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The only reason I leave the house to go Christmas shopping is the hope of peppermint bark samples at Williams Sonoma. They are selling it for half off right now! (Only $30!!) I figured making a copycat recipe couldn’t be all that hard, and I was mostly right. 

My first attempt went horribly wrong when I thought I could make peppermint flavor by melting candy canes in water and adding that to the chocolate… Pretty much the first thing that comes up when searching for “how to melt chocolate” is “DO NOT let water get in it”… so that batch was ruined. The second time around the bittersweet chocolate melted perfectly, velvety smooth. Then the white chocolate turned into a big ball of gritty fudgy nonsense. I made do, and my family tried to be nice by saying it looked like snow. No matter, it tasted wonderful and everyone should make this.

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Gather: 2 bars semisweet bakers chocolate, 2 bars bakers white chocolate, peppermint extract, candy canes // baking sheet, parchment paper

Melt semisweet chocolate in a double boiler (or in the microwave according to directions). Add a couple drops of peppermint extract and incorporate into chocolate. Pour and spread over parchment paper to make a thin layer - it does not need to fill the whole sheet. Let cool in the refrigerator for 25 minutes or until hard. Melt white chocolate according to directs, but read this first to avoid terribly ruining the chocolate as I may have done. Pour over semisweet chocolate and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Let cool another 25 minutes or until hard. Break into pieces, and enjoy! 


I could really eat this all day every day

Peanut Butter & Co White Chocolate Wonderful

and some shameless propagandizing of this peanut butter dessert in a jar

1) for all those who have been asking about GF products… this peanut butter is GLUTEN FREE! 

2) as if that’s not healthy enough, it’s vegan too!

3) and. 2 tbsp is 180 calories for the White Chocolate and 170 for the Dark Chocolate (normal peanut butter is usually 190)

4) the White Chocolate tastes like a Reese’s. yea. it’s like getting back from the gym and having a Reese’s peanut butter cup on your banana/apple/toast/whatever you eat after the gym

5) no trans fats, no cholesterol

6) all natural 

7) need i keep going?

8) ingredients: peanuts, evaporated cane juice, vanilla, cocoa butter, palm fruit oil, lecithin (from sunflowers), salt. [no hydrogenated oil, no high fructose corn syrup]

9) you can order it by mail or online

10) they’re from New York City - it’s a little sandwich shop (says the label)

11) follow them on twitter- they show lots of love!

so.. basically… it’s the best thing ever. i’m HOOKED. 

https://twitter.com/#!/beccaheartsfood/status/192606266923823105

i made another batch of s’mores balls for a bake sale for a service fraternity i’m pledging into .. which totally makes sense because these actually require zero baking. 

huge success at the bake sale. they taste like real s’mores all rolled up into a ball. ah they’re just perfect

Step 1: 

in a plastic bag, crush graham crackers to make crumbs. if you have a food processor, use that. if you’re in a college dorm room without a coveted food processor, stick with bag. they WILL rip. just use a couple. (chocolate graham crackers work well)

Step 2: 

Add marshmallow fluff or melt marshmallows to put into the crumbs. If you’re melting marshmallows, melt them in a bowl with some butter and stir. (my friends say the ones i made with real marshmallows tasted better)

Step 3:

Melt milk chocolate and add it to the bowl. (I used some leftover chocolate ganache that I had made a couple days before and that worked well too)

Step 4: 

Mix together. Use your hands and be near a sink, it will get messy! Add some canola oil and some melted butter otherwise the ‘dough’ will clump up and you won’t be able to form it into balls (see picture below)

Step 5:

After cooling the dough in the refrigerator or freezer, form into balls and roll in graham cracker crumbs. 

Step 6:

Lay on wax paper and store in the freezer 

Step 6:

Lay on wax paper and store in the freezer 

S’mores Balls 


fear resolved: i was worried that they wouldn’t actually taste like s’mores - with the right textures and everything - but they are so good! achieved: gooey marshmallow, cruncy/melty-ish chocolate, crunchy/softish graham cracker. ah they’re perfect! 

to maintain our health-packed weekend (a weekend much looked forward to after giving up sweets for lent) andrew and i went and got donuts this morning from The Donut Hole in Wichita. 

to start, i got a s’mores donut, a mocha donut, and a cinnamon roll donut

and finished with a double chocolate donut, a streusel donut, and a small coffee

mind you, i ate about a quarter of each donut mentioned - but it was a lot of donuts, and it was amazing :) 

S’mores French Toast and my friend trying to break into the world of hand-modeling

recipe

i made these yesterday morning for two of my guy friends, and they would have told me how much they loved it, except their faces were full of s’mores french toast

Ingredients:

  • eggs
  • milk
  • vanilla
  • chocolate graham crackers
  • bread
  • chocolate chips
  • marshmallows

Directions:

    1. preheat oven to 350
    2. in a bowl, whisk eggs together with a splash of milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
    3. crush graham crackers in a bag to make fine crumbs and pour onto a plate
    4. dip bread in egg mixture, making sure it is totally coated, then place bread on graham cracker crumbs, covering both sides of the bread
    5. lay on heated pan for about 2 minutes on each side - times will vary
    6. WHILE bread is cooking, heat 1/4 cup of milk in a pot and stir in chocolate chips to make ganache. try to get a thick and spreadable consistency. keep on very low heat
    7. take bread off the pan and lay on aluminum-foil lined baking sheet and heat in the oven for about 5 minutes
    8. take bread out, and place three marshmallows on top of 1 slice for every 2 pieces of bread
    9. place back in over for about 5 minutes or until marshmallows have melted a little bit
    10. when ready, take bread out of the oven and spread non-marshmallow bread with chocolate ganache
    11. assemble both pieces together and drizzle with more chocolate and more graham cracker crumbs

    ENJOY!

    S’mores French Toast

    i made these a little differently than the original recipe. HOLY COW they were so good.

    click here for the recipe

    story of my [hungry] life

    i freaking love s’mores

    Italian Fiber Bars

    i have also enjoyed a box of chocolate hazelnut, and white chocolate, in addition to this very bold milk chocolate flavor

    it’s a little difficult to get used to eating breakfast at 7 am, lunch at 1, and dinner at 7. so i went out and bought some fiber bars to tie tide me over between meals.  

    and they’re yummy :)

    S’more Bites - marshmallows dipped in chocolate ganache and sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs then torched on top 

    i’m going to try some more variations of this too 

    Hot Chocolate

    using a double boiler i melted together some chocolate chips, sugar with a little bit of brown sugar, half and half, vanilla simple syrup, and about a cup of nonfat milk

    basically a heart attack in a mug

    served with whipped cream

    i made this for my little 16-year old brother. nuff said

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    Fruit Kabobs!

    i used to sit down for a “healthy snack” with some cut up strawberries and a tub of nutella…

    although delicious, i get my chocolate fix just fine with fruit kebobs with about 1 tbsp of melted chocolate chips drizzled on top — calories from chocolate - 70

    have fun with it! i’ve found that if i put effort into preparing my food and making only a certain amount, i really take time to enjoy every last bite, instead of mindlessly gorging down a giant bag of chips 

    try it with strawberries, bananas, pineapple, grapes, kiwi, melon, raspberries … yum! have fun with it!