Santa Treats – Beyond cookies and carrots

11 December, 2020

What treats will you be leaving out for Santa and his reindeers?

It’s reached Christmas Eve and you’re feeling pretty confident that you’ve secured your place on the nice list this year. (Even taking into consideration all those days when you didn’t want to do your work from home during isolation. Hey, you’re only human, right?)

And now, as you’re getting ready to head off to bed to dream of sugar plum fairies and what you might find tomorrow morning under the Christmas tree, it’s time to put out some little treats for Santa and his reindeers.

You could go classic with cookies (and you can’t go wrong with some traditional choices from Mrs Fields) plus a carrot for the reindeers. But we say why be limited? Here’s some less conventional choices to help you provide Santa with something a little bit different and stand out from the crowd.

Sweet alternatives

A busy night of racing around the globe needs some serious calories. So if there was ever a time to indulge in sugar-laden goodies, we reckon this has got to be it. Luckily, there’s plenty of options! Some of our picks include:

  • Go with something homebaked like some buttery shortbread or a slice of Christmas cake
  • Offer some Asian sweets, like the baked options at Breadtop or pre-wrapped sweets from Asian City
  • Grab some donuts from Krispy Kreme

Healthier options

Of course, Santa isn’t getting any slimmer. If you’re a bit worried about his cholesterol and general well-being, you can always serve up something with more nutritional value. 

This is where Horn of Plenty can help you stock up on a great selection of nuts and dried fruits to put together a snack for Santa that’s packed full of good fats, fibre and plenty of vitamins. We love the dried fruits like mango, pineapple and strawberries that are sweet and chewy like a lolly but with no artificial nasties. For something gloriously festive-looking, check out their recipe for bright green pistachio bliss bars decorated with dried strawberries. Yum!

Or you can put out some freshly cut fruit for Santa, that he can also share with the reindeer. A cute idea is making some little Santas using marshmallows and strawberries as a hat too!

Finally, if you think Santa might be ready for something savoury by the time he gets to your house, you could always leave out some cheese and crackers, or a little charcuterie plate with some nice olives.

Don’t forget the drinks

It’s also super important to keep Santa and his helpers hydrated. If you’re going with cookies, the classic choice is milk, but there’s a wide world of refreshing beverages out there! Other ideas include:

Grab something a wee bit stronger from BWS – we hear Santa is quite partial to a nip of whiskey.