Snacks

Pork Tamale Bites a Perfect Holiday Appetizer

by Jennifer Wieland
Pork Tamale Bites with La Morena and Maseca Corn Flour #VivaLaMorena #CollectiveBias
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Tamales are something that I always associate with the holidays. My grandma and great-aunt would each have tamales made at their houses for Christmas. We would visit both of them over the holidays and get our fill. It wasn’t until my grandma passed away that I realized I never asked her to teach me how to make them. Thankfully, her sister was more than willing to teach me how to make them. It involved a lot of her going you add this much of this and that much of that. Handfuls of things since she’d been making them for decades. I’ve now got it down pat though and at some point during the holidays I will hold a tamale making party and my family comes over. We cook, eat, drink, talk and just have a really great time hanging out with each other. At the end of the party everyone leaves with tamales to eat or freeze. To cut out all of that though I came up with these bite size variations, Pork Tamale Bites a perfect holiday appetizer..

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To get the ball rolling on this appetizer I headed to my local Pete’s Fresh Market and picked up everything I would need to make the Pork Tamale Bites. I was able to get everything from the produce and meat to the canned La Morena Jalapeños and Maseca® Corn Flour.

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The first thing that you need to do to make these Pork Tamale Bites is to cook the pork.

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Once the pork has reached the point of falling apart you will need to shred it with two forks. This can be done well ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator or frozen.

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Now, you can make the sauce for the pork. This is easy to do in your blender or food processor. Just blend until smooth. Once again, this can be done ahead of time.

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Add the sauce to your meat and stir to coat.

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Next up, it’s time to make the tamale masa. This is so easy to do and just takes a few minutes. When it’s done it should look like thick pancake batter.

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Press the tamale masa into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan.

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Add your meat in the sauce to the masa cavities.

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When the cooking is almost complete sprinkle on some cheese and finish baking.

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Let the cooked Pork Tamale Bites cool for about five minutes. Use a butter knife around the edge of the Pork Tamale Bites to loosen and then remove them from the pan.

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Now you can plate, serve and wow your guests!

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Pork Tamale Bites
Serves 12
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165 calories
8 g
36 g
9 g
12 g
3 g
150 g
388 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
150g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 3g
16%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 36mg
12%
Sodium 388mg
16%
Total Carbohydrates 8g
3%
Dietary Fiber 2g
6%
Sugars 1g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
30%
Vitamin C
16%
Calcium
11%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the meat
  1. 1 lb. pork chops
  2. 1 small Spanish onion, quartered
  3. 2 garlic cloves, smashed
  4. 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  5. 1 14 oz. can vegetable broth
For the sauce
  1. 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce seasoned with onion, garlic & cilantro
  2. 3 pickled jalapeno peppers, La Morena brand
  3. 1/4 tsp. pepper
  4. 1/4 tsp. Mexican oregano
  5. 1/8 tsp. cumin
For the tamale masa
  1. 2/3 c. masa (I use Maseca brand)
  2. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  3. 1/2 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 c. lard or vegetable shortening
  5. 5-6 oz. warm water
To assemble
  1. 1/2 c. Mexican cheese blend
For the meat
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the meat portion in a pot and simmer covered until so tender it falls apart or can easily be shredded with forks.
For the sauce
  1. In a blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Blend until smooth.
For the tamale masa
  1. In a mixing bowl combine the masa, baking powder, salt and 5 oz. of the water. Stir to combine. Thoroughly stir in the lard. Add the rest of the water if needed.
To assemble
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° and press the prepared tamale masa (about 1 1/2 tsp.) into the cavities of a mini muffin/cupcake pan. Fill the tamale masa cups with meat and sauce mix. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Use a butter knife around the edges to loosen and then remove from pan and plate.
Notes
  1. You can serve with a dollop of sour cream on the top.
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Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®

by Jennifer Wieland
Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®
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If your house is anything like mine, afterschool is filled with almost as much craziness as before school is every day. I have kids in three different schools that get out at different times. That means my two youngest get home the earliest and are hungry and want a snack. So to stave off growling tummies and to keep the kids busy until homework time kicks in once everyone is home, I like to serve them fun snacks that they help make. An easy way to do this is with Snack Pack® Chocolate Pudding. A fun and easy recipe that’s a favorite in our house and perfect for the fall is “Dirt” Dessert Pudding Cups from the Snack Pack® website. Three ingredients is all it takes to take chocolate pudding from everyday snack to fun, gross and silly rolled into one yummy bite.

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“Dirt” Dessert Pudding Cups

(Recipe courtesy of Snack Pack®)

Ingredients

  • 2 chocolate sandwich cookies, crushed fine
  • 2 pudding cups (3.25 oz each) Snack Pack® Chocolate Pudding
  • 2 gummy worms

Directions

  1. Stir half of crushed cookies evenly into pudding cups. Sprinkle remaining crushed cookies on top.
  2. Place 1 gummy worm in each pudding cup. Serve immediately.

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If your little snackers are anything like mine, give them a plastic baggie with cookies sealed in it and tell them to smash the cookies and they will thoroughly enjoy doing so with gusto and giggles.Enjoy a #SpoonfulofFun and Crush Afterschool Hunger While Having Fun with Snack Pack®

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This back to school season take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-oz glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest (pinterest.com/snackpack) and Facebook (facebook.com/SnackPackPudding).

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Monster Munch Popcorn for Halloween Movie Night

by Jennifer Wieland
Monster Munch Popcorn the perfect snack for Halloween Movies with the kids.

It’s Friday night and on the weekends we like to do family movie nights like I am sure many of you do too. We curl up on the couches, pop in a family friendly movie and eat and snack the night away. With this being Halloween season right now we have a ton of scheduled movie nights filled with family friendly spooky themes. To complement our Halloween movie selections I decided to create Monster Munch popcorn as a silly, ghoulish treat.

Monster Munch popcorn takes just plain old butter popcorn and gives it an EWWW factor. The ghoulish slime on the popcorn is sweet, vibrant green colored white chocolate. The added gross factor of children worms and eyes are all completed with gummy candies. What makes this fun is that you can completely change this up to suit your family. You could stick with the green chocolate melts and use gummy witch fingers and pretzel cats. You could use red chocolate melts for a blood effect and some gummy fangs. Another option is to use black chocolate melts and add candy spiders and bugs. The possibilities go on and on and are only limited by your imagination.

Monster Munch Popcorn

I love pairing chocolate with popcorn. The salty, buttery popcorn and the sweet chocolate work so well together. The Wilton vibrant green melts give the perfect effect for slime.

 

Monster Munch Popcorn  the perfect snack for Halloween Movies with the kids.

Yum, yum, yum who doesn’t want to munch on some creepy eyeballs? I saw brains too when I was shopping that oozed “blood” I considered them but I thought they were a bit to much.

Monster Munch Popcorn
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1182 calories
184 g
4 g
43 g
14 g
26 g
259 g
117 g
103 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
259g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1182
Calories from Fat 390
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 43g
67%
Saturated Fat 26g
129%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 117mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 184g
61%
Dietary Fiber 18g
71%
Sugars 103g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
39%
Calcium
5%
Iron
34%
* 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. 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  2. 3-6 tbsp.butter, melted
  3. popcorn salt
  4. 5 oz. colored chocolate melts (I used Wilton in vibrant green.)
  5. Candy, pretzels, marshmallows, etc.
Instructions
  1. Pop the popcorn kernels in a hot air popper or on the stove top. Top with butter and salt to flavor. Cover a baking sheet with wax paper and once the popcorn has cooled pour onto the prepared sheet. Melt the chocolate in a disposable pastry bag according to the package directions and then snip the tip and drizzle over the popcorn. Stir the popcorn up a bit and then let the chocolate set. Pour the popcorn in a bowl and mix in your candy, pretzels, marshmallows, etc. and serve.
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Now that you have a great movie snack how about a great Halloween movie to watch with the kids?

ParaNorman

Ghostbusters

Hocus Pocus

Hotel Transylvania

Monster Squad

Monsters, Inc.

Labyrinth

The Dark Crystal

Casper

The Addams Family

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Monster House

Beetlejuice

Any of the Harry Potter movies

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

Do you have any favorite movie treats or must watch Halloween movies you watch every year with your family?

 


Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip

by Jennifer Wieland
Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip

I make lots and lots of really good food. People I think invite me places just because they know I will feed them well. Sometimes though, I get an idea in my head for a food and I know it will be great and then I make it and it is just as good as I imagined but sometimes on very occasions I make food that is so out of this world good that it’s what I refer to as moan worthy. I mean you pop it into your mouth and your taste buds sing your praises, your eyes roll into the back of your head and a moan escapes before you even realize it’s happening. That my friends is what happened when I made Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip this weekend. It was magical and I realized that they may be the perfect brunch, party snack or dessert you could possibly ever serve your guests!

Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip

The really great thing about these though is that they are easy thanks to starting out with a tube of crescent roll sheet dough as your foundation. The cinnamon coating is just a couple of ingredients and the cream cheese dip whips up in just a few minutes. Frying these little things is what takes the longest and honestly that is only a few minutes for each batch so really you want to make these and serve them to everyone you know and love and maybe even to people you know and hate because I guarantee they’ll love you when they are done.

Cinnamon Cronut Chips Ingredients

Seriously, do you see how few ingredients you need to make the Cinnamon Cronut Chips? It’s ridiculously simple in its deliciousness!

Cinnamon Cronut Chips

All you need to do is unroll, smear, sprinkle, pat and cut and you are on your way.

Cream Cheese Dip Ingredients

The Cream Cheese Dip is just as simple with only a handful of ingredients quickly blended together.

Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip
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1199 calories
168 g
166 g
59 g
6 g
34 g
280 g
305 g
143 g
2 g
19 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
280g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1199
Calories from Fat 518
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 59g
91%
Saturated Fat 34g
172%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 16g
Cholesterol 166mg
55%
Sodium 305mg
13%
Total Carbohydrates 168g
56%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 143g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
39%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
16%
Iron
11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the Cinnamon Cronut Chips
  1. 1 tube crescent roll sheets
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp. butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  4. 1/4 c. dark brown sugar, packed
  5. oil for frying
For the Cream Cheese Dip
  1. 1 1/2 oz. cream cheese
  2. 2 tbsp. butter, softened
  3. 3/4 c. confectioner's sugar
  4. 1/2 tsp. vanilla
For the Cinnamon Cronut Chips
  1. Unroll the the crescent roll sheet onto a lightly greased surface. In a bowl mix together the cinnamon and brown sugar. Spread the butter over the entire crescent roll sheet and sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mixture over it all. Gently press the mixture into the dough so that it is not just loosely sitting on top of the dough but is instead part of it. Using a small 1" - 2" circle cookie cutter cut out your chips.
  2. Heat about an inch of oil in a heavy bottomed pot to 350°. Do not let the oil get to hot. Carefully drop the chips into the oil and fry until starting to brown on the bottom. It will be about a minute. Then flip over and cook the other side the same way. Remove form oil and place on a wire rack over a baking sheet covered with paper towels to drain and catch the oil.
For the Cream Cheese Dip
  1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. The cream cheese dip can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use.
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Cinnamon Cronut Chips with Cream Cheese Dip

 See how all of that lovely brown sugar and cinnamon caramelizes on the fried dough? Yum!

 


Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn

by Jennifer Wieland
Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn

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St. Patrick’s Day will be arriving in five short days. My oldest is probably preparing to drink himself silly this weekend at college in celebration. The ones in high school probably don’t care much and neither does my 9-year-old but my 5 & 6-year-old are excited! They have been making projects at school and watching me make stuff around here for St. Patrick’s Day as well. So I made them some Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn as a treat and told them about the leprechauns.

As I’m sure you know, leprechauns are part of Irish folklore and believed to be fairies and short in stature. They like to make shoes and to save up all their gold in a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. They are also known for their love of mischief. That’s right, they are just like small children sneaking about being naughty. If you catch one though, legend says that they will grant you three wishes in exchange for their freedom. Many people have tried to catch a leprechaun, setting all sorts of traps for them but I don’t know any who have ever succeeded because leprechauns are such a wily lot. So instead of trying to catch one, I made a special snack just for them. This snack will give them sticky fingers to help with collecting their gold coins and with any mischief that may require sticky fingers.

So we left a bowl of the popcorn out to see if any leprechauns would stop by for some last night. Luckily, we had a lot of snow and a local leprechaun must have wanted to warm himself up because when we woke up this morning we knew one had eaten some of our popcorn. Popcorn was out of the bowl and a bit of a mess was made and the silly leprechaun left his hat behind. My kids thought it was funny and have been taking turns wearing his hat. So if you want to have some St. Patrick’s Day fun with your little ones make them some leprechaun chocolate marshmallow popcorn and maybe you too can have a leprechaun come visit.

Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn

Leprechaun Chocolate Marshmallow Popcorn
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1082 calories
221 g
61 g
24 g
4 g
15 g
302 g
418 g
147 g
1 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
302g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1082
Calories from Fat 209
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
37%
Saturated Fat 15g
74%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 61mg
20%
Sodium 418mg
17%
Total Carbohydrates 221g
74%
Dietary Fiber 1g
3%
Sugars 147g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* 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. 1/3 c. popcorn kernels popped
  2. 2 tbsp. salted butter
  3. 1/2 c. marshmallow creme
  4. 6 oz. green Wilton Melts
  5. 6 oz. marshmallow Wilton Melts
  6. green, gold and white sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Remove all kernels that did not pop from the popcorn. Place the popcorn onto a baking sheet that is lined with wax paper. Place the butter and marshmallow creme into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30-40 seconds. Stir the butter and marshmallow creme until combined and smooth. Pour it over the popcorn and then use your hands to lightly toss the popcorn together so that it all has a little bit of the marshmallow mixture. Following the package instructions, microwave your candy melts and then drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn. I melted mine in pastry bags and then snipped the ends to make cleanup and drizzling easier. Sprinkle with the sprinkles and then let the popcorn sit so that the chocolate can setup.
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Cherry Caramel Corn

by Jennifer Wieland
Cherry Caramel Corn

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Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching next week. If you still have not come up with what you are planning to get or you want to add some little treats throughout the day then you came to the right place. This cherry caramel corn is quick, easy and a tasty sweet treat for any popcorn fans in your life.

This would make a great treat to surprise the kids with in their lunches. You could even put some in your spouse/significant other’s lunch too. Oh, or what about your children’s teachers or grandparents? The possibilities are endless with this treat that can easily be packaged up in a decorative bag for all of the Valentines on your list.

This recipe comes together really quickly. I am talking under a half an hour from start to finish. That’s not bad at all for a homemade treat for your loved ones.

Cherry Caramel Corn

Cherry Caramel Corn
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852 calories
159 g
61 g
24 g
4 g
15 g
229 g
191 g
114 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
229g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 852
Calories from Fat 215
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g
38%
Saturated Fat 15g
74%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 61mg
20%
Sodium 191mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 159g
53%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 114g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
14%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
6%
* 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. 1/4 c. popcorn kernels
  2. 2 tbsp. butter
  3. 2 tbsp. corn syrup
  4. 1 tbsp. water
  5. 1/2 c. sugar
  6. 1/8 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 tsp. cherry extract
  8. pink or red food coloring
  9. sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Pop the popcorn in a hot air popper and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat melt the butter. Once the butter is melted, stir in the corn syrup and water to combine. Add the sugar, being careful not to get any on the sides of the pan or it can crystallize the whole batch. Stir with a silicone spatula and bring to a boil until it reaches 235-245°. Add baking soda and stir quickly. The mixture will begin to bubble. Remove from heat stir in the cherry extract and food coloring. Pour over the popcorn and stir gently to coat. Sprinkle with festive sprinkles.
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Vanilla Salted Caramel Corn

by Jennifer Wieland
Vanilla Salted Caramel Corn

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The big game is less than two weeks away! So that means it is time to start planning your Super Bowl party if you haven’t already. If you aren’t hosting the party then maybe you need something to bring with you to another party instead. Whatever the case may be you can’t go wrong with popcorn. It is an easy party food that you can grab by the handful and munch on. What makes the popcorn even better though is making it into something special. I am talking about Vanilla Salted Caramel Corn, oh yeah! This is all kinds of yum!

This is actually a very quick and easy recipe to put together and the results are so good that people will think you bought it. This recipe makes a nice flavorful caramel and then topping it with vanilla fleur de sel adds just that little bit of something extra. If you are wondering what vanilla fleur de sel is, it’s a sea salt that is mixed with ground vanilla beans. I happen to have gotten mine from Beanilla. There are plenty of other companies that make this too.

The other great thing about this recipe is that it can also make a great Valentine’s Day treat for your special someone or for the kids to hand out to their teachers.

Vanilla Salted Caramel Corn

Vanilla Salted Caramel Corn
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1737 calories
329 g
122 g
49 g
8 g
30 g
470 g
3978 g
237 g
2 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
470g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1737
Calories from Fat 429
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 49g
75%
Saturated Fat 30g
148%
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 122mg
41%
Sodium 3978mg
166%
Total Carbohydrates 329g
110%
Dietary Fiber 8g
33%
Sugars 237g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
28%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
21%
Iron
20%
* 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. 1/2 c. popcorn kernels
  2. 4 tbsp. butter
  3. 1/4 c. light corn syrup
  4. 2 tbsp. water
  5. 1 c. dark brown sugar
  6. 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla
  8. 1-2 tsp. vanilla fleur de sel
Instructions
  1. Pop the popcorn in a hot air popper. You may need to do this in two batches depending on your popper. Divide the popcorn into two large mixing bowls and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the corn syrup and water. Carefully add in the brown sugar. Try not to get any of the sugar on the sides of the pan. It can crystallize and ruin the caramel. Gently stir in the brown sugar. It will begin to melt into the mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil and using a candy thermometer boil it until it reaches 235-245°. Add in the baking soda and stir. The mixture will begin to bubble up so be careful. Remove the pot form the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  3. Pour half of the mixture of each of the two bowls of popcorn. Using a silicone spatula fold the caramel into the popcorn. Once it is completely coated sprinkle with the vanilla fleur de sel and then fold the salt into the popcorn.
Notes
  1. If you do not have vanilla fleur de sel you can always use regular fleur de sel if you want it to have a bit of saltiness or you can skip the salt entirely.
  2. Try to remove all unpopped kernels after popping. This will just make it easier on people when they try to eat the caramel corn.
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Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

by Jennifer Wieland

With all of the kids back in school now, I am trying to come up with some more snack options for their lunches. I know they get tired of the same old things. My whole family loves Chex Mix. I make it using my mother-in-law’s recipe and it is awesomely, addictive. Now while I do so enjoy the salty goodness that brings, I wanted to try my hand at a sweet version.

I already had Cinnamon Chex on hand but needed to head to the store for the rest of the components and inspiration. I decided to go with a fall flavor combo since fall is right around the corner and well, fall flavors are my absolute favorite. To me they are just warm and homey.

At the store I decided to pair my Cinnamon Chex with Apple Cinnamon Chex and then lo and behold there were some Dulce De Leche Cheerios. Oh my goodness! Those three were like flavor combo gold to me. Picked up a couple of other items to pair all of this cereal with and headed home.

Once I got home I knew I needed to make this taste like a cross between an apple pie and a caramel apple in a crunchy snack. I think I nailed it and if either of those are flavors you like I highly recommend this. Not only will this make a great lunchbox snack but it will also make a great game day snack this fall.

On a side note: Added benefit, this will make your house smell amazing while it is cooking in the oven!

Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

Caramel Apple Pie Chex Mix

5 c. Cinnamon Chex
5 c. Apple Cinnamon Chex
2 c. Dulce De Leche Cheerios
2 c. Apple Chips (I used Granny Smith)
2 c. Cinnamon Roasted Almonds
12 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. applesauce
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Preheat oven to 225°. In a large pan (I use a disposable lasagna foil pan) measure out and add the Chex, Cheerios, Apple Chips and Cinnamon Roasted Almonds.

In a saucepan add the butter, applesauce, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Heat over low heat stirring occasionally. Once it begins to bubble lower heat a bit more and stir until it begins to thicken. (It will go from looking buttery with stuff in it to a consistent brown color that is slightly thick.) Pour the butter mixture over the dry mix in the pan and stir together gently until everything is coated.

Bake in the oven for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Stirring every 15-20 minutes. When done take out and empty onto paper towels and let cool and dry out for half an hour. Then store in airtight container.


Cinnamon Raisin Puppy Chow

by Jennifer Wieland

I think at this point most people have tried or at least heard of Muddy Buddies, Puppy Chow or Monkey Munch, well at least in the Midwest. It is a cereal based treat that combines creamy peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar with Crispix or Chex cereal. This is a quick easy thing to make and it is a very kid-friendly cinnamon raisin puppy chow recipe. The kids can stir and shake and really enjoy feeling like they made something with just some minor adult help and supervision.

So how does mine differ from the standard recipe? First off, I changed it up by using my favorite go to peanut butter again for recipes. Yes, that’s right. Peanut Butter & Co Peanut Butter but this time Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter inspired me. Then when I noticed that there was Cinnamon Chex Cereal too I knew I had to make this new concoction. I changed up the chocolate and used white chocolate instead too and oh my goodness! This stuff is amazing! I kid you not. The flavors went perfectly together and make it less sweet than the original. At least in my opinion it’s less sweet. It is definitely one of those snacks where you can easily grab a handful to munch on only to notice that you are already went back and grabbed more. This will also make a great lunchbox treat with back-to-school right around the corner. My four year old absolutely loved it. Her praise for it came out something like this… “Mommy”…. crunch, crunch, chew…. shovel more in…. “I love”… crunch, crunch, chew…. shovel more in…. “this stuff! Thanks!” Followed up with a hug. Now that is some high praise from a preschooler!

Cinnamon Raisin Puppy Chow

Cinnamon Raisin Puppy Chow

9 c. (13.5 oz box) Cinnamon Chex
1 c. white chocolate chips
1 c. Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter
1/4 c. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. powdered sugar

Measure out the Cinnamon Chex into a large bowl and set aside.

Place the white chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and stir. Continue microwaving for 30 second intervals and stirring until completely melt.

Pour the melted mixture over the cereal and stir to coat. Then pour into a 1 gallon sized Ziploc baggie and pour the powdered sugar over the top. Seal the bag and shake, shake, shake until everything is coated.

Spread on wax paper to cool and then store in an airtight container.


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