Food Gift Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving

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Every year we exchange gifts with our neighbors. I like to make something special for the families to enjoy, especially something a little sweet. Most of these families have children so something with popcorn and chocolate seemed to be a good mix. Half of the battle of creating my neighbor gifts is the packaging. While shopping at Target, I found some adorable Glad storage exclusive holiday prints. Not only were perfect for gift giving but also had yummy recipe for Santa’s Snack Mix which included chocolate and my favorite Holiday Flavored M&M’S®. So it was back home for some recipe testing and hopeful I could get it made and packaged before my kids came home and started into my stash. {C} Target exclusive M&M’S® Holiday recipes are featured on the back of the  Glad Holiday packaging exclusively available at Target (each recipe was designed to fit within the Glad container that features the recipe )  

Food Gift Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving

  I was able to find all the ingredients at Target so this was an easy trip for me. I noticed that they had a lot more holiday flavors and colors perfect for holiday baking available this year.

  • M&M’S® White Chocolate Peppermint (only at Target)
  • M&M’S® Holiday Dark Mint 
  • M&M’S® Holiday Baking Mini’s



So now for the recipes I created for my neighbor gifts, first the Santa’s Snack Mix. I used microwave popcorn just to make it easier, and I needed to bags of the brand I used. caramel popcorn mix

  • While you are cooking the Karo Syrup and butter mixture prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper, for easy clean up.
  • Mix up all the sugary goodness and spread out on to the cookie sheet. Make sure all the liquid is absorbed into your popcorn mix.
  • Bake per the directions and then add sprinkles and your M&M’S® . Drizzle with more chocolate and allow this to cool before breaking it up and placing it into your Glad containers. 


I decided to make another holiday treat, so I could use a larger size of the Glad storage has exclusive holiday prints. Chocolate Mint Cake Mix cookies are not only delicious but so easy to make. I made them extra large incase people wanted to make ice cream sandwiches out of them. peppermint M&M Cookies

Aren’t these so festive with the M&M’S® Holiday Dark Mint sprinkled on top. I did not add the candy to the mixture since they were so large. 

Food Gift Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving

peppermint M&M Cookies

Mint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies

Yield: 3 Dozen cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Mint Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix 15.25 oz.
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup M&M's candy


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl mix together the cake mix and baking powder, set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add mixture to the cake mix, beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add M&M's if not using peppermint ones other wise just add the M&Ms to the cookies b/f baking (reserve small amount to put in the tops to make them pretty) stir in with a wooden spoon.
  2. 2. Roll in to 1 inch balls and place them 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Use reserved M&M's to press randomly into tops of cookie balls for decoration. Bake 9 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 2 to 3 minutes, then transfer to wire rack.
Nutrition Information
Yield 36 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 11mgSodium 106mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 1g

All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

So no matter what you are baking this year, make a little extra and spread some cheer with the M&M’S® and Glad Holiday products.


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  1. I love popcorn and chocolate together! Sweet and salty!

  2. I want to try all of these! Such yummy recipes 🙂

  3. OMGee I love that snack mix and I love how you took a shortcut with microwave popcorn. Showing that you can take shortcuts and things would be just as delicious.

  4. These look like fun snack ideas or all year long. I like the way you combined candies with other items to make new treats.

  5. What cute ideas. I love the Santa’s Snack Mix. I seriously have to give that one a try.

  6. I’m a baking and cookie lover and this looks great! Thanks for sharing this for me to check out.

  7. Wow, those are all amazing! That Santa mix would be gone in my house before Santa ever left the North Pole!

  8. I just bought those Glad containers! THey are so cute. I’m making peppermint cookies tomorrow. YUM!

  9. I enjoy giving and getting baked goods for christmas. Really anytime is a good time for gifts that are hand made.

  10. I was wondering what I was going to make for my son to take to a party this weekend. Thanks for giving me 2 delicious options.

  11. Definitely looks like nice Christmas goodies! I have been meaning to make Christmas popcorn myself, maybe next week.

  12. The cookies are fantastic looking. Santa’s mix is a neat idea also.

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