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!

Weekly Ad Recipe – No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle

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No-Bake Strawberry Blueberry Trifle
Serves: 10-12
 
Ingredients
  • 17 Oz. Angel Food Cake, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Water
  • 2 T. Sugar
  • 2 T. Lemon Juice
  • 2- 8 oz. Cream Cheese,
  • pkgs. Softened
  • ¾ Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup, combine water, 2 T. sugar and lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Beat together cream cheese and ¾ cup sugar on medium speed until creamy and smooth.
  4. With mixer on, pour in heavy cream, then turn mixer to medium/high and continue beating until consistency of whipped cream.
  5. Add vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  6. Place ⅓ of angel food cake into the bottom of a trifle dish and brush with ⅓ of lemon syrup.
  7. Add ⅓ of cream and loosely spread it over cake pieces.
  8. Add ½ of the strawberries.
  9. Repeat with remaining ingredients (adding ½ of the blueberries for the second fruit layer).
  10. Frost the top with last ⅓ of cream and decorate with remaining fruit.

 

Picnic snacks without the cold packs

Picnic snacks without the cold packs! Great snacks for summer that you don't have to worry about keeping cool. www.cobornsblog.com

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Kim

Ahhh , summertime, a great time to be outdoors…..biking, hiking, going to the park. I know for me, these activities don’t happen without some type of accompaniment and I don’t just mean the music. There always has to be a snack or two! Below I have listed some snack ideas that you can bring with wherever you go to enjoy the summer weather without worrying about bringing a cooler to keep them cold. Also, don’t forget the antibacterial wipes to clean your hands before you snack.

 

 

 

  • Trail Mix – be adventuresome and put together your own trail mix by combining items like:
    • Raisins and other dried fruit
    • Popcorn and dry cereal
    • Nuts and seeds
  • Whole fruits: apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, etc (keep them whole and of course, wash them first!) Two things to keep in mind about fruits, and vegetables for that matter, even if you don’t eat the peel, they must be washed first because bacteria can reside on the surface AND once you cut them up, they now require refrigeration. So keep them whole until you are ready to eat them.
  • Tuna snack packs with crackers. Keep the package of tuna sealed until ready to eat.
  • Jerky
  • And, the ole standby of peanut butter and jelly always works, too!

 

Kim
Coborn’s RD Food Safety Coordinator

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Fruit Kabobs

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Mike P.

Special get-together coming up, like a wedding or baby shower, family reunion, graduation party, special birthday, or neighborhood BBQ gathering? Wondering what to bring? How about serving fruit kabobs? They are not that hard to do, and usually draw some special attention. You can make them as simple as you want, or you can use a variety of summer fruit favorites that are in season, which might include melons, berries, grapes, pineapple, or other soft fruit items. It is really a personal choice what of what to use, but using multiple colors makes them more appealing. The thing I like about doing the kabobs for your guests or family is that they are not messy and are convenient to eat, especially for kids. As far as planning how many you need, most everyone would probably take one or two. The good thing about doing kabobs is you can put out a limited amount, keep extra refrigerated until needed, then add more to the platter when low.  If you would have served a fruit salad, it is all out at once, thus making it difficult to keep product cold for food safety, and after sitting out for an extended time the extra usually goes to waste. Here, extra fruit could be kept in a cooler if you are bringing to someone’s home, or in your own refrigerator.

Fruit Kabobs
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Large Serving Platter
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Wooden Kabob Skewers
  • Lemon Juice (optional)
  • Spray Bottle (optional)
Instructions
  1. First you will want to wash all of your fruits before cutting.
  2. Once you have rinsed the fruit, pat dry with napkin or towel, and start to prepare for making kabobs.
  3. Strawberries just need to be hulled, grapes pulled from stem and kiwi peeled and chunked.
  4. Melon needs to be cut in half, then another half.
  5. Cut into wedges.
  6. Once it’s cut into wedges, make cuts down to the rind every two inches or so, then run knife along the edge of rind and fruit until the fruit falls off the rind.
  7. Now you have all the fruit ready to be skewered.
  8. Start placing fruit on skewers, rotating colors with as much fruit as desired on each kabob.
Notes
If using a watermelon, purchase a quarter or half instead of a whole watermelon, it would be cleaned already by the store.

With many different colors to pick from, make your kabobs pretty. You can mix them up on each skewer or make them all the same way. One tip is, if you bought a whole watermelon, use more chunks of watermelon on each skewer to keep costs down, as watermelon is usually the least expensive price-per-pound item you’re using. When purchasing kabob sticks there are different lengths to buy, and some stores only carry one size, so determine what size fruit skewers you want. Another thing is determining if you are going to prepare kabobs the day of the event, or if because of time, they need to be done the night before. If you do make kabobs the night before, and might be using items like peaches or nectarines, you can put some lemon juice mixed with water into a spray bottle and spray the fruit when it’s on the platter to preserve color and make it look like fresh cut. If you use items like I did, you shouldn't need to do this to preserve color, as melons hold well, not turning brown. Place some plastic wrap over the top to seal and you should be good to go. Some people like to place a tub of fruit dip out next to the platter when serving; that is your call and certainly not mandatory.

I hope this works out for you, as a nice healthy selection of fruit usually goes over very well. You can’t go wrong with good fruit!

Mike
Coborn’s Produce Merchandiser

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Fourth of July Picnic Caddy

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Lynell

The Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a time when we usually go camping with family and friends and I just love incorporating the festivity of the day into everything we do. When we camp, we try to eat outside as much as possible, often around picnic tables. Even though it’s such a casual setting, it doesn’t mean we can’t decorate. I found a fun way to incorporate a party into our picnic, while also making life a little easier.  My Fourth of July Picnic Caddy makes it easy to haul all the mealtime essentials in one trip and it doubles as a festive centerpiece for the picnic table.

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Fourth of July Picnic Caddy
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Ingredients
  • 1 Coffee Can, empty
  • 6 Tin Cans, empty
  • Red, White and Blue Spray Paints
  • Painters Tape
  • Drill
  • Wire
  • Black Marker
  • 14 Small Nuts and Bolts*
  • Styrofoam
  • Decorations (flags, fireworks décor, white adhesive vinyl etc.)
Instructions
  1. Begin with a clean tin coffee can and spray paint it with blue spray paint.
  2. Then paint the 6 smaller cans with white spray paint.
  3. Let all your cans dry for a night.
  4. The next day, make stripes around the small cans by adding painter’s tape and spray paint the cans red.
  5. Let dry and remove tape.
  6. From the inside of the coffee can, about two inches from the base, drill two holes side by side, about a 1.5" apart, vertically.
  7. Set a small tin can right next to the coffee can, then press it close to the outside of the coffee can and poke a black marker through each hole to mark the small tin can.
  8. Drill through the tin can as marked and fasten the small can to the large can with two nuts and bolts.
  9. Repeat with the other 5 small cans. (Note, space cans so that you have three cans on each side so that when you attach the handle, the can balances well.)
  10. After the small cans are all attached to the large can, mark two spots to drill on opposite sides of the large can near the top for inserting the handle.
  11. Drill the holes and insert one bolt and nut into each side without tightening all the way. (This will give you something to tie the wire to)
  12. Make a handle out of red wire and wrap it around the stem of each bolt, then tighten the nut to hold the wire in place.
  13. Now, begin decorating.
  14. Cut out stars from white adhesive vinyl or find patriotic stickers and affix them to the blue coffee can. You could also buy a star shaped sponge and dip in white paint to create the stars on your can.
  15. Take a few steps back and spritz short bursts of white paint from your spray cans to give your centerpiece an antiqued, speckled look.
  16. Place Styrofoam in the base of the two small cans that are in the center of your groupings so your salt and pepper shakers can poke out.
  17. Fill the small cans with silverware, napkins, salt, pepper and rolled up paper plates.
  18. In the center of the large can, add a layer of Styrofoam, then poke a couple flags in.
  19. Add condiments and some fun festive wire to give the impression of fireworks.
Notes
*When selecting the nuts to fasten, pick short ones with flat ends and a nut to ensure plenty of room for storage within the cans and also to ensure no one scratches their hands.

Lynell
Coborn’s Graphic Designer

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