5 Favorite Holiday Foods Gifts

I can not believe that Hannukah started last night and Christmas is around the corner. I have been getting many calls and emails for ideas for holiday food gifts, and many of you were asking for my Homemade Cracker Jacks, Granola Bars and Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate recipes. I gathered all of them here in this post for 5 of my favorite holiday food gifts. My daughter, Leigh, came up with this S’mores Kit (above). Just gather some graham crackers, marshmallows and graham crackers, and it is that easy. Stay tuned for NBC 13 “Daytime Alabama” this Friday, December 14th at 11:30 a.m when I’ll be Co-Hosting the show and sharing holiday food gift ideas and more.

Peppermint Dark Hot Chocolate via Ingredients, Inc.

Dark Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Cookies via Ingredients Inc.

Homemade Cracker Jacks via Ingredients, Inc.

All Natural Granola Bars via Ingredients, Inc.

Easy and Healthy Christmas and Holiday Gift Idea-Dried Fruit Mix

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Some of you may know that my background and love is really in healthy and light cooking, but I know with the holidays, it’s hard to focus on that. Even in my profession of being a Recipe Developer, I deviate from my healthy schedule, especially when working on holiday recipes. Usually, most magazines work six months in advance so I am preparing heavy holiday foods in the summer (during bathing suit season), and am grilling light summery food in the winter (luckily, I live in the south). As far as healthy gift ideas, I thought I would share one of my (and my kid’s) favorites-dried fruit mixed with a touch of ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. We went threw our jar in less than one day, so I hope this will be as popular as it was at our house.

 

Dried Fruit Mix

Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup dried apples

3/4 cup pitted prunes

3/4 cup dried aprictots

1/2 cup dried blueberries

1/2 cup golden raisins

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Preparation

1. Layer all ingredients in a 1-quart jar in the order given; tightly seal. Makes 1 gift jar.