Taste of the OBX: 5 Super Easy Holiday Treats


Taste of the OBX 5 Super Easy Holiday Treats

Are you looking for some quick, tasty, and very fun holiday treats that you can put together in no time? Look no further! We have some good ones for you whether you're making the most of your OBX vacation rental kitchen, looking for something cute and festive for a party, wanting a simple holiday activity for the kids, or just because it's December.

We've pinned all of these on Elan Vacations Beach Christmas page on Pinterest for quick reference and easy access. While you're there, be sure to follow Elan Vacations on Pinterest for everything you want to know about the Outer Banks.

Now back to the treats!

5 Super Easy Holiday Treats

Grinch Poppers

1. Grinch Poppers

These are for the sugar grinches in your life. Just kidding! These cute Grinch Poppers are a healthy alternative to all of the sugary sweets this time of year. All you need are strawberries, bananas, grapes, marshmallows and toothpicks. They're great for the Dr. Seuss lovers in your life, as activity or treat for the kids after reading How the Grinch Stole Christmas, or just a fun holiday treat for the family. No guilt!

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Snowman Marshmallows

2. Snowman Marshmallows

This one's for the hot cocoa lovers out there. Add a little holiday pizzazz to your hot chocolate with these Snowman Marshmallows. Another simple way to celebrate the season. Cut a few marshmallows in half, dip the sticky side in a combo of powdered sugar and cornstarch, then use tubed icing (you'll need black and orange) or a #2 decorator's tip to create the snowman's face. Let them dry and surprise your guests with hot cocoa topped with a snowman marshmallow or two. Add in a candy cane, whipped cream, or whatever else you like.

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Christmas Crack Toffee

3. Christmas Crack (AKA Christmas Toffee)

Okay, it's called Christmas Crack for a reason—it's completely addicting. Consider that fair warning before you make these scrumptious treats. All you need are a few ingredients: saltines, butter, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and M&Ms (or chopped nuts... or sliced almonds...). The idea is that you melt the butter and sugar and boil it into a simple caramel, spread it on the saltines, bake it for a few minutes, and top it with the chocolate chips so that they can melt and be spread. Top it with the M&M's or the nuts, freeze it for a bit, then it's ready to go. It'll satisfy that sweet and salty craving for sure. Check out the Christmas Crack Toffee recipe and give it a try. You won't regret it!

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Milky Way Teddy Sleds

4. Milky Way Teddy Sleds

These quick and easy Milky Way Teddy Sleds are nothing short of adorable and will tickle both the young and young-at-heart. All you need to do is put a little chocolate frosting on two mini candy canes, cut a Milky Way mini in half and stick both parts to the frosting on the candy canes, and then sandwich a Teddy Graham in between. They're great for a party, a project, or just for fun. Super easy, super cute.

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Reindeer Nutter Butters

5. Reindeer Nutter Butters

If cookies and milk are a must-have this holiday season, then this is the Christmas treat for you. Take them up a notch by creating Reindeer Nutter Butters that everyone will enjoy. You'll need to pick up some Nutter Butter cookies, white (vanilla) frosting, mini pretzels and M&M's. Use the frosting as the glue to attach the M&M eyes and nose, then add the pretzel antlers at the top. (You can take the time to break off the bottom part of the pretzel, or just leave it as is. Both ways work just fine.) Kids will love them and they're a festive addition to any holiday gathering.

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We wish you and yours happy holidays and a Merry Christmas from Elan Vacations, wherever you may be celebrating them this year. We can't help but hope you're on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, but if not now then soon!