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5 sweet treats you can make now and store for Christmas

If you have the willpower to wait that long.

IT’S STILL NOVEMBER, yes, but Christmas is right around the corner – as you know from all the festive tunes following you around.

If you’d like to get ahead on preparations for Christmas, there are plenty of things you can whip up now and store away for the busy festive season ahead. Here are five treats to make now and share with loved ones when the moment comes.

We’ve included the key ingredients for each recipe so you can stock up on your next supermarket shop. Enjoy!

1. Snowy rocky road

This festive twist on rocky road, from blogger Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen, is full of Christmas flavours like cranberries and other dried berries – you could add dried orange peel and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon to really ramp up the Christmas vibe.

Rocky road can be frozen in an airtight container to make it last longer. Just put baking paper between the layers to prevent them sticking together.

Key ingredients you’ll need: white chocolate, dried cranberries, pistachio nuts, biscuits. 

2. Chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles are very easy to make and can be frozen for up to three months. You can make different versions really easily – dust them in cocoa powder, dip them in chocolate, or roll them in chopped nuts. See if you have the willpower to put them away for a few weeks – it’ll be tough. Blogger Tartelette’s recipe is here.

Key ingredients you’ll need: butter, sugar, dark chocolate, cocoa powder.

3. Gingerbread snowmen

Gingerbread men reinvented as gingerbread snowmen can be made now, frozen for a few weeks (up to six months actually) and decorated and hung on the tree closer to Christmas. Of course you can do any shape you like such as stockings, stars or Christmas trees – all the details are on blogger Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.

Key ingredients you’ll need: flour, butter, sugar, light brown sugar, dark brown sugar, golden syrup, eggs. 

4. Christmas pudding toffee sauce

This toffee sauce has all the best bits of Christmas pudding in it – sultanas, orange, cinnamon and brandy. You can keep it in a jar in the fridge for a few months and it would make a great food gift with a pretty ribbon tied around a jar. Check out blogger The Veg Space’s recipe here.

Key ingredients you’ll need: butter, double cream, golden syrup, raisins, dates, an orange, cinnamon, light brown sugar.

5. Paprika candied nuts

If you’re the type who likes to give food-based gifts at Christmas, these paprika candied nuts, from The Search For Delicious blog, will make a tasty and attractive gift for friends and family. Alternatively, you can make them now and have them available for snacking on at parties or festive gatherings.

Key ingredients you’ll need: almonds, caster sugar, salt, paprika. 

Inspired to whip up something tasty? Lidl have everything you need to make all the delicious Christmas treats you love. Head over to Lidl’s website to find out more, check out their easy tasty Christmas recipes and stock up on all the ingredients you need for a truly special Christmas at Lidl. 

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