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Big Game Finisher

The Big Game, Super Bowl XLVIII, is this Sunday.  Though I am saddened that my team did not make it to the Big Game again this year I still plan on having a great time on Super Bowl Sunday.  The excitement at kick-off, the thrill and sometimes let down of the half-time show, and of course the commercials will entertain for hours.  Besides, any occasion that means I can invite people over and entertain is a good time!  I usually go for the usual fare, chips, dip, chicken wings, subs and sliders, but it is fun to add some themed items as well.  Like a hot bean and taco dip in a rectangular baking dish with sour cream piped yard lines, or a huge football shaped Rice Krispie Football for an edible centerpiece (laces done in Wilton Fondant, of course!), so this fun but grown up dessert is right up my alley.   No matter which team you are rooting for this Sunday, this cake, with team color themed M&M’s, is a big game finisher that will bring a smile to your guests faces, just don’t walk in front of the TV with it!

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Super Bowl Pumpkin Spice Cake

Ingredients

Cake:

1 (18.25 oz.) box spice cake mix

1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin pie filling

3 large eggs

1/3 cup beer

Frosting:

4 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened

1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, softened

1 cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon each yellow, orange and green food coloring

6 pretzel sticks

22  M&M’s in 2 colors

2 Hershey’s Hugs

1 Palmer chocolate football candy

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-by-13- inch baking pan; set aside.

Combine cake ingredients in large bowl. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds; scrape sides of bowl. Beat on medium-high speed for 2 minutes. Spread batter in pan.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 32 to 35 minutes. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes. Turn cake out onto rack and cool completely.

Beat together cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Set aside 3 (1/4-cup) portions of frosting. Leave 1 white. Tint 1 with yellow food coloring and another with orange. Tint remaining frosting with green food coloring; spread evenly over cooled cake.

Spoon white frosting into a pastry bag fitted with a small, round tip. Spread yellow frosting over 1 “end zone” and orange frosting over other. Pipe yard lines and end zone lines on cake. Use remaining frosting to write names of teams in end zones.

Use frosting and 3 pretzels to construct each “goal post”; stick a goal post in each end zone. Arrange “players (M&M’s),” “refs (Hershey Hugs)” and “ball (Palmer chocolate football).”

Check out our Pinterest for other cool Big Game desserts.

Happy New Year!

Yeah!  We made it through and are on the cusp of another new year.  New Year is a time of endings turning into new beginnings.  It is a time of making resolutions you really are going to try to keep this year and a time of rejuvenation.  If you haven’t had such a great year it is the renewal of hope.  If you had a great year it is a celebration of good things.  New Year’s celebrations are FUN! Noise makers, silly hats, and food & drink abound as family and friends cheer to the New Year!  What better way to celebrate than with sweets! Below is a really fun and easy craft to put a fun and more personalized twist on the party popper.  My family and I made these over the weekend to proudly offer our guests at our New Year’s Eve celebration.  We used metallic paint pens in silver and gold to add little celebratory messages to these poppers. There is still time for you to make these for your own celebration!

NYE Poppers

New Year’s Eve Poppers

Materials

•Paper towel tubes

•Wrapping paper / tissue paper

•Curling ribbon

•X-acto knife / Scissors

•Tape

•Pin or needle

•Embellishments (ribbon, stickers, spray glitter, etc.)

Hershey® Kisses®, Rolos®, Chocolate Coins (you can color coordinate these to match your poppers!), Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup® miniatures/party favors

Instructions

1.      Using an x-acto knife or scissors, cut the paper towel tube in half. Each half will become its own popper. Then cut each of these tubes in half again, because each popper tube needs to be pre-cut before you wrap them. So just to clarify, these four pieces of tubes will make two poppers.

2.      Cut a piece of wrapping paper or tissue paper that’s wide enough to wrap around the tube and long enough to have at least 2″ of extra paper on each end of the tube. Place both halves of the tube closely together in the center of the wrapping paper. Then wrap and tape down the paper.  Note: Don’t place any tape along the middle portion of the poppers, so that they will be easier to pop open.

3.       Tie one end closed with curling ribbon. Then use the other open end to fill the poppers with and assortment of Hershey® Kisses®, Rolos®, Chocolate Coins and other surprises. Once the poppers are filled, tie off the other end. Then cut the ends into strips.

4.      Cut pieces of wrapping paper about 2″ wide and long enough to wrap around the tube. Then cut strips down the side of the paper that are about ¼” wide and about halfway in. You will need two of these for each popper. Wrap them around the two ends of the popper so that the cut frills are hanging off the ends, and tape them down.  You may want to curl or bend the frills backwards a little so they flare up more.

5.       Decorate the poppers with ribbon, stickers, spray glitter or even write the year along the center. We embellished our poppers with ric rac trim.

6.       To make your poppers easier to pop open, perforate the paper by poking holes all around the center (where the tube was cut) with a straight pin or needle.

 Your party poppers are now complete! Have a Happy New Year!

Reindeer Antlers

Reindeer Antlers

Who doesn’t love the combination of sweet and salty? Chocolate covered pretzels fill the need. The smooth creamy decadence of chocolate followed by the saltiness and crunch of the pretzel-delightful!  Of course it is the holiday season so why not have fun with it!  If you loved the M&M Chocolate Bark featured on this blog earlier this year, then you will love this holiday variation!

Reindeer Antlers

Decoration Time: 10 min.
Difficulty: Easy
Yield: Makes 14 antlers.

1 3/4 cups DOVE® Chocolate
3/4 cup M&M’S® Brand MINIS®
1 bag pretzel sticks, broken into various sized pieces
Parchment Paper

1. Remove 3/4 cup red and green M&M’S® Brand MINIS® and set aside for decoration.
2. Line a baking sheet with Parchment Paper.
3. Melt the DOVE® Chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of boiling water. Stir the mixture as it melts. When mixture is shiny and smooth, turn off the heat.
4. Once all the chocolate is melted, dip the pretzel pieces one at a time and arrange them on the prepared baking sheet into an antler shape. Place the M&M’S® Brand MINIS® on each antler as it is finished.
5. Repeat this same process until all the antlers are finished.
6. Let the chocolate cool completely and get firm. You can refrigerate to firm the chocolate more quickly.
7. Once firm, remove them from the Parchment Paper.
8. If desired, wrap each one in a sheet of cellophane, tied with a ribbon or simply put them on a cookie plate.

Tip: Add red M&M’S® Brand MINIS® to form the red nose.

Click here to order your M&M’s® Brand MINIS® and DOVE® Chocolate now!

Getting Into The Holiday Spirit

Tasty Tree Lights CookiesThis year the Christmas season seems to have barrelled down upon us.  The stores barely had their Halloween décor stored away or their Turkeys & Pilgrims displayed before Rudolf & Santa made their first appearances. For me it doesn’t feel like Chrismas without my yearly ritural.  I need to wait until we have at least  exhausted the Thanksgiving leftovers so I can start baking a few batches of holiday cookies-have to make sure we have some for Santa!  MMMM Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights with M&M® or Peanut Butter Blossoms and a nice cup of cocoa-now we’re talking!  Then to really bring on the holiday spirit I need to sit in front of the twinkling Christmas tree with my family and watch National Lampoon’s A Christmas Vacation (the squirrel in the Christmas tree!) and A Christmas Story (You’ll shoot your eye out!)…now I’m feeling it!  What goodies and movies get you in the holiday spirit?

M&M’s Sugar Cookie Holiday Lights Recipe (pictured above)

Prep Time: 10 min.

Bake Time: 45 min.

Difficulty: Moderate

Yield: Makes 24 cookies.

Ingredients

2/3 cup flour 

1 18 oz. roll refrigerated sugar cookie dough

1½ cups prepared vanilla frosting 

3 cups M&M’S® Milk Chocolate Candies Holiday Blend 

4 strands red licorice laces 

Resealable plastic bags 

Drinking straw 

Christmas light shaped cookie cutter (small)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 

2. Knead the flour into the cookie dough until smooth. 

3. Roll the dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. By hand, or using a Christmas light cookie cutter, cut out shapes. 

4. With a spatula, gently transfer the cookies to a baking sheet.  Using a drinking straw, press a hole at the top of each cookie. 

5. Bake for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely. 

6. Separate different colors of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies, and set aside. 

7. Spread vanilla frosting on top of each cookie. Arrange a solid color of M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies on top of each cookie. 

8. Let the cookies dry for 30 minutes. Run licorice laces through each hole, connecting the cookies into one continuous strand. 

9. Tip for a quicker and lighter version: Tint frosting to match the M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. Frost the cookies and then decorate with color coordinated M&M’S® Brand Minis Chocolate Candies. 

Sweet Memories

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So the year is winding down and it is a time for reflection and remembrance.  For many of us these memories are initiated by a ‘trigger’.  A song on the radio, an old picture or a childhood favorite candy treat.  For me, Bit O Honey, Mary Janes, Tootsie Rolls, Bazooka and Swedish Fish often bring back my childhood.  They take me to a wonderful place when you got a good report card and the dollar you earned for it burned a hole in your pocket.  I would bounce around like a rubber ball till my mom said I was free to go then I would hop on my bike and ride over to the corner store.  There the counter was like a wonderland of sweet delights!  You could get enough candy for you and all your neighborhood friends and still have enough money from your dollar for a drink, chips and come out with change!  Then it was off to the local park with all of my friends on our bikes where we would munch on our sweets as we rode the merry-go-round till we were dizzy or rode through the streets of town till the street lights came on.  Good times! What candy brings back fond memories for you?

Featured: Candy Bouquet Contest

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Thank you to everyone that made our Candy Bouquet Contest a success! It ran through the month of June and 2 lucky Grand Prize winners, Jenny from California and Matt from right here in New Jersey, received the Grand Prizes and were very excited and happy with their bouquets! We appreciate the excellent response we received from our Facebook community and look forward to future contests and deals we can offer to our followers!

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One of our winners, Jenny, all the way in California with her basket!

 

 

 

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reese brownies

Preheat oven to 350; smoosh 1.5 squares of break-apart refrigerated cookie dough into the bottom of each well. place reese cup upside down on top of cookie dough (or an oreo!). top with prepared box brownie mix, filling 3/4 full. bake for 18 minutes! heaven.

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