Grinch Pills

I know I posted that I had hoped to get all of my Christmas-y blogs done before the first of the year, but oh well. Vacation to NC trumps blogging in this case! Besides, I try to start thinking about Christmas as early in the year as possible. Normally I start plotting in January, then buying or putting together no later than May. This past year was a personal worst because I didn’t start until August! I’m sure some of you hate people with that mentality, but I can live with that!
I don’t normally gets gifts for people at work, occasionally someone I’m really close to outside of work will get something cute, but as a rule I try not to. You run into the issues of who qualifies for a gift, how to deal with people who didn’t get one, and so on and so forth! It’s just easier to avoid this all together! This year I decided to make candy gifts for people either on my team or part of the manager team. I already posted about the candy cane sleighs, https://superstevied.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/candy-sleighs/, which I made for the people on my team, but I wanted to make something different for the management team. I also decided this because I found so many great things on Pinterest and this was a great reason to make them!
I started this gift with buying two bags of the red and green Christmas M&Ms. Looking back, I should’ve known to buy way more! Tony and I had a little party on the couch while sorting them out, as I only needed the green ones for this craft. I also purchased the tiny treat bags from the party section at Wal-Mart, they come 50 to a pack for a few dollars. I printed off a favored picture of the Grinch, you can choose any picture you like, however one with a white backdrop would work best. Then you can either print the poem yourself or print it off the computer yourself. I went this way because when writing stuff for cards or gifts, I focus on my writing so much that I grip the pen to tightly, leading to hand cramps! Not good!
The poem is as follows:
Feeling kinda grouchy?
Holiday spirit can’t be found?
Just try these little “Grinch Pills.”
They’re the best medicine around
Whether eating a whole handful,
Or muching one or two,
These tasty little “pills”
Take the “Grinch” right out of you!

I dug into my scrapbook paper for the next step. I glued the Grinch picture and poem onto some festive paper and left enough space above the Grinch picture to fold over my M&M bag. Then I put a handful of green M&Ms into the plastic treat bag, folded the craft paper over the top of the bag and sealed with two staples. Simple, fun and festive!
"Grinch Pill" front
View from the back

Original idea and pin came from a photo found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamiermoore/5302094905/in/photostream/

Cute cake!

Cute cake!

This was so easy, and it was a big hit! I bought 9 of the giant Kit Kat bars to make sure I had enough, but I only needed 5. My argument was, better safe than sorry! I did try out a new Pinterest cake recipe, but that is for another night. I cheated a little and bought the pre-made Pillsbury icing. I knew that making a batch of mine would have way too much leftover.
Cake made, cooled, iced and then I went crazy sticking Kit Kat bars to the side. The icing really helps hold it in place, so make sure you stick the bars before the icing sets. When you break the bars up, leave 2 stuck together for the pieces. You could do individually, but why make things more difficult? I used the ribbon you see, mainly because it was what I had on hand, but it was cute, I think? Don’t you agree?
After the bars are stuck and the ribbon is tied, take your M&Ms and pour them over the top, trying to make sure they are layered evenly. The icing will stick to them a little, so be prepared!
I have the cake set up real pretty for the picture on my Longaberger 8-in-1 entertainer, also pretty!
Cutting this cake was a little bit of a doozy. I was thinking I would have to almost completely break it down to cut it, but no! I only removed the ribbon and cut between the broken bars, the M&Ms kind of spread themselves apart for a knife.
All of us ended up eating these slices in stages. The kids ate the Kit Kats and M&Ms first, then moved on to the cake. Tony and I started with the cake and moved on to candy, but to each their own.
Fair warning, this combo is very rich, make sure you have milk on standby!
Happy baking!
Original picture (no real directions) can be found here.