Tis’ the most wonderful time of the year! Tis’ time to start thinking about what you want to stuff into loved one’s stockings that will really make them merry.

For me, the best gift is useful and delicious, which is why, this Christmas I’ll be making and tucking a series of edible stocking stuffers, like these…

1. Not-So-Naughty Coal Candy

All in the spirit of fun—of course! This is a stocking suffer I might gift my father if he doesn’t stop regaling the family with embarrassing stories about me as a child.

This shiny black coal candy—made with egg whites, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and black food coloring—is the perfect treat for those tricksters on your naughty list and your nice list too. The candy might look like a nasty lump of coal, but the receiver will be pleased with the sweet, jolly flavor.

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Source: SprinkleBakes.com

2. Seasonal Fruit Leathers

How can two simple ingredients—honey and fresh fruit—make such a holly-jolly stocking stuffer? These festive fruit leathers are a miracle to behold and eat! And they come in delicious flavors of mango and pineapple. However, I think I’ll incorporate some red strawberry and raspberry into the mix as well.

Roll them up in strips of colorful parchment paper and tie them with red and green string or baker’s twine, and colored tape. When your loved one opens the individual roll, they’ll be treated to a sweet, chewy fruit-filled candy that they can enjoy many times over.

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Source: Whole Living

3. Spiked Egg Nog

For egg nog lovers, it isn’t quite Christmas without a glass of the frothy, creamy, sweet beverage. So how about treating your egg nog lover to a homemade bottle of the brew. Keep in mind that this version is for “adults only,” as it’s graciously spiked with vanilla vodka and Bailey’s Irish Creme liqueur.

If you’re not a Bailey’s fan, you can spike yours the classic way by using run or brandy. The rest of the recipe is wholesome ingredients—like farm fresh eggs, whole milk, local cream, and lots of vanilla extract and nutmeg.

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Source: MaryCrimmins.com

4. Candy-Cane Marshmallows

These beautiful, marbleized and minty treats gift the cool taste of the season—peppermint! Always a favorite in my house, these puffy squares can be added to coffee or hot chocolate for a really festive drink. But they are also mouth-popping worthy straight from these adorably decorated bags.

These peppermint marshmallows get their minty flavor from pure peppermint extract, while the red swirly technique is thanks to a little red food coloring. You can add some green food coloring to the mix for a little Christmas variety.

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Source: Martha Stewart

5. Smoky-Sweet BBQ Rub

If you’re resident barbecue chef is a little misty-eyed for grilling season, try gifting them a reminder that spring is right around the corner with this tasty smokey-sweet barbecue meat rub. Pack the spice mixes in little jars and label them with festive decor to tuck sneakily into stockings and under the tree.

Each little jar contains a smoky-sweet mix of dark brown sugar, kosher salt, grated ginger, dry mustard, smoked paprika, garlic powder, ground cumin, granulated sugar, and fresh ground pepper. This is also a nice gift alongside some barbecue utensils or a snappy apron.

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Source: MyRecipes.com

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6.Vintage Vanilla Fudge

If, like Clark Griswald (from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation), you want to have the “hap-hap-happiest Christmas since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny…Kaye,” then this vintage vanilla fudge will be a welcome rendition under your tree!

These festive little boxes are decorated with love and filled with melt-in-the-mouth vanilla fudge from a classic and simple recipe—made with real butter, double cream, and vanilla bean paste—for a chewy treat that can be enjoyed until the New Year…if it lasts that long!

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Source: BBC Good Food

7. Roasted Cinnamon Almonds

This gift delivers a combination of seasonal tastes and delicious holiday smells. Your gift-recipient might even smell these freshly roasted cinnamon almonds right through the wrapping paper. But could you imagine how good your home will smell when you stuff several stockings with this yummy treat?

These raw almonds coated with a delectable combination of granulated sugar, egg whites, ground cinnamon, and salt will have your friends, neighbours, and loved ones crunching and munching through the holiday season.

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Source: A Southern Fairytale

8. Dip Mix Ornaments

These delicate light bulb ornaments double as visible and edible gifts. As you can probably guess, you can wrap them around your tree or drape them over stockings. We recommend (as does the recipe) using plastic food safe ornaments if you can in lieu of traditional ornamental light bulbs.

Each ornament encases one of five savory spice combinations—including Ranch Dip (made with dried parsley flakes, thyme, onion, and garlic), Fiesta Dip Mix (made with dried chives, cumin, and chili powder), Dill Dip Mix (made with dill weed, parsley, and season salt), Bacon Dip Mix (made with dried bacon bits, beef bouillon, and garlic), and Parmesan Cheese Dip (made with Parmesan sprinkles, garlic, and celery salt). All can be combined with yogurt, sour cream, or mayo for a quick serving dip!

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Source: Bubbly Nature Creations

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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