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Every year we make a special treat for Santa the night before the big day. It usually consists of a giant mess in the kitchen displayed on a pretty plate and most years Santa is in such a mad dash to deliver gifts and assemble the last minute presents that he actually forgets to even eat those sweet treats. Luckily every year so far Santa has stepped back in to take a big bite of cookies before dashing off on the rest of his holiday journey so our daughters know he visited our home. This year we decided we’re doing things a bit differently. We can’t leave out the reindeers and our Elf on the Shelf so they’ll be getting to go treats with Santa too. All the big guy needs to do is remember to take along the treat jars when he’s done delivering presents and the magic is done. Easy peasy. We’ll make sure everyone in our home is on board with this plan but in the meantime we did have fun making these easy Santa Treats in a Jar with Holiday Sweetness from Walmart. We used Ball® Jars filled with M&M’S® Brand Holiday Caramel Milk Chocolate Candies, M&M’S® Brand Holiday Milk Chocolate Candies, M&M’S® Brand Holiday Peanut Milk Chocolate Candies and M&M’S® White Peppermint to make fun treats for Santa, the reindeer and our Elf. Served with a glass of Great Value® milk to support the Great American Milk Drive, this is the ultimate treat for Santa!
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Because we can’t pass up a good holiday baking opportunity, we did make santa sugar cookie squares too. But here’s a quick trick to make those cute bite size perfectly portioned sugar cookie squares with one perfectly placed M&M’S® milk chocolate in the center. Instead of cutting your cookies into shapes, spread sugar cookie dough in a thin layer onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and carefully push M&M’S® into dough. Place back in oven for additional 2-3 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool then use a pizza cutter to cut into squares while still on the cookie sheet. Remove your perfect little cookie squares from the cookie sheet to impress Santa!
We cut our squares even smaller to fit perfectly in the Ball® Jar for the Santa Treats in a jar.
Santa Treats in a Jar
- Ball® Jars: we used three 32 oz jars so Santa could share with the reindeer and our Elf
- M&M’S® in varying colors
- Sugar cookie squares
- Adhesive foam letters or stickers
Place the foam letters or stickers on the front of the Ball® Jars to label for each recipient.
Fill with your favorite M&M’S® or holiday treats. Santa’s jar was filled with the sugar cookie squares but the Elf and reindeer were gifted M&M’S®. Our Elf is a little spicy and always finds mischief so it was perfectly fitting that his jar was full of M&M’S® White Peppermint.
Although this year Santa is taking his treat on the road, he still needs a big glass of Great Value® milk to remind him to refill his treat jar because when shoppers buy any M&M’S® at Walmart (9.4oz or larger), milk is donated to local food banks. That’s definitely a win this holiday season and really lets us all give the gift of donation to families in need.
I purchased all items used in my Santa Treats in a Jar craft at Walmart. For every purchase of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies (9.4 oz or larger) at Walmart between 11/01/2017 and 12/25/2017, Mars Chocolate Inc.® will donate $5.00 to Feeding America® on behalf of its national network of food banks to secure and deliver one (1) half gallon of milk or more based on local markets. Maximum donation of $75,000.
Learn more aboutHoliday Sweetness from Walmart and how you can how you can give back to kids in need this holiday by visiting www.milklife.com/give.
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18 thoughts on “Santa Treats in a Jar”
I know our Santa would sure appreciate those treats. How can you go wrong with M & M’s – the answer is you can’t!
That’s such an awesome idea! I love making treats for Santa the night before. I think putting it in a jar is brilliant! And it’s less messy too.
This is a super cool, cute craft! The kids in your family probably love them!
Such a cute idea! We make special treats for Santa and his elves, and I know they really enjoy them.
This is such a stinkin cute idea! I’m sure Santa gets really tired of the same old treats!
I love the jar idea! That’s totally awesome. I might have to send those jars to my sister for her kids to set out for santa.
Santa is going to love these treats! What fun ideas! I love using Mason Jars in this way.
The treats in the jar is such a cute idea. Though I would totally want to eat it before Christmas because it looks so good. I love that there are separate jars for the elves, santa, and the reindeer!
I love those jars and it’s super cute that you labeled each one for Santa the reindeer and the elf. And how can anyone go wrong with holiday M&Ms 🙂
What a fun idea, and a cool twist on the traditional Santa cookies. I think Santa will love these 🙂 I may have to try this out with my daughter this year.
This is such a great idea for the holidays! I love putting special treats in glass jars for friends and family!
Oh wow. I need to do this this year. My 4 year old has already been talking non stop about making Santa treats so I will try this with them!
This is such a cute idea. I love that you are making little jars for the elf and the reindeer. I hope Santa remembers to take some goodies from his jar this year.
I think this is such a fun way to turn the cookies for Santa into a craft. I really think I’m going to do this with my boys this year. I’m pinning for later!
This is actually such a cute way to organize treats and make it super fun! Love the idea and photos!
saw this on Facebook and I love it, I think it is something I can do and take as hostess gifts, thanks for sharing.
These are a cute idea! I love how easy they are to make, and you can pretty much put any type of treat in them.
Such a cute idea. I just bought our holiday MnM’s at Walmart a few days ago. We use them to decorate our Gingerbread houses.