OK everybody – do any of you need another idea for a tasty and easy sweet treat for the holidays? Because I’ve got another great one! How about some sweet and salty Bugles Elf Hat Treats? They are sooooooo good, people! You’re going to want to make these to have on hand for snacking while watching your favorite Christmas movie, or while playing family board games, or to nibble on during the big football games. Trust me – these are yummy!
I call them Elf Hats because when done right, they look like a little green or red elf wearing a tall hat with a white fur brim. Well,… maybe if you squint. You could also call them White Chocolate Bugles. or Candied Bugles. Or just call them “Good”! Seriously. If you like chocolate covered pretzels, you’ll like these too.
Making them couldn’t be easier. You need:
7.5 oz. bag of Bugles
1 lb bag of candy coating (or you could use white chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark)
1/2 lb Holiday colored Plain M&Ms
decorative sprinkles (optional, if you run out of M&Ms like I did)
Step 1: Melt the candy coating.
I usually put them in a glass bowl in the microwave for one minute at 50% power, stir, and repeat until smooth. Or you could melt them in a double boiler if you prefer.
I didn’t take photos of melting the candy coating – there’s not much to see. 🙂
Oh, one quick note – normally I use Wilton Candy Melts. But ran out of that, and was at Walmart and saw this ChocoMaker brand. I decided to give it a try, mainly because it comes in a 1 lb. bag, whereas the Wilton is 11oz or 12 oz depending on the flavor. You need 1 1/2 bags of Wilton, but only need one bag of this ChocoMaker brand. So there you go. I didn’t notice any difference in taste.
Step 2: Dip the Bugles into the candy coating on the brim of the “hat”.
Step 3: Stick an M&M inside the “hat”.
Optional: Decorate with sprinkles if you run out of M&Ms like I did.
I love these sprinkles, and in the summer time I like to go to our local soft serve ice cream stand (Opie’s in Catonsville… can I get an amen?) and get a small twist cone with rainbow sprinkles. So I think these are really cute and I love the way they taste. But maybe everyone doesn’t like the taste or mouth-feel of sprinkles? (I’ve heard of this, and I feel sad for those who are afflicted with this problem.)
So for those people, I made most of the rest of the batch with no sprinkles. (I don’t even know if I have any of those people in my family. I wonder? Should I have made them all with sprinkles?)
They look a little lonely and sad, to me, kind of under dressed for a Christmas treat, don’t you think? But I will admit that they do taste pretty good, even in their simple state.
All in all, one regular sized bag of Bugles and 1 lb of candy coating makes a nice sized batch of Elf Hats. I like to wrap them up in treat bags and give them to friends and family as sweet treats. Or you can store them in an airtight container and enjoy them over the course of a few weeks (they never last that long at my house).
By the way, when you get down to the bottom of the bag and the last drops of candy coating in the bowl, you can make clusters as a special treat for the cook. No one has to know but us!
So there you have it! A really, really simple treat for your next holiday snack! Bugles Elf Hat Treats.
Any way you make them, they’re sure to be a hit!
What kinds of treats have you made for the Christmas holidays? I’d love to hear about them! Please stop by the comments to share your goodies!
Thank you so much for visiting today! Merry Christmas!
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