Monday, June 9, 2014

Unique Holiday Creations with Nestle Seasonal Treats

Nestle Seasonal Holiday Review 

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

I have to apologize again for being on a mini hiatus due to life, which is why this review is so off-season. Perhaps you can pretend it is almost Christmas in July. ;) Around the holidays I was lucky enough to receive two of the seasonal Nestle/Wonka products: Wonka Original Spree Candy Canes and a large tin of Gotta-have Grape and Seriously Strawberry Nerds. When the holidays roll around again, look for the following products on the shelves:

NEW! WONKA PIXY STIX Powder-Filled Candy Canes – Wow your family with the first-ever PIXY STIX powder-filled cherry-flavored candy canes. They’re sure to delight and surprise them with a unique twist on a classic treat and even more fun to eat! 5 oz., SRP $2.49
 NEW! Nestlé Crunch 1 lb. Candy Bar – This supersized candy bar is perfect for any chocolate lover! The decorative wrapper includes a festive bow and gift tag on top for easy gifting and all wrapped up for the perfect stocking stuffer or hostess gift; 16 oz., SRP $9.99
 NEW! WONKA SweeTARTS and Spree Tube-Filled Mini Candy Canes – Bring a smile to your loved ones with this plastic candy cane filled with your choice of delicious red and green flavored Spree or sweet and tangy WONKA-licious SweeTARTS flavors; 1.6 oz., SRP: $0.99
 NEW! Nestlé Assorted Miniatures – This large assorted mixture is full of favorite Nestlé chocolate brands like Butterfinger, Nestlé Crunch® and Baby Ruth®. Each individual bar has a decorative holiday wrapper perfect for candy dishes, stocking stuffers or festive snacking; 21 oz., SRP: $6.99
SweeTARTS Holiday Gummies – Featuring a new look! The tree, star, bell and snowman-shaped chewy SweeTARTS Holiday Gummies in festive red cherry and green apple are perfect for snacking and sharing at get-togethers with friends and family; 11 oz., SRP: $2.49
  WONKA NERDS and FUN DIP Fantastical Fun Books – Now with a new look! An interactive way to gift favorite treats, these colorful book-shaped boxes feature activities and trivia including winter crossword puzzles, holiday anagrams, a jolly word search and much more! The perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on the list; 6.6 oz. and 4 oz., SRP: $2.49
  WONKA PIXY STIX Giant Canes – This giant plastic filled candy cane features an assortment of PIXY STIX flavored mini straws in WONKA-licious fun flavors that is sure to charge taste buds and spark imaginations; 1.98 oz., SRP: $1.99
The great thing about these Nestle treats is that they are affordable, especially for large families that need to budget around the holidays. They are awesome stocking stuffers, Christmas tree decorations, or holiday party favors. As you can see, all of the candy/chocolate listed above is under $10 and offers a very generous serving size to feed many mouths.

 I received the Spree Candy Canes, but you can also purchase Wonka Candy Canes in SweeTARTS and Gobstopper flavors. There are twelve colorful candy canes per 6 oz package. They retail for an average price of just $2.49 and have consistently ranked in the top three brands of most highly desired candy cane each holiday season!

Spree are one of my favorite Wonka candies -- I often prefer chocolate over fruit-flavored candy, but I remember trading away some chocolate bars for Spree in my trick-or-treating days. Naturally, I thought the Spree Candy Canes tasted great (much better than your average peppermint flavor), and the few that I had left added a nice, festive touch to our Christmas tree. My only negative feedback would be the fact that, like most candy canes, these are very delicate, and one had already broken in the package before I opened them. If you decide to put these in stockings or to hand out to children, be careful to purchase a box without cracked candy canes and to handle them carefully! Otherwise, these are a nice sugary snack for the holidays. If you want to try your hand at baking with candy canes, I've seen quite a few recipes with crushed candy canes as the topping, including pies and brownies. I think the Wonka Spree Candy Canes would taste good if they made a crushed topping on a fruity dessert, such as a strawberry or blueberry pie.

Next, I received a Nestle Stocking Stuffer Tin, with grape and strawberry flavored Nerds. You can also purchase Nestle Stocking Stuffer Tins in SweeTARTS, Laffy Taffy, Baby Ruth, Crunch and 100 Grand. These come in 3.5-5.25 oz and have a standard retail price of $2.99. They feature a reusable tin with tiny treats inside, such as the packages of Nerds pictured above. As the name suggests, these are ideal for stocking stuffers. I wish that the tin had a holiday theme, but it is cute and always handy to store odds and ends in afterwards. Kids will love these! The grape and strawberry flavors of Nerds go well together.

Besides having gifts and favors, what can you create with Nestle's new seasonal candy/chocolate? They feature several scrumptious looking recipes on their website, but it was difficult to imagine what I might be able to create, baking-wise, combining both the candy canes and the Nerds. I could have created a topping out of either, but I wanted to think outside the box, to create holiday decorations, center pieces, or a more innovative favor. My mom and I put our heads together and created two adorable and simple crafts that you can make with your families, using Nestle's products.

First, we created these extremely simple candy cane heart ornaments by hot gluing two of the Wonka Spree Candy Canes together and attaching a ribbon. These are so cute for Christmas tree decorations, and, with supervision, are something that children can easily make and feel proud to hang up.

Next, we created a cute center piece or present topper. My mom is a crafter, so she has lots of little things laying around the house -- this miniature Santa being one of them. We hot glued him to a stack of Nerds and used Nestle's Spree Candy Canes to create a make-shift sleigh. Them we took a tiny plastic bag and filled it with Nerds and tied it off with a ribbon to create Santa's bag of goodies. It only took five minutes, and everyone was taken with it! This just goes to show that Nestle's treats can be used in a variety of ways, whether you are a baker, a decorator, or a crafter. For the price and the taste, you can't go wrong.

Interested in learning more about Nestle's Seasonal Treats? Check out the links below:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


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