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Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

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Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are so easy and quick you can make them with your family for a fun activity to get everyone involved. A great girls time, or friend get-together too.

These Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods are so versatile simply change the sprinkles for any holiday or just-because day for a yummy treat. 

Also try milk chocolate, dark chocolate or the white as shown here; it’s all scrumptious!

 


Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Supplies:

Pretzel Rods, long work best like these

White Chocolate or white chocolate chips

Sprinkles

Cellophane Bags 

Curling Ribbon

Waxed paper or Parchment Paper




Directions:

In a microwavable bowl, pour in as many of the chocolate buttons or chips as desired.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Melt for 30 seconds and stir.Continue this process of heating in small increments and stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Use caution not to overheat and burn the chocolate.

Dip the pretzel into the melted chocolate.




Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Scrape of slightly on all sides.Coat with the sprinkles over a piece of waxed paper.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Do this instead of rolling the coated pretzel in a bowl or plate of sprinkles.Using this method allows you to reuse the sprinkles and they will not be messed up in the chocolate.Lay the coated rods onto the waxed paper or parchment until chocolate is set.

Easter Pretzel Rods

Easter Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Place in the cellophane bags, tie with ribbon and make someone’s day better!Copyright, Recipe by Carrie Groneman,  A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with MandM’s

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

oohhh, here’s a great recipe for you!  It’s Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s candy.

Do you like popcorn like I do to snack on? 

Then you’re with me looking for creative and delicious ways to eat it.  With Valentines it gave me the perfect opportunity to show off some creativity —and colors of the season.

It also meant it had to be easy.

Begin with popcorn. Then after a quick coating of white chocolate, you toss in some Valentine M&M’s, which basically yells to all your friends and family that you gift this to, how especially sweet they are.  

This Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M candy comes together so fast for a snack, a gift – really any reason is perfect for this delectable treat.  Try it and see it if its not slightly addicting for you too:) 

 

Easy Valentine White Chocolate Popcorn with M&M’s

Ingredients:

1 cup popped popcorn, white variety if possible

12-16 oz white chocolate buttons or chocolate chips

1/2 – 1 package of Valentine M&M candy

 

Directions:

Pop the popcorn in an air popper if using, or the microwave or set aside if already popped.  Do not add in extra butter.

Spread a long piece of about 2-3 feet of parchment or waxed paper on your table or counter.

Next, in a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack MixHeat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Continue this process PRed Cany Snack Mix

White chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

White Covered Popcorn with PinCandy Snack Mix

Pour the smooth and melted chocolate over HALF of the popped popcorn and stir gently.

ADD in popcorn to your liking.  Some people like more chocolate on their popcorn than others.  I used about 3/4 of the popcorn when I made it. A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Stir the popcorn gently until it is all evenly coated.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

Spread on the parchment or waxed paper.

Allow to set up until the chocolate is set.

***NOTE:  I like to LIGHTLY sprinkle a VERY LITTLE salt when I first spread out the popcorn to set up.  This is a personal choice and USE CAUTION not to use too much, and this is NOT necessary, but does give a bit of balance to the sweet.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

 

Breaking up the set up chocolate covered popcorn, put it into a bowl and add in the Valentine M&M’s.  Serve.

OR keep in an air-tight container and use within 2-3 days for best results.A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popc

 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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A bowl of crunchy white popcorn covered in white chocolate. Mixed in are red and pink M&M candies for a Valentine Candy Snack Mix

White Covered Popcorn with Pink and Red MandM Candy Snack Mix

 

he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Quick Valentine Bark

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he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Quick Valentine Bark is a great gift to send to anyone who might be away from their Sweetie, or need to know they are being thought of.

It’s also a delicious candy that is so easy to make and inexpensive too.

Bark is simply white chocolate (or any chocolate you prefer), pretzels and peanuts.  Melt the yummy chocolate in the microwave, pour it over the pretzels and peanuts. 

Mix it together, let it set up and there you have it –

Valentine Bark ready to share!

 




Quick Valentine Bark

Ingredients:

1 lb. white chocolate buttons/melts/chips  I prefer ‘bright white’ for this when I can find it over the regular white chocolate buttons or chips

1 cup roasted peanuts

3 – 3 1/2 cups of broken in half mini pretzels; this makes it so you can easily eat the candy

Candy sprinkles, if desired




Directions:

In a large bowl place the broken pretzels and pour in the peanuts

Bowl of Peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper or parchment. 

In a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.White chocolate in a bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.White chocolate just beginning to melt

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Continue this processWhite chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day


Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzel and peanut mixture.  Melted white chocolate over the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Stir gently to coat the mixture evenly.Melted white chocolate mixed together with the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Pour this onto the wax paper or parchment lined pan and spread to an even layer. The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Top with any sprinkles your heart, or your Valentine desires!The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment with red and pink Valentine sprinkles on top

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Allow to completely cool and set up, then break into small pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

Yummy White Chocolate Valentine Bark which is white chocolate coating peanuts and pieces of Pretzels then topped withsprinkles of pink and red Valentine shaped sprinkles

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Are you looking for an impressive treat, that is fast, easy and no-fail?  Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn is what you are looking for.

I have the simple tutorial right here for you so you can make it for your party, movie night or whatever the occasion. AND, you can change it up for any holiday by using a different colored chocolate! 

It’s delicious and so festive, this Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn makes a great gift or treat for anyone. 

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Ingredients:
10-14 cups of popped popcorn, depending on your taste 
12 oz package of Wilton Light Green Chocolate Melts
12 oz package of Wilton Orange Chocolate Melts

Directions:

Spread out about 3 feet of parchment paper on the table or counter.

Pop the popcorn and remove all the un-popped kernels as best you can.

In a microwaveable bowl, pour in the green chocolate button melts.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Cook in the microwave for 20 seconds and stir. 

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Continue this until the chocolate is melted completely and warmed through.  

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Be careful not to warm it too fast, or it will burn.  

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick & Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Pour the warm chocolate over the popped popcorn.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Stir gently until well coated.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Spread the coated popcorn onto the parchment so it is single layer thick.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now, warm 1/2 – the entire bag of the orange chocolate button melts in a microwave-safe bowl; depending on how much you want to use.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Repeat the process for the orange chocolate as you did the green – using the same care not to burn.
Drizzle, with a spoon, the melted orange chocolate, over the top of the green coated popcorn in a random pattern.
Allow this to set up completely.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

When the chocolates are cooled and set, lifting the parchment, move it from beneath to help crack the popcorn into sections.

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Quick and Easy Chocolate Covered Halloween Popcorn

Now enjoy!

Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018
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Popcorn for Halloween in Green and Orange

Orange and Green White Chocolate Coated Popcorn

Cozy Vanilla Drink

Cozy Vanilla Drink

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Cozy Vanilla Drink

Cozy Vanilla Drink

I love a cozy warm drink that makes you feel like a soft warm blanket is wrapped all around and snuggles you in.  This is a family-friendly drink I created that you would vow came from a gourmet shop.  This fabulous vanilla beverage is not sticky sweet like so many, but, instead decedent and a fabulous self-indulgent treat you don’t want to miss.

 




Cozy Vanilla Drink

Ingredients:

2 Tbl. French Vanilla Creamer 

2 tsp. Pero

2- 3 Tbl. white chocolate chips

1 cup milk, microwaved for 2 minutes or heated through (2% – whole depending on the richness desired)



Directions:

Place the creamer, Pero and white chocolate chips in a large container, large enough to hold the ingredients and contain the splash when stirred.DSC_0735Pour the hot milk into the mixture and mix with a wand mixer, electric mixer or use a blender.DSC_0737Mix until the ingredients are completely combined, the chocolate chips are dissolved and it is combined completely.DSC_0738 Serve!Cozy Vanilla Drink 1 Carrie Groneman’s original recipe. Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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White Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

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BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Best Instant White Cocoa Mix

When you want to indulge in a bit of sophistication, this delightful drink will definitely satisfy. 

My incredibly talented friend Christine Christina Leonhardt told me about her white hot chocolate drink.  Thank you Christine!  

Then a fabulous reader emailed in and said she added in pudding to the mix, which of course I just had to try, and it is even better!  She used regular cook & serve, I used instant, so you can choose.  Thank you for your suggestion my reader friend!

After a few tweaks and experimenting, I think this is perfection.  You’ll have to give it a try. 

For a really special treat, I have a really nice printable for you to include with the BEST Instant White Choco Mix so you can share it HERE

 




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:

4 oz. Lindt white chocolate bar, broken into pieces              

1  1/2 cups powdered milk

2/3 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup vanilla or French vanilla non dairy creamer

2 teaspoons dutch processed cocoa (yes, it is dark cocoa)              

1/4 teaspoon. salt

3.56 oz. box of White Chocolate or Vanilla Instant Pudding mix  

 




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Directions:

In a food processor combine all the ingredients




BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

BEST Instant WHITE Cocoa Mix

Pulse until the chocolate chips and candy bar are in very small pieces.

Store the mix in a jar with a tight fitting lid or a zip lock bag.

Use 2 Tbl. (or more, depending on how rich you like your hot cocoa) in 6 oz. of boiling water.

Stir to melt the mix into the water.

Enjoy

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, after adaptions.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2016, 2018

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A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs

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A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

This is the BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs recipe hands down!

Want an easy and yummy sweet and salty fix? 

Well, here it is.  

My Aunt Peg called to tell me about a candy she had, and after her description, this is my version for BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs.

See, depending on where these are made, they are called Corn Puffs, or Corn Pops or Puff Corn.  No matter the name, they are considered chips and are not the cereal type. Make sure you look for the right kind, sometimes it’s seasonal.

Anyway, I took a bowl to my mother-in-law Meredith’s house for her to try and she loved it.

When when makes these BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs, she uses 2 packages of white chocolate chips where I use one.

It’s up to you how much coating you want.

Now these are fabulous right after making them.  However, if you can resist and let them sit overnight they get even better.  

Why?  Because the flavor improves and they are store wonderfully for a few days. 

Since these BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs are so easy to make, light and easy to pack, they are the perfect gift to ship to family and friends for the holidays or any occasion.




BEST White Chocolate Puff Corn, Corn Pops or Corn Puffs

Ingredients:

1 bag of 16-20 oz. “Corn Pops, Corn Puffs or Puff Corn” ( this is not the cereal, but considered a chip or snack food) like THIS

1 – 2  package(s) white chocolate chips (preferred and use a good brand) OR use buttons / melts 

  • Non-Dairy, vegan, try THIS
  • Good White Chocolate buttons, try THIS

Directions:

In a microwavable bowl add in the white chocolate chips (preferred), buttons or melts

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Slowly melt chocolate chips, stirring and heating 20 seconds, stir to prevent burning.

Continue to heat for 15 – 20 second intervals, stirring after each time.

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate




Continue this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and the temperature is about that of a baby bath.

bowl of white chocolate chips being melted in the microwave slowly

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn r Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Pour melted chocolate over corn pops. Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops in a large bowl with the melted white chocolate chips poured on top

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

 

Stir gently to evenly coat all the corn pops with the chocolate.

The Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops with the white chocolate chips stirred in completely

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Spread on parchment and allow to set up.The Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops with the white chocolate chips stirred in completely and spread on a large piece of parchment paper or waxed paper to set up

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

When ‘set’ store in covered container. 

It’s delicious now, but AMAZING tomorrow.

 A bowl of corn puffs, or some call them corn pops, but they are considered chips, not cereal. Covered in white chocolate for a wonderful salty sweet snack or treat.

Corn Puffs, Puff Corn or Corn Pops covered in white chocolate

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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