We have the best next door neighbors. We really do! Whenever we need to borrow sugar, a tool or our dog get’s loose, our neighbors are always there to help us out. We definitely know that we should count ourselves lucky to have lucked out with them. So, every Christmas we make it a point to let them know how much we love and care about them by taking them a handmade gift.
Our neighbors, bless them, have to put up with a lot by having our family living next door to them. We’ve got two kids, a dog, hot rods and various other loud outdoor toys. So this year, I decided to get a little bit creative and make them a nut themed gift with a tag that reads “Merry Christmas, from the NUTS next door.” Haha, I cannot wait to give it to them!! But before we deliver this gift to our neighbors, let me show you what fun nut inspired creations we placed within our basket.
I knew right away that I wanted to include something homemade and personal to our gift. I decided that the best recipe to go with, for this purpose, would be a nut inspired, white chocolate bark. Not only does it look beautiful, but it tastes amazing and it is super easy to make! Plus, It only takes about 5-10 minutes to prepare before cooling time. So just in case you are a last minute gifter, like this girl, this recipe wont set you back on a lot of time.
To make this bark, I used:
– 12 oz. bag white chocolate morsels
– 1 cup Planters Deluxe Mixed nuts
Melt 12 oz. of white chocolate morsels on the stove using a double boiler. Stir continuously over low heat until melted completely.
Once melted, remove the chocolate from the heat and quickly mix in 1 cup of Planters mixed nuts.
Place a large piece of parchment paper on a flat surface and pour the chocolate mixture into the center. Spread mixture out into a thin layer and allow to cool. This can take about 30 minutes or longer, depending on how thick you made the bark.
Once the bark has cooled completely, break it into several little pieces with your hands and serve.
Or, bag it up and place it within a gift basket like I did. However, I did this not before sneaking a few pieces to “taste test”. Got to make sure it’s good, right? Oh, and believe me, it’s good. 🙂
To finish off our gift, we decided to included a Planters Holiday Collection keepsake tin, filled with assorted nuts, and a slice of our homemade rocky road fudge. Don’t worry, I’ll be posting the recipe for the fudge later on in the week (so keep an eye out).
Lucky for us, all of these supplies were easy found at Walmart, we just looked for the Planters holiday sleigh! Talk about a fun gift idea in a snap!
Want to re-create this gift for a neighbor of your own, maybe at home or at the office? If so, I’ve included the tag for free download below. Simply right click on the image, save it to your computer and print it off as necessary.
Here is also a more generic one.
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