

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The second recipe is for M&M buttons.  You need square or circle pretzels, Hershey Kisses and/or Hugs, and holiday M&Ms.  Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Lay pretzels out flat on the baking sheet.  Place a Kiss or Hug on top of each pretzel.

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Once oven is heated to 200 degrees, place the baking sheet on the middle rack for 4-5 minutes.  You want the chocolate to be shiny, but still holding its shape.  Once the chocolate is melted, place an M&M on top of each Kiss or Hug and push down.  Let cool for about 30 minutes.

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I packaged my candy up in plastic treat bags and topped the bags with a piece of 5.5″x6″ scrapbook paper folded in half and stapled to the plastic bag.  I ran out of skinny ribbon to embellish the top, but it adds a nice touch if you have it.  If you don’t, they still look nice without the ribbon.  Enjoy!

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