What is your favorite food at the Christmas party?
Is it the mounds of mashed potatoes and gravy that flow down the plate like a ski slope?
What about a classic cup of cocoa and a Christmas cookie to dunk inside your delectable drink?
I can never pass up a chance to get my hands on my grandmother’s famous cinnamon raisin bread that pairs perfectly with some eggnog.
While all of these are fantastic foods, there is one thing that makes or breaks the Christmas function when it comes to food—the desserts! Desserts are the pinnacle of party-going, the sweet conclusion to a night of celebration, a tradition that has been handed down for generations.
There are tons of different holiday desserts, from pies and cakes to cookies and no-bakes, but the best Christmas parties have a little bit of everything. This ensures that everyone has a sweet time and gets a little taste of the holiday spirit on their tongue.
As you know, we’re all about making life a little sweeter—so we took it upon ourselves to dive into the best Christmas Treat Recipes we could find on the internet and combine them with some of our favorite Christmas candies to create the ultimate holiday party snacks that you can share with your family and friends this year.
If you’re looking for a new holiday dessert recipe, grab your notebook because these 5 Christmas Candy Recipes are going to make you the talk of the next party.
1. Christmas Candy Bark
Most people have bitten into some Christmas bark in their day. Whether it be peppermint or caramel, there’s usually one or two folks who come through with the classic dish at holiday events. But that doesn’t mean you can’t put your own twist and breed some bark all your own.
Check out this recipe from Belle of The Kitchen—it goes the healthy route and swaps out vanilla chocolate for vanilla almond bark and sprinkles is some of her favorite candies and crunchy snacks. I, on the other hand, decided it would be a good idea to combine all my favorite peanut butter candy (Reese’s, Butterfinger, and Peanut M&M) into one bark to create the ultimate peanut butter bark, which was consumed promptly at a party last week.
2. Reindeer Noses
We couldn’t leave out our favorite reindeer friend Rudolph, could we? This is by far the most simple and straightforward Christmas treat that will always deliver delicious flavors no matter what. All it takes is three basic ingredients—Hershey Kiss, M&M, Pretzel—and your mouth is in for a sweet and salty snack unlike any other.
While you could stick to this standard recipe from Sweet & Savory Meals, I’d encourage you to consider what candy you could swap in place of the Hershey kiss to give your reindeer nose a unique look all its own.
3. No-Bake Peppermint Pie
I’ve seen plenty of peppermint already this holiday season, but not once have I ever encountered a peppermint pie. Yeah, you read that correctly—PEPPERMINT PIE!
The minute I ran into this recipe I knew I had to share it with all of you candy lovers out there. If you’re a fan of anything and everything peppermint, this is exactly what you need to bring to the next holiday party to chill everyone’s taste buds.
This recipe from Simply Stacy requires zero baking, minimal ingredients, and can be done in a matter of minutes (just don’t forget to pop it in the freezer overnight like I did).
4. Rolo Pretzel Bites
Calling all Christmas party-goers that love caramel—please try this recipe!
In my search for awesome holiday treats, I came across this Rolo Pretzel Bite recipe from Delish that sounds super tasty. It takes the iconic Rolo candy that we all know and love, combines it with a salty pretzel, and covers it with chocolate to create a completely new candy dessert. If that doesn’t get your mouth watering, I don’t know what will.
The best part—these little guys pack a punch filled with caramel and chocolate that is unmatched by any other Christmas dessert on this list.
5. Peanut Butter Blossom
Wrapping up this collection of Christmas candy sweets is a personal favorite that most of us will remember from our childhood—the Peanut Butter Blossom.
This Christmas cookie, one could call it, is the perfect combination of peanut butter and chocolate that can catapult your sweet senses into another dimension. Not literally, but I can wholeheartedly say I’ve had enough to assure you they are just as good as any gift you’re going to get for Christmas.
This recipe from Hersheyland and has everything you need to make these killer cookies, except the Hershey kisses themselves, which you can find in our store right here.
Make this Christmas party one to remember…
Christmas time is one of the best times of the year. Why not make it better by bringing some of the best holiday party treats your family and friends have ever tasted with one of the five recipes featured above?
Grab one for yourself, snatch up the ingredients, and get ready to be the talk of your next holiday get-together.