By Hadas Kuznits

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s the holiday gift giving season! A local canning expert and author offers advice on some edible gifts you can make and package at home.

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Author Marisa McClellan believes there’s no better gift than something homemade you can eat.

“It’s such a nice gift because we live in a world where people have enough stuff, but we all have to eat; and so when you give an edible gift, you’re not adding to the clutter in someone’s home, you are simply giving a really great experience.”

She says one great recipe for beginners is caramel popcorn.

“It’s really easy. Essentially, you’re boiling together some butter and sugar, you’re adding a little baking soda, maybe some salt, and you’re making popcorn — and you can even use microwave popcorn!”

She says people love homemade candy.

“Because these days, people don’t make a lot of candy at home. It’s really fun to have a homemade candy tradition around the holidays.”

Marisa divulges a number of recipes:

Her advice for novices:

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“Do it and don’t be scared and it’s okay if it’s not perfect, because it’ll still be delicious!”

 

Hear the full podcast (runs 21:23)…

And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”

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