Everybody loves Christmas. Especially children. With Santa Claus and gifts, Christmas trees and decorations and mouth-watering treats and goodies, what’s not to love about the season? But notice how the kids are always at the receiving end? Well, this Christmas, let the kids help out in all the preparations and get a first-hand experience of the ‘spirit of Christmas’ and the ‘joy of giving’. Get your kids (and maybe their friends too) to make some super-easy Christmas goodies and gift them—either to street children, or orphanages, or their friends and family.
Here are a few easy recipes for kids of all ages. While your younger ones might need help and supervision, just hand over the recipe and ingredients to your older ones and let them work the magic all on their own. Yes, these recipes are that easy.
An all-time favourite with the kids is the Marshmallow Pop.
• 2 packets Monaco biscuits, coarsely crushed (Or colourful sprinkles)
• 12 lollipop sticks
• 12 large marshmallows
• 2 ounces milk chocolate compound, melted
1. Place crushed crackers (or sprinkles)in a shallow bowl
2. Insert one lollipop stick into each marshmallow
3. Melt the chocolate compound
o chop the chocolate into small pieces
o put it in a microwave safe ceramic bowl
o heat it for 30 seconds
o then remove and stir. If it hasn’t fully melted, heat for 30 seconds more
4. Dip two-thirds of each marshmallow in melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off
5. Dip in biscuit crumbs (or sprinkles), covering about half of the chocolate
6. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
7. Store in an airtight container till you are ready to gift it.
Another easy-to-make Christmas goodie is a Mud Pie.
• 1 chocolate bar for topping
• 125 g castor sugar (or fine sugar)
• 1 tbsp cocoa powder
• 175 g butter
• 250 g Marie biscuits, crushed
• 125 g mixed dry fruits (optional)
For the Cake
1. Melt the butter
2. Add cocoa and sugar
3. Now add dried fruits and biscuits
4. Mix it all up well
5. Put foil in a baking tin or flat-bottomed bowl
6. Pour in the mix
7. Press it down well
8. Cover and place in the fridge
For Muddy Topping
1. Melt the chocolate (same way as you did for the Marshmallow Pop)
2. Pour it onto the cake (cake must not be hot)
3. Spread it out with a spatula
4. Keep it back in the fridge for about 30 mins and you’re done
Another easy and especially classy gift is home-made chocolate. Here’s a simple recipe for a nutty chocolate—the Rocky Road as we like to call it.
• Whole almonds
• Roasted cashew nuts
• Chocolate compound (milk, dark or white)
1. Chop or break the almonds and cashew nuts into small crunchy pieces
2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave
3. Add the broken cashew nuts and almonds into the chocolate and mix well
4. Pour the chocolate and nuts mixture into a chocolate mould
5. Tap the mould to make sure there are no bubbles
6. Place in the refrigerator to set
7. Once set, remove the Rocky Road from the mould and store in an airtight container or in the fridge
8. Wrap them up individually in chocolate wrapping paper and your gift is ready