Well, the holiday season is officially in full swing! I’m beginning to anticipate all of the treat making that has to occur over the next few weeks. I’m sure I am not the only one: the holidays are a time when I exchange a good deal of homemade sweets. It can be a daunting process if left to the last minute. And let’s be honest: as much as I try to prepare in advance, there is always something that has to be made at the last second for some reason or another.
That’s why I like to have a few delicious and easy to make sweet treats in my back pocket for just an occasion. Or…for when I completely botch a batch of something else I was spending a long time preparing. Yeah…that’s happened too. Having an alternate plan on the back burner is pretty much necessary in my house.
I love this chocolate covered “party popcorn” for those instances. Heck, I just like this treat in general and whip up a batch pretty regularly. When you use the white chocolate melting bark to cover the popcorn, you can add food coloring to suit the holiday/event/etc. Red and green might be great for Christmas…or a nice light blue paired with white/silver/blue sprinkles. The combination is really up to you depending on the occasion, and you could even use multiple colors for extra fun! I have also added mini M&Ms in the past for some extra chocolate goodness…the combination is truly a mix and match situation!
Do you have any quick sweet treat recipes always on hand?
There are some snacks and sweet treats that are just ridiculously addictive. For me, puppy chow (aka muddy buddies) is one of those delights. There is something SO AMAZING about the crunch of the cereal, paired with the chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. Drool.
Now, puppy chow is traditionally made with peanut butter and chocolate melted together. And I love that combination, don’t get me wrong. It is glorious in so many ways. But I got to thinking: what about….Nutella??? I mean, why not? I was too tempted to NOT try out a chocolate and Nutella combination with puppy chow. The results? Oh so very good.
Squash, squash, squashy squash squash. I don’t think I can ever get enough. Summer squash, winter squash, squash any time of the year. Spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, butternut squash…should I continue??? I could be going overboard at this point.
I didn’t eat a lot of butternut squash as a kid, but have grown to love it in adulthood. I adore the sweet flavor and the bright orange color. Simply roasting it in the oven and topping it with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon is a treat…but I wanted to take it to another level with my dish today. I’ve had a hankering for a panini for a while now, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to utilize my beloved butternut in a new way.
I am not sure how I got into the habit of this, but it happens without fail. I MUST have something sweet to eat at night. I don’t like eating my dessert directly after dinner; I need time to let everything settle (thankfully this saves me from ordering desserts at a restaurant most times, haha!). I usually wait about an hour and a half and then dig in to a small scoop of frozen yogurt or nibble on a few pieces of dark chocolate an hour or two before hitting the hay.
Sometimes I do like to switch up my routine, though. One of my other go-to desserts is a pudding mousse. It’s so simple to create: you whisk one cup of milk with one packet of instant pudding for about two minutes until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Then, you fold in one cup of whipped topping (like CoolWhip), pour the mixture into bowls, and pop it in the refrigerator for at least five minutes to allow it to set. Then, you add a dollop of whipped topping, a spoon, and you’re good to go!
My typical routine for making this semi-homemade mousse is to use the skim milk we have on hand in our refrigerator. However, I was recently introduced to Promised Land Dairy and their array of milk flavor options. Their milk comes from Jersey cows that are not given any hormones or antibiotics. Their product line ranges from while milks (whole, 2%, skim, half and half, and heavy whipping cream), to Midnight Chocolate, to Very Berry Strawberry, Cookies and Cream, Mocha (um: yum?), and White Chocolate. There’s even a selection of holiday flavors, like Chocolate Egg Nog, Cinnamon Vanilla Milk, and more.