I also bought myself a couple Russell Stover-brand chocolate marshmallow snowmen. I'd never had them before this month but treated myself to one a few weeks ago and have treated myself to a few more since. ;) The marshmallow inside is a chocolate-flavored marshmallow, thank you very much. There are a couple "Val desserts" in our home this year, then, and I'm a happy camper.
The chocolate Rice Krispie balls above were a (gluten-free) treat I made for Mom while home last week. Jessica at Such Pretty Things (a gorgeous blog if ever there was one) posted a similar recipe awhile back, and I adjusted it to suit Mom more by using chocolate cereal and drizzling them with melted chocolate chips.
She loved them, which is always a great feeling for a cook or baker, and they looked cute in their gingham loaf pan packaging too. If these would survive being mailed--and it seems like they would--they would be cute in care packages. ♥
I made my brothers the now-traditional gift of our grandmother's fudge. A seller on etsy created these adorable A Christmas Story-themed ornaments, and since the movie is also part of our family holiday, they worked perfectly as the fudge's package decorations. :)
Sugar cookies have been baked--
and now decorated, as well.