Remember The Cookie List? And all my grandiose plans? Here's what actually happened!
First, a few people did get mugs along with the treats. (See yesterday's post.) My aunties got something special (yet to appear on this blog). For everyone else, I stuck with pretty much the same recipes as last year. No mini loaves of bread, biscotti, candles, or barks. I had two baking days - although all of the projects are no-bake, so I'm not sure what the correct term would be.
Day One was popcorns. I made white chocolate popcorn and S'mores popcorn. (I made the same changes to the recipes I did last year.) Gosh the apartment smelled heavenly. I let everything with melted chocolate set up in the fridge, and for days afterwards, anytime someone opened the fridge, the apartment was filled with the delicious smell of chocolate. Anyway, I gathered my supplies:
|ALDI popcorn (cheapest by far), marshmallows, M&Ms, pretzels, LOTS and LOTS of chocolate chips, lappy for instructions, and water!|
I found it most expedient to empty the freshly popped bag into one bowl, then sort it into another. That way, I had fewer unpopped kernels in the final product. (And I could eat any piece that might be slightly burned. Okay, I could eat lots of pieces that probably weren't burned at all.)
I made three batches of each recipe, washing the dishes in between.
Two batches of white chocolate popcorn setting up in the fridge. I couldn't free up four shelves (two pans a batch), so I improvised with some yogurt containers. :)
S'mores popcorn setting up.
Once the chocolate was hardened, I broke the popcorn up and put it in bowls. Once I started wrapping, though, I discovered I didn't have enough cellophane! It was a few days before I got more, so I ended up filling up big pots and containers to keep in the fridge.
It's so pretty!
Now the wrapping process. A square of cellophane, and dump some popcorn in the middle:
Grab all four corners:
Tie off: (I double knotted the ribbon to keep it tight)
Blue ribbon for S'mores popcorn, and red for white chocolate.
Day Two was Truffle Day! I made 149 truffles, which was far more than I needed, but then we got to eat some! I made chocolate chip cookie dough truffles and cake batter truffles.
Cookie dough and cake batter balls waiting to be coated in chocolate.
I tried to keep things as neat and efficient as possible. Once truffles were hardened, I put them in a container to save space.
I'm really proud of the way I decorated the cookie dough truffles. I used the same chocolate, and drizzled it over with a fork. It looks so cool!
These got wrapped up the same way as the popcorns, but before I curled the ribbon, I tied on a tag and an ornament:
I bagged them up for friends on the Cookie List. Everyone got at least one popcorn and one bag of truffles, and more depending on their family size. I got lots of raving reviews on everything. And funny thing, though I remember feeling like the popcorns were kind of a filler thing last year, I loved them this year. Maybe it was just because I had them around longer while I waited for cellophane, but I found myself eating lots of them! They're really good!
Love and Sprinkles,