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What I Love: Dill Pickle Cashews
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Chipotle Lentil Dip
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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer
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Mexican Cheddar Cheese Dip
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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches
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OREO Cookie Pudding Cups On The Go
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Best Store Bought Protein
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SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip
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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe
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No Canning 24 Hour Dill Hamburger Pickles
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Cheddar M&M’s Popcorn
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Nutella Banana Bread
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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes
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How to Make Cantaloupe Chips
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Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe
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Edamame Recipe
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Grazing for Snacks
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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers
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Canned Salsa Recipe
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Caramel TWIX Popcorn

What I Love: Dill Pickle Cashews

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Emerald®.  This is my honest opinion that I’m obsessed with their Dill Pickle Cashews!

Based on my multiple pickle recipes (hello, hello again) I guess you can say I love pickles.  We grow cucumbers in the garden specifically for pickles.   I never leave any pickle untouched when they come on the side of a sandwich lunch.  I love peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.    So when I heard that Emerald® came out with Dill Pickle Cashews, I was like YES YES YES YES!
Dill Pickle Cashews

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Chipotle Lentil Dip

 Chipotle Lentil Dip recipe that’s smoky and full of flavor.    Use it to dip chips, crackers or vegetables in! Or use it as a spread on a sandwich!  Either way, you can’t go wrong!

Do you snack when you get home from work (or school)? Or do you have the willpower to wait until dinner?  I often get scolded because even if dinner is only 30 minutes away, I usually spoil my appetite just a touch with a snack.   Usually it’s a piece of string cheese, a big handful of almonds, a banana or crackers.  One of my favorite snacks is candied jalapenos on a small slice of cheddar on top of a cracker, but sadly I’m all out of candied jalapenos (weep, weep).   So while I was looking for something to become best friends with my beloved salted crackers I came up with this simple Chipotle Lentil Dip. 

This Chipotle Lentil Dip is smoky, flavorful, and brings a touch of heat. Use it to dip chips, crackers or vegetables in! Or use it as a spread on a sandwich! Either way, you can't go wrong!

This is a type of dip that keeps giving.  You get one taste in your first bite but then it develops into a new taste as you continue.  First you’ll taste the smokiness, then a slight sweetness and finally a hint of heat due to those chipotle peppers.   Some people fear spicy foods so this isn’t a heat overload.  It’s not going to burn your mouth, or even make you wince.  It’s a good middle in the road dip that spicy food lovers and haters can both enjoy.   But if you are a heat seeker, add in 2 chipotle peppers and you’ll get double the kick.    With some major football games coming up be sure you make enough if you have guests coming over or are going to a friends house.   This dip is completely veggie friendly and is a good alternative to snack on instead of those greasy finger goods we all eat while watching the big games.  

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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer

Avocados filled with Corn Salad make the perfect party appetizer! These are easy to make! I love this Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer recipe!

Avocado, you beautiful thing.  Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s.  As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole.  Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup.  Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl.    So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.

Avocado Party Appetizer

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties.  I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy.   So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole?  And what I could do fun with them?  Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats!  And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.

The Best Avocado Appetizer!

These are simple to make.  You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes.  I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table.    I hope you give these a try!

These Avocado Sailboats Filled With Mexican Corn Salad is a fun recipe that is perfect for parties!


You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats.  If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly.  Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.

Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer Recipe
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Mexican Cheddar Cheese Dip

EASY MEXICAN Cheddar Cheese Dip made with 1 bag of shredded cheese, milk and other simple ingredients.  This delicious dip can be served with tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables or on top of nachos! It’s always the hit of the party!

Cheese.

You either love it or you love it.   Have you ever met a person who doesn’t love it? Once I met a person who doesn’t like pizza and I ran away from them.

Cheese dip is one of those things that I love, no matter what time of the year or where I’m at.  You’ll find cheese dips at pot lucks, friends dinner parties or fancy art openings.  No matter what the event, you’ll find me at the snacks table swimming in that cheese sauce (not literally, the bowl isn’t big enough).    

EASY MEXICAN Cheddar Cheese Dip made with 1 bag of shredded cheese, milk and other simple ingredients. This delicious dip can be served with tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables or on top of nachos! It's always the hit of the party!

Recently my husband asked if I could stop including cheese in some of our dinners.  I looked at him and said “What type of monster are you?”. To satisfy him I added some broccoli along with the cheese.  See, I can compromise.

With a craving for a cheesy snack during a movie night I threw this together in minutes and served it with various foods to dip.  You have your typical tortilla chips and crackers but you also have your vegetables for those wanting a fresh option.  

Because nothing says delicious more than a piece of cauliflower smothered in cheese, right?

EASY MEXICAN Cheddar Cheese Dip made with 1 bag of shredded cheese, milk and other simple ingredients. This delicious dip can be served with tortilla chips, crackers, vegetables or on top of nachos! It's always the hit of the party!

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Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches

EASY Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can make ahead! This easy recipe makes a ricotta garlic mixture to spread on the bread! Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes in the bread – perfect for a afternoon tea party or baby shower!

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Tea Sandwiches

There’s something about a afternoon get together with mini sandwiches that makes me happy.  Can you imagine a brunch with friends and there’s heart shaped delicious sandwiches waiting for you on the table?  Doesn’t that scream love and yum at the same time?  In this super easy to put together recipe we’re going to make Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwiches that you can whip up in just a few minutes.

Ricotta and Tomato Tea Sandwich Ingredients

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe: bread, ricotta/garlic/basil mixture, diced tomatoes, and more basil.   You’ll also need some adorable cookie cutters where you can be creative.  I used hearts here because I love you guys, but stars and festive shapes like pumpkins for Thanksgiving would be super cute too.  Also, cat cookie cutters are always a good idea.  Anything cat is always a good idea.  Trust me.
cookie cutter shapes with bread

Perfect for Afternoon Tea Parties!

You can use any type of bread, I used whole wheat because that’s always something I have in my refrigerator.  Grab a bunch of pieces of bread and start cutting your shapes out.
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OREO Cookie Pudding Cups On The Go

OREO Cookies, Chocolate Pudding,  Reddi-Wip and Sprinkles? Come on, who doesn’t want that? Make these easy pudding cups that your kids are going to LOVE! 

In this quick and on the go recipe,  I’m going to show you how to make a delicious treat in less than a minute that will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you everyone’s favorite person.
OREO Cookies, Chocolate Pudding,  Reddi-Wip and Sprinkles? Come on, who doesn't want that? Make these easy pudding cups that your kids are going to LOVE! 

The ingredients are easy and will have you whispering “yum”.  
You’ll need:
Go-Paks! – These are a favorite for road trips and to keep at work.  For this recipe I’d recommend something sweet like Golden OREOs, Chocolate OREOs, Nutter Butter Bites, Chips Ahoy! or Teddy Grahams. I love their Ritz bits but I’d save those for snacking.
Snack Pack® Pudding Cups –  For this recipe I used chocolate or vanilla.
Reddi Wip
Sprinkles
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Best Store Bought Protein

The body uses protein for energy, to keep us up and running every single day.  That makes protein real important y’all.  I was feeling down with super low energy at the beginning of the Summer because of a diet change and that resulted in low protein.  I started to skim the labels on my food and realized I was only getting 20% of my daily needed intake of protein. It was time for me to take a trip to the grocery store and walk the aisles to figure out what protein was right for me.  

The best sources of protein are meat products (beef, chicken, fish), dairy products (cheese, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese), eggs, tofu, lentils and beans and soy.   Did you know that after water protein is the most plentiful substance in the body?  Our muscles, organs, and immune systems are made up of mostly protein.    Even more important is if you’re a vegetarian you need to pair your meals wisely and eat protein filled snacks to get your daily intake.

So let’s walk into my kitchen and look at some of my favorite store bought food items, filled with protein. These are my go to breakfast and afternoon snack foods to keep my energy going for the day.

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SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip

THE BEST PARTY SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so easy to make.  Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip!  This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips – perfect for a Super Bowl party dip! 

SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so creamy and easy to make. Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip! This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips - perfect for a party dip!

We grew many onions this year.  Do you remember when we planted them all? Well it’s time to pick them now!  We have 4 big creates that are full of onions.  We let them dry in the sun for a few days and then ran up to the roof when we heard thunder and thankfully got them inside before it started to rain.  Close one!  Now they’re living inside and we’re storing them in pantyhose (great tip) and baskets.

THE BEST PARTY SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so easy to make.  Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip!  This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips - perfect for a party dip! 

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe

HOMEMADE Soft Pretzels Recipe! You won’t believe how easy it is to make buttery soft pretzels at home!  This recipe shows you how to make them with step by step instructions.

As a kid one of my favorite treats was soft pretzels.  We didn’t make them from scratch in my house, instead Mom always had a frozen box in the freezer.  These were easy, take them out and throw them in microwave for 1 minute and then cover in their little salt packets.  Boom, a soft pretzel was made.

Easy Homemade Soft Pretzels

Well these homemade soft pretzels take a little longer than 1 minute to make but I promise you they’re easy to make!

Many years later, I still have that craving for a soft pretzel.  Often in NYC I walk by a soft pretzel vendor and suddenly crave a pretzel for the rest of the day.  At a baseball game? Yes, very nice gentleman carrying a tray of soft pretzels on his head, throw me one for $8.00, it’s the price you pay for love.  

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No Canning 24 Hour Dill Hamburger Pickles

NO CANNING 24 Hour Refrigerator Hamburger Pickles! This easy recipe doesn’t require vinegar and tastes just like the best dill pickles! This is one of my favorite homemade recipes to use for our garden cucumbers! I love how crunchy the pickles are!

It’s the beginning of August which means it’s pickle time.  The cucumber plants are thriving and we’re picking kirby cucumbers by the basket.  Between this and my Half Sour Pickle recipe, I’m all set with pickles for the rest of my life. 

This pickle recipe is easy and tastes just like the best Dill Hamburger pickles you can buy in the store.  You don’t need canning experience because these are no boil needed.  You throw them in the refrigerator and they’re ready to crunch in 24 hours.   Also this recipe doesn’t use vinegar because you all know my hatred for vinegar, so for all of you who have gotten to this recipe because you typed into Google “I hate vinegar, please give me pickles”, I got you covered.  I love these pickles, they’re win win all around.
NO CANNING 24 Hour Refrigerator Hamburger Pickles! This easy recipe doesn't require vinegar and tastes just like the best dill pickles! This is one of my favorite homemade recipes to use for our garden cucumbers! I love how crunchy the pickles are!

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Nutella Banana Bread

DELICIOUS Nutella Banana Bread recipe.  This easy to make bread has chocolate chips inside of it!
 
This Nutella Banana Bread you guys.

This This Nutella Banana Bread you guys. SWOON!

Nutella Swirled Banana Coconut Bread recipe. This delicious banana bread recipe has chocolate chips inside of it!

It’s delicious.  It’s moist.  It’s chocolatey.  It smells the best.  I’m in love.  Do you know how good it is? My banana hating husband (GASP) runs to the kitchen when I make it to steal the first piece.  I hit his hands though.  The first piece is always mine. 

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How to Dehydrate Cherry Tomatoes

Step by step instructions on how to dehydrate cherry tomatoes!

In my fun week of acting like a mad scientist in the kitchen (hello dried cantaloupe chips!), throwing vegetables and fruits in the food dehydrator asking the question “How will this taste dried” I had to try tomatoes.  With the amount of tomatoes we were harvesting and by the amount of sauces I already have made, I was dying to do something else with them.  How about dehydrated tomatoes to snack on?

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How to Make Cantaloupe Chips

HEALTHY Cantaloupe Chips!  This easy recipe shows you how to make cantaloupe chips with a dehydrator! These naturally sweet chips are such a healthy snack! They’re one of the best Summer recipes!

We just bought a food dehydrator and it’s changing my life.  I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get my dehydrating game on!

With a new shiny dehydrator sitting in my kitchen, I have been asking myself the question of “Can *enter vegetable or fruit* be dehydrated?”.  You name it, I’ve probably thought of it.    Expect lots of dehydrating recipes and experiments in the next few weeks!  I can’t be stopped!

We had a few cantaloupes sitting out that we grew this Summer.  They’ve just been sitting there, begging for attention.  I couldn’t decide what to do with them, besides roasting them for my Roasted Cantaloupe Salad.   But then a thought came to myself, “Self, why don’t you dehydrate these babies?”.

HEALTHY Cantaloupe Chips! This easy recipe shows you how to make cantaloupe chips with a dehydrator! These naturally sweet chips are such a healthy snack! They're one of the best Summer recipes!

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Soybean Edamame Pesto Recipe

Soybean Edamame Pesto, a easy and delicious pesto recipe using soybeans! Use this as a appetizer dip or serve over pasta. 

With all the soybeans we just picked I had one idea in mind – Soybean Edamame Pesto!

This pesto is delicious and tastes ultra fresh.  If you have a bunch of soybeans and don’t know what to do with them then it’s even better as this pesto freezes amazing for months so that means you can have some of your Summer harvest in Winter – one of my favorite ways to enjoy dinner!
Soybean Edamame Pesto, a easy and delicious pesto recipe using soybeans!

The main ingredients in this pesto are soybeans, almonds and garlic.  Many pesto recipes call for pine nuts but have you seen the price of them? Yikes! No thanks!  I stick with almonds that are just a few dollars and last me multiple batches of pesto.  The recipe only calls for 1/4 cup almonds so a $4 container of them can make quite a bunch of pesto!

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Edamame Recipe

This Homemade Salted Edamame recipe tastes just like your favorite Japanese restaurant. This healthy recipe takes 15 minutes and requires 2 ingredients. Make it as a side dish or a snack!

Who’s ready to pop a few soybeans right in their mouth?

Ok, me too! Grab a few soybeans and let’s get snacking!

Edamame Recipe

I love edamame. I went through this phase where every time I ordered sushi I also ordered a big bowl of edamame to go with it.   Then I got to thinking, why don’t we grow our own soybeans?  So we bought some seeds, planted them in our containers and BOOM! SOYBEANS!  Ok maybe it wasn’t that instant, but it was pretty much that easy. Since the beginning we’ve had lots of luck growing soybeans in containers.  This year they have grown to new heights and soon they will be all picked to be frozen and enjoyed for many happy edamame snacking sessions.

Edamame is easy to make at home and tastes just like the Japanese restaurant! All you need is soybeans and salt!

What’s edamame best with?  Just a little bit of salt.  That’s it.  Beans and salt.  Just a few ingredients makes one of the most delicious and healthy snacks you can eat.
Edamame is easy to make at home and tastes just like the Japanese restaurant! All you need is soybeans and salt!

Is it easy to make edamame? Yes!  All you do is boil the soybeans for a few minutes, drain and you’re set.   
Edamame is easy to make at home and tastes just like the Japanese restaurant! All you need is soybeans and salt!

Sprinkle a little sea salt on top and hello gorgeous! I’m going to eat you!
Edamame is easy to make at home and tastes just like the Japanese restaurant! All you need is soybeans and salt!

Then start nibbling away.  They’re healthy and addictive.  That’s a pretty happy match, don’t you think? 
Edamame is easy to make at home and tastes just like the Japanese restaurant! All you need is soybeans and salt!

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This Homemade Salted Edamame recipe tastes just like your favorite Japanese restaurant. This healthy recipe takes 15 minutes and requires 2 ingredients. Make it as a side dish or a snack!

Edamame Recipe

This Homemade Salted Edamame recipe tastes just like your favorite Japanese restaurant. This healthy recipe takes 15 minutes and requires 2 ingredients. Make it as a side dish or a snack!

Ingredients

  • Soybeans fresh or frozen
  • Sea Salt to Taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a pot of water to a rapid boil.
  2. Add soybeans and boil for 5 minutes.
  3. Drain soybeans and put soybeans in bowl.
  4. Sprinkle salt on top and enjoy your edamame!

 

Grazing for Snacks

When do you snack the worst?

For me it’s late afternoon or right before bed.  I’ve been known to bring a (big) handful of sour worms to bed with me.  But surprisingly, a handful of neon sour worms coated in sugar isn’t always the best choice (shocking, I know!).

I’ve been introduced to Graze and I’m hooked so I had to share them with you! Graze.com is a subscription snack box service founded 5 years ago by 7 friends in the UK who got sick of the same old snacks and wanted a better way to snack. Launched in the USA in January and already has over 200K American subscribers, called “grazers.”  I’ m a grazer!

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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers

CHESSY JALAPENO WONTON POPPERS are so easy to make with wonton wrappers! This simple recipe uses cream cheese and jalapenos to wrap up in wonton wrappers! Bake them in the oven and serve them as a healthy appetizer! Everyone always LOVES these baked snacks!

These Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers will have you popping them in your mouth in record speeds!

That sentence you just read is totally correct. I’ve witnessed it.  I’ve witnessed myself not being able to stop popping these little delicious cheesy Jalapeno wontons in my mouth.  1, 2, 3, 4… who continues to count after 4?   

CHESSY JALAPENO WONTON POPPERS are so easy to make with wonton wrappers! This simple recipe uses cream cheese and jalapenos to wrap up in wonton wrappers! Bake them in the oven and serve them as a healthy appetizer! Everyone always LOVES these baked snacks!

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Canned Salsa Recipe

FAST and EASY Canned Salsa recipe made with diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions to this simple recipe and you’ll have a delicious chunky salsa ready to serve in minutes!  This canned salsa recipe tastes just like the salsa at your favorite Mexican restaurant! 

It happens to us all. We’re out of tomatoes so we can’t make Fresh Tomato Salsa from our garden. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes!

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Let’s check out this easy diced tomato salsa recipe that you’re going to love!

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Caramel TWIX Popcorn

Delicious recipe for Caramel TWIX Popcorn.  A homemade caramel sauce is melted on the popcorn along with chopped up TWIX candy bars! 

Today we’re going to make homemade Caramel Popcorn with some chopped up TWIX Bites candy bars on top.  This recipe is happy snacking at it’s finest.

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

One of my favorite snacks at sporting events or carnivals is Caramel Popcorn.  At the Brooklyn Nets game you can get a variety bucket of popcorn that has in it Caramel, Cheddar and Chocolate popcorn.  It’s a beautiful snack.    What I noticed is whenever we get this Matthew and I are always fighting over the caramel popcorn pieces, so I decided why not make some homemade caramel popcorn with chocolate thrown on top?  I mean seriously.. isn’t life always better with chocolate on top?  

TWIX Popcorn recipe

This popcorn is insane.  It’s happiness.  It’s smiles.  It’s OH LA LA.  It’s sweet.  It’s crunchy.  It’s worth all those sticky dishes due to the caramel sauce.  Trust me.

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

 The caramel sauce you’re going to make over the stove is made out of dreams.  Whatever was left in the pot when I was done I basically let dry and then scraped it up with my hands and a spoon and ate it because I’m classy like that.  Oh and the TWIX Bites you’re going to use on top?  Addictive. I’m warning you now.  I love these on the go snacks  so much that I bought a undisclosed number of bags before I got around to finally making this recipe.  I bought a bag specifically for this recipe and then we would just eat them all. And then we repeated this  Again.  And again.  Don’t ask me how many Bites I ate!  Also who wants to unwrap small candy bars?  I love that these are all unwrapped for you…. quicker to eat! 🙂 

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

So lets get on to this Caramel TWIX Popcorn already!  Grab a bowl..

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn, perfect for a movie night #snack!

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Delicious recipe for Caramel TWIX Popcorn. A homemade caramel sauce is melted on the popcorn along with chopped up TWIX candy bars!

Caramel TWIX Popcorn Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 quarts popped popcorn this is 1/2 cup unpopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 7 oz bag of TWIX Bites - chopped in half

Instructions

  1. If you are popping your own popcorn do this first.
  2. Place popcorn in large bowl.
  3. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
  4. In a saucepan over medium high heat melt butter. Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Then don't stir it for 3 minutes straight, letting it continue to boil.
  5. Remove saucepan from heat and stir in baking soda.
  6. Pour this hot caramel mixture over your popcorn, stirring to coat all kernels. You need to move slightly quick during this part as the caramel dries.
  7. Prepare 2 large cookie sheets by spraying them with nonstick spray. Place popcorn on top trying to make it 1 layer.
  8. Put in the oven for 1 hour, stirring it every 20 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Break popcorn into pieces.
  10. Put popcorn in bowl, add in TWIX Bites and shake to combine.
  11. Enjoy!

 

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