As I’ve mentioned before, something that’s hard for me to resist when I see the long aisle of Easter candy at the store are those malted milk speckled eggs–malt balls covered with a candy coating. I eat way too many of them! One year, I told myself I would not buy any of those eggs unless I used them in a recipe. So I came up with this Easter Trail Mix—a blend of chocolatey sweets mixed in with some healthy ingredients. The mini speckeled eggs and pastel M&M’s give the mix plenty of chocolatey taste and spring color, and the Continue reading
If you’re looking for ideas for sweet fall treats, here’s a roundup of some I’ve made before. They’re fun and colorful and very easy to make, which is a plus! Have fun trying some of these out!
Candy” Corn Pay” Day Mix for sweet-and-salty lovers, and just 2 ingredients–candy corn and peanuts! This is probably the easiest treat you’ll ever make! Pack some up in treat bags to give away.
Candy Corn Trail Mix is also really easy and yummy, made with Golden Grahams, pretzels, peanuts, golden raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower kernels, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and candy corn, of course!
How about some Owl Cupcakes? Yummy and chocolatey, with Oreo Cookie and M&M eyes!
Candy Corn Bark will satisfy any sweet tooth and is a feast for the eyes with all the colorful goodies in it!
Candy Corn–Peanut Popcorn Balls are super fun and make great homemade treats!
Candy Corn M&M’s Crispy Bars are definitely hard to resist!
And Acorn Treats are so much fun–they’re the perfect bite-sized treat!
These are all so yummy! Have you tried making any of these treats before?
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Crispy bars are great, and I think they’re even better when you make them with extra add-ins! Last winter, I made some Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Treats which were really good, so I thought I’d try an autumn version with candy corn. I found this recipe at MyRecipes.com which had both candy corn and M&M’s. I thought I’d add some chopped peanuts in there, too, since I like the candy corn-chocolate-peanut combination. You could use cashews instead of peanuts, if you like. I also changed the amounts of some of the ingredients from the original recipe, which I’ve noted in my version below. If you like sweet-and-salty treats, I think you’ll like these, although they’re more sweet than they are salty. If you’d like them saltier, you could add a little less candy corn or M&M’s, and a little more chopped nuts to the crispy treats mixture. If you prefer your crispy treats all sweet, you can omit the nuts and add in some extra candy corn or M&M’s. I liked using the M&M’s Minis in these treats, but you can also use the regular size M&M’s.
CANDY CORN AND M&M’s CRISPY BARS by NancyCreative, adapted from MyRecipes Makes a 9 x 13″ pan
- 5 1/2 cups rice cereal
- 3/4 cup candy corn
- 3/4 cup M&M’s Minis (or regular M&M’s)
- 1/2 cup coarsely-chopped salted peanuts (or cashews)
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 1 (10-ounce) bag miniature marshmallows
For Chocolate/Candy Corn Topping:
- 1 cup white semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup candy corn
In a large bowl, add the rice cereal, candy corn, M&M’s, and nuts. Stir these dry ingredients with a large spoon, until all ingredients are blended well; set aside.
Melt butter in large sauce pan over low heat. Add marshmallows, stirring constantly until completely melted and well-blended with the butter, about 3 to 3 1/2 minutes. Pour melted marshmallow mixture over the cereal/candy/nut mixture in the large bowl. Immediately stir mixture until all the dry ingredients are coated with the marshmallow mixture.
Using a buttered spatula or waxed paper, press mixture evenly and firmly into your greased or lined 9 x 13″ pan. Then top with chocolate/candy corn topping.
To make the topping, microwave chocolate chips for 30 seconds, stir, then microwave another 30 seconds and stir, continuing this until chocolate chips are completely melted and smooth–about 2 minutes (be careful not to overcook)! Stir in coconut oil while chocolate is still warm, blending well (the coconut oil helps make the chocolate more drizz-able). Drizzle melted chocolate diagonally over crispy mixture in the pan, and sprinkle the candy corn evenly on top. Then drizzle another layer of chocolate on top of that, going the other direction diagonally, for a cris-cross effect.
Let crispy mixture and topping cool and set, then cut into bars (you can refrigerate them to help them set more quickly, for about 30 minutes). These are best eaten the same day; you can store for up to 2 days at room temperature in an airtight container.
Crispy bars are so quick and easy to make! Do you like your crispy bars plain or with add-ins?
I recently made some Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cup Crispy Treats and still had quite a bit of rice cereal left over, so I decided to try another kind of crispy treat. I love peanuts and caramel, especially together…so I tried a version using these ingredients. What can I say but “Yum”? If you like peanuts and caramel too, you’ll have to try these out!
PEANUT CARAMEL CRISPY TREATS by NancyC
Makes a 9×13″ pan
- 5 Tablespoons butter
- 1 (10-ounce) package marshmallows
- 5 cups crisp rice cereal
- 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts
- 1 (11-ounce bag) Kraft® Caramel Bits
Grease a 13 x 9″ pan; set aside.
Melt butter in large microwaveable bowl on high for 45 seconds or until melted. Add marshmallows, tossing to coat. Microwave marshmallows 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows are completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 45 seconds.
Add crispy cereal to melted marshmallow mixture, then stir in nuts and caramel bits. The mixture will get sticky quickly, so you have to work fast!
Press mixture onto bottom of greased 13 x 9″ pan. (Because the mixture is so sticky, you may want to use some waxed paper to help press the mixture in the pan. I used the waxed paper wrapper from a stick of butter that still had a smidgen of butter on it, and that worked great!) Cool completely before cutting into squares.
Stovetop Directions: Melt butter in a 3-qt. saucepan over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until they are completely melted and mixture is well blended. Then follow the rest of the directions above, adding in the rice cereal, peanuts, and caramel bits.
Have you tried any unique add-ins for crispy treats?
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One of my favorite Christmas shows is the Peanuts classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. I have seen it just about every year since I was a kid, and I never get tired of watching it! What a great reminder of what Christmas is all about as Linus recites a passage from the Gospel of Luke:
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
LUKE 2:8-14, King James Version
So if you still don’t have your tree put up and decorated yet (like me!) and are stressing out because you can’t get everything done you think you need to do, take a quiet break to reflect on and remember that Christmas is not about the decorations and gifts…it’s all about Jesus, God’s gift to each one of us.