Posts tagged: candy
DIY Holiday Gift: Easy Peppermint Bark
I LOVE to create DIY gifts when the holidays roll around every year. I always try to make some sort of sweet treat for all my friends and colleagues to enjoy. However when the time comes to actually make the gifts, I find myself flooded with holiday parties and get-togethers, which seriously limits my time to prepare custom gifts for everyone. That's why this year I am especially thrilled to share with you my recipe for oh-so easy peppermint bark! It comes together in a little over an hour, leaving the rest of your day wide open to enjoy the holiday season (doesn't it fly by way too quickly each time?!). My tip is to run by your local dollar store to stock up on all those cute little tins. Just line the inside with parchment paper, throw in as much peppermint bark as you can!
INSTRUCTIONS: Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to a microwavable bowl. Microwave the semi-sweet chocolate for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir. Place back in the microwave for 15-second intervals, stirring in between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Spread the melted semi-sweet chocolate in an even layer on the wax paper. It should be approximately 1/4" thick. Allow it set for 30 minutes in the freezer.
In a microwaveable bowl, microwave the white chocolate chips in the same way you just did with the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Once melted and the mixture is smooth, spread the white chocolate in an even layer over the semi-sweet chocolate. You will need to work quickly so the semi-sweet chocolate doesn’t melt and form streaks in your layer of white chocolate. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes on top of the melted white chocolate. Allow it set for an additional 30 minutes in the freezer. Remove and break into chunks.
Bunny BaitThe Easter Bunny is on his way! If you plan to catch him and snag all the candy you can, be sure you are making a batch of this bunny bait. That Easter Bunny can’t resist it! This Easter version of puppy chow is super simple to create and is dangerously addictive (you might finish it all before the Easter bunnys arrival). The combination of chocolate, peanut butter and crunchy cereal is already a draw, but add in the mini Cadbury milk chocolate eggs and you have powdered sugar-covered heaven.
Maple Bacon Marshmallow Bark
Can you believe it's almost December?! My mind is still reeling from Thanksgiving and holiday parties are already filling up each and every weekend from now until Christmas. I'm trying to think ahead and all I can think to give people is something food-related for Christmas presents...
Big surprise considering my entire life revolves around food. Well, more specifically bacon... This maple bacon marshmallow bark is a fun sweet and savory treat that no one will be able to get anywhere else! Forget candy canes or caramels, this chocolate bark can only be found in one place... your kitchen!
A treat like this one is SUPER easy to make and barely takes any time. You just need a microwave and a freezer to get this little pile of treats whipped up. Then box it up and give it out as Christmas presents, hostess gifts for all those parties you'll be attending, or just load up on massive amounts of this bark for yourself. The sweet and savory combination makes this bark the ultimate snack to indulge in on any chilly afternoon this December!
INSTRUCTIONS: Add the dark chocolate chips to a microwavable bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Remove the bowl and stir. Place back in the microwave for 15-second intervals, stirring in between each, until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Stir in walnuts. Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Spread the melted semi-sweet chocolate in an even layer on the wax paper. It should be approximately 1/4″ thick. Sprinkle with bacon and mini marshmallows. Allow it set for 30 minutes in the freezer. Shop This Post Pig of the Month BBQ Applewood Smoked Maple Bacon
*Recipe & photos by Meghan Bassett
The Ultimate Snack & Wine Pairing Guide
With March Madness starting to set in, March is the month of snacks and munchies for us! It just so happens to be one of our favorite times of the year because it gives us the excuse to pull out all our favorite standby snacks as we stream the games all day, every day. Of course, sometimes we like to get a little classy up in here with our snacking. There’s only so much beer you can drink in one month, right? It's about time we switched over to some wine for those grape-obsessed during our favorite time of the year. That’s why we’ve put together the ULTIMATE snack and wine pairing guide so you can feel classy AF while you sit back, pig out on your favorite snacks and watch your favorite team demolish everyone else with each passing week. Love your white wines? Here’s the snacks you’ll want to bring to the table with your all-time fav wines while you root for the upsets:
More of a red aficionado? Get rich and deep with these tasty pairings as you discuss who will be in the final showdown:
Can’t decide between red and white? Good news, we’ve got you covered with BOTH for these munchies. Who's got time and patience to choose when your team's championship is on the line, am I right?
You'll get that three-pointer you've been prepping for all season with this guide, trust me. Don’t forget to check out our March Munchie Madness bracket challenge for the chance to win some serious tasty treats! We're about halfway through the brackets but there's plenty more knock-down drag out fights left in our tasty contest. One lucky winner will win each round, and the next winner could be YOU. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more ways to enter to win.