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Snacks 17 June 2021

Fun, On-the-Go Health Hacks

(Family Features) As many people start getting back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifestyles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations and enjoying time with loved ones.

While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains.

Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs, the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs.

Because mouthwatering whole-grain popcorn is versatile and 3 cups is equal to one serving of whole grains, it’s a simple yet flavorful option for meeting dietary recommendations. It can be a breeze to add it to snacks like Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars, Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix or Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn. You can even satisfy kids’ cravings with Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn, a six-ingredient recipe made in a matter of minutes.

Visit popcorn.org to find more nutritious snack ideas.

Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

  • 8          cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
  • 1/3       cup ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 2          teaspoons flaked sea salt
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee, brown sugar, honey, curry powder and cumin; stir until dissolved. Bring to light boil; remove from heat.
  3. Toss ghee mixture and salt with popcorn; transfer to serving bowl.

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix

Yield: 9 cups

  • 5          cups popped popcorn
  • 3          cups whole-grain oat cereal
  • 1/3       cup raisins
  • 1/3       cup peanuts or other nuts
  • 1/3       cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 6          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons light corn syrup
  1. In large, microwavable bowl, stir popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts and seeds; set aside.
  2. In small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
  3. Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after each minute.
  4. Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars

Yield: 12 bars

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8          cups popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2       cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2       cup whole natural almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3       cup honey
  • 2/3       cup light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 6          ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  1. Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, blueberries, pomegranate seeds and almonds.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, boil honey, brown sugar and butter 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Using damp hands, press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into 12 bars.
  5. Dip bottoms of bars into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper-lined pan; refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in tight covered container in refrigerator.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn

Yield: 6 quarts

  • 6          quarts popped popcorn
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1          cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          tablespoon Italian seasoning
  1. Place popcorn in large, sealable plastic container or 2 1/2-gallon plastic sealable bag.
  2. Spray popcorn lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly.
  4. To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups.

Source: Popcorn Board

Videos 09 April 2021

Dreamy Chocolate Mousse

Some of the best memories throughout life stick with you forever as you play them over and over in your head and smile, thinking fondly of those times.

A lot of these good memories are centered around laughs, great conversation and irresistible, mouthwatering food. Family events such as wedding showers or Mother’s Day, or the first day of spring after a bitter winter, can be reasons to celebrate and indulge in something out of the ordinary.

This Dreamy Chocolate Mousse can make those special memories just a little bit sweeter. It’s rich, decedent and full of scrumptious chocolate flavor. Topped with whipped cream and shaved chocolate, it’s the perfect addition to almost any special occasion.

It works as a dessert after a meal or just a special treat. It can be served at a big event or simply a Sunday afternoon at home.

To start, add chocolate, marshmallows and heavy cream to a mixing bowl. Microwave until melted, about 2 minutes. Let cool for 1 hour.

Pour additional heavy cream into a mixer and whip until soft peaks form. Take 1/2 cup of whipped cream and refrigerate for later.

Fold half of the soft whipped cream mixture into the cooled chocolate. Once combined, add the rest of the whipped cream.

Spoon the mousse into serving bowls or ramekins and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Once chilled, add toppings or reserved whipped cream and shaved chocolate, if desired.

It’s easy and requires minimal ingredients, and the results are something smooth, rich and luscious.

Your sense of taste will take you right back to that happy place once you take a small bite. Memories are some of the greatest gifts you get to keep forever.

Find more sweet treat recipes at Culinary.net.

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Dreamy Chocolate Mousse

Serves: 4-8

  • 8          ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped, plus chocolate shavings (optional)
  • 40        large marshmallows
  • 2 1/4    cups heavy cream, divided
  1. In large bowl, combine chopped chocolate, marshmallows and 1/2 cup heavy cream. Microwave 2 minutes on high, or until marshmallows are melted. Let mixture cool 1 hour.
  2. Using mixer, whip 1 3/4 cups heavy cream until soft peaks form. Reserve and refrigerate 1/2 cup whipped cream for topping.
  3. In cooled chocolate mixture, fold in 2 cups whipped cream until combined. Add remaining whipped cream and mix until combined.
  4. Spoon mousse into ramekins. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  5. To serve, top with 1/2 cup reserved whipped cream and sprinkle with shaved chocolate, if desired.
Videos 15 February 2021

Mint Brownies

(Culinary.net) How lucky you must be to come across this recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This one is a twisted combination of mint and sweet chocolate that’s sure to have almost anyone’s taste buds screaming “yum.” This dessert might just be the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow this year.

These Mint Brownies have three delicious layers. First, a supreme brownie on bottom. Then a fluffy, green mint layer that’s full of flavor and color. Last, but definitely not least, a chocolate layer on top made with chocolate chips, butter and a little whipping cream.

All of these layers create a smooth, sweet, minty, bite-sized dessert perfect for any occasion but especially St. Patrick’s Day. The green mint color really pops off the plate, giving it some extra flare and an appetizing glow.

To start, create the soft, chocolate filled brownie. Combine brownie mix, vegetable oil, one egg, water and the chocolate syrup pouch. Bake and cool completely.

Then it’s time for some colorful, festive fun. Make the filling with powdered sugar, butter, whipping cream, softened cream cheese, a splash of peppermint extract and a few drops of green food coloring. Beat and pour over the cooled brownie pan.

The last layer is simple. In a saucepan, melt whipping cream, chocolate chips and butter until smooth. When it’s cooled to lukewarm, pour it over the filling for the final layer.

Refrigerate the Mint Brownies for two hours before serving. Cut them into bite-size pieces for small chunks that will melt in your mouth.

Find more seasonal dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

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Mint Brownies

Servings: 9-12

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          box supreme brownie mix with chocolate syrup pouch
  • 3          tablespoons water
  • 1/3       cup vegetable oil
  • 1          egg

Filling:

  • 3 1/2    cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4       cup butter, softened
  • 1/4       cup whipping cream
  • 5          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2       teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 5          drops green food color

Topping:

  • 1/2       cup whipping cream
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) chocolate chips
  • 1/2       cup butter

Heat oven to 350 F.

  1. Spray 8-by-8-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, mix brownie mix, water, oil and egg until combined. Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake 35 minutes. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  3. To make filling: In large bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter, whipping cream, cream cheese, peppermint extract and food coloring. Spread over cooled brownies. Refrigerate 1 hour, or until set.
  4. To make topping: In saucepan, melt whipping cream, chocolate chips and butter until smooth. Cool until lukewarm, about 10 minutes. Pour over filling; spread to cover. Refrigerate 2 hours, or until set.
  5. Before serving, let brownies set 10 minutes at room temperature.

Tips: Cut brownies with wet knife for cleaner cuts. Store covered in refrigerator.

Holiday 09 November 2020

Popping Up Festive Holiday Fun

(Family Features) During a holiday season that may not quite feel the same for many families, you can add a magic touch to at-home festivities with activities and treats that get everyone involved. Creating decorative holiday sweets allows little ones and grown-ups alike to take part in the fun, and the end result is delicious desserts for all to enjoy.

Start with a main ingredient like whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn. At 30 calories a cup, it’s naturally low in fat, non-GMO and gluten-free for a nutritious alternative to traditional holiday indulgences. It’s a clever way to create artsy representations of the season at hand that celebrate festive flavors like peppermint, coconut, chocolate and other sweet eats.

For example, Coconut Popcorn Snowballs add fun and flavor to wintertime with a coat of sweetened coconut “snow” and candy cane handle while easy-to-construct Holiday Popcorn Snowmen are sure to be a hit with your children. Add to the holiday spirit throughout your home with wintery Jingle Balls that call for colored sugars to create a magical sparkling effect then take the creativity to the next level by encouraging kids to make their own red-nosed, sleigh-pulling team of Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer.

Discover more decorative dessert recipes at popcorn.org.

Coconut Popcorn Snowballs

Yield: 8 balls (4 inches)

  • 2          cups shredded or flaked sweetened coconut
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3          quarts popped popcorn
  • 4          tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 3          cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1          teaspoon coconut or vanilla extract
  • 8          candy canes or candy cane sticks (about 3-4 inches)
  1. Place large sheet wax or parchment paper over work surface. Spread coconut on paper.
  2. Spray large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray and place popcorn inside.
  3. In medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in marshmallows until melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn and mix well until coated.
  4. Spray hands with cooking spray and press mixture firmly to form into balls. Place balls on coconut; roll and press coconut to coat. While holding popcorn balls, gently press candy cane into each ball.
  5. Serve immediately or wrap individually in plastic wrap for storage.

Jingle Balls

Yield: 12 cups

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 12        cups popped popcorn
  • 6          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 3          cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2       teaspoon peppermint extract
  • assorted colored sugars
  1. Spray large mixing bowl lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Add popcorn.
  2. Spread plastic wrap on cookie sheet; set aside.
  3. In medium saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows; stir until mixture is smooth. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over popcorn, mixing until well coated. Let cool 2 minutes.
  4. Spray hands with nonstick cooking spray and form popcorn mixture into 3-inch balls. Gently press colored sugar onto balls. Let sit on prepared cookie sheet until cool and set.

Chocolate Popcorn Reindeer

Servings: 8

  • 8          cups unsalted, unbuttered, popped popcorn
  • 2 1/2    cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2       cup chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
  • 2          tablespoons butter or light olive oil
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 16        pretzel sticks
  • 16        eyeball candies
  • 8          red candy-coated
  • chocolate candies
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, heat marshmallows, chocolate, butter and salt, stirring often, until smooth. Toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn until well combined.
  3. Scoop 3/4 cup popcorn mixture into ball. Repeat with remaining mixture to make eight balls. Place each ball in paper muffin cup liner.
  4. Insert one pretzel stick on each side of ball to resemble antlers, attach two eyeball candies for “eyes” and one red chocolate candy for “nose.” Repeat with remaining balls. Let cool completely.

Holiday Popcorn Snowmen

Yield: 5 snowmen

  • 1          package (1 pound) large marshmallows
  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, plus additional for greasing hands
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 10        cups popped popcorn
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • licorice (optional)
  • gum drops (optional)
  • cinnamon candies (optional)
  1. In large saucepan, melt marshmallows and 1/4 cup butter. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Pour marshmallow mixture over popcorn and stir. Butter hands well and form into balls.
  3. Decorate with sprinkles, licorice, gum drops and cinnamon candies, if desired.

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Videos 15 May 2020

Homemade Fudgsicle

(Family Features) Planning snacks you can enjoy with your children is a winning parenting strategy for spending more time together while creating tasty treats.

Take it a step further with a recipe like these Homemade Fudgsicles, which are an ideal example of an easy treat made with the goodness of real milk kids can help make, giving them an added incentive to enjoy moments together. To help your children reach the recommended 2-3 servings of dairy each day, serve with a glass of milk.

Find more snack recipes at milkmeansmore.org.

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Homemade Fudgsicles

Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More
Total time: 10 minutes plus 12 hours chill time
Servings: 12

  • 3          cups milk
  • 1          cup sugar
  • 3/4       cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4       cup honey
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 12        ice pop sticks
  1. In pot over medium heat, heat milk, sugar, cocoa powder, honey and salt, stirring often, until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Pour into ice pop molds and insert sticks then freeze until firm, about 12 hours.
  2. Remove ice pops from molds and place in freezer-safe bag until ready to eat.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Videos 03 April 2020

Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Family Features) Letting kids get hands-on in the kitchen is an easy way to keep them busy while teaching important life skills. Planning for delicious snacks children can make all on their own (or with minimal assistance) makes for a winning solution, and these Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches are a prime example. Find more kid-friendly snack ideas at milkmeansmore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Crazy Candy Ice Cream Sandwiches

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4       cup chopped candy bar
  • 6          graham cracker sheets, broken into 12 squares
  • 1/2       cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons refined coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • multi-colored sprinkles (optional)
  1. In medium bowl, stir ice cream until just softened. Stir in chopped candy.
  2. Working quickly, scoop ice cream mixture onto six graham cracker squares. Top with remaining graham cracker squares, gently pressing down until ice cream reaches edges of crackers. Place in shallow, wax paper-lined pan. Freeze 1 hour.
  3. In small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate morsels and coconut oil. Microwave on high 40-60 seconds, or until melted, stirring vigorously every 20 seconds. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes.
  4. Remove sandwiches from freezer. Dip half of each sandwich into chocolate mixture. Immediately scatter sprinkles over chocolate, if desired. Return to wax paper-lined pan. Freeze about 5 minutes, or until chocolate sets. Serve immediately or individually wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer.

Source:  United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Meal Ideas 18 December 2019

Better Balance for Every Day

Resolve to make nutritious eating a priority

(Family Features) Discovering a better version of yourself is all about striking balance. That’s especially true when it comes to making smarter food choices that you can maintain over time.

A sustainable, long-term healthy eating approach, such as the Atkins low-carb lifestyle, emphasizes variety and balance. Start planning a low-carb menu filled with high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats with these tips from Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins.

Fill up with fiber-rich foods. Foods like vegetables, nuts, seeds, low-glycemic fruit (like berries) and whole unrefined grains are considered carbohydrates, but they don’t raise your blood sugar the way processed carbs do. Fiber slows the entry of glucose into your bloodstream so you don’t experience insulin spikes that encourage your body to produce and store body fat. Try to eat between 25-35 grams of fiber a day.

Reduce inflammation. A low-carb approach eliminates refined and processed foods and sugars that can cause inflammation. Focus on foods that decrease inflammation, such as colorful low-glycemic vegetables, low-sugar fruits, protein and healthy fats such as olive oil. The ground turmeric in this Golden Milk recipe offers an easy way to fight inflammation without sacrificing flavor.

Kickstart your morning. Start your day with a protein-packed choice such as these Chocolate Banana Protein Overnight Oats. You’ll get the omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants from the chia seeds along with protein and healthy fats to keep you energized while avoiding high-sugar breakfast alternatives.

Find more low-carb recipes at Atkins.com

Satisfying, Low-Sugar Swaps

Eating on the go can easily cause you to grab a high-sugar option, but there are simple swaps to keep your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. Satisfy your hunger with an option like the Atkins Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar. Made with sweet chocolate and rich, creamy peanut butter, this bar offers 16 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber and only 2 grams of sugar to satisfy your hunger without the guilt.

Find more recipes like these for Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan or Spicy Crispy Chickpeas and ideas for a balanced, low-carb approach to eating well at Atkins.com.

Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Net carbs: 4.41

  • 1          bunch thin spear asparagus
  • 1          tablespoon, plus 1/4 teaspoon, extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2          salmon fillets (4 ounces each), no more than 3/4-inch thick
  • 1          pinch black pepper
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil-based mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon minced or pressed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Wash asparagus and remove woody ends. Place on rimmed baking sheet and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and pinch of salt. Arrange in single layer, leaving space for salmon. Place salmon skin-side down on sheet. Brush with remaining olive oil and season with remaining salt and pepper. Place in oven and bake 12 minutes.
  3. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard and garlic.
  4. Remove sheet pan from oven, sprinkle asparagus spears with cheese and cook 3 minutes, or until fish reaches 145° F and asparagus spears are tender and beginning to brown on tips.
  5. Plate one fillet and half the asparagus, drizzle each plate with about 2 tablespoons mayonnaise sauce and serve.

Spicy Crispy Chickpeas

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Net carbs: 8.3

  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas
  • 1          tablespoon ghee (or clarified butter), melted
  • 3/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  1. Heat air fryer to 390° F 3 minutes.
  2. Using fine mesh sieve, drain and rinse chickpeas. Use towel to gently pat chickpeas dry, removing skins. In small bowl, toss chickpeas with ghee and salt.
  3. Cook in single layer in air fryer 6 minutes. Pause and shake bowl; cook 6 minutes. Pause and shake bowl; cook 3 minutes.
  4. In separate small bowl, sprinkle chickpeas with spices and toss to evenly coat. Chickpeas can be stored in open container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Golden Milk

Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: 7 minutes
Servings: 3
Net carbs: 3

  • 1          cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1          cup plain unsweetened almond milk
  • 1          cup water
  • 1          tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 10        drops liquid stevia extract
  1. In small pan, whisk coconut milk, almond milk, water, coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and pepper. Warm over medium heat until hot but not simmering, about 7 minutes. Remove from heat, whisk in sweetener and serve.

Chocolate Banana Protein Overnight Oats

Prep time: 5 minutes
Chill time: 3 hours
Servings: 2
Net carbs: 6.84

  • 1          Atkins Chocolate Banana Shake
  • 2          tablespoons rolled oats
  • 2          tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2          tablespoons hemp hearts
  • 2          tablespoons unsweetened coconut shreds
  • 2          tablespoons sliced almonds
  • fruit, such as sliced bananas or berries (optional)
  1. In jar with tight-fitting lid, combine shake, rolled oats, chia seeds, hemp hearts, coconut and almonds. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or overnight.
  2. Top with fruit, if desired.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images (Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan, Spicy Crispy Chickpeas, Golden Milk, Chocolate Banana Protein Overnight Oats)

Source: Atkins

Videos 09 December 2019

No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

Add the rich flavor of caramel to your dessert table with a recipe like this No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake for a tempting, tasty treat.

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No Bake Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake

  • 10        graham crackers, crumbled
  • 7          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/4       cup sugar
  • 1          tablespoon cinnamon
  • caramel sauce, divided
  • 16        ounces cream cheese
  • 7          tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1          cup whipping cream
  • chocolate covered caramels
  1. Place graham crackers in re-sealable plastic bag. Using rolling pin or soup can, roll graham crackers into fine crumbs.  
  2. In medium bowl, add cracker crumbs, melted butter, sugar and cinnamon; stir until combined. Press into bottom of pie plate. Drizzle caramel sauce over crust; set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and whipping cream. Pour over graham cracker crust. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  4. Place chocolate caramel candy pieces around pie. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Refrigerate leftovers.
Dessert 22 November 2019

A Tasty Holiday Treat

(Family Features) When family and friends come together in celebration of the holiday season, tasty treats are a must-have for the festivities. You can also celebrate the season of giving with a special giveaway at the end of your gathering to show your gratitude to loved ones.

A simple yet delicious treat, Chocolate Bacon Bark is a sweet-and-salty snack with Gwaltney Bacon as the centerpiece of a crowd-pleaser for nearly any celebration. Try pairing with these creative giveaway bags as a personalized memento to offer a unique memory even after the season comes to a close. The bite-sized morsels are also perfect for individual grab bags by the door as guests make their way home following holiday celebrations.

Visit gwaltneyfoods.com for more holiday recipe ideas. 

Chocolate Bacon Bark and Giveaway Bags

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 24

Chocolate Bacon Bark:

  • 1          bag (12 ounces) chocolate candy melts
  • 1          package (12 ounces) Gwaltney Bacon
  • toppings such as pretzels, candies and sprinkles (optional)

Giveaway Bags:

  • Scissors
  • Card stock or construction paper
  • 24 brown paper lunch bags
  • Coloring or drawing materials
  • Hole puncher
  • Ribbon
  1. To make Chocolate Bacon Bark: Line baking sheet with parchment paper. In bowl, melt chocolate candy in microwave in 30-second increments; stir every 30 seconds.
  2. Pour chocolate into pan and spread evenly.
  3. Top with bacon and pretzels, candies and sprinkles, if desired; freeze until hardened (about 12 hours).
  4. Break into bite-sized pieces.
  5. To make Giveaway Bags: Using scissors, cut one piece of card stock or construction paper to match width of paper bag.
  6. Cut length of card stock or construction paper into “V” shape so point comes about 3/4 down bag.
  7. Decorate card stock or construction paper with sayings or drawings.
  8. Stuff paper bag with Chocolate Bacon Bark.
  9. Hold decorated card stock or construction paper to top of paper bag, “V” shape pointed down, and punch two centered holes about 1/2 inch from top and 1/2 inch away from each other.
  10. Using scissors, cut one piece of ribbon about 6 inches long.
  11. With holes aligned and decorated card stock or construction paper facing out, insert end of ribbon from back side of bag; tie loose enough knot or bow so paper bag doesn’t rip.
  12. Repeat process with remaining bags.

Source: Gwaltney

Dessert 04 October 2019

A DIY Halloween Creation

(Family Features) When it comes to family fun, it’s hard to beat Halloween, and with all the candy flying around, it’s an opportunity to add something nutritiousand delicious to festive celebrations.   

Chocolate milk can provide the best of both worlds. It satisfies kids’ sweet tooth while providing all the nutrients of classic white milk, like calcium, vitamin D and high-quality protein to help keep little skeletons strong, making it a Halloween hit for kids and parents alike.

Carve out some quality time to make memories during the eeriest time of the year with this Scary Sweet Cemetery – including chocolate pudding, gummy worms and sandwich cookies – to get kids cooking and crafting, all while nourishing their bodies and bones with nutritious chocolate milk.

Visit MilkLife.com for more kid-friendly, DIY Halloween treats.

Scary Sweet Cemetery

Recipe courtesy of MilkPEP
Servings: 6

Pudding:

  • 2          tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2          cups cold chocolate milk
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          large egg
  • 4          ounces chopped semisweet chocolate (about 3/4 cup)
  • 10        ounces chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies (about 20 cookies)
  • 12        gummy worms
  1. In large saucepan over high heat, stir cocoa powder, cornstarch, chocolate milk and salt to incorporate dry ingredients into milk. Cook until mixture starts to boil then reduce heat to simmer until mixture starts to thicken, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, using whisk, beat egg, slowly drizzling hot chocolate mixture into bowl, whisking continuously. Fold in chopped chocolate and stir until chocolate has completely melted.
  3. Pour pudding mixture into glass baking dish. Place piece of parchment paper on top of surface of pudding. Chill in refrigerator 3 hours, or overnight.
  4. To prepare “dirt,” place chocolate vanilla sandwich cookies in large re-sealable bag. Using rolling pin, crush cookies into crumbs. 
  5. When ready to serve, sprinkle cookie crumbs over pudding and place gummy worms on cookie crumb layer, making sure to “bury” parts of gummy worm ends as if worms are coming out of dirt.

Nutritional information per serving: 460 calories; 18 g fat; 8 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 6 g protein; 75 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 250 mg sodium; 104 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using low-fat chocolate milk.

Source: MilkPEP

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