Category: Snacks

Simple S’mores Trail Mix

The weather has been warming up this week here in Iowa, which reminded me that soon we will be making s’mores by the campfire.  So when I was looking for a snack to make for my daughter’s sporting practice I had to try this recipe from Like Mother, Like Daughter.  It combines the perfect mix of sweet dark chocolate with some salt from the pretzels.   I filled up snack size baggies with this wonderful mix and the kids loved it.  My niece loves to assemble little miniature s’mores with all of the pieces as she snacked. So if you are looking for the taste of s’mores without the hassle of the campfire then try this fun blend of goodies.

Here are the ingredients you will need, 3 cups of Golden Graham Cereal, 2 cups of mini marshmallows,  1 cup of chocolate chips, 2 cups of pretzels, and 1 (10 oz.) package of Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers.

Start by mixing the cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels in a bowl.

Then spread out the mix on parchment paper.

Now melt one (10 oz.) bag of melting wafers according to the package directions in the microwave or on the stove top.  I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate, but you could use a different brand.

Then using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate wafers over the mixture.

Now let the chocolate cool until it is set and then break it into pieces and fill your snack baggies or other containers.

 

Simple S'mores Trail Mix
A fun snack mix
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups of Golden Graham Cereal
  2. 2 cups mini marshmallows
  3. 2 cups of pretzels
  4. 1 cup of chocolate chips
  5. 1 (10 oz.) package of Ghiradelli dark chocolate melting wafers
Instructions
  1. Start by mixing the cereal, marshmallows, chocolate chips, and pretzels in a bowl.
  2. Then spread out the mix on parchment paper.
  3. Now melt one (10 oz.) bag of melting wafers according to the package directions in the microwave or on the stove top. I used Ghiradelli dark chocolate, but you could use a different brand.
  4. Then using a spoon drizzle the melted chocolate wafers over the mixture.
  5. Now let the chocolate cool until it is set and then break it into pieces and fill your snack baggies or other containers.
Adapted from Like Mother, Like Daughter
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Sweet and Salty Corn Chips

sweet-and-salty-corn-chipsDo you love sweet or salty snacks? Well this treat is the perfect balance of both sweet chocolatey butterscotch and super salty corn chips. I was first introduced to this interesting snack by my sister after she purchased a bag of it at a bake sale. The recipe uses the same delicious ingredients as Scotcheroo Bars minus the Rice Krispies. I was so excited to try this new concoction that I prepared it as an after school snack for my daughter and nieces. They gave it a thumbs up by quickly eating the entire platter full – no joke! It’s ooey, gooey, sticky, and fun to pick through for pieces with large globs of drizzle and some with just a little. So if you are looking for an out of the ordinary sweet snack, for a movie night or a fun summer party, try this recipe for Sweet and Salty Corn Chips.

Start by mixing the 1 cup of light corn syrup and 1 cup of sugar together in a pan over medium heat until it just starts to boil. Then remove the pan from the heat right away or the topping will be too hard.

corn syrup 

adding sugar

Remove from the heat and add 1 cup of peanut butter. Stir it in until it is completely mixed together.

adding peanut butter

Now drizzle this mixture over a 18 oz. bag of corn chips that have been spread on two greased cookie sheets.

drizzle on corn chips

Now it is time to make the chocolate topping. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch chips in the microwave.  Stirring the chips every 15 seconds until they are melted.

melting chips

Now drizzle the chocolate on top of the corn chips. Let it cool and dry.  Then you are ready to enjoy!

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Sweet and Salty Corn Chips
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of butterscotch chips
  • 1 (18 oz.) bag of corn chips
Instructions
  1. Start by mixing the 1 cup of light corn syrup and 1 cup of sugar together in a pan over medium heat until it just starts to boil. Then remove the pan from the heat right away or the topping will be too hard.
  2. Remove from the heat and add 1 cup of peanut butter. Stir it in until it is completely mixed together.
  3. Now drizzle this mixture over a 18 oz. bag of corn chips that have been spread on two greased cookie sheets.
  4. Now it is time to make the chocolate topping. Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch chips in the microwave. Stirring the chips every 15 seconds until they are melted.
  5. Now drizzle the chocolate on top of the corn chips. Let it cool and dry. Then you are ready to enjoy!

 

Printable May Day Gift Tag and Caramel Puffcorn

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May Day is almost here and this year I’m featuring a new printable.  It is a gift tag in a traditional pink pastel color on a chalkboard background with a scalloped eyelet border.  You can attach the card to a brown paper lunch sack (like I have shown) then attach the separate scalloped border to the folded over edge of your bag.  The nice thing about using paper bags is they are inexpensive, and they won’t tip over like the plastic cups do when you try to deliver them around the neighborhood.  Thinking about giving people a small plant on May Day?  Just fold down one of your brown lunch sacks and set a small plant in the bag and then attach the printable.   Another great way to use this printable is to attach it to any cup or basket.  The possibilities are endless!  Note, I have also included a recipe for Caramel Puffcorn that I found on Old Dutch’s website.  It is easy to make and it is the perfect alternative to traditional popcorn for filling your bags.  And, if you still need May Day ideas check out my past May Day posts:  Free May Day Printables and May Day Basket Ideas.

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                                           Click HERE to print the May Day gift tags and border

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Caramel Puffcorn

First you preheat your oven to 250 degrees and then  heat 1 cup of butter, 1 1/4 cups of brown sugar and 2/3 cup of light corn syrup in a pan until melted stirring constantly.

butter, corn syrup, and brown sugar

Once it is melted, add the 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The recipe says it will foam, but mine didn’t foam it just looked like the following picture.

topping Pour the  9 oz. bag of Old Dutch Puffcorn in a large roaster and then add the melted caramel mixture over it.  Stir until it covers the puffcorn.

puffed corn in roaster

stirring in the caramel topping

Now bake the puffcorn uncovered in the oven for 45 minutes and stir it every 10 to 15 minutes.  When it is done, pour it on sheets of wax paper and let it cool and dry.  When it is cool, you can break the pieces apart and put them in your May Day baskets.  Then add all of your other May Day goodies to your bags. 

puffed caramel corn on waxed paper

Printable May Day Gift Tag and Caramel Puffcorn
 
Ingredients
  • 1 (9 oz.) bag of Old Dutch Puffcorn
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1¼ cups of brown sugar
  • ⅔ cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
Instructions
  1. First you preheat your oven to 250 degrees and then heat 1 cup of butter, 1¼ cups of brown sugar and ⅔ cup of light corn syrup in a pan until melted stirring constantly.
  2. Once it is melted, add the 1 teaspoon of baking soda. The recipe says it will foam, but mine didn't foam it just looked like the following picture.
  3. Pour the 9 oz. bag of Old Dutch Puffcorn in a large roaster and then add the melted caramel mixture over it. Stir until it covers the puffcorn.
  4. Now bake the puffcorn uncovered in the oven for 45 minutes and stir it every 10 to 15 minutes. When it is done, pour it on sheets of wax paper and let it cool and dry. When it is cool, you can break the pieces apart and put them in your May Day baskets.

 

Chocolate Chip Caramel Apple Dip

Chocolate-Chip-Caramel-Apple-Dip-6Happy Halloween everyone! Halloween is all about great costumes and delicious treats.  One of the treats I like to enjoy every year is a caramel apple, and today happens to be National Caramel Apple Day.  So this is the perfect recipe to celebrate both holidays.  Caramel apples are always amazing in the fall, and I have the perfect dip that will satisfy anybody’s apple cravings.  My Chocolate Chip Caramel Apple Dip is so simple to make yet it looks so elegant it will impress your guests.  This dip is the perfect indulgent snack for any occasion like a football party, entertaining some friends and family, or even for a midnight  snack.  Either way it is sure to be a crowd pleaser for everyone.  It features a block of cream cheese smothered in delectable caramel sauce and topped with heavenly chocolate chips. 

apple dip 2The ingredients you will need are apples, 1/4 cup of caramel flavored topping, 1 (8 oz.) block of cream cheese, and miniature chocolate chips.

ingredients

Start by slicing your apples and dipping them in lemon juice to preserve their color.

applesThen get out the block of cream cheese and set it in the middle of a platter.  Then pour the 1/4 cup of caramel sauce over the cream cheese.

pouring caramel sauceNow add a sprinkling of miniature chocolate chips to the top and surround the dip with the apples that you have cut.

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You can drizzle the whole platter with more caramel sauce.  Now you can impress your guests with this easy appetizer. 

Chocolate Chip Caramel Apple Dip

Ingredients

  • Apples (enough to fill your platter, I used 5 apples)
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice to dip apples in to preserve their color
  • 1 (8 oz.) package of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup of caramel flavored topping
  • miniature chocolate chips (enough to sprinkle on top)

Instructions

  1. Start by slicing your apples and dipping them in lemon juice to preserve their color.
  2. Then get out the block of cream cheese and set it in the middle of a platter. Then pour the 1/4 cup of caramel sauce over the cream cheese.
  3. Now add a sprinkling of miniature chocolate chips to the top and surround the dip with the apples that you have cut.
  4. You can drizzle the whole platter with more caramel sauce.
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