Add a little fun this Christmas by having your kids make these scrumptious, decadent and chewy White Chocolate Caramel Snowman Hands. Just 3 simple ingredients and only minutes to make. They’ll put a Smile on everyone’s face, including Santa’s!
So what do you leave for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve? Cookies, right? Well, how about mixing it up this year and giving Ol’ Saint Nicholas a little something different, like White Chocolate Caramel Snowman Hands!
The history of this popular Christmas ritual of leaving cookies and milk out for Santa the night before didn’t exactly start out that way. The American holiday tradition began in the 1930s, during the Great Depression. During this time of great economic hardship, parents wanted to teach their children that it was important to give to others and show gratitude for the gifts they were lucky enough to receive on Christmas.
Originally families would stuff stockings with goodies for Santa and hang them by the chimney so he would receive a welcoming gift when he arrived. Eventually, those stockings became filled with treats and smaller gifts for the family instead and the cookies, milk and handwritten note would be left on a table nearby.
Over the years, children in different countries have developed their own versions of the cookies and milk tradition:
British and Australian children leave out sherry and mince pies.
Swedish kids provide rice porridge.
Ireland gives the Jolly Bearded Man in the Red Suit a pint of Guinness along with his cookies.
French children present Kris Kringle (Pere Noel) a glass of wine and fill their shoes with hay, carrots and other treats for his donkey.
German kids leave a sparkly handwritten letter.
Oh that St. Nick…he is well taken care of, I must say! So this year why not give Santa Claus some White Chocolate Caramel Snowman Hands to enjoy after his trip down the chimney with his bag of gifts. They’re a really fun edible craft idea for the kids. They’ll have so much fun decorating them too! It only takes 3 simple ingredients (plus some sprinkles) to make this yummy dessert. You use Honey Wheat Braided Pretzel twists (love the crunch), softened caramels (love the rich, smooth taste) and a sweet melted white chocolaty dunk (need I say more?) to make this delightful dessert. Your children (and big kids too) will love them!
And, don’t forget the Jolly Ol’ Big Guy’s trusty reindeer Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner and Blitzen need sustenance as well. You might even spot a little something for Rudolph on the plate! Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas!
- Microwave the unwrapped caramels on high just until softened, only about 10-15 seconds. It should only be warm to the touch (be careful).
- Using your hands, mold two softened caramels around the lower half of each braided pretzel to resemble a snowman arm and hand.
- Dip in melted white chocolate and allow the excess to drip off. Place the leg on waxed paper, sprinkle on toppings and let sit until set.
Thanks for the idea by one of my readers Shelly! And thanks to Sharon for the name!
You may pop them in the refrigerator to speed things up.
Store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
And for another fantastic Holiday dessert, please check out our White Christmas Cookies!
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