15 Last Minute Gifts for Candy Lovers

Christmas is tomorrow. Can you believe it? I feel like these past two weeks have seriously flown by so fast!

My next question is the big one…are you ready? Perhaps this sounds a little familiar:

You’ve made your list, you’ve checked it more than twice, and you think you have everything covered. But then, you realize you’ve missed your neighbor across the street, the hostess of the party you’re attending tonight, or your secret santa pick for your friend. There’s someone that didn’t make it onto that list and you need to grab something super quickly.

Food always makes a great gift, especially sweet treats like candies. So today I wanted to share a few gluten-free candies that won’t take you too long to whip up, but will surely please whoever you’re giving them to.

Dark Chocolate Quinoa Truffles
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Giving the Gift of Chocolate

pepita chocolates

Pepita Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz

The holidays present a quandry. There’s the desire to give gifts from the heart and the absolute time crunch of shopping, cooking, cleaning, and of course partying that dominate this time of year.

What can a well-meaning gift giver do?

Make your own candies! Homemade chocolates are delicious, and because they come from your own hands they are definitely a personal gift. Best of all, homemade chocolates look impressive, but are actually pretty easy to pull off. Keeping the ingredients simple ensures that you can give a tasty gift that even friends with dietary restrictions can enjoy.

These Peppermint Chocolates have a minty ganache filling inside a crisp chocolate exterior.

peppermint chocolates

Peppermint Chocolates. source: Kim Lutz

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All Treats & No Tricks: 20 Autumn Treat Recipes

All Treats & No Tricks: 20 Autumn Treat Recipes

Get ready for a whole lot of treats without any tricks! I’m not a huge fan of Halloween, but I can’t pass up a healthy treat every now and then. So, I’ve combed through the web and rounded up a collection of 20 gluten-free autumnal delights that will have your mouth watering faster than you can say BOO!

Tie on your aprons and let’s get cooking.

Halloween Cut-Out Cookies

source: Amy Green

Cookies, Brownies & Bars

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Pumpkin Marshmallows

” We don’t just look like Pumpkins, we’re made with Pumpkin!”

Forget those store-bought, high fructose corn syrup, chemical containing marshmallows. Make your own with organic pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup and grass-fed gelatin!

Halloween is quickly approaching, and I am always on the hook to provide a snack for my kids classroom parties (not that I mind!) In the past, I have made cute Pumpkin Krispy Treats and Chocolate Covered Apple Slices . This year I decided to try and add pumpkin puree and traditional pumpkin pie spices to my homemade marshmallows. It worked perfectly! My kids LOVE them.

I cut out some with a pumpkin-shaped cookie cutter and turned them into pops. I cut out some others with a circle cookie cutter and put a piece of dairy-free dark chocolate in the top for the stem. I think they turned out pretty cute!

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