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Ginger Bark a Deliciously Addictive Holiday Treat

by Jennifer Wieland
Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

While baking for my family Christmas party this the other day I decided to make something new. Everyone knows all about Peppermint Bark. Chocolate and crushed up candy canes combined to make a cool, creamy holiday treat. The problem I have with that though is that it’s been done to death and you don’t want to show up somewhere that already has 5 variations of the stuff. so if you’re over peppermint or it isn’t your holiday flavor of choice and if you’re the one always eating the gingerbread cookies at holiday parties then I have got the perfect holiday treat to make for you! This treat is going to have you standing out in the edible, homemade gift giving department this year! Ginger Bark is going to become one of your favorite go-to holiday treats to make!

I know exactly what you’re thinking, Ginger Bark, what on Earth us that? Ginger Bark is something that is going to put you on the holiday party map and leave the boring old Peppermint Bark in the dust! In Ginger Bark I have taken white chocolate and kicked the peppermint to the curb and replaced it with crushed up gingersnaps. I have to tell you that the pairing is freaking phenomenal! When I made it my daughter and I kept munching on it and when I brought it to my family Christmas party it received rave reviews from everyone. The white chocolate and the crispy ginger cookies are such a perfect pairing.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

It doesn’t get much easier than a recipe with only two ingredients!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Simply melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package instructions and crush the gingersnaps in a baggie or food processor.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Pour the crushed gingersnaps into the melted chocolate and stir together then spread the mixture into a prepared pan and let cool in the pan.

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

Once cool, break or cut up the Ginger Bark, eat and enjoy!

Ginger Bark is a simple 2 ingredient candy treat that is utterly delicious and giftable! #candy #holidays #Christmas #recipe #ediblegift #quickandeasy

If you are a fan of homemade gifts or if you are in need of a last-minute holiday or hostess gift make a batch of this super easy Ginger Bark candy. It’s sure to be a be a holiday hit!

Ginger Bark
Serves 20
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
30 min
123 calories
14 g
5 g
7 g
1 g
4 g
23 g
21 g
13 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
23g
Servings
20
Amount Per Serving
Calories 123
Calories from Fat 64
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 21mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
5%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. white chocolate melting discs
  2. 1/2 c. crushed gingersnaps
Instructions
  1. Melt the white chocolate discs according to package instructions in a bowl.
  2. Stir in the crushed up gingersnaps.
  3. Pour into a 9"x13" pan lined with wax paper and spread evenly.
  4. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Break or cut into pieces.
Notes
  1. If you don't have white chocolate melting discs on hand you can use white chocolate chips.
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Witch’s Cauldron Chocolate Dipped Apples

by Jennifer Wieland
Witch's Cauldron Chocolate Dipped Apples

A classic fall favorite of mine is taffy or caramel apples. Over the years these sweet treats have gone through a makeover and come covered in all sorts of tasty bits these days. Something you see routinely now is chocolate covered apples and honestly it’s surprising to me how long it took to add this idea. I decided to take chocolate covered apples a step farther and turn them into a classic Halloween sight. These witch’s cauldron chocolate dipped apples are a silly and festive take on this and definitely something fun to do with the kids.

I’ve been making a few Halloween treats and I’ve been using Wilton Candy Melts in black and vibrant green. I also have a plethora of apples since we went to the apple orchard and I wanted to use some of them up but the kids wanted to be able to help me make something so this was how I came up with this idea. I figured I could use up the rest of my Halloween Wilton Candy Melts, clear out some of the apples and spend some time with the kids all in one fell swoop.

I have to say that I was ridiculously happy with how well these came out. Sometimes I get these ideas and they just don’t turn out like I wanted so it’s always pleasant when you get what you were shooting for.

Witch's Cauldron Chocolate Dipped Apples

Do not worry if some of the green chocolate candy melts dribbles a bit onto the black. It just makes it look like your cauldron is bubbling over. I opted to use bug sprinkles and I wanted eyeballs too but I did not have any sprinkles for that. Instead I used white pearl sprinkles and colored the pupil onto them with food markers.

Witch's Cauldron Chocolate Dipped Apples

Witch Cauldron Chocolate Dipped Apples
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3167 calories
450 g
5 g
142 g
32 g
126 g
1190 g
456 g
410 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1190g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3167
Calories from Fat 1279
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 142g
219%
Saturated Fat 126g
632%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 5mg
2%
Sodium 456mg
19%
Total Carbohydrates 450g
150%
Dietary Fiber 15g
61%
Sugars 410g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
7%
Vitamin C
92%
Calcium
108%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3-4 apples depending on size
  2. 12 oz. Wilton Candy Melts in Black
  3. 6 oz. Wilton Candy Melts in Vibrant Green
  4. Sprinkles and candy to decorate
  5. 3-4 Sticks
Instructions
  1. Wash and dry the apples. Put the sticks into the apples being careful not to push the stick all the way through. Heat the black chocolate candy melts in a bowl according to the package directions. Dip the apples in the the black chocolate leaving the very top uncovered. Let the apples sit so that the chocolate can set. When the apples are almost set heat the green chocolate candy melts in a pastry bag according to the package directions. Do not let the green chocolate get to thin. Pipe the chocolate onto the tops of the apples in a thick, bubbling pattern. Add sprinkles to decorate.
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S’mores Rice Krispie Bites

by Jennifer Wieland

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Whether you are looking for a quick and easy sweet to make for or with the kids or if you are trying to come up with something to bring into the office party or a treat for the big game. Look no further than here. Two of the simplest and greatest sweet treats come together here to create S’mores Rice Krispie Bites.

I have stated this before here on the blog. Rice Krispie Treats are my all time favorite dessert. I know it’s a kid treat but I have just always loved them. S’mores are another top five favorite of mine. Gooey marshmallow and chocolate with the crisp graham crackers just make me think of my childhood. I seem to have a real yen for three ingredient, quick desserts for my personal faves. So that got me thinking. What if I mashed them together for a Valentine’s Day treat? I had extra Rice Krispie Treats left over from another treat that I will have up soon and decided to give it a whirl. I figured how bad could it be? Chocolate and Rice Krispie Treats already taste good together.

I have to say, having the ability to have two of my favorite treats in one bite is sinfully good and makes both the s’more and Rice Krispie Treat more grown up than they would be on their own. So if you are looking for an easy treat this Valentine’s Day make sure to give these a try. You will not be disappointed and neither will whoever you share these with.

S'mores Rice Krispie Bites

S'mores Rice Krispie Bites
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2039 calories
410 g
92 g
41 g
20 g
23 g
541 g
1378 g
197 g
1 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
541g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2039
Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 41g
63%
Saturated Fat 23g
115%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 92mg
31%
Sodium 1378mg
57%
Total Carbohydrates 410g
137%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 197g
Protein 20g
Vitamin A
188%
Vitamin C
132%
Calcium
4%
Iron
333%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 tbsp. butter
  2. 40 large marshmallows
  3. 6 c. Rice Krispies Cereal
  4. 1 bag of Wilton Melts in light cocoa
  5. 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Grease a baking sheet with butter and set aside. Line another baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl add the butter and marshmallows. Microwave on high for 1 minute to 1.5 minutes. Stir with a silicone spatula until smooth. Stir in the cereal. Press the cereal into the baking sheet making sure it is only about 1" thick. Let cool.
  3. Once cool cut into squares or use a cookie cutter in your shape of choice to cut out shapes. Melt the chocolate in a bowl following package instructions and place the graham cracker crumbs into a bowl. Using two forks dip the shapes into the chocolate completely coating them. Then place them into the bowl of graham cracker crumbs. Cover one side and use a separate fork to lift out and set it on some wax paper. Let the chocolate set.
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Know Somebody Who Deserves Some Coal Candy?

by Jennifer Wieland
Coal Candy

Do you know some naughty little monkeys? Some small-fry that needs a reminder to behave because Santa is watching them? Do you have a holiday party at work and want to give a gag gift? Whoever in your life that deserves a lump of coal in their Christmas stocking will be in for a treat instead when you give them this Coal Candy.

Yesterday our little Elf on the Shelf, Kippers left the kids a poem about behavior to remind them that they still need to behave before Christmas because Santa is watching. This made an impact on my nine-year old son. He is trying to be on good behavior. My four-year old stops what she is doing if you remind her but my six-year-old doesn’t seem to care one way or another. He firmly believes that Santa will grant him his requests regardless of behavior or level of messiness. So that makes this the perfect time to break out the coal candy and remind him he better shape up or he will not be happy on Christmas morning.

Elf Poem

The poem from our elf to the little ones.

Last year, a couple of days before Christmas I came across this amazing recipe for coal candy on Sprinkles Bakes and I wanted to try it so bad but I just did not have a chance. I have been waiting this whole time to make this and decided while all of the kids were in school this week to give it a go. Heather has some amazing photos and some tricks she learned making the candy listed on her blog. I highly suggest checking it out. I did make some changes to the recipe though because I wanted to control the sugar more and I wanted it to be more flavorful. If you read through the comments you can see that it is not very flavorful candy. I didn’t want that. While I get that it is more of a textural experience I wanted it to taste good too. I think I achieved that and I am quite pleased with the outcome.

Coal Candy

Coal Candy
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2600 calories
665 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
0 g
777 g
67 g
654 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
777g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2600
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 67mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 665g
222%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 654g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
27%
Calcium
3%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Part 1 Ingredients
  1. 1 egg white
  2. 2 c. confectioner's sugar, divided
  3. 1 orange zested
  4. 1/2 tsp. Triple Sec or orange extract (I used Triple Sec because it was what I had on hand.)
  5. 1 - 1 1/2 tsp. black gel food color (I used AmeriColor Super Black.)
Part 2 Ingredients
  1. 2 c. sugar
  2. 1 c. Splenda (You can use sugar in place of this. I just swapped it to this to cut some of the overall sugar from the candy.)
  3. 1/4 c. water
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Part 1
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together one cup of confectioner's sugar, orange zest, flavoring and food 1 tsp. of food coloring. This needs to be thick. If you pick up the whisk and hold it over the bowl you want the sugar mix to stick to the whisk and fall back into the bowl in fat ribbons or clumps. If you pick up the whisk and it just flows right off of it add more powdered sugar a few tablespoons at a time until you reach the correct consistency. (I had to use almost 2 cups total.) Once that is done add additional food coloring if needed to make a VERY dark black color. This will lighten in color when combined in step to so get this part good and dark. Set bowl aside and move onto part 2.
Part 2
  1. Place the sugar, Splenda and water into a large non-stick pan over medium heat. Use a spatula to stir everything together. Keep stirring until it begins to look like wet sand. Insert a candy thermometer into the pot and cook, stirring until it reaches 255-258°. (If using all sugar heat to 258-260°.) It should still be thick and grainy with a slight brown tinge. Add the black mixture to the pot now and stir with the spatula until thoroughly combined. It can foam so be careful.
  2. Pour the mixture into the prepared 8x8" pan and let sit at room temperature until hardened completely. Once it has hardened you then need to break it. To do so use a butter knife and mallet. This did the trick for me and were tools I had handy in the kitchen. Package it up and then gift it to any naughty ones on your list.
Notes
  1. This does have a very nice orange flavor but it is strange because the texture is that of rock to a degree. It's fun though and the candy is surprisingly easy to chew.
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protein
4g
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Adapted from Heather @ Sprinkles Bakes
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Three Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

by Jennifer Wieland
Chocolate Chip Cookie Ball

FTC Disclosure12 daysOur school district has treat days this week for the teachers and staff. PTA parents were asked to volunteer to make something that could be brought in and eaten without needing utensils for staff on the go. So of course, me being me, I baked up some treats. The M&M Cookies from yesterday’s post went to one of the school’s today and my church. The eggnog cupcakes that I posted a recipe for last week also went today. The last thing that went to the Pre-K-2nd grade school today was my three ingredient chocolate chip cookie balls.

I know most people grew up with mom’s who baked cookies during the holiday season but my mom was a candy maker. She would crank out pans of fudge, tons of truffles and chocolate bark. So I kind of have a soft spot and weakness for rich, chocolatey treats this time of year. This recipe came to me after making Golden Oreo Balls one day. We had a new package of chocolate chip cookies and I had an idea. So three ingredient chocolate chip cookie balls were born.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Ball

Three Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
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5745 calories
615 g
380 g
337 g
79 g
179 g
1196 g
2444 g
299 g
0 g
128 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1196g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5745
Calories from Fat 2997
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 337g
518%
Saturated Fat 179g
894%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 21g
Monounsaturated Fat 107g
Cholesterol 380mg
127%
Sodium 2444mg
102%
Total Carbohydrates 615g
205%
Dietary Fiber 29g
117%
Sugars 299g
Protein 79g
Vitamin A
83%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
139%
Iron
101%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 14.2 oz. pkg. Keebler Chips Deluxe Cookies
  2. 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  3. 20 oz. milk chocolate
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
  2. In a food processor pulse the cookies until they are just crumbs. Add in the cream cheese and pulse until the cream cheese is completely incorporated. Roll the dough into 1" balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator or freezer to chill. Once firm melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Remove the bowl from the heat and roll the cookie balls in it and place back on the wax paper lined baking sheet. Decorate with sprinkles if you would like. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve.
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Golden Oreo Balls

by Jennifer Wieland
Golden Oreo Balls

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12 daysToday, I am kicking off my 12 days of sweets series. We are going to start it with a simple recipe that many of you may already be familiar with. Well, at least with the chocolate version. We love Oreos in my house! If I buy them they disappear, always leaving some members complaining that they got none. The little ones will sneak into the kitchen and abscond with them thinking they pulled one over on us. The thing is though, as much as we love chocolate in this house we can take or leave the good, old original Oreos. Even my 6-year-old who is fixated on all things chocolate prefers the Golden Oreos like the rest of us.

I always see so many recipes calling for Oreos and then I have to go and change them up some so that they work with the Golden ones instead. Oreo Balls are no exception here. I have been making them for years now and I find that we prefer the Golden Oreo Balls. Question? Am I the only one that for some reason giggles and thinks that sounds kind of dirty? I am? Okay then, we’ll move along.

If chocolate isn’t your thing and your more vanilla then I would totally suggest trying these. You will not be disappointed. They are only three ingredients and are ridiculously easy to make. You could always make the traditional ones too and then have both on hand for guests.

Golden Oreo Balls

Golden Oreo Balls
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5872 calories
695 g
255 g
320 g
72 g
209 g
1250 g
3509 g
549 g
0 g
83 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1250g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 5872
Calories from Fat 2850
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 320g
493%
Saturated Fat 209g
1047%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 22g
Monounsaturated Fat 61g
Cholesterol 255mg
85%
Sodium 3509mg
146%
Total Carbohydrates 695g
232%
Dietary Fiber 13g
51%
Sugars 549g
Protein 72g
Vitamin A
62%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
148%
Iron
228%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 16oz. pkg. Golden Oreos
  2. 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese
  3. 20 oz. Wilton candy melts in white or a seasonal color
  4. Sprinkles, edible glitter or another color of chocolate for decorations on top, optional
Instructions
  1. Empty Oreos into a food processor and pulse until nothing but crumbs remain. Add in the cream cheese and pulse to combine. Roll the Oreo mixture into 1" balls and place on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate for an hour.
  2. Melt the chocolate according to package instructions. Using two forks, roll the balls one at a time into the melted chocolate until covered. Let the excess chocolate fall off and then place the Oreo balls onto the lined baking sheet. Decorate with sprinkles, edible glitter, etc. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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protein
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