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We've got some Christmas ideas to make your holiday even more delicious! Chocolate candy cane bread and mouthwatering loaded pretzels are just two great recipes for Christmas. We've added some great gift ideas for Christmas, too, so let's get started!

Let's face it! Christmas is only a week away! If you haven't finished getting all your Christmas gifts together, you are running out of time.

There's still another day or two to order gifts online and have them arrive in time for the big day, but you better get on it, asap. Need some quick inspiration?

Well, there's a nice selection to get you thinking. Don't wait around too long, though, or your gifts won't arrive on time. And don't forget to visit the new CCM Store. You may find some homemade goodies there that catch your eye and tantalize your taste buds!

Now, how about some delicious recipe Christmas ideas?

Chocolate Candy Cane Bread

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I was talking to my sister-in-law, Laura, the other day and we were discussing good Christmas ideas and recipes we could make for the upcoming holiday.

We both love the Taste of Home Magazine and she found these two Christmas recipes and photos at Taste of Home. They are certainly good enough to share.

This first recipe is for a twist on an old favorite. I like to call it Chocolate Candy Cane Bread.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter
  • 1 2/3 cups of brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of coffee, strongly brewed
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup of canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour (all purpose)
  • 3/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk (or 1 T. of vinegar added to regular milk)
  • 1 cup of mini chocolate chips (semisweet) - 6 oz.

For the Topping:

  • 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips or vanilla chips
  • 3 tablespoons of crushed candy canes (personally, I'd use more, and would probably be tempted to throw some in the batter, too!) :~)

Here's how to put it all together:

  1. Combine butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and beat until mixture is crumbly. Add the egg whites, eggs, coffee, oil, extracts, and yogurt and mix until well blended.

  2. In a separate bowl stir together the cocoa, flour, baking soda, and salt. Start adding it gradually to the creamed mixture alternating with the buttermilk and beating well after each addition. When that is complete, gently fold in the chocolate chips.

  3. Spray 3 loaf pans with cooking oil (or just butter them if you prefer). Divide the mixture into the three pans and bake them for about 50-55 minutes at 350° or until skewer/toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  4. Allow the bread to cool for about 10 minutes in the pans and then remove them to some wire racks to cool completely.

  5. Now for the topping - melt the white chocolate/chips. You can use the microwave or a double boiler - your preference.

    You're going to drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled loaves, so what I'd suggest is that you put the chips in a Ziploc bag and microwave them for 30 seconds at a time and give them a squish until they are melted. Then you can just snip off the corner of the bag and you have an instant piping bag to easily drizzle the chocolate over your loaves. :)

  6. Immediately sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top while the white chocolate is still warm so that it sticks nicely.

Pretty easy, isn't it?! But what a lovely festive treat! It would be perfect for a Christmas tea party or a late night Christmas Eve snack by the fire.

Loaded Pretzels

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If you're looking for Christmas ideas for party snacks, look no further. These loaded pretzels are always a big hit at any party they've attended. I'm sure you can see why!

There's just something rather divine about the combination of salty pretzels and sweet chocolate. Add some nuts or other flavors to the mix, and you'll start thinking you're in heaven.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 10oz package of pretzel rods (You can use the long pretzel rods or grab the new shorter variety so you don't have to cut them in half.)
  • 1 14oz. package of caramels (You could probably use caramel apple dip if you prefer.)
  • 1 tablespoon of evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons of butterscotch chips (or peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, etc, if you prefer)
  • 2/3 cup of milk chocolate toffee bits
  • 1/4 cup of chopped toasted walnuts (or other favorite nut)

Here's how to put these together:

  1. If you bought the long pretzel rods, you'll need to cut them in half using a sharp knife.

  2. Combine caramels and milk in a large saucepan and melt them together slowly over a low heat.

  3. In a large bowl combine all of your toppings - chips, nuts, toffee.

  4. Pour the melted caramel into a large glass measuring cup to make it easier to dip your pretzels. Dip the pretzel rod until it is 2/3 covered in caramel and allow the excess to fall off. (If caramel starts to get too thick, pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds to reheat).

  5. Roll the caramel covered pretzel rods into your topping mixture and place on a wax paper lined tray to set.

These loaded pretzels can be made up ahead and stored in an airtight container. If anyone sees where you hid them, they won't last long, so be careful. :~)

Okay, I wanted to take a quick minute before I close to tell you a little bit more about SiteBuildIt (SBI). I listed it among the great gift ideas for a reason.

Site Build It!
SBI has been a tremendous blessing to me and my family. It's a program that has allowed someone like me (with NO computer experience) to build this lovely website Chocolate-Candy-Mall.com, that brings in a monthly income during these particularly hard times.

So many of my own friends and relatives have been feeling the effects of severe financial strain. I've gifted a few of them with an SBI package in hopes of providing them the same opportunity I've enjoyed that has made such a difference to us.

SiteBuildIt is NOT an instant money machine. I think if you look at Chocolate Candy Mall, you can see that I have put forth a lot of effort to share my love of chocolate with you all.

However, everyone has their own love, hobby, interest, skill set, passion, and knowledge base. With SBI, you can take what you know and turn it into an online income.

Why am I telling you all of this now? The reason is because SBI is running their once a year special sale on site building packages - Buy 1 Get 1 Free! Now is the time to take action and find yourself in a much better position financially this time next year.

You can split the 2 SBI's between you and a friend or loved one, or keep them both for yourself. The subscription of the first one starts immediately, but you have up to 9 months to activate the second site building package. Plenty of time to consider what you'd like to do with it.

Don't miss out on this great opportunity. If you take action, you WON'T regret it. (By the way, they have a 90 day money back guarantee in case you find it's just not for you).

Merry Christmas!

I hope you enjoyed this issue of Charmingly Chocolate with the yummy Christmas ideas for Chocolate Candy Cane Bread and Loaded Pretzels as well as the gift ideas for you last minute shoppers!

If you have any feedback or comments you'd like to share with me, just reply to this zine and let me know. And don't forget to check out our new Chocolate Candy Mall Store!

Angie :)

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