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Nothing is more reminiscent of the holidays each year than baking goodies with your children! However, sweets and treats at this time of year are often sugar-coated and calorie-laden, and not very healthy for growing bodies (or older bodies, watching their weight). Sun-Maid offers two fun treats to cook up in the kitchen that actually require no baking, so they are perfect for an after-school or snow day activity. These recipes can also be packaged prettily to give as budget-friendly gifts from the heart!

Apricot Pops

Ingredients

1 6-oz. package Sun-Maid Mediterranean Apricots
28 pretzel sticks about 4″ long and 3/8″ thick
1 cup (6-oz.) semi-sweet baking chips or white chocolate chips or 1/2 cup of each (“Mom” prefers organic)

Decorating Supplies:

1 package Sun-Maid Fruit Bits or Sun-Maid Tropical Trio
cookie sprinkles

Preparation

PLACE a piece of wax paper or plastic wrap on a cookie sheet and set aside.
PUSH a pretzel stick into the small opening at the edge of each apricot.
PUT chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, or separate bowls for each type of chocolate. Heat on medium power (50%) for about 2 minutes. Stir until chips are melted.
HOLD end of pretzels and dip apricots, one at a time, into chocolate.
DECORATE each “Apricot Pop” right after dipping:

  • Roll in a dish of Fruit Bits or Tropical Trio.
  • Sprinkle with cookie sprinkles.
  • Dip a toothpick in chocolate to drizzle stripes or designs.
  • Make up your own decoration, or leave it plain chocolate!

PLACE finished “Apricot Pops” on cookie sheet. Refrigerate 10 minutes until chocolate is set.

Makes about 28.

Holiday Gift Jars: Fruit and Nut Snack Mix

Preparation

LAYER a selection of Sun-Maid Raisins, Apricots, Fruit Bits, Cherries or Cranberries with peanuts, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts in any size glass jar.

No recipe needed to snack any time!

*Recipes and images courtesy of Sun-Maid.*