Above is a peek at the 2012 Christmas edition of LisaLise Pure Natural Edibles. I got a little fancy with the packaging this year, and thought I'd share it with you.
Want to make your own? These are not only easier to make than you might think, they're downright good for you. Read on and I'll show you how.
Health Food? Yes!
What you see above is healthy, vegan-friendly raw food candy with no added sugar or sweeteners. The best part: they pass the 'I hate healthy food' test every time. Even though 'healthy' and 'candy' doesn't usually go together, these tasty treats are rich, decadent and sinfully delicious. I dare you to make them and not agree with me!
There are 4 variations pictured above – each covered/dipped in organic 72% dark chocolate.
There are only 3 base ingredients:
The secret: don't skimp on the quality of the ingredients and you will have a sure-fire hit every time.
How To Make Your Own
Pit and chop medjool dates
Add cocoa and/or coconut and knead (in wax paper) until the mixture can be handled
Split into however many portions you want to make tastes, then add any extras you may fancy to each portion.
Knead each mixture until it is even
roll into balls
roll in cocoa or coconut
dip in chocolate
I soaked goji berries in rum for one of the flavor variations, added chopped almonds for another, made a roasted sesame seed with orange combo, and the fourth flavor shown above is a straight-up coconut/date combo.
I've made these candies many times and almost always experiment with the flavors. Try adding exciting and unexpected things such as licorice powder (this was quite a hit with my family).
If you want to go all out, photograph each flavor and make a little booklet with the ingredients and a fun description for each flavor. The recipient will not only appreciate the thought, but anyone with special dietary needs will be fully informed as to what they're tasting.
If you can't find boxes, package in cellophane bags with a pretty bow.