Few things say Christmas quite like peppermint! The iconic red and white stripes. The melt-in-your-mouth mintiness. Definitely a sentimental yuletide favorite! So look no further for holiday favor inspiration. Whether using candy canes, sticks, bonbons, or flavoring extract, here are a dozen ways to gift your guests with this quintessential Christmas treat!
Oh, What a Treat! Yummy Peppermint Treats
1 – Sparkly vanilla bean macarons filled with white chocolate peppermint butter cream, courtesy of Kevin and Amanda.com! Love the festive pinwheel pattern on top in red and white edible glitter. A bit challenging to make, but follow the great tutorial and watch your guests’ eyes light up when you present these beauties!
2 – Combine 2 of the best-loved treats in this favor: peppermint-dipped Oreos! My Blessed Life shows how the cookies are coated in melted almond bark with bits of crushed peppermint candy in it. Christmas goody heaven! Simply package as prettily as you please, and give!
3 – These peppermint sticks dipped in white chocolate are actually one of the many sweet treats on a “hot cocoa bar” by Amanda’s Parties to Go! In fact, do visit the post for the full eye-catching display. But even by themselves, they’d be a huge hit as take-home favors at a wintertime wedding or party!
4 – Who doesn’t love marshmallows? Now, you can delight guests with a Christmas version: homemade peppermint marshmallows! You could also call them pops (since they’re on sticks) or stirrers, since Jaclyn of Cooking Classy swears they’re divine when dunked into a mug of hot chocolate. Just follow her recipe and try these!
5 – Next up, peppermint chocolate cake pops by 52 Kitchen Adventures. On the inside, a moist combination of chocolate cake and chocolate peppermint butter cream. And on the outside, a crunchy coating of white chocolate and crushed candy canes! Just add holiday trimmings and they’re good to give.
6 – Another double whammy favor idea—peppermint fudge from Yum Sugar! No baking needed, so this recipe is super easy for anyone to make. Hidden in the chocolate are bits of peppermint and mini marshmallows, while a holiday-pretty peppermint candy sits on top!
7 – We all know and love peppermint bark, right? But here’s a fabulous twist: snowflake-shaped peppermint bark thanks to a silicone mold! And huge thanks to Baked by Rachel for the tip. Each snowflake is actually in 2 layers—brown chocolate below and white chocolate above topped with crushed peppermint candy. Double the yum!
8 – Aren’t these red velvet whoopie pies featured on Blink Blog irresistible? In these goodies, the cream cheese frosting is mixed with sugar and peppermint, then sandwiched between red-colored chocolate cookies. A sprinkling of crunchy candy bits on top and you have the most festive-looking favors!
9 – Here’s a drink idea this time, cocoa mix in a jar with crushed peppermints added! The ingredient list provided by My Recipes.com will make 1 quart (or 12 servings) of minty hot cocoa. For single servings, your guests just need to measure out ⅓ cup of cocoa mix in a mug and add hot water. So easy to give, and such a delight to receive!
10 – Want to pop a bit of green into your favors? Try this scrumptious peppermint cookie fudge from Bubble and Sweet! This treat uses dark chocolate and white chocolate marbled together, with peppermint extract for that holiday kick and green food coloring for a festive look. And crumbled on top is your choice of any choco-mint cookie!
11 – These tempting peppermint mocha cupcakes from Bakers Royale are sure to impress! Each one is a moist chocolate espresso cupcake spiked with peppermint extract. Then, topped with peppermint candy bits, mousse-like butter cream frosting and chocolate syrup, and a whole peppermint candy to finish!
12 – Another fabulous combo: peppermint bark popcorn courtesy of Keller Creative! We can just imagine the crunchy, chewy goodness of the popcorn coated with melted almond bark that’s flavored with peppermint—with the option of drizzling melted chocolate on top. Talk about holiday cheer!
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