S’more Snack Mix

It’s the middle of summer, have you had a S’more yet? Well today I am going to share with you a simple and delicious S’more Snack Mix. This is perfect sweet treat for picnics, camping, going to the beach or simply binge watching Netflix.

S’more Snack Mix
 
Ingredients
  • 10 Oz. Box Teddy Grahams
  • 20 Oz. Chocolate Almond Bark, melted
  • 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows
  • Plastic Snack Bags
  • Wax Paper
Instructions
  1. Lay out 10 oz. of Teddy Grahams on a piece of wax paper.
  2. Melt Chocolate Almond Bark in microwave according to package directions.
  3. Pour melted Almond Bark over Teddy Grahams.
  4. Sprinkle 4 Cups Mini Marshmallows over top.
  5. Let sit for 2-3 hours and bag into plastic sandwich bags.

Now believe me, these are DELICIOUS! I could have made more bags, but I ate a lot of the snack mix before they made it into the bags, it’s that good! Once the chocolate has hardened make sure to bag them up so the Teddy Grahams and marshmallows don’t get stale! You could certainly add more to this mix as well, perhaps adding Mini M&Ms, pretzel sticks or peanuts!

Although you could simply sit down and devour all of this snack mix yourself, or like I said before, bring it with you on the boat or on a picnic. However, if you care to share you can click here and download a cute note to staple to the top of your plastic baggie to create a cute gift for someone.

I hope you enjoy this snack mix, it sure screams summer and is a simple, delicious treat that is fun and easy to make. I would even suggest getting the kids involved, they would love making this too!

Happy Summer!

5 Summer Cupcakes Ideas

 

 

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I think we can relax, it would seem snowy days are behind us. Let’s celebrate flip flop weather with some fun summer cupcakes. Now, normally, you would just load up a bag with a big frosting tip and ice away. But I’d like to present something a little different. Let’s flip the cupcakes over! Continue reading “5 Summer Cupcakes Ideas”

Valentine Crispy Bars

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Hello again! Are you ready for your next sweet project? I thought we could mix it up a bit this time around; let’s switch out the cake for another tasty snack. I have also found an assistant to help me here in my kitchen at home, my two year old son. I think you should find yourself a little helper too and find time to create this fun little Valentine’s Day treat.

I thought we could make some extra flashy crispy bars. Why not put a little pizazz in an old classic? You’ll need your favorite crispy bar recipe and ingredients, a bit of red food coloring, a baking pan, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and Fruit by the Foot. I made sure to buy red, strawberry flavored, Fruit by the Foot, I didn’t think the green and orange swirl would look very valentinish.

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The first stage is simple; you make some crispy bars. While I was melting the marshmallows and butter I let my assistant butter up a pan. I chose a deep cookie tray versus a cake pan. Why? My cookie cutter wasn’t very tall, so I needed to make thinner bars so I could cut all the way through. Also, the cutter was a bit large width wise and I didn’t want massive, thick bars. But you can make these guys as big as your hunger demands.

Once the marshmallows are melted you add a bit of your food coloring, stirring it in. After you have created some nice, pink goo you add your cereal and stir some more.

Then you pan it up and pat, pat, pat. My young protégé enjoyed the smashing process, but who doesn’t? Just make sure the goo has cooled down enough to avoid burning little fingers.

After admiring our work my son decided we needed more marshmallows (I think he wanted an excuse to eat more while I wasn’t looking) so we poked some into the bars to make polk-a-dots. Sometimes two heads are better than one.

Shape into hearts

The next step is easy enough; making bars in the shape of hearts. I tried it two ways, and both ways worked well enough. First we just cut the shapes out with the cutter. Pretty straight forward. You may need to reshape the bar a bit but it’s easy for little hands to help with this method.

This method left a lot of scraps. They were still pretty sticky and pliable. I took chunks and pressed them into the cookie cutter, packing it solid. This produced bars that were much more dense and held their shape well. However, it was more time consuming and your thumbs may get sore if you plan to do lots of them.

Top it off

At this point you can call it done and start chowing down with your favorite sweetheart. But I can’t just leave it like that. It needs a little extra something special! This is where the Fruit by the Foot comes in. We are going to make cute little bows!

  • I cut six inch long strips, making a little mark at the half way point.
  • Next fold one side to the middle, then fold the other side to the middle. The secret to making it stick is to smear a little dab of water. Just enough to make the fruit roll sticky.
  • Now you give the middle a pinch.
  • For the finishing touch take a small bit of the fruit roll, about an inch or so, and wrap it around the center. Have the ends meet on the underside of the bow. Hold it in place with a little smear of water. This hides where the two ends meet and keeps the pinch tight.

Now one side of your bow should look like you tied a bow from ribbon. Repeat, repeat, repeat. With a bit of patience my helper was able to make a few bows as well. Of course, by this point his will power was waning and he couldn’t resist eating our supplies. So mom took over.

The last step is to attach the bows to the bars. If the bars are still warm you may be able to get them to stick with a little pressure. I ended up putting another dab of water on the bottom of the bow before pressing them on. After letting them sit a bit the bows stayed on well enough for me to package the bars and move them around.

I hope you find time to try making these this February. There will be enough chocolate floating around for Valentine’s Day, try something different. And most importantly take time out to make them with your sweetie.