Last night, I made some holiday treats for an exchange I have tonight. Swim Chick and Gym Girl helped me make holly clusters, one of the recipes from my own childhood. It’s essentially rice krispie treats, except made with corn flakes instead of rice krispies. Add some green food coloring and red hots, and you have little hollies. The kids love them.
Combine 1 stick margarine, 30 large marshmallows, 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/2 oz. green food coloring in large pot. Bring to a boil, stirring so that marshmallows melt completely. Remove from heat and stir in 4 cups corn flakes. Be sure corn flakes are completely coated with marshmallow mixture. Drop by spoon onto wax paper. Top with red hots to create holly berries. Let dry overnight.
The letting dry overnight part is essential to avoid majorly green teeth. My mom does not particularly like to cook, but one thing she’s great at making is candy. Though her fudge is probably her best overall, the holly clusters are her most-requested treat. My siblings, cousins, and now the grand kids can go through a ton of these things at Christmas. I bought the industrial size corn flakes box at the store yesterday and extra marshmallows, so I’m sure we’ll make a couple more batches before we’re through the season.
So, what’s your favorite thing to make for the holidays?