TODAY | December 10, 2013
>> back with martha on today. this morning, edible goodies you can make for your loved ones. martha is here with tasty ideas from the december issue of martha stewart living .
>> good morning.
>> i love the idea of bringing a gift you made because it's thoughtful but this isn't stuff only martha can do.
>> no, you can do this professor. these are candies and sweets you can make for the teachers, for the postman, for the paper delivery boy.
>> hos tess gifts.
>> great gifts.
>> you can use peanuts, you can use cashews, you can use almonds and the syrup is very, very easy. it's just a sugar, baking soda . i'll add the vanilla first. and we cooked this to 238 degrees.
>> and use the candy thermometer . a little bit of baking soda which is what lightens the whole thing up and then peanuts.
>> see how beautiful.
>> that's your brittle.
>> smells amazing too.
>> and then this goes into a cookie sheet . you can break that one. that one is already cooled.
>> then you break it up.
>> not too hard.
>> it's just so fun. i'm getting out my aggression.
>> oh, you have aggression.
>> no, but that was it.
>> that is great and then spread this. spread that. don't touch this, it's very hot. and then the next thing is having you already decided.
>> let's go to the neck one.
>> okay. and then this either -- it's a bark, either white chocolate or dark chocolate .
>> love it. so you can pour that into a prepared pan. it's sprayed with a vegetable spray and then parchment paper .
>> and you have a double bowliler thing going here.
>> yeah. pour this right on to your parchment paper . this is very easy.
>> this is really easy.
>> and then you can embellish. this is just melted chocolate. it's called bark. and they sell this for a lot of money. so use a good quality chocolate. light or dark. now you can let this harden and then add the white chocolate on top of it which would give you a double layer or you can do it in a single layer and then look at the great toppings. you can choose what you would like to put in yours? raisins.
>> you can do it while it's hot.
>> i'm going to do pistachios.
>> do you do the whole pretzels? or break them up a little bit?
>> you could but i'm going to do pistachios and orange peel and you can break it into little pieces.
>> do you put it in the refrigerator?
>> no. just let it harden.
>> i was freelancing. okay. we have 30 seconds. let me about this.
>> so this is popcorn balls. it's marshmallows, butter, and brown sugar . that's all it s. turn this off and then pour your popcorn right into here. freshly popped popcorn.
>> and then you have to have buttered hands. we embellish this. this is what is special. cho chopped up toffee and cranberry.
>> make it into popcorn balls.
>> of course.
>> those are the popcorn balls. do you want to taste?
>> i want to show.
>> look how beautiful. all of this packaging. you can find them at the craft store and decorating store but so pretty. all of these.
>> it makes it look absolutely fabulous .
>> all your gifts are made.
>> thank you. they are made and beautiful too. thank you so much. you can find these ideas on today.com. i'm