Five Rules: Sweet Holiday Baskets

By Annie Potasznik
|  Monday, Feb 22, 2010  |  Updated 1:42 PM CDT
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Here are some tips from Lifestyle Expert, Todd Fiscus on how to create your own festive holiday basket for a carriage ride or just for fun.

"Package all the chocolates and cookies that receive as gifts and put them into your basket. If you don’t have enough, stop by Whole Foods because they have some great things that make for quick and fast desserts," Fiscus advised.

1. Peppermint Brownies
Easy to make! Just complete your favorite box recipe, then top with a stove top caramelized sugar with crushed peppermints and bake off! For the candy cane syrup, use 1 cup of granulated sugar, ½ cup of water, caramelize on the stove top, stirring constantly, add ½ cup crushed peppermint candies mix and pour over the top of the brownies. Then, bake your brownies three quarters of the way through; remove from oven, top with peppermint caramel and put back in oven. Bake to complete per instructions.

2. Hot Chocolate
For an adult version of the holiday classic, grab your favorite cocoa mix, follow the package instructions, then add Kahlua to your liking and garnish with a tiny peppermint candy cane. Remember: give the garnish, get the girl. It's a fact.

3. Vintage Candy Canes
Why bother with plain ole candy canes when you can pack your basket with the mother-load of big, bright vintage candy canes? Visit your closest Whole Foods and snag candy canes fit for a king. They come in caramel, cherry, watermelon and green apple flavors.

4. Hot Cider with Rum
Nothing warms your carriage ride up like a sip of cider. Simply follow the instructions on tea bags of mulling spice in organic apple juice, add Morgan Spice Rum to your liking then garnish with a cinnamon stick. To really get in the holiday spirit(s), add more rum. 

5. Holiday Cookies
It's back to Whole Foods for this one; Whole Foods Holiday Cookies include gingerbread men, star shaped sugar cookies and Gingersnap Holly Leaves -- yummy! You can find tasty candies from Whole Foods such as cinnamon meringues, vintage peppermint candies and vintage candy canes in assorted flavors.

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