Dole out these healthy chocolate snacks instead of your usual Halloween candy
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Their products are made with wholesome ingredients, with more fiber and more protein than typical candies. The dairy comes from free-range, pasture-raised cows without antibiotics or added hormones, the palm kernel oil hails from a sustainable, organic farm in Brazil, the cacao beans are actually traceable, sourced from farms in Ghana and Ecuador that do not employ child slave labor — they’ve thought of everything!
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Nutella Swirl Muffins
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Basic buttermilk muffins get a jazzy upgrade with Nutella swirled into every bite.
If I told you there&rsquos a way to make your Friday even better, would you believe me? Because there is, and you should: Nutella swirls are in your near future.
We&rsquore taking everyone&rsquos favorite chocolatey, nutty spread and throwing it into what can be considered breakfast. That&rsquos totally makes-Friday-better worthy, don&rsquot you think?
If you&rsquove been around here for awhile, you&rsquove swirled Nutella with me before. Nutella swirls = life. Those peanut butter chip cookies are unreal. MAKE THEM.
They can be your snack with lunch and dinner on the same day you eat a Nutella swirl muffin for breakfast.
The base of these muffins is a basic buttermilk muffin recipe. Somewhat of a flavor, but nothing special, and the perfect vehicle for a little swirly chocolate hazelnut action. Matt said he wanted a glass of milk with his muffin, but I disagreed.
I had mine with coffee and it was perfection. Just enough sweet to complement my slightly bitter cup of coffee.
Now that&rsquos a breakfast I can get used to.
The base of these muffins is the same as the base for our very berry muffins, so it&rsquos nothing you haven&rsquot seen before, and, as always, nothing complicated or tricky.
So let&rsquos take some time to talk about the Nutella swirls. So many swirls! And getting them takes a little bit of time, but all in all, the work itself is not one bit difficult. It just takes a little more than plopping batter into your muffin pan and sticking it in the oven.
You&rsquore going to be doing a layer of batter, a layer of Nutella, and repeating the whole thing.
A word of caution: this batter is thick. So swirling isn&rsquot some magical, beautiful, flawless thing. It&rsquos a little stickier than that, but to be perfectly honest, it swirls all the same as a more liquidy batter.
That said, I used a toothpick to swirl the Nutella, but you&rsquore welcome to use something a little sturdier if that&rsquos giving you some trouble.
The swirls don&rsquot have to be perfect. In fact, they should definitely be messy, because some spots will have a small swirl of Nutella, and others will be so full of Nutella, you&rsquoll wonder if it&rsquos legal to call this muffin a breakfast item. SO. GOOD.
Since the muffin batter itself isn&rsquot anything too fancy, these muffins are straight up vehicles for all things Nutella. Spread one with peanut butter!
Or more Nutella!
Or cream cheese!
OMG. All the things.
Jazz them up even more, because Nutella can do no wrong in my book.
If you&rsquore a fan of Nutella, it&rsquos time to swirl some into your muffins. Because your muffin game will never be the same, and you&rsquoll wish you had made some sooner.
Only 3 more Muffins of The Month left. HOW?! Don&rsquot forget to check out this seasonal fav from a couple years ago to get you into the fall muffin mood&hellip
Chocolate Peanut Butter Frozen Yogurt
The other day I was chatting with my friend Alejandra about no-stress dessert tips for the holidays and immediately I thought: ICE CREAM! As you’ve gathered, I’m not much of a baker and I actively try to avoid situations involving me in a small kitchen with two dozen baked goods. Unless we’re talking about my husband’s famous hermit bars. Then it’s fair game.
In all seriousness, I’m a huge fan of ice cream for dessert because everyone loves it and it’s hard to mess up. Plus, you can make it ahead of time and actually enjoy the holiday gathering.
For a healthier version that is naturally gluten and gmo-free, I’ve recently partnered with Stonyfield yogurt and Unreal candy. If you’re not familiar with Unreal candy, you can read more about their story and vision for healthier candy made with real ingredients here .
For this easy and delicious make-ahead holiday dessert, you need nothing more than two simple ingredients: whole milk French vanilla yogurt and dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Your ice cream maker does the heavy work and you’re left looking like a hero to your friends and family.
- This recipe can be halved, pouring the caramel mixture into a 9X5" loaf pan. Keep in mind that the mixture will cook in about half the time. Start checking at 3 1/2 minutes.
Recipe adapted with changes from Cooking Classy and Wonder How To.
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Secret Ingredient: Espresso Powder
Espresso powder gives the cookies their unbelievable mocha flavor. I use just two teaspoons and the flavor is unreal. If you can’t find espresso powder in stores, you can use instant coffee instead. You’d need a little more instant coffee since it isn’t as strong or rich as espresso powder. I find espresso powder at my regular grocery store, but you can also find it online. I don’t recommend using ground coffee because it’s not as flavorful as espresso powder or instant coffee, both of which have super concentrated flavor.
Peppermint extract is another power player here. Always be careful when using peppermint extract! It’s scary potent– a little goes a very long way. And make sure you are using peppermint extract, not mint extract. The latter tastes like spearmint toothpaste. It’s not good.
How to make homemade candy bars:
This recipe is super simple and you&rsquoll start by adding some graham cracker crumbs, white and brown sugar, butter, and milk to a sauce pan. Bring that mix to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes. This is going to make the Gooey Layer of Goodness. <&mdash Official name.
Next, you&rsquoll grease a 9×13 pan and add a single layer of Ritz crackers along the bottom. Top those crackers with half of the Gooey Layer of Goodness.
Repeat your layers, ending with more Ritz crackers on top.
Add some chocolate chips and peanut butter to a bowl and zap it in the microwave until smooth and creamy.
Pour that goodness right over the top.
You have homemade candy bars!
You&rsquoll want to let these set up in the fridge for about an hour before you slice and serve. I cut them into squares, but if you really want that candy bar vibe, you can slice into long skinny bars.
More treats you&rsquoll love:
Cheesecake Bites are the perfect poppable treat!
Craving fruit? My apple cobbler and blackberry cobbler are some of my favorites! Same goes for Snickers apple salad.
Of course, it&rsquos impossible to go wrong with homemade brownies or macadamia nut cookies!
Monster Snickers Pie
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Monster Snickers Pie has a giant Monster Cookie crust, Snickers, peanuts, caramel, and chocolate ganache. What could possibly by wrong with any of that?
I could never be a strictly-desserts blogger. It would take me way too much time to select and edit photos. Whenever I post a particularly scrumptious, decadent dessert, I take FOREVER trying to narrow down all of the drool-worthy photos. And I don’t really do too good of a job. I mean, have you seen my S’Mores Pudding Pie post? Or, well, any of my cupcake recipes?
Yeah, this Monster Snickers pie is gonna look similar. Maybe because I am reliving consuming said decadent dessert. And I am not going to tell you how much of this one I ate. Maybe that is another reason I am not a desserts-only blogger – complete lack of self-control when surrounded by sugar!
I am part of this great mom’s group at my church, and one of the nicest things is that when one of the moms has a new baby, many of the members make meals for her so that she doesn’t have to worry about cooking for three nights of the week for a few weeks. Not gonna lie – I am totally looking forward to having food show up on my doorstep in a few months!
Of course, since I love to cook, this is fun for me. Plus I get a guinea pig for some of my ooey-er gooey-er goodies that are too dangerous for me to keep around the house. Remember the White Chocolate Salted Caramel Gooey Bars? Yeah, like those. And new moms can eat whatever they want!!
Well, I told you a bit about our Hurricane Sandy experience. One thing I did not mention was that Halloween was postponed. With trees down all over the neighborhood, confusion about what day Halloween was going to be held on, and some people still without power, we had, literally, eight trick-or-treaters. Clearly the Costco bag of candy was not necessary. The Bug got to eat a little of the candy he got trick-or-treating, but The Hubby and I were working our way through the remainder of that ginormous bag waaayyy too quickly (did I mention something about self control around sugar?).
So while I would have liked to offload the candy on the aforementioned new mom, that would clearly not be polite or appropriate.
However, jamming all of the leftover Snickers into a Monster Snickers pie – perfectly acceptable!
I started with the classic Monster Cookie (I happened to use RecipeGirl’s version), threw in some chopped Snickers in place of the M&M’s, smushed it into a pie tin, bakes, and filled with peanuts, caramel, and chocolate ganache. Nothing wrong with that right?
Oh, and I should mention that this recipe made two pies. So much for not keeping the goodies I make for the new moms around the house. I didn’t realize that one batch of Monster Cookie dough apparently makes a monster quantity of cookies. Truthfully, this did not make me sad…
Again, not gonna mention how much of it I actually ate. And big time Bug-, Hubby-, Dad-, and Grandpa-approved! Are you shocked?
Did you have leftover Halloween candy? What did you do with it?
Following up on the Munch Bar post a few weeks ago, this is the competing product: Planters Peanut Bar Original.
As pointed out in the comments on the Munch Bar review, the Planters bar isn’t as toffee-like. In fact, there are no dairy products at all in this bar.
It’s a heavily peanut bar, as you can see. The peanuts are jam packed together with the hard candy part just there to keep it all in one cohesive unit. The peanuts are toasty tasting and fresh with a nice salty hit from the candy.
It’s pretty satisfying even though it’s only 1.6 ounces. It also keeps well in harsh conditions, like warm summers or maybe in the car. It does just fine if it gets broken.
Of the two that I’ve had now (Planters Peanut Bar and Munch Bar), I think I prefer the Munch because of the more toffee-like candy cement. But I wouldn’t turn this one down. Both are a little hard to find. Drug stores seem to have a good selection, but I didn’t see this or the Munch bar at my usual 7-11s.
- WORTH IT
What’s the cohesive candy taste like? It looks a bit like peanut brittle.
The peanut brittle I make has a teeny tiny bit of butter in it (like 1 or 2 Tablespoons - for 1 cup peanuts, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup corn syrup, 1 tsp each of vanilla and baking soda, pinch of salt).
Anyway, on Monday afternoon we stopped at a pistachio store outside Alamogordo, New Mexico. They have samples of all their nuts and candies. I overheard someone ask the difference between their “pistachio crunch” and “pistachio brittle”. The answer was that crunch had more butter than brittle does. The crunch was very tasty, so I bought a bar of the crunch to take on my flight. Here’s their web site:
but the crunch bar I bought is not available in their online store.
I CAN’T FIND A STORE THAT SELL’S THE BAR
cant find a store here in erie that sells the bars any suggestions on where to find them besides on line
Planters Peanut Bar can be found at your local CVS Store. I know because, it’s the only store that I have found that sells them. It would be nice if we could buy the peanut bar brittle by the can. Hope this helps and happy crunching!
I discovered Rite Aid pharmacies carry the original Planters Peanut bar. It’s one of my lifetime favorites from childhood (I’m 73 yr. old kid now’ so it’s a long love affair!) I found them in N. Carolina (might have been CVS store there) on vac. and then again when I returned to the PAC NW. I get them at Rite Aid stores….often at the register, sometimes in the candy aisle. Happy hunting!
THIS IS MY FAVORITE CANDY BAR BECAUSE IT DOES NOT CONTAIN CHOCOLATE BUT IT’S LIKE LOOKING IN A HAY STACK TRYING TO FIND THEM. SEEMS MOST OF THE STORES IN MY AREA DO NOT CARRY THEM - WHY?
FOR A WHILE I THOUGHT PERHAPS THIS PRODUCT WAS NO LONGER BEING SOLD OR EVEN MADE. H-E-L-P.
PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND EASY ACCESS TO THEM
I finally found 15 bars of candy at five below in Austin, TX. I went to 3 other five below stores in this area looking for my wife’s favorite candy bar. She’s going to be ecstatic when she has her afternoon tea.
All of a sudden it seems that no stores near me are carrying this candy bar any more! Does any one know why? It is my all time favorite. I found a post on the web that rated it a ”, on a scale of one to five. I don’t believe it. There must be something going on… a conspiracy to get an old, delicious, good quality competitor off the shelves!
where can I get this candy bar.
have been trying to find this for years now
I Have been looking for this bar and can’t find it.
James Ward Anna Wade,Phyllis GilBride Etc.:
Try going into a store (here in USA,Pic ‘n’ Save, aka Big! Lots), or Walgreen..there are many penny candy stores and like that….normally you don’t see a Planters candy product….
Make it with OREO
Cakes, cookies, truffles, milkshakes… you name it!OREO No-Bake Margarita Bars OREO Crumbles Milk Shake OREO Chocolate-Raspberry Mousse Cake Tower OREO Mint Chocolate Chip Pops OREO Crumbles Cheesecake Squares
Then cover and refrigerate &mdash the longer it sits, the better it gets. Until it gets slimy. Don&rsquot wait that long.
They&rsquore really good on day 2 and 3 especially. But you can keep them in there for about a week.
I also wanted to mention that I usually avoid white sugar like the plague when preparing our everyday meals and snacks. Most of the time I use coconut sugar or Lakanto monkfruit sweetener when I make these. Honey doesn&rsquot easily mix evenly, and my stevia is super-concentrated. I didn&rsquot want it tasting like cucumber candy.