Yummy {and quick} Christmas Treats

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This post is for letter “Y” in the 2016 ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series.

I’m participating in the 4th annual ABCs of Homeschooling Through the Holidays series hosted by LifeofaHomeschoolMom.

“This series is all about sharing ideas and resources with fellow homeschooling families to make the very most out of the beauty of the Christmas season.”  -LifeofaHomeschoolMom

I chose the letter “Y” for Yummy (and Quick) Christmas Treats!   These treats have been a family favorite for years!

Below are the steps with photos of how I make “Bua Bark”.  My aunt gave me the recipe many, many years ago and I named it “Bua Bark” since my maiden name is “Bua”. (pronounced “Boo-ah” or “Buuu-ah”).  Following the Bua Bark recipe is the Pretzel Treats recipe.  Both of these treats are so yummy and quick to make.

Bua Bark Ingredients:
~2 sticks of butter
~Box of Saltine crackers (for one cookie sheet, you will use about 1 to 1 1/2 ream of crackers)
~1 cup of sugar
~12 oz. milk chocolate chips

Bua Bark Directions:

1) Line an edged cookie sheet with aluminum foil
2) With a stick of butter, coat the foil with butter
3) Line the buttered foil with Saltine crackers, breaking pieces of crackers to fill in the edges
4) Take the stick of butter you coated the foil with and another stick of butter and add 1 cup of sugar

5) Melt the butter and mix with the sugar until the butter is completely melted and the mixture becomes thick and hot.  (Mixture does not need to boil)
6) Pour the butter mixture over the Saltine crackers making sure all the crackers are covered with butter mixture
7) Place in over at 350 degrees for 5 minutes.
8) The butter will be bubbly and very hot.

9) Immediately pour the milk chocolate chips over the hot layer of butter mixture.
10) Gently spread out the chocolate chips while they gradually melt.
11) At first it will seem like there aren’t enough chocolate chips to cover the crackers, but eventually the chocolate chips will melt enough to cover the crackers.
12) Make sure all the crackers are covered with the chocolate including the edges.

Place Bua Bark in the freezer at least an hour or until the crackers and chocolate are hard.

Then pull the Bua Bark out of the freezer, turn it over and pull the foil layer off the bottom of the Bua Bark. Be sure to get the foil out of the edges of the Bua Bark.

Break the Bua Bark into pieces and place on a serving dish.

Pretzel Treats Ingredients
Bag of mini pretzel twists
Bag of Hershey kisses
Bag of red and green M&M’s

Pretzel Treat Directions:

1) Line an edged cookie sheet with pretzels
2) Unwrap the Hershey kisses and place one on the center of each pretzel
3) This is what the chocolate looks like up close to compare to the chocolate when it comes out of the oven.
4) Place the pretzel and chocolate in the oven at 400 degrees for 2 minutes.

Here is what the chocolate looks like when it comes out of the oven.  Each Hershey kiss looks shiny and is soft. (If you put them in too long, the chocolate will not melt, but instead will dry out and you won’t be able to push a M&M into them.  Ask me how I know. 🙂 )

Take the red and green M&Ms and gently push them into each of the softened Hershey kiss.

Put Pretzel Treats in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens.

I like to make plates of Bua Bark and Pretzel Treats and combine them together.

I then wrap the plate in Glad Press’n Seal Wrap and recycle an old Christmas card and write a message on it from our family.  Some years I make white chocolate angel pops and put them on top with the card.

The Bua Bark and the Pretzel Treats are so yummy and quick to make and easy enough to allow your children to help!  These sweet treats will surely be a hit at any Christmas party or a fun dessert after a productive school day!


Tracy loves her faith, family and on most days, homeschooling her 5 blessings. When she’s not busy baking cakes for her family or making memories in real life or dreaming she had a housekeeper or professional chef, she enjoys documenting a slice of Smith life in blog land.  Tracy invites you to join her on her blog Facebook page, Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram.



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