sweet and salty reindeer antlers

by Kristina Sloggett

in Dessert, holiday, recipes

I guess it all began at a very early age, really – the gifting of food.

My Uncle Dudley bringing us fruit baskets and gift towers of cheeses and candies. My mom sending me with a pan of brownies when I was invited to a friend’s house.

Making assorted cookies for our mail lady. She drove this HUGE station wagon, sitting in the passenger seat so she could reach the mailboxes, while steering the wheel with her left hand. Good thing we lived in a quiet area…  that was some skilled driving.

Now the list is longer – not only do I have a mailman to give cookies to, I have Fed Ex and UPS drivers that ahem know me well. We have hairdressers and (well, I have) a manicurist who come to expect holiday treats now.

I have friends across the country I send surprises to. We have many holiday events and nights out with friends, and I always show up with a bakers box of something.

These are a quick and easy addition to any cookie plate this holiday season – and they are just so fun. Dark chocolate with salty pretzels are an irresistible combination most anyone will enjoy, and these mini M&M candies in holiday colors take the festive fun over the top.

It is as if Rudolph’s antlers were strung with glittery lights, and the red M&M makes a good nose…

reindeer antlers

recipe from bright ideas

1 3/4 cups Dove® Chocolate
3/4 cup M&M’S MINIS®
1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
Reynolds® Parchment Paper

Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S and set aside for decoration.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Melt the chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.

Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S on each antler as it is finished.

Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.

Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.

Once firm, remove them from parchment paper.

If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.

Click to sweeten the holidays with Silky Smooth Dove Chocolate.

Compensation was provided by Mars via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of spabettie and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Mars.

 

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brittany December 10, 2012 at 8:21 am

There are adorable. I’m a sucker for the green and red m&m’s.

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2 Kristina Sloggett December 10, 2012 at 10:25 am

I am too, and the mini version even more!

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3 Tommy December 10, 2012 at 8:22 am

these will be included with my bark, yes? ;)

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4 Kristina Sloggett December 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

but of course…

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5 Caroline December 10, 2012 at 8:39 am

Brilliant!! Thanks for sharing, Kris, have a wonderful week!

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6 Kristina Sloggett December 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

you are welcome, Caroline – hope your week is fabulous as well! (I cannot wait to hear about your meeting, yay!)

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7 Andrea Mynard December 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

These are brilliant! Must get some red and green m & ms and have a go at making them with my daughter.

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8 Kristina Sloggett December 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

your daughter would no doubt LOVE these, Andrea – they are so fun to make!

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9 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Haha too funny on your mom’s driving skills! ;-) Those look so fun. Perfect for an office potluck too.

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10 Kristina Sloggett December 11, 2012 at 7:19 am

HA! it was our mail lady, not my mom! …although my mom DID drive the wrong way down a one way street once… ;)

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11 natalie@thesweetslife December 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm

how fun!!!!!

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12 Kristina Sloggett December 11, 2012 at 7:15 am

right? they were fun to make AND eat!

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13 Kate@Diethood December 11, 2012 at 6:15 am

Oh how cute!!! Now all I want to be is your UPS guy!

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14 Kristina Sloggett December 11, 2012 at 7:05 am

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