Who doesn’t love all the goodies that appear around Christmas time? Treats that don’t appear at any other time of the year. Whether it’s Eggnog, Candy Canes, or something Homemade that is only made in this season, I think we all have our favorites. Today I’m sharing some of mine. Some of my favorites are store bought. Others come straight from my family’s recipe book. Then there’s the one that I discovered on my own. A lot of these Christmas treats are tied up with good memories, which is probably a large part of why they’re my favorites.
Every Christmas, my Grammie would make peanut brittle. She would put some in a ziplock bag and give it to each family. I might not have been enthusiastic every time we received it. Back then, it was just another part of Christmas, like going to her house on Christmas Eve. I didn’t realize how much I would miss those bags of peanut brittle years later.
I wasn’t going to do use this prompt this year since I did something similar two years ago. However, I immediately thought of those bags of peanut brittle. After that, I thought of other treats I loved. Perhaps nostalgia and my love for my Grammie are what put this treat on my list of favorites. Unfortunately, with the possible allergies and intolerances, not to mention food preferences, I doubt this is a treat I’ll be making for my own immediate family. It still remains one of my favorites, though. One of the memories I will always carefully treasure.
Peanut Butter Fudge
Okay, this one makes it seem like I have a thing for peanuts. I assure you, I do not. Interestingly, peanut butter by itself is not something I would normally eat, but put it in some chocolate, like a Reese’s, or give me a batch of peanut butter fudge and I’ll eat that sucker all by myself. There were a few years long ago where I had an aversion to PBF. I won’t give you details because they’re not pretty, but I was so glad when I found I was able to eat it again.
My dad also loves peanut butter fudge. Interestingly enough, so does my father-in-law and my uncle. But my dad is the one I associate with peanut butter fudge the most, and it’s not just because it was titled as his favorite in our family recipe book for a long time. My mom would always have to make at least two batches of PBF, one for me and my dad, and one for everyone else.
Thinking about it now, I can’t remember the last time I had peanut butter fudge. I may need to make a special request this year….
You can find our Family Recipe for Peanut Butter Fudge in my post Family Holiday Baking.
Popcorn and Hot Chocolate
Yep, you read that correctly. Growing up, we were part of a smaller church so there were only a few of us kids in youth group. During the winter months, we would make hot chocolate and popcorn. So of course, me being the crazy person I am, decided one night to dip my popcorn in my hot chocolate. And I never looked back.
Maybe it was the game of it. Once wet, popcorn dissolves pretty fast so it was a race to get it from the cup to my mouth before the hot chocolate dissipated the entire kernel. In turn, the popcorn gave the hot chocolate a buttery kind of taste. Somehow it worked. I’ve had that combination a lot more than peppermint and hot chocolate.
If I could still drink hot chocolate like I could back then, I’d go make a cup right now and pop some popcorn. I know my kids wouldn’t mind, though they might call my crazy for combining the two. Who knows, maybe the craziness will pass on to them.
Admittedly, Peach Cobbler is not a Christmas time specific treat, but it is a special occasion treat. As in birthday and Christmas special. I’m pretty sure I’ve waxed poetic about peach cobbler before, so I won’t go on about it again. However, this list would not have been complete without listing it.
Most peach cobbler is served with vanilla ice cream. I am not about that combination. Just give me the peach cobbler all by its lonesome and I will be a happy person.
Is any Christmas Treat list complete without candy canes? I guess if you’re allergic to peppermint it might be, but I am not so bring on those candy canes!
What is it about candy canes? It’s not like you can’t get peppermints at any other time of the year. Is it the shape that makes them so special? Is it the possibility of shaping it into a weapon? I have no clue! I just know I’m always excited when I see a candy cane. I wonder just how many candy canes I’ve “stolen” off of Christmas trees over the years.
I think my favorite memory is when my Auntyne put them in our hot chocolate. I still remember the first time she did that. I wasn’t sure, but she encouraged me to try it and it was amazing.
What are some of your favorite Christmas Treats?
Why are they your favorite?
I love hearing from my readers so let me know in the comments!
Two years ago I shared my favorite Holiday Drinks. Check it out for a Christmas drink recipe!
I also shared my favorite Christmas Morning Breakfast foods and memories.
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