Dorm room recipes: holiday edition

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash

It’s the holidays, so like it or not, you’re probably going to get invited to an event where you’re expected to bring food. Rather than buying a bag of chips from Market, here are some simple recipes that can be made in a typical residence room. After all, you can’t exactly roast chestnuts on an open fire if the smoke detectors are going to go off.

 

White Chocolate Stained Glass Candy

What you’ll need: white chocolate, sugar gumdrops, some butter or oil, a microwave, a mug, a fridge and a red solo cup (I know you have one).

Grab a mug. Place a handful of chocolate chips into the mug along with a small amount of butter or oil. Microwave on medium for 30 seconds, remove from the microwave and stir. Repeat until the chocolate has melted. Once the chocolate is mostly liquid, quickly add the gumdrops and pour into the solo cup. Let the mixture sit in the fridge until firm. The red solo cup is cheap and disposable so it will be easy to free your hardened block of chocolate from. Grab a butter knife that you stole from the dining hall and cut the chocolate into pieces. Some of the edges will be rounded but you can always say it was an aesthetic choice.

 

Candy Cane Fudge

What you’ll need: semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallows, chocolate icing, a candy cane and a bowl.

Take your handy mug and measure out one full cup of chocolate chips, place them in the bowl, use the mug to measure half that amount of marshmallows. Place half the tub of icing with the chocolate and marshmallows and microwave, stirring occasionally until fully combined. Place in the fridge. If you have a large tupperware container, that’s perfect, if not, the bowl will work just fine, though your fudge might look a little strange. Now the final and most fun step. Place your candy canes in a Ziploc bag and crush it. I recommend having a friend run over it with a wheelie chair, but throwing it at a wall or hitting it with a textbook works just fine too. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on the fudge and let it chill overnight.

 

Cranberry Sauce

What you’ll need: frozen cranberries, orange juice, sugar, a microwave and a dish of some kind.

Take a handful of cranberries and toss them in sugar, add a splash of orange juice and slightly more sugar. Cover a microwave-safe lid and microwave for five minutes. Take it out and stir. Careful, it will be hot. Microwave for five more minutes and stir. If you find your sauce is still watery, microwave for one to two more minutes.

 

Holiday Bark

What you’ll need: chocolate (white, milk, any kind really) candy, butter or oil, a spoon, a plate and a mug.

This is by far the easiest and most versatile recipe. Melt a mug full of chocolate and a small amount of butter or oil. Remove every 30 seconds to stir. Once the chocolate is liquid, dump it onto the plate and smooth it out until it is flat. Take whatever toppings you’d like and sprinkle them on top. Candy canes and nuts work quite well but you can just as easily use dried fruits. Place the plate in your fridge and let chill overnight. Once solid you can break into smaller pieces for serving.

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