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20 Spooky Halloween Recipes

Food creativity around Halloween goes way up! I’m always amazed at the things people come up with for this holiday in particular. My theory is that it’s driven by moms up late at night who forgot about their kid’s classroom party — “We only have pretzels and chocolate in the pantry?! Yup, totally looks like Frankenstein!” Either way, these ideas are enviable. But luckily, these crafty folks proudly pasted their ideas to Pinterest for the rest of us to marvel at — and of course copy. Mini Halloween Pizzas It’s genius. Why shouldn’t cheese look like ghosts around Halloween? https://www.pinterest.com/pin/155655730851255379/ Jack Skellington Oreo Pops Everyone’s favorite Halloween movie. Or is it Christmas? … Or is it Halloween? The debate continues. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/201254677082069614/ Skeleton Ribs and Guts Clever. Gross, but clever. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/283726845257060705/ Monster Toes So easy. And a really cool idea, too! https://www.pinterest.com/pin/143481938112679123/ Strawberry Ghosts Again, super simple, but incredibly tasty. Everyone loves chocolate covered…

Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes store bought cookies look so good that you can’t pass them up. I bought a dozen pumpkin spice white chocolate chip cookies the other day. They were so tempting, I had to have one in the car before I even made it home. But that’s where the excitement ended. The cookies barely had any spice flavoring to them, and they were greasy on the bottom. Not even milk could make it right. So, I set out to make a better version on my own. Try this recipe if you like your pumpkin spice cookies to have tons of cinnamon and clove flavor along side the smooth white chocolate, and just say “no” to bad store bought pumpkin spice cookies. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Chip Cookies Makes about 3 dozen small cookies, or 18 large cookies Ingredients 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 cup canned pumpkin 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips 1…

3-ingredient easy mango sorbet recipe

In a world of sugary land of desserts, one sweet treat brings all the flavor without the guilt. Sorbet is often served at higher-end restaurants or even as a palate cleanser between courses, but you need not go to a fancy restaurant or shell out $6 a pint for the store-bought stuff. Make it right at home. This 3-ingredient recipe is perfect for people wanting to eliminate processed sugars or dairy from their diet, while still looking to indulge with friends and family. But don’t get sorbet confused with sherbet. Sorbet (pronounced sor-bay) is typically made from two ingredients — fruit and sugar. Due to the lack or milk, it has a slightly icy texture and needs to sit a bit at room temperature before eating. Sherbet is also made from fruit and sugar, but according the the FDA, sherbet must contain between one and two perfect milkfat. (For reference, ice cream must…

Strawberries and cream popsicles, a must for summer

If you haven’t hopped on the homemade popsicle wagon, you are missing out on a ton of tasty fun. For about $10 you can buy a decent popsicle mold, which will give you the freedom to explore delicious combinations, use up left over juice and smoothies, and allow you ultimate control over your sugar intake. When it comes to one of summer’s most loved treats, everyone wants one. It’s great to be able to give a guest or your child’s friend an option even though they have dietary restrictions. For this recipe, I didn’t add any additional sweeteners like sugar or honey. I wanted to be able to feel good about this and not have to put it on the splurge side of my diet. The full fat milk makes it decadent enough for me, but feel free to add some sweetness in your strawberry blend or some vanilla in your…

Try these themed sweet treats for Shark Week

If you’ve missed out that it’s Shark Week, you’ve clearly been living under a rock — errr, under the waves somewhere. Welcome Shark Week with these cute-as-can-be shark treats. Whether you’re hosting a party or just catching some shows after work, these are guaranteed to make shark-sized smiles. Shark Week is an annual week-long programming block produced by the Discovery Channel. Originally premiering in 1988 as an effort to correct misconceptions about sharks, the popularity of the summer television event has only grown over the past 29 years. Shark Punch You’ll feel like you’re at the ocean with this foamy blue beverage. Life Preserver Donuts Can you think of anything cuter? These sweet treats are quick and easy to make. Shark Week Waffles To celebrate sharks all day, you have to start in the morning. Try waking up with this Shark Week inspired waffle creation. Shark Frenzy Ice Cream This ocean blue…

America’s Favorite Ice Cream Flavor Revealed

The results are in, and vanilla reigns supreme as America’s favorite ice cream flavor. In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, which runs throughout the month of July, the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) conducted a survey to find the most loved flavors from coast to coast. The IDFA tabulated the top sellers from major ice cream manufacturers in the United States including Blue Bell, Unilever, Nestle, and members of the National Ice Cream Retailers Association, which likely includes your local mom and pop ice cream shop. Vanilla has been the top selling flavor for years, followed by chocolate, but the remaining 8 slots tend to vary. Here’s a full list: Vanilla Chocolate Cookies & Cream Mint Chocolate Chip Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Buttered Pecan Cookie Dough Strawberry Moose Tracks (vanilla ice cream with peanut butter cups and fudge swirls) Neapolitan “Vanilla has long been the best-selling ice cream flavor not only because…

Watermelon layered popsicles are a perfect summer treat

Kitchens with appliances and gadgets for everything tiny task bring to mind one thing — A&E’s Hoarders. Not to say all are appliances are bad, but unless you have unlimited shelf space, surely you don’t have any real need for an separate appliance for making hotdogs. This week I broke that rule — but I’m not even ashamed. I now own a popsicle mold. But in defense of my new purchase, it seems like a perfect opportunity to make healthier version of the sugary store-bought treats, but also as a great way to use up leftover fresh squeezed juices and smoothies. (More on that in a coming post). I had a giant watermelon already cut in my fridge, so I decided to start there. Watermelon is a perfect popsicle fruit since it has such high water content. It purees and freezes easily. In one bite, I became a believer. The sweet watermelon pairs perfectly with just the…

Where to find free donuts on National Donut Day

If there’s one good thing these national food holidays give us, it’s plenty of freebies. This year will mark the 79th anniversary of National Donut Day — a day with a pretty awesome past, actually. Unlike many national food holidays, Donut Day dates back decades to WWI and celebrates the women who served the fried sweets to soldiers on the front lines in France. In celebration of these ladies, here’s where to score free donuts this Friday: Dunkin Donuts Get a free donut with any drink purchase. Krispy Kreme Receive a free donut of your choice — any donut — on the house. No purchase necessary. Tim Horton’s Mention National Donut Day and receive a classic donut for free with purchase of any hot or iced coffee. Lamar’s Donuts Present this coupon to receive a free donut. Select cities are also handing out travel mugs. Cumberland Farms This East Coast chain is…

Mixed Berry Pretzel Salad: Recipe & Video

Some party foods are just too good to only be served at friends’ summer social affairs. In the Northeast, a strawberry pretzel salad shows up nearly at every party once the weather gets warm. It’s total disappointment to attend a block party or picnic and not see the fruity, layered dish on the table. But why should we wait to have this delicious sweet and salty dessert? If you’ve never had this summer staple, you’re in for a sweet textural surprise. The crunchy pretzels along with the creamy filling, cool Jell-O and crisp fruit are highly craveable, and making it at home means you can customize with fruit of your choice. Use local berries if you can, and pack it full of fruit — It may be called “salad,” but there’s nothing healthy about it unless you can squeeze in a few servings of fruit. Try any fruit, really. It can be made it with peaches and…

10 ice cream flavors you didn’t know existed

Isn’t Instagram grand? It gives us a peek into what culinary creations fellow foodies around the world are coming up with. Check out these 10 new ice cream flavors for a bit of drool-worthy inspiration. 1. Black Walnut https://www.instagram.com/p/BM-BKL_AWef/?tagged=blackwalnuticecream Find chunks of walnuts throughout this rich, buttery ice cream. This is the most accessible dairy dessert on the list. You can find it at some Baskin Robbins locations. 2. Fireweed Ice cream #FireWeedIceCream A post shared by Rowan Kelly (@hellorowanxo) on Aug 23, 2014 at 2:27pm PDT Fireweed is native to the Last Frontier. It’s sweet floral flavor combines the plant’s bright pink leaves with honey. 3. SWEET CORN #sweetcornicecream #mamasita #mexicancuisine #dessert #lunchspot #foodie #foodiegram #phonegraphy #vsco #vscocam #foodporn #foodieforlife #instasize #collinsstreet #melbourneats #melbournelife #melbournefoodie #melbournefood #zomato #zomatoaus #forsake @mamasitamelbourne A post shared by Yezi HU (@____jasmine.ho____) on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:22pm PDT Corn on the cob is a…