Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark #SundaySupper

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I like to challenge myself.  I mean clearly since I’ve chosen to be a writer and try to break into Hollywood.  Now that’s a challenge.

But sometimes I like challenges that I feel like I am much more able to accomplish.  Things that are under my control.  It keeps my brain and my body going to be challenged and it’s a very rewarding feeling to complete a challenge no matter how big or small.

Potato Chips and Pretzels

Like upping the speed or resistance on the elliptical or trying a new workout DVD.  Sure, there are moments when I think I won’t be able to finish, but then I do, and I feel ah-mazing!  I pushed through something I thought I might not be able to, and that shows me how strong I really am.

Then there are the batters I whip up by hand.  Unless I absolutely positively have to bring out the hand or stand mixer, it is by sheer force of will that I beat butter and sugar into shape.  I even whipped cream by hand recently.  There were definitely a few moments when it seemed unlikely the soupy cream would turn into fluffy, luscious whipped cream but it did and it was amazing.  What’s next?  Egg whites???

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

I have even challenged myself to write a screenplay in 30 days and done it.  I probably couldn’t write a novel in the same time span, but a screenplay is a bit easier for me to write.  Now selling it in 30 days, that is another story.

Do you like to challenge yourself?  How do you challenge yourself?

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

It is definitely a challenge not to eat all of this Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark because it is crazy addictively good.  And it’s so easy to make and gluten free since I used gluten free pretzels which are definitely as good as the real thing.

The goo of the toffee.  The crunch of the pretzels and potato chips.  The snap of the chocolate.  The pop of color from the sprinkles.  This is the ultimate snack or dessert.  It is perfect to whip up as a last minute gift or party treat because it makes a bunch.  This is one challenge you have to take on!

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Sweet and Salty Toffee Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

3 cups pretzels (gluten free, if necessary)
3 cups plain potato chips
1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (not the fake stuff)
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
12 ounces white chocolate chips
12 ounces dark chocolate or carob chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, divided
Brightly colored sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Spread pretzels and chips on foil.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring sugars, syrup, and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Boil for 2 minutes while stirring. Immediately and carefully pour over pretzels and chips on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. After the tray comes out of the oven, allow to cool briefly while you melt the chocolate. Place white chocolate chips and 1 tablespoon of shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until fully melted. Set aside while you repeat the process with the dark chocolate or carob chips and the remaining tablespoon of shortening.
  4. Swirl both white and carob/dark chocolate on the pretzel and potato chip base, ensuring to leave streaks of both chocolates. Sprinkle with sprinkles of your choice and allow to set for at least two hours at room temperature. Break into pieces and serve. Toffee bark may be stored in an air tight container for up to 1 week.

Notes

Additional cooling time is necessary

Recipe adapted from The Cookies and Cups Cookbook via Brown Eyed Baker

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Homemade Twix Bars #SundaySupper

Homemade Twix Bars

Lots of people have Thanksgiving traditions and many of them are the same.  Travel.  Family.  Cooking.  Baking.  Turkey.  Pie.  Football.  Leftovers.  Shopping.  More leftovers.  More shopping.  More travel.  Lots of crowds.

And I think all those traditions and whatever others you may have are great.

Homemade Twix Bars

But I bet you aren’t surprised to know those aren’t my traditions for the most part.  My Thanksgivings are quiet days, just Mom and Dad and me.  We actually have started this new tradition where we go shopping the day before Thanksgiving.  It’s my favorite!

There aren’t any crowds and a lot of the sales have already begun.  This year I picked up an awesome dress at Saks I can’t wait to show all of you!!  It’s fun, low key, and this year was a great way to get out on a rainy, yucky day.

Homemade Twix Bars

On Thanksgiving, the only traditional food we have is cranberry sauce (not out of the can).  Otherwise we have steaks or tacos and it’s just the three of us.  No pressure.  Not too much work.  No drama.  There aren’t many leftovers and save for a little shopping by Dad on Black Friday, we leave the crowds to everyone else.

That’s my Thanksgiving and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  For me it is perfect.  For you something else may be and I hope that is exactly what you had over the holidays 🙂

Homemade Twix Bars

For dessert, we skipped pies and pumpkin and all that and had homemade Twix Bars.  These are everything I remember a Twix to before my allergy and oh so much more.

The shortbread base is the star here.  It is thick and crumbly and practically melts in your mouth.  Then there is the gooey caramel that stretches when you bite into the bar.  It all finishes with the slightly bitter carob (in my case) or chocolate coating, snapping as you take a bite.  Make sure these are a part of your holiday season!

Homemade Twix Bars

Homemade Twix Bars #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: About 24 bars

Ingredients

1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely ground cornmeal
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 batch homemade caramel or store bought
18 ounces carob or dark or milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Make the shortbread. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang for easy removal later.
  2. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and vanilla bean paste until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg. Add the flour, cornmeal, and salt and mix until a stiff dough is formed. Spread into the bottom of the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Bake shortbread 20-25 minutes, until golden brown around the edges and mostly set.
  4. While the shortbread bakes, make the caramel or warm the store-bought caramel. Pour the hot caramel over the slightly cooled shortbread. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight until completely chilled.
  5. Once the caramel and shortbread are chilled, cut into long, thin bars. Melt the carob or chocolate with the shortening in a microwave safe bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. I recommend doing this in two batches.
  6. Carefully dip each of the bars in the chocolate and use a spoon or your fingers to coat completely. Set on a parchment lined baking sheet to set. Once all bars are set, serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Notes

Shortbread base adapted from Ashley Rodriguez via Craftsy

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Under the Sea Snack Mix #SundaySupper

Under the Sea Snack Mix

As a rule, I don’t like sitcoms.  Sure some of the half hour, family friendly shows of my youth were great.  Home improvement.  Friends.  Sabrina the Teenage Witch.  Those shows were my jam and I sometimes still watch them unabashedly.

But the typical fare that airs on the networks these days trying to pass as comedy when they are nothing more than a laugh track and some unfunny jokes?  Those aren’t for me.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

That is until I turned on The Good Place.  I wanted to try it because fantasy elements fascinate me and often find their way into my writing.  Basically I wanted to try it because I wish I had written it.  Plus, who doesn’t love Kristen Bell?

So I tried it and I laughed.  Out loud.  This doesn’t happen.  Ever.  And I kept laughing.  I look forward to this show every week because it’s fresh, funny, and doesn’t rely on those sitcom conventions like a laugh track.  I can decide when to laugh for myself.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

While the basic premise may be a bad girl who gets into the good place, the characters are all likeable and the message of the show is stellar.  Life is about doing the best we can when we can.  It’s never too late to change who we are into who we want to be.

And while I watch my new favorite show and the only sitcom on my TiVo, I need a snack.  Enter Under the Sea Snack Mix.  This versatile, sweet and salty, totally addictive treat is perfect for a party or just chilling in front of the TV.  Plus, it will technically last a good week … not that I think it will hang around that long.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

We’re all about using up Halloween candy this Sunday Supper, so I added Reese’s Pieces, some white peanut butter cups (which have no chocolate – hooray!), and some white chocolate candy corn candy bars (again no actual chocolate), but add whatever it is you have on hand.  I think candy corn or any chocolate candy bar would be great.

Then I took a bag of Goldfish to add that salty vibe and a box of Finding Dory cereal and added them to the party.  They are the real stars here.  I had never made a Puppy Chow style mix with a cereal with marshmallows but it certainly won’t be my last.  Those marshmallows stay a little crunchy and totally bring the flavor.

I don’t know about you, but I think we could all use some more laughter and snack mix in our lives.

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Under the Sea Snack Mix

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients

1 box Finding Dory cereal
1 bag Cheddar Goldfish
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup white chocolate chips
¾ cup Reese’s Pieces
1 ½ cups assorted candy
3 cups confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

  1. Place peanut butter and white chocolate chips in a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds. Stir until all the chips are fully melted. Add the cereal and Goldfish and stir until fully coated. Add the candy, Reese’s Pieces, and confectioners’ sugar. Stir until fully coated.
  2. Allow snack mix to set for about 30 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
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Maple Walnut Truffles

Maple Walnut Truffles

While I often talk about wanting to move to California (#CaliforniaDreaming), there is one thing I will miss when I move: our yard.

Okay, so there are a few things I will miss, though not many, and one of the things I will hate to leave behind is our yard, specifically in summer.

Maple Walnut Truffles

We don’t have a lot of land, which is nice really.  More land = more work, and we already have more than enough yard work.  But the land we do have is populated with trees.  Pine trees, maple trees, flowering trees.  They are stunning, but not quite as beautiful as the flowers.

From peonies and tulips to irises and coneflowers to the plethora of annuals we are unable to stop ourselves from buying each year.  Once everything is in full bloom, the neighbors fade away and our yard that looked so desolate in winter turns into a tropical jungle.

Maple Walnut Truffles

With all these plants, all these hiding places, comes wildlife.  Birds that sing and swoop around the yard.  Squirrels and chipmunks that bound along in the grass.  Hummingbirds that come right up to the window to say hi … and eat.  Probably mostly eat.  Baby bunnies that explore the world for the first time.

It is life right in front of me and it gives me life on days good and bad.  And really, this is why I want to leave this yard behind, so I don’t have to give these things up in the winter.  And hopefully one day when I do get to move, the next family to move in will enjoy the yard as much as we have and perhaps enjoy winter a bit more.

 

To make sure we all enjoy the beauty of summer, fun no bake treats like these Maple Walnut Truffles, which also happen to be gluten free, are perfect.

These are super easy to make.  They are filled with maple flavor and crunchy walnuts.  Plus, since it’s best to keep them in the refrigerator, they are a refreshing treat to beat the heat.  Feel free to swap the walnuts for pecans if you prefer, just make sure to use real maple syrup.

Enjoy summer and these irresistible homemade candies.

Maple Walnut Truffles

Maple Walnut Truffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: About 20 truffles

Ingredients

½ stick unsalted butter, room temperature

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup walnuts, finely chopped

1 ½ cups carob or dark chocolate chips

½ cup white chocolate chips

1 ½ tablespoons pure vegetable shortening, divided

Instructions

In a medium bowl, whisk together butter and maple syrup. Slowly add confectioners’ sugar and whisk to combine. Whisk in vanilla. Add more maple syrup or confectioners’ sugar as necessary to achieve a thick yet smooth mixture. Stir in walnuts. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes until firm.

Once chilled, roll mixture into about 1 tablespoon sized balls. Place on a tray lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate an additional 10 minutes.

While the truffles are chilling, melt the carob or dark chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon shortening, in the microwave in 30 second increments until fully melted.

Remove the truffles from the refrigerator and using a fork dip into the chocolate, coating completely. Return to the parchment to set. Repeat with remaining truffles.

Melt white chocolate in the microwave with remaining ½ tablespoon of shortening, in 30 second increments, until fully melted. Using a fork, drizzle white chocolate over truffles.

Refrigerate truffles until set, about 20 minutes. Serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Truffles may also be frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature for about 30 minutes.

Notes

Additional chilling time is necessary

Recipe adapted from Crazy for Crust

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Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

I love to get dressed up.  Ever since I was little this has been the case for me.  I have always loved dresses and heels and presenting my best face to the world.

My love of wearing nice clothes and shoes and playing with makeup has only intensified as I have grown up and learned more about creating my own style.  I love putting together outfits that represent me and not something I saw on TV or my mom chose for me.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

It amazes that people stare at me with dirty looks, as though I am doing something wrong by wearing a dress and heels instead of the sweatpants they seem to find so fashionable.  I have even had someone question me repeatedly over looking nice.  Where was I going?  Why was I wearing these clothes?  What was wrong with me?

When did our society decide that it’s not okay to look nice?  Even worse, when did it decide that it’s not okay to be an individual?  If you don’t want to dress up, that’s your deal, but don’t tell me what to do.  The great thing about life is that we are all unique individuals.  No one’s stares or comments are ever going to get me to change who I am.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

And because I like company, I took some unassuming marshmallows and dressed them up too.  What does that mean?  It means I dipped them in carob, white chocolate, and peanut butter chips and drizzled them accordingly.  You could also add nuts or sprinkles for a bit of crunch, but these are amazing as is.

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Not only are these little treats delicious, but they are also easy to make and gluten free.  They would be awesome to serve at a party or wedding or baby shower.  I also think they would make great s’mores.  I think we should all investigate 🙂

Whether you like to dress up or not, you will love some fancy dressed up marshmallows!

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Dressed Up Marshmallows

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: About 30 marshmallows

Ingredients

1 10-ounce bag regular sized marshmallows

1 cup dark chocolate or carob chips

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

3 tablespoons pure vegetable shortening

Instructions

Place marshmallows on a piece of parchment paper.

Place carob or chocolate chips in one microwave safe bowl, white chocolate chips in another, and peanut butter chips in a third. Add 1 tablespoon shortening to each bowl.

Melt chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted.

Place one marshmallow on a fork and dip into one of the coatings. Roll around with the fork to coat completely. Place carefully on the parchment and allow to set. Repeat until all the marshmallows are used.

Take the fork and drizzle the remaining coatings onto the marshmallows to create a pretty design or pattern. Have fun! If at any time the coatings harden too much, place them back in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Allow marshmallows to set completely before placing in an airtight container and storing at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Microwave Peep S’mores

Microwave Peeps S'mores

I always overdo it on buying candy.  Easter candy.  Christmas candy.  Halloween candy.  Candy.

Sure, somehow it all gets eaten eventually, but my pantry is pretty much literally overflowing with bag after bag after bag of the sweet stuff.  And behind all those bags is a stack of boxes of Peeps.

I am one of those people that loves Peeps.  Especially the Gingerbread ones.  If you haven’t tried those yet DO IT!  Sometimes I melt them onto a Gingerbread Pop Tart, but that’s another story.

Microwave Peeps S'mores

I have a plethora of Peeps in the pantry.  Bunnies.  Chicks.  Pink.  Blue.  Yellow.  Minions.  Gingerbread.  Hearts.  Peeps.  Lots and lots of Peeps.

And right about now I bet you have more than you know what to do with as well.  Luckily I’m here to help with a super simple recipe that’s ready in about 2 minutes and will have the whole family asking for seconds.  Before long, you’ll be going to the store to buy more Peeps.

What is this amazing recipe?  Microwave Peep S’mores.  It only takes three ingredients – chocolate or carob, graham crackers, and of course Peeps – and it is so easy to prepare because it’s made in the microwave.

Microwave Peeps S'mores

While this doesn’t exactly recreate that classic campfire s’mores flavor, it’s a trick Mom has used for years and years to make s’mores year round without fuss.  In fact, I think I’ve only had s’mores made this way.

You end up with a crispy graham cracker topped with melty chocolate and an ooey gooey marshmallow with crunchy sugar on the outside.  It’s the perfect combination of textures and flavors.  Your leftover Easter candy dilemma has officially been solved.

Microwave Peeps S'mores

Microwave Peep S’mores

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 4 minutes

Yield: 2 s'mores

Ingredients

2 graham cracker sheets, broken in half

2 tablespoons carob or chocolate chips

4 Peep bunnies

Instructions

Place 2 pieces of graham cracker on a microwave safe plate. Top each with 1 tablespoon of carob or chocolate chips. Microwave in 30 second increments until the chips are mostly melted. Mine took 1 minute.

Place 2 bunnies on each of the graham crackers and microwave about an additional 30 seconds. Keep your eye on it and stop when the bunnies are super puffy.

Top with the remaining graham crackers and serve immediately.

Notes

Recipe is easily multiplied - and trust me, you'll want to multiply it!

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Lucky New Year’s Grapes

Lucky New Year's Grapes

Do you have any New Year’s Eve traditions?  Any plans?  Do you stay in or go out?  Are you even up when the clock strikes midnight?

I have to admit New Year’s is not my favorite holiday.  While there is the hope of a new year, there is also sadness for the one past.  It is gone from our grasp, never to come back.  It taunts me with the things I didn’t get done.  The things I wish I could have accomplished.  The dreams that didn’t come true.  Another year, come and gone.

Lucky New Year's Grapes

By then the ball drops and there’s nothing I can do but go to bed, get some rest, and wake refreshed and ready for a new year with all the same possibilities of the last and hope for more success in accomplishing them.

I tend to stay in.  New Year’s is a rowdy time with people celebrating for more than they should, so home is a safer, more relaxing space.

Lucky New Year's Grapes

But I do have one tradition.  I eat 12 grapes, which are supposed to represent luck for each month of the New Year.

Okay, so you’re supposed to do it at midnight, but by then my retainers are in and my eyes are starting to close.  I figure after dinner works just as well.  Luck doesn’t have a timeline.

This year, I wanted to make the grapes a little more special.  My Lucky New Year’s Grapes would be perfect for dessert or to serve on a cheese plate.  They are easy and fun to make, gluten free, and absolutely delicious.

Lucky New Year's Grapes

The grape has a burst of juice when you bite into it, while the carob or chocolate starts to melt when it hits your tongue, and then there is the crunch of the almonds.  I already feel lucky eating these grapes!

However you spend New Year’s Eve, I hope luck finds its way into 2016 for all of us!

Lucky New Year's Grapes

Lucky New Year’s Grapes

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 21 minutes

Yield: 16 grapes

Ingredients

16 red or green grapes, washed

About 5 ounces carob or dark chocolate chips

2 teaspoons vegetable shortening

¾ cup Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds, finely chopped

Instructions

Dry the grapes very well. If they are wet, the carob or chocolate will not stick.

Melt the carob or dark chocolate chips with the shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between.

Dip a grape in the carob or chocolate to coat roughly half of it. Dip immediately into the chopped almonds and then place on parchment to set. Repeat with all the grapes.

Grapes may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

Recipe may be easily doubled or tripled

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This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Peppermint Bark Pretzels #SundaySupper

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

Christmas is less than a week away. You have your presents purchased and wrapped, the menu planned, the house decorated, and everything firmly under control, right?

Me neither. I have bought all my presents, but nothing is wrapped. Maybe we should do a green Christmas and not wrap the presents 😉

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

I have no idea what we are eating. Some kind of red meat most likely. I’ll probably wait until Christmas Eve to decide. Maybe a dessert, but then again, I want to spend Christmas having fun … not trapped in the kitchen.

The house is decorated, though on a lesser scale than some years. As for things being under control … well that never happens, but that’s life, you know?

In case you need a last minute treat for a party, work, school, or even a gift … maybe you just need a reward for all the holiday craziness … check out my Peppermint Bark Pretzels.

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

There’s something about that peppermint bark flavor that I never ever get tired of. I love reinventing it in new ways, and these pretzels are something I will make again and again.

They are fun and easy to make, allowing for a bit of stress relief. Plus, they are easy to make gluten free. I used Glutino pretzels which are amazing! A quick dip in chocolate or carob, followed by one in white chocolate, and a sprinkling of peppermint, and these are done. Sure they have to set, but it only takes a couple minutes and these are ready to eat. Snacking as you make them is encouraged too 🙂

Take a minute to celebrate and enjoy the season with these Peppermint Bark Pretzels!

Peppermint Bark Pretzels

Peppermint Bark Pretzels #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Yield: About 20 pretzels

Ingredients

20 pretzel twists

10 ounces dark chocolate or carob chips

10 ounces white chocolate

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

½ candy cane crushed

Instructions

Melt the dark chocolate or carob chips with 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip one side of the pretzels completely in the melted chocolate or carob. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and allow to set while you melt the white chocolate.

Melt the white chocolate with the remaining tablespoon of shortening in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until fully melted. Dip the other side of the pretzel completely in the white chocolate and place back on the parchment with the chocolate or carob side down.

While the white chocolate is still warm, sprinkle with the candy cane.

Pretzels may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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Elvis Bars

Elvis Bars

There are some days when I want to spend all day in the kitchen baking. Like my Lemon Minion Cake. It took hours, the better part of a day. But it was a blast. Cake and frosting and decorating. It was fun and relaxing and revitalizing.

But then there are the days when I have no time to bake and I want a treat NOW! Days when I’m inspired by my writing and can’t tear myself away from the computer. Days when I have plans whether they are with friends or just my TV. Days when I just don’t want to spend all day baking and dirtying literally every dish in the kitchen.

Elvis Bars

These Elvis Bars are made for those days. I was looking for something to make and saw this recipe in my bookmarks just calling my name, and they should be calling yours too.

I called these Elvis Bars because Elvis is known for eating peanut butter, banana, and bacon. So these don’t have banana, but they have carob (or chocolate) and marshmallow, so I don’t think anyone will miss the banana. The bacon comes from the Maple Bacon Kettle chips I used. I’m obsessed with all Kettle chips, but lately I can’t get enough of the Maple Bacon. They really do taste like bacon.

Elvis Bars

Feel free to use whatever marshmallows you have on hand too. Mini are great, but just break big ones into smaller pieces. I actually used some Red Velvet ones I had in the pantry.

So these bars have some of my (and I bet your) favorite ingredients, are gluten free, no bake, and easy to make. They do have to chill, but if you bust into them before they are set, I won’t tell 🙂

Elvis Bars

Elvis Bars

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 16 minutes

Yield: About 20 pieces

Ingredients

5 ounces carob or dark chocolate chips

¾ cup creamy peanut butter

1 ½ cups lightly crushed Kettle Maple Bacon chips

1 ½ cups marshmallows, mini or large ones broken into pieces

Instructions

Line an 8 or 9 inch round cake pan or pie plate with parchment.

Melt the carob or chocolate chips and peanut butter in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between.

Once melted fold the chips and marshmallows into the peanut butter mixture. Pour into the prepared pan, smooth into an even layer, and refrigerate until set, about 2 hours or up to overnight. Cut into wedges and serve.

Bars may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Food 52

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Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

I may be pretty focused on the holiday season like most of you, but there’s another season that’s occupying some of my time: football season. I spent a few hours each week cheering on my favorite teams.

But it’s not football season without an awesome snack. Some Game Changing Flavors. You know to help you celebrate a victory, drown your sorrows of a loss or give you something to eat during those nail biting moments.

Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

When you think of football snacks, you often think of unhealthy foods: chips, pretzels, chicken wings. I don’t know about you, but those foods leave me feeling worse than a loss. Luckily there are alternative options.

I love Blue Diamond Almonds. All of their flavors are outstanding. I have more in my pantry right now than I care to admit. Currently I’m obsessed with the Smokehouse and Wasabi and Soy Sauce. They make a great snack right out of the can. A serving is rather sizable and takes awhile to eat … a very good thing.

Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

You know I just had to make something with them though, so I whipped up a Swirled Smoked Almond Bark. This is super easy to make, gluten free, and the perfect sweet treat for football watching, tailgating, holiday parties, or gift giving. Oh yeah, this bark does it all!

So when you’re craving something a little salty, a little sweet, and a little smoky with some crunch, try my bark and of course these almonds!

Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Ditch the chips and grab some Game Changing Flavors this football season! Enter for a chance to win the Ultimate Football Party Prize Pack, get great savings and ideas for delicious snack hacks at GameChangingFlavors.com.

Swirled Smoked Almond Bark

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Varies

Ingredients

2/3 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, chopped

1 ¼ cup carob or dark chocolate chips

¾ cup white chocolate chips

2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Instructions

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the carob or dark chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon shortening in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Spread on a layer of parchment paper.

Melt the white chocolate chips with the remaining tablespoon of shortening. Dollop onto the first layer and swirl together using a fork. Top with the almonds and gently press into the chocolate so they stick.

Allow bark to set for about 1 hour. Break bark into bite sized pieces. Bark may be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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