No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I’m in a pickle.

You see, I have these friends on Instagram. We went to school together and they’re really nice. Some of them had a baby awhile ago, and trust me, I know they had a baby because that is ALL THEY POST.

Like, all the time.

I’m not even joking you. Constant bombardment of baby pictures daily, hourly, minutely. I wish I were kidding.

Pictures of her baby breathing. Pictures of her baby sleeping. Pictures of her baby rolling, kicking, crying, blinking, mid-blinking, mid-breathing, giggling, eating, drinking, staring, being a baby, pictures of everything related to the baby. Pictures of the baby’s clothes. Of its toys. Of its room. Of it and everything the baby has touched. Constant influx of pictures, pictures, and more freakin’ pictures.

It’s to the point where, no matter what time of day I scroll through IG, I see at least 10 posts from her and her baby. More pictures of the same damn baby.

I get it. You cheated death by birthing a human from your body. I’m sure it was glorious and angels sang in the midst of your sweating and pushing. Congrats. And I’m sure that you’re proud of this entity that you’ve created and want to shout from the rooftops that you love your child. But honestly? Not everyone wants to see incessant photos of your baby mid-blink with the caption “Blinking! <3″

I know what a baby looks like when it blinks. Is it the cutest thing in the world? No. Do my ovaries explode when I see no less than 5,457,358 baby pictures on Instagram? Certainly not. In fact, it’s more like birth control, because if I ever end up as a mom like that, I want someone to dropkick my eyeballs with stilettos.

And I’m in this pickle because I like these people enough but dammit, those baby pictures are clogging my feed and honestly making me snappy. I shouldn’t want to call Instagram and have them ban this woman’s account. I shouldn’t want to scroll extra fast past this baby’s poor face. I shouldn’t want to have to unfollow my friends but damn, they sure make it hard.

So there’s my pickle. And in pickles, I tend to conquer my fears by eating them. Tomato, tomahto.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! The idea for these No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites came to me when I was craving sheetcake frosting but didn’t want to turn the oven on since it’s been 100 degrees here lately. I was trying to think of a vessel I could slather that heavenly, sugary frosting on besides a spoon, and brownie bites came to mind – you know, the ones from the store bakery? Those are the perfect, poppable vessel for holding this substantial, chocolaty frosting.

And don’t worry. I’ll only Instagram this once.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing!

5.0 from 3 reviews
No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites
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Serves: 30
 
These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are little, poppable pieces of heaven! They're so easy, and conveniently no-bake for days when turning on the oven isn't an option.
Ingredients
  • About 30 pre-made, packaged brownie bites (find these in your local grocery store's bakery)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 5 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp milk or heavy cream
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup chopped pecan pieces
Instructions
  1. Line up the brownie bites onto a large rimmed sheet pan in an even layer. Set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt together the butter, cocoa powder, and milk over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla until a glossy, thick frosting is achieved. Stir in the pecans quickly.
  3. Drop heaping Tablespoonfuls of frosting on top of each brownie bite. It's okay if the frosting falls down the sides of the brownie bite; these are not pretty desserts but they are tasty! Allow the frosting to harden and set for about 20-30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days.

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! I mean, are these heavenly or are they heavenly? Simply amazing! I love the classic sheetcake frosting: it’s ultra rich, super chocolaty and buttery soft. Plus, the salty crunch of the pecans is just perfect against these tiny, fudgy brownie bites. The perfect bite for days when turning on the oven isn’t an option!

These No-Bake Texas Sheetcake Bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving strikes! Impossibly easy, totally foolproof and they taste super fudgy and amazing! Hope you have a fantastical day!

xo, Hayley

Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch

This Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch is easy, fruity, sweet and FABULOUS! It'll instantly transport you to the sunny Caribbean where it was inspired by!If there’s one thing I use in my kitchen most often (well, one of a few things), it’s vanilla extract.

love the stuff and use it religiously in nearly everything. And those typical ‘teaspoon’ measurements in recipes? I easily add in a Tablespoon or more of vanilla. Vanilla, essentially, is the best thing ever.

I’m so excited to partner up with Nielsen-Massey Vanilla for a couple posts to introduce you to their premium vanilla extract and other extracts and products. In this recipe in particular, I use their Vanilla Bean Paste, but they also have Orange Extract, Chocolate Extract, Vanilla Bean Powder, Vanilla Bean Pods, and more in their collection.

And believe me, it’s all good.

The inspiration for this particular recipe comes from the Caribbean, specifically at a small specialty foods store in Nassau, Bahamas. After traveling there earlier this year, I fell in love with the island culture and their fun food and drink trends (like drinking from coconuts and eating rum cake) and wanted to impart that same island flair back home.

This Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch is easy, fruity, sweet and FABULOUS! It'll instantly transport you to the sunny Caribbean where it was inspired by!While this isn’t served up in a coconut, it does bear a striking resemblance to the drink I had in that specialty food store. It was a cherry rum tea, based off a cherry-flavored iced tea they sold, and it had Caribbean rum and vanilla in it. It was sweet, fruity, refreshing, and unique, and I instantly fell madly in love with it, along with everything else in that store. (You don’t want to know how much I spent that day). I bought the tea, but I realized that not everyone has the blessing of owning rum-soaked tea bags from the Bahamas (if only we were all so lucky) and so I set out to recreate this drink at home sans tea.

This Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch is easy, fruity, sweet and FABULOUS! It'll instantly transport you to the sunny Caribbean where it was inspired by!And you guys – this is it. It’s incredible and tastes even better than the island drink I remembered. And I knooooow you guys are going to love this springy, festive drink too.

I meannnn… it’s got vanilla beans in it. WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE!?

This Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch is easy, fruity, sweet and FABULOUS! It'll instantly transport you to the sunny Caribbean where it was inspired by!

Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch
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Serves: 2-4
 
This refreshingly fruity rum punch is packed with flavor and has a unique vanilla twist.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups pineapple soda (like by Shasta or Fanta)
  • ¾ cup sugar-free black cherry syrup
  • ¼ cup Caribbean white rum
  • 1 Tbsp Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste
  • Lime slices/wedges
  • Pineapple chunks
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, stir together the pineapple soda, cherry syrup and rum. Add in the Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste and whisk to combine and break up the paste.
  2. Fill glasses with pineapple chunks and lime slices/wedges, then top with ice. Pour the punch over top of the ice. Serve!

This Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch is easy, fruity, sweet and FABULOUS! It'll instantly transport you to the sunny Caribbean where it was inspired by!This drink couldn’t be simpler to whip up and is so versatile. Use dark rum for a richer flavor or a flavored rum for something funky and different, but I love the flavor of the simple white Caribbean rum paired with the fruity pineapple soda and sweet black cherry syrup. The vanilla bean paste adds such a warmth and richness to this cocktail that’s positively irresistible; I know you’ll love it as much as we did!

Vanilla Bean Cherry Rum Punch RecipeTo connect with Nielsen-Massey, be sure to visit their website HERE or connect with them via Facebook or Twitter. You can also follow the hashtag #NMVSpring for more inspiration featuring their vanilla products!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Donut Tiramisu

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!You guys. This tiramisu is out of control in the best way possible.

I mean, instead of boring old ladyfingers, I made it with yeasty, maple-y donuts. WHAT COULD BE BETTER?

(The answer: another slice. Because I’m woefully lacking it right now).

This idea came at me in a couple of different directions. First, I knew I wanted to make tiramisu because I just got this brand spankin’ new Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Machine delivered to my door as part of being their Brand Ambassador. And you guys, this brewer is totally amazing! Here’s why.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewFirst of all, it’s called ‘FlexBrew’ because it’s a flexible brewing machine… meaning it will brew a carafe’s worth of coffee on one half, and brew a single cup of coffee on the other. Pretty neat, right? As someone who drinks only a cup of coffee but uses a carafe to brew (all the waste – tragic, I know), this is a genius solution for me. When company comes over, or for lazy Sundays where I can drink cup after cup, the carafe side is perfect. Simply switch the dial to “Carafe” to brew. But for most days, I’m a single serving kinda gal, so I’ll just switch the dial the other way and brew my solo cup.

Hamilton Beach FlexBrewIt’s pretty genius, you guys.

So with this new coffee magic, I knew I would brew a pot of coffee so I could simultaneously drink my coffee, make my tiramisu, and serve it with my tiramisu. Brilliance!

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!And then I got to thinking – I’ve never actually seen ladyfingers in real life. Does my grocery store even carry those? Are the only people who consume ladyfingers regularly old ladies? Donuts also go with coffee, so why not use those? Donuts. Yes. Donuts.

And here you have it, in all its glory. And it really, truly is glorious.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!*adapted from my Bailey’s Twinkie Tiramisu recipe

Donut Tiramisu
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This Donut Tiramisu is packed with rich coffee and chocolate flavors and a delightful whipped cream cheese filling. You won't be able to resist having another slice!
Ingredients
  • 4 long john donuts (or another bar-shaped, unfilled donut), split lengthwise
  • 1 (12 oz) container whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • ¼ cup chocolate sauce
  • ¼ cup strong brewed coffee, at room temperature
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Line four halves of the donuts along the bottom of the dish. Drizzle with half of the chocolate sauce and coffee evenly. Set aside. Meanwhile, cream together the whipped cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon with a handheld mixer until creamy, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip until combined. Spread HALF of the mixture evenly over top of the donuts. Lay with the remaining four donuts, drizzle evenly with coffee and chocolate, and top evenly with the remaining Cool Whip mixture.
  3. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or overnight, if possible. Cut into squares and serve.

This unique Donut Tiramisu uses long, maple-y long john donuts instead of ladyfingers to soak up all the chocolate and coffee goodness! Creamy, sweet and rich, this tiramisu will soon become a fast favorite!This tiramisu is packed with that fresh-from-the-fryer donut flavor. Rich and maple-y, this tiramisu is soft, light and fluffy, studded with cinnamon and bursting with coffee and chocolate flavor. You’ll love it and the fun donut twist!

For more information on Hamilton Beach’s FlexBrew Coffee Machine, be sure to visit their website! You can also connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Have a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

In the interest of full disclosure, I was generously provided with a machine to sample in my own home as a brand ambassador. All opinions are 100% my own. 

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits and An “I Love You Berry Much” Mother’s Day Party!

  This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.
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Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!Today I’m going to go the sentimental route and talk about my beloved Mom in honor of Mother’s Day coming up on May 10th.

My Mom is amazing. I know everyone typically thinks their mom is the best mom and so on, but for me, I could not have asked for a better Mom. No other woman would do, and no other woman could ever replace her in my life.

My childhood was a magical one and I have my Mom to thank for that. We were by no means spoiled, and we lived on a middle-class budget, but by some miracle my Mom always managed to make holidays special. On Easter we’d have elaborate baskets filled to the brim with candy and treats. On Christmas, the tree runneth over with wrapped presents from Mom and Dad tied with big, shiny bows. Our Santa gifts have never been wrapped; instead, my Mom and Dad set them up in different parts of the living room so we can instantly identify what our gift is from afar. It’s that attention to detail that my Mom has that always makes the setups so pretty and perfect. Cookbooks displayed just so, or Barbies lined up like soldiers, ready for me to dress-up.

Of course, life hasn’t always been idyllic. When I was in the sixth grade, a classmate threatened to hurt me at school. I told the teacher, who told the principal, who told authorities, and the student was removed from the school. My Mom fought for my rights, believing in my tangible fear of the situation and stood up for me when I was scared. She took me to counseling but also provided a sounding board for when I needed to talk, or had a nightmare in the middle of the night. She’s even let me sleep next to her when a particular Are You Afraid of the Dark vampire mailman episode gave me the heebie jeebies, without diminishing my fear.

And throughout my teenage years and adulthood, as I battle one mental illness after another, my Mom has stood by my side, unwavering in her fierce loyalty and undying support. She’s pushed me in the right direction when I couldn’t see, she’s mended my heart when a long-time boyfriend cheated on me. She’s distracted my pain with shopping trips, and she’s offered practical advice when I needed a hand. She’s keen at sensing when something’s wrong – a mother’s instinct, no doubt – and her meticulousness helps set things right again with just the right words or a perfectly timed, heartfelt hug.

It’s in those moments that I begin to truly appreciate what an amazing, kind, caring, thoughtful, giving woman she is. Sacrificing her time to listen to me ramble, lending her ears to hold some of my deepest secrets, and proffering those strong, protective hugs only Moms can give. It’s in those precise moments, like when she tells me she’s proud of me, slips an ‘I Love You’ into the conversation, or pats me on the head and says I’m a ‘good girl’ – that I really, truly feel her unconditional love for me. And its in the moments when I repeat the ‘I Love You’, welcome her hug with an equally-strong one of my own, and force myself to be the best person and daughter I can be that I hope she sees my unconditional love for her.

I’m partnering with American Greetings for this particular post, and when I was asked to do a Mother’s Day-inspired party plan, I immediately thought of this idea. My sweet, lovable Mom LOVES strawberries, and I knew I could make a beautiful berry-inspired party with just a few key decorations and party foods. (And, of course, a really heartfelt, tug-at-those-heartstrings American Greetings card). This party couldn’t be simpler to whip up, and that’s a good thing seeing as it looks as if you spent all day making everything and because you have more time to mingle with guests and hang out with your Mom :)

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!So first things first: the theme! The ‘I Love You Berry Much’ theme will work for any Mom anywhere… not just for berry lovers! I chose this theme for several reasons: 1) because my Mom loves strawberries, and 2) because it’s the perfect spring-time theme for a party. What’s more springy than fresh berries, fresh flowers, and a light pastel-colored party?

And can we please talk about this No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse!?

This No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse is to-die for! Rich and creamy, it comes together in minutes and is SO delicious!This mousse couldn’t be more delicious or simpler to make, which is just an added bonus since it’s SO SCRUMPTIOUS! It starts with cream cheese, sugar and vanilla which you whip together until creamy, then simply fold in a tub of thawed Cool Whip for a dreamy, airy texture that’s out of this world. Layer with strawberries (or another fresh berry – this would be particularly delicious with raspberries too!) and voila! Done and done.

Strawberry LemonadeThis Strawberry Lemonade is only two simple ingredients: prepared lemonade and strawberry simple syrup. You can make your own simple syrup at home by boiling water, strawberries and sugar together, then straining it, or you can buy a prepared version like Torani. This would be so delicious with blackberries and blackberry syrup, or raspberries with raspberry syrup, too!

And if you’re feeling frisky, maybe spike it with some vodka. Or maybe not. #butyoutotallyshould

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!And you can’t do a berry-themed party without chocolate covered strawberries! They’re the ultimate strawberry treat and are so easy to make! Dunk a bunch of cleaned and dried strawberries into melted chocolate, allow to harden, and consume. It’s that easy and the kids will love decorating the strawberries with assorted nuts and sprinkles!

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!I also made chocolate-dipped berry Oreos for a fun chocolaty treat. My Mom loves her Oreos, so I knew this was a must! Simple flower-shaped candies on top keep with the floral, fresh theme and make them look pretty, although sprinkles or chopped, freeze-dried strawberries would be lovely, too.

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!And you can’t do a Mother’s Day Party without flowers! I picked these up at Walmart (along with all of my other supplies) because Walmart has a wonderful American Greetings-inspired Mother’s Day section, complete with the whole line-up of American Greetings-brand cards, trinkets, wrapping materials and more, all fit to be a one-stop-shop for Mom’s Day. I found these flowers nearby and loved that they would go with my color scheme of pink (my mom’s favorite color!) and the natural aspect of the fresh floral and berry theme.

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!I decorated the tablescape with some American Greetings cards without their envelopes. I figured this makes them more personal and uses the cards as decoration for your tablescape – double duty! Plus, they have such a great assortment of cards for Mother’s Day, from sweet to sentimental, funny to straightforward. I, of course, am a huge sap and tend to veer on the sentimental side of things :)

instoreAnd of course, you can’t do Mother’s Day without a gift! This ‘Ultimate Mom Basket’ is perfect for my Mom and I found all of it in the American Greetings One-Stop-Shop which is so convenient! I picked up a cute “World’s Greatest Mom” mug for her since she loves coffee, the stuffed animal dog to remind her of her furry friends at home while she’s away, a journal because she loves making lists and writing things down, an owl jewelry holder since she loves her earrings (she has the biggest collection I’ve ever seen and this is perfect for housing studs) and a cute flower-pot decoration for her to put on her desk at work.

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!All I did was buy a small basket/bin, line it with a pretty dishtowel (though tissue paper works too, but I loved the gingham dish towel for this theme!) and place everything inside. Easy peasy! And? The whole basket (including the card, bin, and the candy I filled inside of the mug!) is under $25. I’m telling you – that one-stop-shop is a really awesome!

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!I know my Mom is gonna love it! Especially that sweet card, which has glitter. Every Mom needs glitter – it’s a fact.

Now, I hope you didn’t forget about that Cheesecake Mousse, because I sure didn’t! Here’s the recipe :)

This No-Bake Cheesecake Mousse is to-die for! Rich and creamy, it comes together in seconds and is SO delicious!

5.0 from 2 reviews
No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits, Strawberry Lemonade, and An "I Love You Berry Much" Mother's Day Party!
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Recipe type: Cheesecake, No Bake Treats
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Serves: 4
 
This light and fluffy cheesecake mousse couldn't be simpler to whip up! It's easily doubled or tripled, too.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
  • Fresh strawberries, roughly diced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with a handheld electric mixer on medium speed. Beat for about 2 minutes or until creamy and blended.
  2. Fold in the Cool Whip completely until the mixture has doubled in size and is fluffy. Spoon into a piping bag attached with a large open circle tip (or simply snip off the corner of the bag).
  3. Fill the bottom of a small plastic cup with strawberries and pipe some cheesecake mousse on top; about 1-2 Tablespoons worth. Add more strawberries, then pipe on another Tablespoon or so of mousse. Finish with remaining cups.
  4. Serve immediately.

Host the Best Mother's Day Party ever!My Mom loved this party so much! It was curated with her in mind but it can work for any special woman in your life! It’s sweet, easy and totally memorable as being one of her favorite parties thus far!

Be sure to check out Walmart’s American Greetings one-stop-shop for all things Mother’s Day! You can check them out online HERE and find Mother’s Day inspiration HERE, using the hashtag #BestMomsDayEver!

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Have a berry sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Nutty Buddy Popcorn

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This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!I love popcorn.

It’s one of those treats that the second the aroma hits your nose, you instantly crave it. Or is that just me with all the foods? Don’t answer that.

I mean, you can’t go to a movie theater and walk past the popcorn, even if it is like $20 a bag now. It’s virtually impossible to resist the buttery, nutty smell of freshly popped popcorn and the irresistible, glistening butter coating on each fresh kernel.

But again, $20 a bag. Homegirl has to pay some bills so I ain’t got time for expensive popcorn.

That’s why I love ACT II Popcorn and teamed up with them to create this fabulous Nutty Buddy Popcorn! It is perfect alone or dressed up with chocolate, peanut butter and crunchy wafer cookies to create the best treat for movie night or your favorite TV show marathons, which my family and I regularly indulge in.

Nothing’s better than curling up on the couch with my fam after a long day of work, and of course, there has to be snacks. Movie night without popcorn is like a birthday party without cake – somewhere, a child is crying over it. So when we huddle together to watch something scary or laugh our bellies off during a comedy, we’re noshing on popcorn.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!Most of the time I make plain ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn since it’s the best popcorn around. It’s super buttery and delicious and pops perfectly every time. But for a recent TV show binge-fest, I decided to dress up the popcorn into one of my favorite cookies: the Nutty Bar. Those crispy peanut butter & chocolate wafer cookies are the bomb and my family loves ’em, so I knew creating a popcorn munch with the same flavors as those iconic yellow-box cookies was absolutely necessary.

For this recipe, I shopped at Sam’s Club where they have the big 28-count boxes of ACT II Popcorn. And if you download the Ibotta app, you can grab a $2 off coupon exclusively for Sam’s Club. Sweet! And can we talk about Sam’s for a minute? I just love their free samples! I tried the ACT II Popcorn at a demo over the weekend and they mixed it with Oreos. It. Was. DIVINE.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!And speaking of divine… I mean, there are no words for this popcorn. It’s a must-try!

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Nutty Buddy Popcorn
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Serves: 6-8
 
This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is so simple to whip up and tastes amazing! Crunchy, creamy, sweet and salty, it's the perfect movie marathon or TV binge-fest accompaniment.
Ingredients
  • 2 bags ACT II Butter Lovers Popcorn, popped and unpopped kernels discarded
  • ½ pkg vanilla candy coating (I like CandiQuik)
  • 2 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
  • 8 crispy peanut butter chocolate wafer cookies (like Nutty Bars), roughly chopped
  • 2 squares chocolate candy coating
Instructions
  1. Line a flat work space with wax paper. In a large bowl, melt the vanilla candy coating until smooth and melted, about 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Once melted, stir in the peanut butter until combined.
  2. Add the popcorn to the mixture and gently toss to coat the popcorn. Spread the popcorn out onto the wax paper in an even, single layer. Top evenly with the chopped cookies.
  3. Melt the chocolate candy coating in another small bowl until melted; pour the melted chocolate into a resealable plastic bag, snip off the tip, and drizzle over the popcorn. Allow the chocolate to set, about 15 minutes, before breaking into pieces to serve.

This Nutty Buddy Popcorn is packed with sweet peanut buttery flavor, crisp wafer cookies and lots of chocolate! You won't be able to resist a second helping!This twenty-minute recipe could not be simpler to make! I love the crunch from the popcorn and cookies and the texture of the creamy peanut butter coating that blankets each kernel of popcorn. This is sweet, salty, and a whole lotta heavenly! What’s your favorite way to enjoy popcorn? Answer in the comments below! :)

Have a sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Homemade Dole Whips {No Ice Cream Machine Needed!}

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!You guys. These whips. I die.

So last month, I attended the Food Blog Forum in Orlando, FL. It was an awesome and intimate conference that took place at Walt Disney World Resort where we could learn the tricks of the trade, network and mingle with our bloggy friends and awesome brands, and explore Disney World!

And as a Disneyland fan, I was a little skeptical about Disney World. Would it really be that big of a deal? Would it be better than Disneyland? But I quickly realized there is zero comparison. They’re both like, completely different planets but with the same mouse creatures. And they both have Dole Whips.

If you don’t know, a Dole Whip is a pineapple-y vanilla soft-serve cone that Disneyland and World serve up in their Adventureland. You can get ’em standard (that’s a Dole Whip) or get them over pineapple or orange juice (that’s a Dole Float). I had the float, and it was miiiiiighty tasty. But the whip itself? Heaven.

It’s so soft and creamy, bursting with tropical, juicy pineapple and sweet whipped vanilla in every bite. It definitely lives up to the hype – and there’s a huge one – because it’s so freakin’ good. But when I came home to investigate how to make these creamy concoctions at home, I was so bummed that every recipe required an ice cream machine – something my life is severely lacking. But since I’m poor (see: Disney World) yet I wanted to satisfy this burning need for Dole Whips at home in California, I figured I ought to create something pretty darn identical to the original.

And you guys – this is it.Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Is it as stiff as the original? No, but that’s because it isn’t made from a prepared mix or churned out in a Taylor fro-yo machine. However, it is plenty creamy, freezy, and bursting with pineapple-y vanilla goodness that tastes pretty darn similar to the original Disney creation. Almost like if Dole Whips and the Wendy’s Frosty had a love child, it would be these. A delicious, outrageous love child.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Now if you need me, I’ll be knee-deep in Dole Whips (which is exactly where I want to be!)

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!*slightly adapted from HERE

4.8 from 4 reviews
Homemade Dole Whips {No Machine Needed!}
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These guilt-free, homemade Dole Whips are the perfect refreshing treat any time of year! They taste pretty darn identical to the Disney classic and are made without a ticket to Disneyland and without an ice cream machine!
Ingredients
  • 2 cans (20 oz each) Dole Crushed Pineapple
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • Juice of one lime
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, frozen
Instructions
  1. In a blender, pour in the cans of crushed pineapple (pineapple and their juice), the sugar, juices of both the lemon and lime, and the vanilla. Blend for about 2 minutes or until completely smooth.
  2. Cut the frozen Cool Whip in quarters and place it in the blender. Blend on high until combined and smooth. Mixture will be thick but still pourable.
  3. Pour the mixture into two Mason jars with the lids off. Place the Mason jars into the freezer and freeze for about 3 hours, or until the mixture is soft and thick, like soft serve. Serve immediately. I find that in my freezer, 3 hours is the perfect amount of time for thick and creamy soft serve-style Dole Whips, but check yours after 2 and experiment with times from the 2-hour mark.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Yep. Paradise in a glass, all without the cost of admission to Disney World. Can’t complain about that!

Want to trash this up? Add coconut rum to the mixture and proceed. HELL YEAH.

Want to lighten this up? Use Stevia instead of the sugar and use Cool Whip Free or Sugar-Free Cool Whip for a lighter treat.

Homemade Dole Whips are a light and creamy treat bursting with juicy pineapple and vanilla flavor, served up frozen soft-serve-style. Just like the Disneyland classic, and no ice cream maker required!Have a sweet day!!

xo, Hayley

 

REESE’S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball OREOS for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #UnbelievableMoments #CollectiveBias

Host the ULTIMATE Basketball Party with OREO Basketballs, Slam Dunk Coke Floats, and REESE'S Three Point Popcorn! College basketball season is in full swing and I’m sure there will be parties aplenty while everyone roots on their beloved college basketball team.

But sometimes throwing a party can a tad daunting, especially if its a sports-related one. No one sits down and eats a steak dinner during the major tournament, so party food has to be on point for it to be successful, am I right? And chips & dip, while delicious, are kind of predictable. So I’m going to show you how to throw the BEST Basketball Party without all the stress & fuss so you can spend more time eating… or, you know, watching the game :)

First up – party planning, obviously. No one just has color-coordinated plates and napkins lying around unless you live inside of a party supply store. I did most of my shopping at Target, where I purchased my ingredients for all of the treats you see above as well. Target has a great party supply selection with tons of different colored plate, napkin, and utensil items, and lots of fun decorations for any theme you could think of. Sports was an obvious one for this party, so I picked up some fun basketball confetti, these cool basketball plates and cups, and the basketball bouncy balls – party favors that no kid can resist.

MM1Bonus that all my ingredients were on sale at my local Target! Score!

If you don’t want to go with a generic basketball theme and would rather stick with your favorite college team’s colors, that would be great, too! Or if you know of two particular teams playing one another, you could go with all four colors to make it really festive and spirited.

DSC_0714AI found these super cute orange paper treat boxes and knew I could doctor ’em up really fun for this party. I simply drew on a couple of arches on either side, a line down the middle, and one through the center for a basketball lining’s shape. Easy and SO cute… and of course, the perfect vessel to hold my REESE’S Three Point Shot Popcorn. It’s pretty awesome, you guys… so let’s talk about that for a sec.

3 Point Shot PopcornThis popcorn is the perfect sweet-and-salty treat for munching during the game and it couldn’t be simpler to whip together. I don’t know about you, but when eating something mixed up, like trail mix or chex mix, I’m always searching for my favorite component to eat first, and these REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis are that! They’re so adorable and the perfect miniature size for this popcorn.

(Psst.. if you have Target’s Cartwheel App, there’s a free coupon for REESE’S Peanut Butter Cup Minis available from 3/15-4/4. Download it!)

DSC_0717ANext up? OREO Basketballs! Adorable basketballs made from OREO Cookies. Don’t cringe from intimidation – I promise these are a breeze to make. They do require a little bit of a steadier hand, and a disposable piping bottle, but they’re so worth the smidgen of extra effort. Not only do they look the part, they taste awesome. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy chocolate-covered OREOS? No one, that’s who.

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DSC_0738A(BTW, you can find a small piping bottle like this in the baking aisle of most stores, or sometimes even the craft aisle!)

Slam Dunk Coke FloatsLast up: my Slam Dunk Coke Floats. These bad boys are delicious, thanks to Coke Zero. Their motto is ‘you don’t know ZERO ’til you’ve tried it‘ and that’s so true. It tastes just like regular Coke but without all the calories and sugar. And did you know that Coke Zero and Target use special “drinkable” advertising and technology so people can try out Coke Zero for themselves with a free 20 oz coupon? Starting April 2nd, download the Shazam app to participate in these unbelievable experiences at a drinkable TV spot, jumbo-tron, or at CokeZero.com.

DSC_0723AThese are like your traditional Coke Floats but made with Coke Zero instead. I used fat-free vanilla frozen yogurt for the “dunks” of ice cream, but any icy-cold ice cream will work! They’re the perfect, refreshing way to indulge while watching pivotal, #unbelievablemoments during the game.

DSC_0708AANow back to the spread. Again, I went with a general basketball theme here but team colors would be a fun and festive touch should you throw your own Ultimate Basketball Party. I like to lay all of my components on the same table so guests know where all the good stuff is :) I like putting the packaging behind some items where people may not know what’s what, so as to offer better clarification. You could also put up cute placecards with the food or drink item’s name on it so folks know what they’re eating.

Also, when throwing parties, I don’t like to set out everything I have. Much like a retail shop, I keep some stuff out on the floor and some stuff behind so when something leaves the table, I can replenish it. This keeps the table from looking too full of busy and keeps me working off those calories from all the popcorn I’ve been eating :)

DSC_0731AI also like how everything is arranged on the table and a little scattered about. Don’t get me wrong; I love things tidy and orderly, but having a couple of straws left out (BTW, paper straws are a must!) keeps it lively. Scattering the basketball bouncy balls and plush basketballs about keeps your eye darting around and makes things interesting. And experiment with height – top OREO Basketballs on a medium-sized cake stand, the REESE’S Popcorn in tall treat bags, and use shorter cups for your Coke Floats. It keeps the table balanced, even if there are different shapes and sizes.

But most importantly… Have fun! It’s a freakin’ party, man. And even if your team loses, there’s still Coke Floats to fall back on… and that’s never a bad thing!

DSC_0732ANow, who wants some REESE’S Popcorn and OREO Basketballs?!

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REESE'S Three Point Popcorn, Slam Dunk Coke Floats & Basketball Oreos for the ULTIMATE Basketball Party!
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Recipe type: Treats
 
Ingredients
  • FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  • 1 pkg OREO Cookies
  • 2-3 pkgsorange candy melts
  • 4 squares chocolate bark
  • Piping bottle
  • FOR REESE'S THREE POINT POPCORN:
  • 8 cups popped popcorn (unflavored)
  • 1 pkg orange candy melts
  • 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 1 pkg REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup Minis
Instructions
  1. FOR OREO BASKETBALLS:
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and set aside. Prepare the orange candy melts according to package directions, until melted. Dunk each OREO into the candy melts, covering completely and allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Return to the baking sheet and repeat with remaining melts.
  3. Melt the chocolate bark until smooth. Pour carefully into the piping bottle. Using a steady hand, draw basketball piping onto the surface of each coated OREO. Allow the piping to set before serving.
  4. FOR REESE'S POPCORN:
  5. Melt the candy melts according to package directions, or until smooth. In a large bowl, toss the chocolate with the popcorn, candy pieces, and REESE'S Minis. Lay out in an even layer on a flat work-surface covered in wax paper to allow the chocolate to harden. Once set, break into pieces and serve.

For more info on Mondelez products, such as OREO Cookies, be sure to visit their site and enter to win their ULTIMATE Basketball Prize! And visit Coke Zero’s site for info to get a 20 oz Coke Zero for FREE starting April 2.

Thanks for stopping by! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some popcorn to eat.

Have a great day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!So. Easter’s coming up — it’s hard to believe it’s so soon with an early April 5th this year! So if ya don’t mind me, I’m going to be posting Easter recipes up the wazoo, mmkay?

First up: Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia. But first, a story! *collective sighs*

As a kid, my family and I would go to my grandma’s house for Easter breakfast every year. And every year, she’d hide plastic Easter eggs full of candy and quarters around her yard for me and my brother & sister. She would color code the eggs so I would be purple, Chloe would be green, and Alex would be blue, or whatever.

But the thing was, she put all three colors together in any given spot. So if I saw Alex bend down behind the garden hose and extract an egg, I knew my egg would be back there, too. If Chloe saw me elbow-deep in the rose bush reaching for my egg, she would race over to collect hers. I can see why my grandma did this when we were all younger, perhaps so it could be fair to Chloe (who’s the youngest), but as we got older and I was seventeen and hunting for eggs, it became a little ridiculous. (One, because of the obviousness of it all, and two, because I was seventeen and being forced — yes, forced — to hunt Easter eggs).

And the candy was never really good candy. And yes, there’s definitely a distinction between ‘good’ candy and ‘bad’ candy. I’m not talking ‘I prefer Snickers over Reese’s Cups’ or anything. I mean the CANDYCANDY (Snickers, Jelly Bellies, Whoppers, M&M’s) and the …candy? that she would inevitably buy.

You know – the “candy” that doctors offices have. The unmarked lollipops that taste like plastic with a vague hint of fruit (the yellow ones were always the most vile; the red were decent enough to be passable as cherry, depending on your level of hunger). The chewy candies that were probably made with leftover SuperGlue. Those — shudder — strawberry candies, which are by far the foulest things to have graced this planet, right before those toe shoes and Vienna sausages. Or those butterscotch candies, which were always really sticky and hard, like they’d been melted in the bottom of a purse since 1967.

So basically we’d collect for the quarters which essentially paid us to hunt for them, and then we’d toss the candy since it came from an undisclosed location and an even vaguer brand. I mean, do these candy companies know that no one likes their stuff? Are they aware that their lack of branding looks majorly suspicious and that only desperate doctors and banks purchase their lollipops? What’s their name, anyway? “Bank Candy”? “Doctor Lolly”? All’s I know is, I had this terrible doctor once — and I mean terrible — who had this super thick accent and just said to ice or rest everything, no matter what the ailment was, and she’d hand out those unmarked lollies and they always tasted like they were made of candied cough syrup. Mm, Robitussin Raspberry – my favorite! I never liked that, Dr. Lee. AND RESTING MY LEG DIDN’T HELP EITHER.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!Anywho. This all comes together because that very color-coding-egg-grandma makes ambrosia every year for Easter dinner. And for the longest time I’d eat it because hello, it’s Cool Whip and marshmallows with fruit… duh. But then I got kinda tired of it, and I figured for this Easter, it’s about dang time I change it up. So I revamped grandma’s classic ambrosia with a tropical twist. My new version happens to be my new favorite… and I guarantee it’ll be yours too! This fruit salad is so easy, light, and delicious!

So. Who’s ready to go hunting for awesome ambrosia? (Game over. It’s right here).

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!

Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia Salad
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Recipe type: No Bake Treats
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Serves: 12
 
This light, fruity and DELICIOUS Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia has the flavors of the tropics built right in and is perfect any time of year.
Ingredients
  • 1 can (15 oz) cherry fruit cocktail, drained
  • 1 small can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1 (20 oz) can Dole Pineapple Chunks, drained
  • 1 (15 oz) can mangoes, drained and chopped if in large pieces
  • 1 & ½ cups shredded coconut, divided
  • 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip Free, thawed
  • 1 container Pina Colada yogurt
  • About 2 cups JET-PUFFED Fruity Fun Mallows
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, fold together the Cool Whip Free and the Pina Colada Yogurt. Add in the canned fruits, marshmallows, and one (1) cup of the shredded coconut. Gently fold and toss to combine until coated.
  2. Refrigerate the mixture for at LEAST 2 hours or until flavors have set together.
  3. Optional, but recommended: if you'd like, toast the remaining ½ cup coconut. In a 300 degree F oven, line a baking sheet with parchment and lay out coconut in an even layer. Toast in 5 minute increments, stirring after each round, until golden. Sprinkle over the top of the ambrosia right before serving. Garnish with a cherry if you'd like.

This Tropical Pina Colada Ambrosia is a light, luscious and fruit-packed dessert dish that's perfect for Easter! Loaded with marshmallows, coconut, tropical fruit and a tangy pina colada whipped cream, it'll transport you right to the beach!You guys – this is so fruity and fabulous! I love the sweet softness of the JET-PUFFED Fruit Mallows — they have such fun flavors and add a great pop of rainbow color! And the fruit itself is a great, tropical combination that transports you right to the beach. Ripe pineapple chunks, juicy mango and mandarins, bright cherries, all coated in a luscious and light whipped cream and pina colada yogurt dressing. This salad is totally awesome!!

Have a fabulous Sunday!!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Lucky Rainbow Bark

Lucky Rainbow BarkYeah, I am totally guilty of trashing the living daylights outta that white chocolate. Sue me.

As a kid, I had this neighbor – we’ll call her Meow, since I remember her meowing on occasion, and I slept over at her house pretty frequently. She had anything a girl could ask for – her own pony, a really fluffy dog, a HUGE Barbie mansion, and the works. I remember being infinitely jealous of her Barbie collection since I was super obsessed with all things Barbie.

ANYWHO. On one particular evening sleepover, Meow and I were tucked in our sleeping bags and watching cartoons. The show ended and Leprechaun came on. Meow was kinda scared, but I begged her to keep it on since I was a morbid child who was admittedly frightened of this scary movie concept but also could not look away. This is similar to when I was freaking terrified of Forensic Files and would involuntarily shudder every time I heard Peter Thomas begin a sordid tale of murder, yet I would hide in the hallway and watch it without my parents knowing.

So we began watching Leprechaun and it proceeded to give me terrors over miniature mythical men wearing green suits and hiding in a box of Lucky Charms. Thankfully we didn’t regularly buy Lucky Charms and I never had to encounter any frightening creatures.

Fast forward a good fifteen or so years, and I’m now an adult and working a terrible job. I spotted a coworker snacking on Lucky Charms and it instantly made me crave fistfuls of that magical cereal. The next day, I went out and bought a box of it – and it soon became my go-to snack on the job. I never did find any leprechauns, FYI.

DSC_0407AWith St. Patrick’s Day coming up (it’s still awhile away, I know, but I’m a dork and get overly excited about holidays) I was brainstorming fun ideas with Lucky Charms and this bark came to mind. It’s not even a recipe – it’s just kind of a conglomerate of random, rainbow, sprinkly things held together by a huge plane of white chocolate. Yet all of those components create a totally delicious, outrageously SWEET bark that everyone is sure to love.

DSC_0419ANo meowing friends, terrified children, or Forensic Files-watching required.

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Lucky Rainbow Bark
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Recipe type: Bark, Candy
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Serves: 16
 
Filled with a ton of rainbow, sprinkly goodies, this fun bark is perfect for St. Patrick's Day or any other time you're craving something super sweet and festive.
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. vanilla CandiQuik, or another white chocolate almond bark
  • 1 pkg Circus Animal Cookies (my favorite!)
  • About 2-3 cups Lucky Charms Cereal (depending on as much as you'd like)
  • About 1 cup M&M's candies
  • Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Melt the vanilla CandiQuik according to package directions or until smooth and melted. Spread the vanilla CandiQuik in an even layer onto the foil. You don't want it to be super thick, but don't make it super thin, either.
  3. Immediately top evenly with broken up Circus cookies, Lucky Charms, M&M's and sprinkles. Likewise, you could add dried fruits, nuts, or other candies if you'd like.
  4. Allow the bark to set up before breaking into pieces.

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DSC_0430AThis bark is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth since it’s packed with the delightful crunch of Circus Animal Cookies, a bite from the chocolate M&M’s, and the melt-in-your-mouth sweetness from the Lucky Charms! Don’t like an ingredient? Feel free to swap out the Circus Animal Cookies for another favorite, or try using Chocolate CandiQuik for a different flavor.

Lucky Rainbow BarkHope you have a sweet weekend!

xo, Hayley

 

Creamy Cannoli Dip

CannoliDipToday’s post is about combining two of my absolute favorite things: New York cannolis, and California Dairy. What could be a better mash-up?! By creating a phenomenal, creamy dip out of rich, California Dairy products from my home state, inspired by my future-home (I hope!) in New York City, the Land of Cannolis (unofficially, but it’s true), I have managed to combine both of my favorite things into one AWESOME treat for you!

So first things first: cannolis. I love them. After visiting NYC for the first time a couple years ago, I was forced by my dad to try one… and I was hooked. There’s something so enticing and fabulous about a crispy fried cannoli shell stuffed to the gills with outrageously rich cannoli cream. Heaven on earth? You bet your sweet face it is.

But the best part about those cannolis? The CREAM, obvi. I’ve been a fan of all things deliciously creamy since I can remember (and excuse your innuendos, weirdos). Cream cheese on bagels, whipped cream icing (!!), ice cream… you name it, I love it. So that tangy, slightly sweetened cannoli cream was basically the best thing to happen to my face in NYC. Besides macarons, but that’s a different story (and addiction).

Of course, that cannoli cream wouldn’t be possible without dairy. Tangy ricotta cheese, rich mascarpone, heavy cream, butter… just some of the components that make up that fabulous filling for these delicious confections.

And even though these fantastical cannolis are being cooked up across the country in New York City, it’s a pretty large chance that New York bakers are using California Dairy products to make them. Since California has been the leading milk producer in the country since 1993 (and also the leading butter, ice cream, whey concentrate and nonfat dry milk producer!) and the second largest cheese producer, the possibility that  bakeries and restaurants across the United States are using California Dairy is incredibly high. Eating cannolis made with cheese and dairy from California’s famous Happy Cows? A highly delicious possibility.

DSC_0299AToday’s recipe is centered around Real California Dairy. As a proud brand ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board (and a proud consumer of Real California Milk!) I only shop for brands that feature the Real California Milk seal which ensures the milk and dairy products used in those items was made with California milk produced by one of the 1,500 dairy farms in our Golden State.

DSC_0964AFrom the tangy ricotta to the silky cream cheese to the rich heavy cream, every product used in today’s Cannoli Dip was made with Real California Milk, providing exemplary quality and taste to this outrageously scrumptious dessert dip!

But enough about that. Let’s talk this dip, y’all. Not only would it be AWESOME for a Super Bowl party (yes!), but it’d make a sweet treat for your Valentine. Just serve it up alongside some chocolate graham crackers, waffle cone pieces, butter crisp cookies, Nilla Wafers or even fruit, and you have yourself a seriously tasty, irresistible spread. #winning

Now eat up!

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Creamy Cannoli Dip
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Recipe type: No Bake, Treats
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Serves: 5 cups
 
Silky smooth and bursting with rich flavor, this Creamy Cannoli Dip will be the star of your next get-together! Comes together in minutes and features creamy California Dairy for the ultimate party dip!
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) container Real California Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
  • 1 (8 oz) pkg Real California Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
  • ¼ cup Real California Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 cups powdered sugar
  • About ⅔ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • Waffle cookes, waffle cone pieces, chocolate graham crackers, vanilla wafers, fresh fruit, or any other assorted dipping items, for dipping/garnish
Instructions
  1. First, drain your ricotta cheese by placing it in cheesecloth and squeezing out any excess liquid or moisture. You can also pat it dry with a paper towel if needed.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the drained ricotta, the cream cheese, heavy cream and vanilla and beat with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until just combined and creamy. Beat in the powdered sugar, about 1 cup at a time, until mixture is thickened. You may only need one cup of powdered sugar, but add more if necessary.
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge to set and chill for about 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge once chilled and garnish with chocolate chips. *I recommend spooning the dip into a separate bowl and layering the chocolate chips and dip together, like so: ½ cup dip, then a sprinkling of chocolate chips, repeating until chocolate chips are finished. That way you get chocolate chips in every bite!
  4. Serve with assorted dipping items like cookies, crackers, pretzels, or fruit. Store leftovers airtight in the fridge.

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DSC_0963ASilky-smooth and crazy creamy, this sweet and tangy dip will soon become your new favorite! I loved eating it with waffle cookies to complete the authentic cannoli experience, but it was equally delicious with fruit (or let’s be real, on a spoon) :)

For more information about California Dairy or the California Milk Advisory Board, be sure to check them out ONLINE! You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest for news, info, recipes & more! And be sure to look for Real California Dairy products featuring the Real or Real California Milk Seal! 

DSC_0300AHave a delicious day!

xo, Hayley

I am a proud brand ambassador for the California Milk Advisory Board. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was compensated as part of my ambassadorship to write this post. 

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