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Reminiscing on my childhood, there were a few telltale signs that the holiday season was upon us: We would drive to the nearby Christmas tree farm and chop down a fresh Christmas tree, my mom would decorate the house right after Thanksgiving, and then her KitchenAid mixer would adorn the kitchen counter to kick off the holiday baking projects.
The amount of baked goods we feasted on during the month of December seemed comparable only to scenes gazed upon in the Willy Wonka factory break room: An assortment of cookies, fudge, homemade snack mixes, and of course Christmas bark! Who needs to be a kid in the candy store when you have a mom like that!
Now that I am older, and have a family of my own, many of these traditions live on in my household. We still go to the same Christmas tree farm each year, Christmas decorations are held at bay until after the Turkey has been digested, and I’m making M&M’s® Christmas Bark to kick off the holiday baking this year! I don’t, however, have my own KitchenAid mixer yet, but that is on my list for Santa this year! I assure you, I’ve been very good.
Yes, I know… a food blogger without a stand mixer is like a NASCAR driver without a steering wheel. Judge me quietly.
If you are like me, and are hoping Santa brings you a KitchenAid mixer this year, you can give him a little help by voting for your favorite holiday recipe photo in the widget below. By voting you will be entered to win one of eight KitchenAid mixers! How cool is that?
I stopped at Walmart to pick up the ingredients for my M&M’s® Christmas Bark. I grabbed M&M’s® White Peppermint, and M&M’s® Milk Chocolate for the Christmas bark recipe, as well as an extra pack of M&M’s® Holiday Peanut Butter to snack on. Since I was at Walmart anyways I also stocked up on some holiday baking essentials like Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, and Great Value Milk.
If you want a fun recipe to use with your Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, check out this ‘fun’ M&M’s® Holiday Snowflake Cookies recipe!
As I fill up my cart with what only can be described as luxury items, I am reminded how blessed I really am to be able to stock my pantry with whatever ingredients I want, without concern of where my next meal will come from. Many in our own community aren’t so fortunate. While food banks may receive a plethora of donations this time of year, many families lack the essential nutrients supplied by milk because perishable goods are rarely donated to food banks, despite its high demand.
With more than 46 million families relying on Feeding America food banks each year, it can be hard to get milk into the cups of those who need it. On average, food banks are able to provide less than a gallon of milk per person each year. But there are a few things you can do to help!
With your small donation at PourMilkLove.com, The Great American Milk Drive will deliver milk to a needy family in your local community. But that isn’t the only way you can help! With every two 9.4 oz bags (or larger) of M&M’s® purchased at Walmart up to a gallon of milk will be donated to The Great American Milk Drive!
Shopping for your holiday baking projects never felt so good!
You can learn more this first ever national program at MilkLife.com/give.
- 20 oz White Chocolate
- 4 tsp Vegetable Oil
- 2 cups Pretzel Sticks
- 1/2 cup M&M's® Milk Chocolate plus more for sprinkling
- 1/2 cup M&M's® Peppermint plus more for sprinkling
Add white chocolate and vegetable oil together in a saucepan or microwave safe bowl and melt, stirring as needed.
Let chocolate cool slightly.
Sprinkle pretzels and M&M's® evenly on parchment paper placed on a large baking pan (11"x17") and gently pour chocolate over the top.
Spread mixture out evenly and sprinkle additional M&M's® over the top as desired.
Place in the fridge for 10 minutes, or until hardened.
Chop M&M's® Christmas bark into desired serving sizes and enjoy!
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