By Wilton Enterprises, Special for US Daily Review.
How about a holiday season with fewer stressful mall trips and reduced blows to the pocketbook? Wilton Enterprises, the industry leader in cake decorating, quality bakeware and food crafting for more than 80 years, reveals this year’s top tips for homemade holiday gift treats.
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“This holiday season, people are looking to create treats that are fast, frugal and festive,” says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton and host of the popular public television series “Bake Decorate Celebrate!” Her advice: focus on kits, packaging and family togetherness.
“There’s no need to create everything from scratch,” advises Siler. Take advantage of the many available kits in craft and hobby stores. They come with everything needed to create a giftable treat – from pre-baked cookies to decorations, and baking and decorating tools. There are kits to transform store-bought pretzel rods into candy-coated treats, easily create snowflake-shaped holiday peppermint bark or build a gingerbread cottage, tree or even ornaments.
“If you’re an annual cookie baker, honor your collection by packaging it with perfection,” says Siler. Cookie gifts can range from a spectacular tower of treats to a uniquely shaped cookie treat box for family and friends. Plan your cookie baking selections ahead and order your gift packaging in advance.
According to Siler, if you have children, creating a holiday food gift is a great project to share. Older kids can help lessen the workload, and even little ones will catch the spirit of gift-giving from the kitchen. In a recently released Wilton Kids Baking & Decorating Report , 80 percent of moms say spending time with the kids is the main motivation for baking together, and the holidays provide the time and ambiance to make that time magical.
Siler’s final tip: “Always make twice as much as you think is necessary. This way, if you need a last-minute hostess gift or you discover you’ve left someone important off your list, you’ll be covered.”