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A beautiful Rainbow over a yummy cupcake

A beautiful Rainbow over a yummy cupcake

M&M Chocolate Bark

Delicious M&M Chocolate Candy with Caramel and Pretzels

Ingredients
enough pretzel sticks to just cover the bottom of an 8 X 8 pan
30 or so caramels (I use Kraft caramels)
1 Tbsp cream (or whole milk)
1 1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 – 2 cups mini M & M’s

Directions
Line an 8 X 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Spread out a layer of pretzel sticks, enough to cover the bottom of the prepared pan.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, stir caramels with the cream and heat, in 15 – 20 second intervals in the microwave, stirring until smooth.
Carefully spread the caramel on top of the pretzels.
In a small, microwave safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in microwave, stirring after every 10 – 15 seconds or so until smooth. (Be careful not to overheat or chocolate will seize.)
Spread over caramel layer.
Sprinkle with mini M & M’s and lightly press into chocolate. (I put 1 to 2 cups of mini M & M’s because you can use as many or as little as you want.)
Chill in fridge until solid, about an hour or two.
You can either cut it with a knife dipped in hot water OR simply break up with your hands.

A couple of good things about this recipe:
1. No oven involved (yay!)
2. Sooooooo easy
3. So so so tasty
4. You can use what you have on hand and sub out the ingredients. ie: don’t have pretzel sticks? Break up the bendy pretzels or use chopped nuts. Don’t have chocolate chips? use a chopped up chocolate bar. Don’t have mini M&M’s? Use any candy or nuts you have. The only thing you really need to have is the caramels BUT, if you are so inclined, you can make your own.
Seeeeeeee…you can still have yummy treats without completely melting in the heat.

 

Peeps

Who doesn't love a Marshmallow Peep?

Who doesn’t love a Marshmallow Peep?

Kit Kat Cake

kit kat cake

Wrigley’s Extra Dessert Delights Key Lime Pie Gum

I don’t know about other mortals, but in my experience heavy, heavy rainfalls tend to dissipate rapidly. One moment it’s sunshine; then, rather suddenly, the world goes dark and the sky weeps in torrential downpours. Following that, in a just as sudden instant, the sky clears and there’ll be an untainted canvas of clear blue sky. The rain would seem to have never even occurred but for the typically large puddles that so rapidly accumulated in those brief moments.

Similarly, Wrigley’s Key Lime gum will blast and pelt you with an explosion of flavor for a short burst of time, but will quickly fade and leave you with only a memory. That, and some near-tasteless gum which, I must admit, has quite a few irritating properties. To begin-that explosion of flavor will stagger you. That key lime pie flavor is exactly what one’d look for when searching for a…well, key lime pie flavored gum. That element of lime is definitely present, and it’s backed by a creamy flavor very reminiscent of the real pie, which one may not expect from gum. Where this gum fails, however, is in duration. The initial flavor takes a handful of moments to wear itself out, unlike many other gums.

The texture is another flaw in this gum. At first, there’s a creamy composition to be discovered and greatly enjoyed, but with every bite it gets harder…and harder…and harder, until you’re almost afraid it’ll become sentient and begin to forcibly rip out your teeth from their place.

As a whole, this gum does fulfill its place as a dessert-style candy, especially as it exceeds all expectations in the key lime pie flavor department. It’s also well worth noting that this product is sugar-free. If you decide to give it a shot, keep the aforementioned benefits and drawbacks in mind!

Ingredients:

Sorbitol, Gum Base, Glycerol, Natural and Artificial Flavors; Less than 2% of: Hydronated STarch Hydrolysate, Cirtic Acid, Soy Lecithin, Aspartame, Acesulfame, Mannitol, Aspartame, Malic Acid, Sucralose, Fumaric Acid, Colors, Acesulfame K, BHT.
Contains Phenylalanine

Nutrition Facts:

Serving size: 1 stick. Calories 5, Total Fat 0g, Sodium 0mg, Total Carbohydrate 2g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0g

Wholesale Key Lime Pie

M&M Pretzels

M&M Pretzel King Size (24 Ct)
M&M Pretzel King Size (24 Ct)
M&M’s didn’t get popular and incredibly widespread renown for nothing. The compliments that are so frequently showered upon the brand are wholly justified, as any rationale person could tell you (no offense to M&M haters, although the term ‘rationale’ may not apply to you guys). Today, they’ve earned a LOT more respect and admiration from me, when I found the opportunity to taste their Pretzel M&Ms. Opportunity, however, is a word that seems so…lacking in my attempt to completely describe how great a delight it was to feast upon these small delightful candies.

On the surface, they appear to be just like regular M&M’s, sharing a distinct similarity in appearance to Peanut M&M’s. Indeed, the first thing you’ll taste is that trademark chocolate that, in my opinion, has no peer when you’re looking for something munch on. An instant later you’ll encounter the core of the treats, a ball-shaped peanut. I didn’t taste much salt, as the wrapper claims to be included, but I didn’t mind at all in favor of the amazing blend of M&M’s chocolate and a good peanut. The two compliment each other perfectly, as if soul mates joining in joyous rapture.

These are definitely a candy you won’t want to miss. Truth be told I ate through the meager single bag I had and found myself sobbing in in wistful sorrow (this may or may not be slightly exaggerated) after the bag’s contents mysteriously disappeared. Next time I get  the stuff again…I’ll probably do the same thing. I suggest you do the same!

This product is Kosher OU.

Ingredients:

Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Chocolate, Skim Milk, Cocoa Butter, Lactose, Milkfat, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Artifical Flavors), Pretzel [Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, RiboFlavin, Folic Acid), Salt, Food Starch-Modified, Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil, Canola Oil and/or Corn Oil), Malt, Leavening (Yeast, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate)], Sugar. Less than 2%: Cornstarch, Corn Syrup, Dextrin, Coloring, Gum Acacia.
May Contain Peanuts

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size: 17 pieces. Calories 180, Total Fat 6g, Cholesterol 5mg, Sodium 190mg, Total Carbohydrates 28g, Sugars 20g, Protein 2g, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron

Where to buy M&M Pretzel King Size:
Retail http://www.candycentral.com/shop/-M-and-M-Pretzel-King-Size-24-Ct.html
Wholesale http://www.csdsupplier.com/shop/M-and-M-Pretzel-King-Size-24-Ct.html

PartySweets’ Customized Candy

These days, you don’t see much customized themes going around when it comes to candy. Buy a piece of candy today, and the wrappers just seem so…generic. Pop on a logo, some phrase or another, nutrient facts, and ingredients, and bam-most candy wrappers explained in four simple steps.

From common peasants to powerful kings, the idea that aesthetic appeal on candy wrappers is no longer much of a concern or a choice would make them scream in horror and heartbreaking grief and agony.

That is, until they’ve seen PartySweets comes into play.

Only then will a shining realization dawn upon you – there are choices! (Disclaimer: Futuristic tiny movie screens on candy wrappers not likely…anywhere.) PartySweets, a division of Hospitality Mints, was launched in 2009 for the sole purpose of giving the people some freedom of choice when it comes to ordering candy for special occasions.

Before the wrappers, allow me to describe the candy itself. PartySweets is largely known for their fantastic mints. The candy is a delight with a slightly tough shell of mint that entombs even more mint that’s creamy and outrageously delicious. Each piece is somewhat small but does a wonderful job of leaving that fresh mint taste in your mouth after just consuming one. In a more likely scenario, where you’ll find you just had more than you probably should have, the taste of mint will only build up and the cream will not, thankfully, stay around in your mouth as if you had just eaten chocolate.

Now, for the wrappers. These wrappers are equipped with designs fitting for a stunning amount of occasions. To give you an inkling of just how many occasions these are suited for,   here’s a small list:

  • 25th Anniversary
  • 50th Anniversary
  • Award Night
  • Baby Blue
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Fiesta(!)
  • Birthday Parties
  • Thank You’s

 

 

 

There’s also a few ones which are simply colored (green, orange, ZEBRA) and could feel appropriate in any situation. Host one party with these, and you’ll be guaranteed a gasp of surprise from the guests and numerous people complimenting you on your ability to do the meaning of a party justice.

Riceworks’ Salsa Fresca Brown Rice Crisps

What caught my eye about Riceworks’ Salsa Fresca flavored brown rice crisps was not, in fact, the huge time span they’d so kindly given me in regards to the “best before” date, but the very idea of Salsa Fresca chips. Chips that one has no instinctual desire, even need, to dunk? Sounds good to me!

These crisps really do meet up to standards. To begin with, their triangular physical manifestations are delightfully large, enough to give you trouble downing one with a single crunch. Each chip is coated with the delicious Fresca Salsa flavor Riceworks is evidently so accomplished at making and distributing. When I say “each chip,” I mean it. Every individual crisp will perform its given destiny in adding to the budding Salsa flavor filling your mouth after only a couple of these brown rice crisps.

Brown rice, in particular, is a nice part of these, given that your typical potato chips could sit atop a mountain of fat and other unsavory things and mock (or perhaps sit and be jealous) brown rice for the lack of such things. Not that Riceworks seems to have needed those ingredients-their rice crisps are completely fine without them-in truth, it’s probably better without ‘em. I’ll leave you off with the warning given on the back of the bag, simply because it’s so true: These crisps are addictive!

This product is Kosher OU.

Ingredients:

Whole Grain Brown Rice, Brown and White Rice Flour, Masa Corn Flour, Sunflower and/or Safflower Oil and/or Canola Oil, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Maltodextrin, Dried Tomato, Spices, Yeast Extract, Sugar, Dried Green Bell Pepper, Dried Onion, Paprika, Dried Garlic, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Paprika Extract, and Caramel Color.
Peanut Free

Nutrition Facts:

Calories 240, Total Fat 12g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 430mg, Total Carbohydrate 31g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron.

Where to buy Riceworks

Milky Way Midnight Minis

Milky Way Midnight Minis were originally the Halloween go-to snack. How perfectly fitting is a dark snack on a very, very dark night? Not only are they bite-size and enriched with dark chocolate, but are packed into a bulk bag – so you can treat-or-treat ALL the kids who knock on your door. Even if your daily mantra is milky chocolate, you’ll be forced to reconcile the thought after you sneak one of these chocolates. The very taste of vanilla nougat mixed with creamy caramel, topped with semi-sweet chocolate can be described as none other than heaven.

They are sold primarily in 10.50-oz bags, 297.7 grams, and are said to provide 7 servings; but let’s be honest. After the first bar, you’ll be hooked. You’re going to need a lot more than that to satisfy yourself, the kids, and even grandma and grandpa. Because they are exclusively sold, you’d probably be better off ordering a whole bunch at a time. The more you get, the more I eat – oh did I say me? I meant you of course. I guess I’m craving one just from talking about it. Milky Way Midnights can do that to you sometimes.

Ingredients: semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate processed with alkali, cocoa butter, chocolate, milk-fat, soy lecithin, vanilla extract, artificial and natural flavors), corn syrup, sugar, skim milk, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, less than 2% – butter, milk-fat, lactose, salt, egg whites, soy protein, vanilla extract, artificial flavor.

Nutrition Facts: Calories 180. Calories from fat 60. Total Fat 7g. Saturated Fat 4g. Trans Fat 0mg. Cholesterol 5 mg. Sodium 70g. Total Carbohydrate 29g. Dietry Fiber 1g. Sugars 24g. Protein 1g. Calcium 2%. Iron 2%.

Where to buy Milky Way Midnight Minis at wholesale prices

M&M Peanut Butter

M&M Peanut Butter 38 oz Gusset Bag

I’ve always enjoyed my fair share of M&Ms. Over the last 20 years, Mars Inc. has invented a large variety of these “colorful, button shaped” candies. One of the many bold ingredients they incorporated into the chocolates is peanut butter – hence the birth of peanut butter M&Ms.

Normally I’d be the first one to admit this combo is fantastic, as both sweets are at the top of my list. However, I was a little bit disappointed. While the m&m’s taste as good as ever, they are double packed with an overwhelming amount of peanut butter. With an 80 to 20 ratio, you have to be COMMITTED to that peanut butter. And if you are – throw away your spoons and your half-eaten PB jars, because these candies will definitely provide you with more satisfaction. With a 38 oz Gusset Bag at your bedside, your set for at least a week or a two. Just don’t forget to eat your dinner.

Marc Inc, however, continues to be one of the leading candy companies in the country. Good news – if a particular M&M brand doesn’t suit your taste, there are plenty of others just waiting to be eaten. Guaranteed one of their products will make your mouth water, just the way a candy should.

Ingrediants: milk chocolate, cocoa butter, skim milk, chocolate, milk fat, peanuts, lactose, salt, soy lecithin and artificial flavors, sugar, partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil, partially defatted peanuts, less than 2 percent cornstarch, corny syrup, dextrose, corn syrup, salt, natural flavor, gum acacia, dextrin and propyl gallate to maintain freshness, yellow 6 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2, blue 1, red 40, yellow 6, yellow 5, blue 1 lake, blue 2 lake and red 40 lake

Nutrition Facts: Calories – 220.  Calories from fat – 120. Total fat 13g. Cholestoral 5mg.  Sodium 90mg. Total Carb 23g. Protein 4g.

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