Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Even if you’ve never been to the South, you have GOT to try this recipe for my Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines! A cross between cookies and candy, this unique, melt-in-your-mouth treat is studded with pecans with a wonderful buttery flavor. Totally irresistible!

I have only been to the South a couple of times, but each time I have gone, I have actively sought out pecan pralines. They are by far one of my FAVORITE desserts in both flavor profile and just as-is.

However, I have only found Southern pecan pralines at the Atlanta airport, of all places. So you bet your booty I bought ALL OF THE PRALINES to take home and share with my California born-and-bred family. However, there was a small issue: I ate all the pralines on the plane.

Oops.

They truly are unlike anything I’ve ever had here in California. A cross between a buttery cookie and a melt-in-your-mouth candy, they’re totally unique and have an amazing butter and brown sugar flavor. Inside there are pockets of crunchy, salty pecans for an amazing toasted, nutty flavor.

And if you’re like me, you’ll instantly fall in LOVE with these delicious creations!

Pralines can be finicky little devils, but I think I have mastered this into an easy, nearly foolproof recipe. Some of the issues people have is that the pralines never set up, or they spread too much. But I have tips that will ensure your pralines come out perfectly round and utterly amazing each and every time with my tested recipe!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! To make these baddies, simply bring together some pecans, granulated white sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt together and boil it until a candy thermometer reads between 235° – 240° degrees F.

Then, once the mixture hits the sweet temperature spot, beat the daylights out of it with a wooden spoon until it thickens and gets almost cloudy-looking. This will ensure the candy is firm enough to set up properly.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! And to make those perfectly round morsels of heaven? Simply spoon the hot candy (be careful!) into cupcake liners and let cool completely. Once they’re cooled and set, simply peel back the cupcake liners and you have evenly round little pralines!

And oh my gosh, they’ll be impossible to resist!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe!

Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines
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These Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines are a unique cross between cookies and candy! Flavored with butter, sugar, vanilla and toasted pecans, they're a melt-in-your-mouth candy you HAVE to try.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups pecan halves or chopped pecans
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Line 2 cupcake tins with about 16-20 paper liners. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the pecan halves, sugars, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stick in a candy thermometer and stir constantly while boiling until temperature reaches 235° to 240° degrees F, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and working quickly and CAREFULLY, beat the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens and almost turns cloudy and opaque in color, about 2-5 minutes.
  3. Working fast, use a spoon or cookie dough scoop to portion the hot candy into each muffin tin, covering the bottom of the muffin cup. You should get about 16-20 candies, depending on how much you fill each cupcake tin. Cool the candy COMPLETELY. Candy is ready once it's reached room temperature and is firm and solid. Peel away cupcake liners before serving.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Buttery, toasty candies filled with crunchy pecans, brown sugar, and aromatic vanilla. There’s so much to love about these pecan pralines!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Best Ever Caramel Popcorn Recipe

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection!Better than the fair or those giant tubs of prepared popcorn, my Best-Ever Caramel Popcorn earns the name because it’s easy to prepare, has amazing caramel flavor, and has the perfect amount of crunch and crispiness: no soggy pieces here!

So I’m not a big movie-goer usually, but I am a huge binge-watcher of TV shows which is actually kind of the same thing… but not… but kinda.

Pretty much what I’m trying to say is I spent the entirety of Saturday watching the newest season of Stranger Things and I regret nothing.

Okay – one thing. I regret not making this Best Ever Caramel Popcorn sooner, because it would have been perfection while I continued my one-way love affair with Jim Hopper AKA David Harbour AKA my future husband.

I made myself dinner and barely touched it because this new season, man – it’s a doozy. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, anxious AF, and could barely touch my breakfast-for-dinner eggs. So popcorn would have been much easier to munch on… and who doesn’t love a sweet and salty snack during pivotal moments in a sci-fi dramedy?

Anyway, I won’t give away any spoilers about Stranger Things 2, but I will spill the beans about how you can make this fantastic popcorn at home. It’s SO much better than the stuff you buy in a tin, although I do confess, I loved that stuff as a kid. I had no idea making homemade caramel corn was SO easy, but it truly is, if not a little time-consuming.

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection!To make this addictive popcorn, simply boil together some butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and some salt. Once it comes to a boil, stir and babysit it for awhile (about 5 minutes), then stir in your vanilla extract and baking soda. Pour that glorious bubbling gold mixture over your popped popcorn, then toss to coat and bake for an hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

I love this popcorn in particular because it retains its crispiness after baking, and there’s no soggy or toothsome chewy parts. It’s just perfect!

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection!Some notes:

  • I used prepared, bagged, already-popped popcorn, specifically the “Cooking Light” Sea Salt Popcorn. Fun fact about me: I HATE making popcorn because I have bad luck with burning it, so I love this bagged stuff (found on the chip aisle). If you go this route, find a plain or simply salted popcorn; this is not the time to use movie theater-style butter popcorn.
  • You can obviously make your own popcorn with actual kernels if you feel like channeling Orville Redenbacher himself, but I do not look good with a beard, so I used bagged popcorn.
  • I HIGHLY recommend using disposable foil roasting pans for this. I had only one roasting pan and then used two rimmed baking sheets and the baking sheets were a pain in the rear because when I went to stir the popcorn, it flung everywhere and jumped overboard, whereas the roasting pan has higher walls to better contain the popcorn.
  • Make this immediately.

So as you can see, while slightly labor-intensive, this popcorn has a delicious payoff, and it keeps well in an airtight container! So whether you’re smuggling it into the theater to see the latest flick or just sitting on the couch catching up with my true love, Jim Hopper & the Gang, you won’t regret making this highly addictive popcorn!

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection!*adapted from AllRecipes

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Best Ever Caramel Popcorn Recipe
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This Homemade Caramel Popcorn is the BEST EVER! Crispy, sweet, salty, and utterly addictive!
Ingredients
  • 30 cups popped plain popcorn (I used 1 & ½ bags of the "Cooking Light" prepared popcorn in the chip aisle at the grocery store)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Lightly grease two deep turkey-roasting pans (such as disposable foil pans) with cooking spray. Add in the popcorn in an even layer.
  2. In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, melt together the butter, light brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil on medium heat and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and baking soda carefully as the mixture will bubble up significantly and violently once the baking soda is added.
  3. Pour the caramel evenly over the pans of popcorn. It's OKAY if the caramel doesn't coat each piece as the oven will help melt the caramel some more to coat everything during the baking process.
  4. Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes so popcorn becomes thoroughly coated. Once the hour is up, cool the popcorn completely before serving and breaking into bite-size pieces.

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection!Addictive, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty goodness! You’ll love this popcorn!

This BEST-EVER Caramel Popcorn is SO perfect! Easy to make, yields a HUGE batch, is great for gifts and perfect for snacking. Buttery, crispy, crunchy, sweet & salty perfection! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

The Ruby Princess Milky Way Martini

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini is the one served in the famous Crooner’s Bar on board the Ruby Princess ship! Flavored with caramel vodka, cream, and creme de cacao, it tastes just like the candy bar!

In the interest of full disclosure, I am working with Princess Cruises on a series of posts based on my experience on their Ruby Princess Alaskan cruise. I have been compensated, but all of the opinions and photos are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep my blog alive!

So I’m having serious cruise withdrawals – so much so, that I have had multiple dreams about my Alaskan cruise with Princess Cruises. It’s crazy!

About once a night, I have a dream that I’m back on the ship and headed to my usual haunts – the Crooner’s Bar, International Cafe, the Lido Deck, or the Lotus Spa – complete with a book, my camera, and an alcoholic beverage in hand. Then I wake up and realize I’m back on dry land and get sad and wistful.

But then I remembered the amazing Milky Way Martini I had on board the Ruby Princess and I got excited because it’s totally make-able at home! And you guys – this version tastes exactly like the one served in the Crooner’s Bar!

The Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adIf you’ve never sailed on the Ruby Princess before, the Crooner’s Bar is on deck 7 and is a swanky, 1950’s-style bar with dimmed lighting, a full grand piano, and the most sophisticated drinks, some named after the Rat Pack themselves. They have a huge list of house-made martinis, and I knew I had to try the Milky Way version!

The Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adThe best part of the Crooner’s Bar is the ambiance. It really reminds me of a cool, 50’s-era bar/nightclub with plush seats, glossy wood furnishings, and the sophisticated menu. And when you order your martinis, they shake and pour them right at your table which adds to the classy feel of the bar.

Milky Way Martini at the Crooner's Bar on-board the Ruby Princess. #adWell… I change my mind. The best part of the Crooner’s Bar is the drinks, of course 🙂

And while I highly encourage you to book a cruise NOW, if you can’t do that, make this drink instead and pretend you’re sailing to Alaska. It’ll make you feel 10 times better AND will get you in the Halloween spirit!

So: let’s make this cocktail!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! In a cocktail shaker (I found this one for $10 at World Market!), add your ice cubes. Then pour in…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of creme de cacao liqueur. You could use name brand, like Godiva, but I used the store-brand. Then add…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of caramel vodka! If you can’t find caramel vodka, in a pinch you could use vanilla. Lastly, add…

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! 3 ounces of chocolate-caramel coffee creamer – yep, the stuff you put in your coffee! This adds the perfect creamy element to this cocktail without sacrificing the buttery caramel and smooth chocolate flavors.

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! Then shake and strain that beauty into your chocolate and caramel-drizzled glass!

Cheers!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious!

The Ruby Princess Milky Way Martini
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This candy-inspired Milky Way Martini tastes just like the one served at the Crooner's Bar onboard the Ruby Princess ship! Creamy, chocolaty, and super sweet!
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces chocolate or creme de cacao liqueur, such as Godiva
  • 3 ounces caramel vodka
  • 3 ounces chocolate caramel coffee creamer (I like the International Delight version)
  • Chocolate and caramel syrups for drizzling glass
Instructions
  1. Using the chocolate and caramel syrups, drizzle around the inside and on the inner rim of a martini glass to create a cool pattern. Set aside briefly.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in the creme de cacao liqueur, the caramel vodka, and the chocolate caramel coffee creamer. Secure the lid to the shaker and shake vigorously, about 30 seconds to one minute.
  3. Strain the cocktail into the martini glass, making sure to get every last drop!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious! Buttery smooth, chocolaty, extra sweet, and a little strong… just like how the Ruby Princess does it!

This Milky Way Martini tastes JUST like the one served onboard the Ruby Princess cruise ship! Creamy, ultra chocolaty with a smooth caramel finish in a chocolate & caramel-drizzled glass. So elegant and delicious!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

For more information about Princess Cruises, be sure to visit their website for info about booking a cruise, excursions, dining options, and more!

Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Perfect for football season, these Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are a highly addictive, tasty treat that is great for snacking during nail-biter games!

Admittedly, I’m not a big sports person.

I played basketball for 3 years in elementary school, but hated running during practice and games which… is kinda counterproductive for basketball.

I also danced throughout my life, but one time my friend filmed me during a belly dancing performance and I saw that I am actually a horrible dancer. Like, terribly, horribly bad. I always envisioned myself as this sultry belly dancer but when I saw that footage of me smacking gum (during the performance!) and lazily undulating my stomach, I mimicked a shimmying beluga with a noisy belt on. AKA, not a cute look in case you were wondering.

So yeah, sports aren’t really my thing. But if I had to choose a favorite (besides watching wrestling, which I somewhat enjoy), it would be football because of one reason: the food!

Football food is the best, do you agree? Hot dogs, chili, BBQ, nachos, cheese & meat platters… it’s all so good and I am pretty much obsessed with football games for that sole reason.

And lucky for me, food – I mean, football season is coming up shortly, so bring on the beer and guacamole!

If you’re a football-food-obsessed person like me, or maybe you’re an actual football-sports-obsessed person, you will love these addictive Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies! Not only are they super cute, they’re SO TASTY. Sure, they’re a little more labor intensive than your regular muddy buddies recipe, but I guarantee they’ll be a crowd-pleaser at your next tailgating event!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Regular muddy buddies are made with Chex cereal which is good… but I had a HUGE, Costco-size tub of peanut butter-filled pretzels that were begging to be used, so I tossed them in a chocolate & peanut butter mixture and coated them in powdered sugar. To make it extra peanut buttery, I threw in some miniature Reese’s cups and decorated a few of the pretzels as footballs.

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Needless to say, my football-sport-obsessed dad and brother went CRAZY for these! I already have requests for it to be remade during the 49ers first game of the season in September.

I mean… how could you not love this?!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day!

Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies
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These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are not only adorable, they're highly addictive and DELICIOUS, too! A surefire hit at your next football party or tailgate!
Ingredients
  • 9 cups peanut butter pretzel nuggets, divided
  • 1 & ½ pkg chocolate candy coating, divided
  • ⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
  • ¼ pkg vanilla candy coating
  • 2 & ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 family-size bag Reese's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups
Instructions
  1. Place 8 cups of the peanut butter pretzel nuggets in a very large bowl. In a medium bowl, melt one (1) of the packages of chocolate candy coating and the peanut butter together on HIGH heat for 30 seconds. Stir, then heat for an additional 15-20 seconds, stirring until melted and smooth. Pour the chocolate PB mixture evenly over the pretzel nuggets and toss to coat.
  2. Place the confectioners' sugar in a gallon-size Ziploc bag and spoon in the chocolate-coated pretzel nuggets. You may have to work in batches. Seal the bag and shake the bag vigorously to coat the pretzel nuggets with the confectioners' sugar. Spread the coated pretzel nuggets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to set and dry.
  3. For the remaining cup of pretzel nuggets, melt the ½ pkg of chocolate candy coating until smooth and melted. Dip each pretzel nugget one at a time into the melted chocolate and, using a fork, gently remove onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow to set. Meanwhile, microwave the vanilla candy coating and pour the smooth vanilla candy coating into a small squeeze bottle (recommended) or a sandwich-size Ziploc bag - seal out the air and snip off the tip of the bag, if using.
  4. Working steady and slowly, pipe stitches onto the chocolate pretzel nuggets. Let stitches dry. Toss the peanut butter cup candies in with the confectioners' sugar-coated pretzel nuggets and place the football pretzel nuggets around the bowl.

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Not only are these muddy buddies way awesome, they’re SO tasty. Chocolate-covered peanut butter pretzel nuggets are officially a thing now, and you HAVE to give them a try!

These Pretzel Football Muddy Buddies are INSANELY GOOD! Chocolate-covered peanut butter-filled pretzels are tossed with powdered sugar and peanut butter cups and decorated to look like mini footballs! Perfect for game-day! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

 

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adThis Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is fantastic! Such an easy recipe that yields such smooth, creamy and silky pudding made entirely from scratch! No one will know coffee creamer is the secret ingredient!

Up until this post, I had never made homemade pudding before. In fact, I don’t even think I’ve tasted homemade pudding, either!

That had to change – and I am so glad it did because homemade pudding is where it’s at!

I have a really good feeling that I will be making this pudding all summer long, because who doesn’t want a fresh-from-the-fridge, ice cold pudding on a hot day? And in Sacramento, it gets hot and early, too! While now it’s all spring showers and breezy days, that will soon change come May and I’ll be reaching for pudding relief all day long 🙂

But in the meantime, this Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding will make a fantastic last-minute Easter dessert, or would make a lovely addition to a springtime tea party!

Normally, homemade pudding is made with whole milk or cream, but for this recipe I used International Delight’s Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer which is my hands-down FAVORITE. You can always use another flavor from their line-up of creamers, like French Vanilla, Butter Pecan (OMG), or even Irish Creme! It’s truly limited to your imagination, but I went with Sweet Cream because of its almost melty ice cream flavor and decadence.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adMix it up in a saucepan with some sugar, cornstarch (for thick pudding!) and a pinch of salt, then let it cook until thickened. Temper some egg yolks with the hot sugar mixture and add in the yolks, a splash of vanilla extract, and some butter for good measure. The yolks and butter add such a wonderful texture and flavor to this pudding that I truly feel they’re almost mandatory to add!

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adNow you could serve this warm… but as I mentioned above, I have a thing with chilled pudding, so I chilled mine. Topping it with fresh whipped cream and berries, though – that may also need to be mandatory! OR, layer the fresh pudding with pound cake or angel food cake cubes and sliced fruit for trifles! So simple and perfect for springtime.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #ad

Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding
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This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is a real standout recipe! Smooth, silky, buttery vanilla pudding made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer!
Ingredients
  • 2 & ½ cups International Delight Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer (or you may try this recipe with their French Vanilla Creamer!)
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp butter, cubed
  • Fresh whipped cream and berries for serving, optional
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coffee creamer, salt, granulated sugar, and cornstarch until combined and fully incorporated. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture has thickened, about 5-7 minutes. Make sure the mixture doesn't scorch! Remove from the heat.
  2. Whisk the egg yolks until lightly beaten. Temper the eggs by adding a Tablespoon or two of the hot sugar mixture to the eggs, whisking constantly. Temper again with another Tablespoon if needed. Pour the tempered egg yolks into the sugar mixture along with the vanilla extract and butter, stirring until melted and combined.
  3. Spoon the pudding mixture into individual bowls or cups, or pour into a large bowl. Cover the pudding with plastic wrap by gently pressing the plastic wrap onto the surface of the pudding - this helps prevent a film from forming on the pudding. Refrigerate until chilled, about 1-2 hours.
  4. Just before serving, garnish with fresh whipped cream and berries, if desired.

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #adThis pudding is so thick, creamy and silky-smooth with a wonderful, almost ice-cream-like flavor from the Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer! It’s truly unlike any other pudding I’ve tried!

This Homemade Vanilla Sweet Cream Pudding is made with a secret ingredient: coffee creamer! It yields such a flavorful, silky-smooth pudding that tastes like melty vanilla ice cream! Easy, made entirely from scratch and can be made with any flavor of coffee creamer! #InDelight #CreamerNation #ad Be sure to follow International Delight on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook & Pinterest and sign up to receive their emails for news, recipes, and more!

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.

The Best Banana Pudding Pie

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! If you love banana pudding, you’ll flip for this Banana Pudding Pie! All the flavors of homemade pudding in one simple to prepare pie!

So last week I traveled to West Chester, Pennsylvania for training for QVC. Yes, they require training – and it was the best job training I’ve ever had! (Think about it – QVC is a well-oiled machine. They know what sells and what doesn’t. They want everyone to be on the same page. And like I said, the training was soooo worth the whole day of flying before and after the training class and the fact that I got the flu).

Anyway, it was so valuable and wonderful to meet fellow guests who will be selling their products on QVC, too! (And BTW, if you’re reading this and totally clueless as to what I’m talking about, I’m going on QVC this month – the 29th to be exact – to sell my second cookbook, Two in One Desserts!)

And of course, while I was there I thought I was the only cookbook author training that day. But in walks a tall, gorgeous woman wearing a floor-length fur coat and designer shades and announces she wrote a dessert cookbook to be sold on QVC, too. And her name was Patti LaBelle.

PATTI FREAKING LABELLE, Y’ALL.

At first I didn’t register who she was – I spent the better part of the morning exercising all my concentrated efforts not to puke all over their gorgeous offices – but when it hit me I tried my hardest not to be starstruck by her larger-than-life presence.

And then I thought, oh great – how am I gonna compete with Patti LaBelle?!

But you guys – Patti is the sweetest, most genuine person I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. She was so kind and warm-hearted and offered wonderful praise for everyone who was there pitching their products to QVC. And of course, she was as glamorous as I’d expect.

Once I spent time at training and with Patti, I realized I am not competing with this woman – I am honored to have written a dessert book like she has – and she was so excited about my book, too! (So should I tell my publishers to put “Patti LaBelle loves this book!” on the back? Kidding. Kind of).

So yeah, that’s the story of how I met Patti LaBelle. She’s awesome, and I hope you have the pleasure of meeting her one day. Also, buy her book! It comes out in May and everything she told me about it sounds AMAZING.

Speaking of amazing… can we talk real quick about this Banana Pudding Pie? Because it’s totally incredible.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! We’re talking Nilla Wafer crust, a layer of freshly sliced bananas, a layer of creamy, decadent, silky-smooth banana pudding, and lots of fresh whipped cream. It is HEAVEN and it totally satisfied my intense need for banana pudding that I had a few weeks ago.

MAKE IT BECAUSE PATTI TOLD YOU TO.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie!

The Best Banana Pudding Pie
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This Banana Pudding Pie tastes just like banana pudding, but there's no hassle about distributing it among jars or cups. Everyone gets a heaping slice of creamy, decadent banana goodness!
Ingredients
  • One prepared Nilla Wafer (or graham cracker) crust
  • One 3.4 ounce box INSTANT banana pudding mix
  • 1 & ½ cups cold milk
  • 2 & ½ cups fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping)
  • 2 medium bananas, cut into coins
  • Miniature Nilla Wafer cookies
Instructions
  1. Layer banana coins on the bottom of the pie crust; set any remaining coins aside for garnishing the top of the pie.
  2. Whisk together the instant banana pudding mix and the milk together until thickened and combined, about 2 minutes. Fold in 2 cups of the fresh whipped cream (or whipped topping, if using) until combined and fluffy. Spread into the prepared pan in an even layer.
  3. Pipe remaining whipped cream around the pie and garnish with the miniature Nilla Wafer cookies and remaining banana coins. If desired, crush some Nilla Wafers to sprinkle over the top of the pie.
  4. Refrigerate covered for at LEAST 4 hours or until set. If pie filling is still too soft, freeze briefly for about 10-15 minutes to make it easier to cut. Note: if you freeze the pie, leave the fresh bananas off as they will turn brown once brought to room temperature.

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! I love how easy and simple this pie is – only a few ingredients, a couple minutes of prep and a hugely delicious payoff awaits. Perfect for banana pudding lovers like myself!

This is the BEST Banana Pudding Pie EVER! Promise :) Layers of sweet Nilla Wafers, fresh bananas, a creamy, smooth-as-silk banana pudding and homemade whipped cream come together in this easy, simple pie! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee uses only a few ingredients you probably have on hand! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee with a white chocolate and cranberry topping that’s perfect for the holidays!

Some days, I think I’m a genius.

I’ll be in Target, having stood and stared at the packages in the candy aisle for 20 minutes like a psychopath, and it will come to me: a brilliant recipe idea.

I’ll throw the ingredients into my cart and race home to make it, photograph it, post it and share it to the world.

And then sometimes I’ll realize, only after I’ve made it and declared my brilliance in the middle of a Target, that someone else has made something super similar, or exactly the same, as my “brilliant” idea.

Today is that day, folks.

My adorable, beautiful, sassy friend Kate from Diethood made this recipe a few years ago, and when I went to make it, I happened to catch her latest share of it and thought, drat! But then, hey, I’m in good company! 

So yes, Kate made it first. She also uses saltines which is an awesome idea if you happen to have those on hand, which – who doesn’t?

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! My recipe uses butter club crackers because those are my fave and we had a box at home that somehow managed to avoid being devoured .234768 seconds after we bought it. Tomato, tomahto. Use what you want! This recipe would also work swimmingly with graham crackers or Ritz crackers.

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Boil up your toffee mixture for exactly three minutes. Add in some vanilla (because duh), then pour it over your cracker layer until it covers all the crackers in a warm, toffee blankie. Bake the toffee just so it gets all set, then sprinkle on some white chocolate to melt and spread it around. Sprinkle on some dried cranberries and voila! You now have made the most addictive snack ever.

So I may not be a genius, but that’s okay. At least I can eat my feelings in this toffee. #blessed

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! *adapted from here 

Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee
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This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee is highly addictive and super easy to make! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee topped with a creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries.
Ingredients
  • 1 sleeve (about 40-45) butter club crackers (you may also use saltines, graham crackers, or Ritz crackers - I don't measurements for any substitutions; just make sure whatever cracker you use covers your pan)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 & ½ cups white chocolate chips (1 (12 oz) bag plus an additional ½ cup), divided
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a jelly roll pan (15"x10" or mine's 16"x11") with parchment paper, bringing the parchment up the sides of the pan. Fill the entire bottom of the pan with an even layer of club crackers. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once it starts to boil, set your timer and boil for exactly 3 minutes, stirring the entire time. Remove from the heat and quickly stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the hot toffee mixture evenly over the crackers, trying your best to cover all of the crackers with the hot toffee. Use an offset spatula to help you quickly spread the hot toffee across all the crackers.
  4. Bake for approx. 6-7 minutes. Mixture will be bubbly. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the 2 cups of white chocolate chips. Return to the oven for 1 minute. Remove from the oven and let the white chocolate chips set on the toffee for about 2 minutes, then use another offset spatula to spread the white chocolate around evenly. Sprinkle with the dried cranberries.
  5. In a small bowl, melt the remaining white chocolate chips until smooth. Drizzle evenly over the toffee. Cool completely, then break into pieces.

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth brown sugar toffee studded with tart, juicy cranberries and creamy white chocolate. I cannot resist this toffee and neither can you!

This Cranberry Bliss Cracker Toffee will be your new favorite holiday treat! Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth toffee made of club crackers and caramel, topped with creamy white chocolate and tart dried cranberries. Like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars meets Christmas crack! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Easy Homemade Divinity Candy

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! This Easy Homemade Divinity is incredible! Smooth, fudgy and delectable, this snow-white candy is surprisingly simple to make!

So confession: I’ve only had divinity one time before this, and it was from a local favorite, See’s Candies. Maybe you’ve heard of them?

I also had an ex-boyfriend whose grandma loved divinity, and I remember giving her a box for Christmas. So for me, divinity has always kind of felt like a Christmas candy recipe. Maybe I’m wrong, but there’s something so holiday-ish about divinity. It’s snow-white, which is shocking for a candy, and it looks like little melty snowballs. Plus, it’s kind of like a fudge, which always reminds me of the holidays.

If you don’t know, divinity is typically popular in the South and was invented (we think) by Karo corn syrup as a way to market their new product. It’s a cross between fudge, nougat and meringue and is totally unique and unparalleled. It’s so unlike the usual barks, brittles and fudges that are usually found around this time of year, and if you’ve never made it, I highly recommend you do!

The cool thing about this recipe is it can be customized to your preferences, too. I went with a traditional vanilla pecan divinity, but you can replace the vanilla extract with peppermint extract and add in shredded coconut, or use walnuts instead of pecans. Up to you!

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Whatever you do, make yourself a tin of these and thank me later!

*Some Notes: in researching this recipe, I found that a lot of people advise against making this candy on a humid day, such as when it’s raining. The humidity can supposedly affect the way the candy sets up and dries, which is essential for divinity. I have not tested this theory, but I would just heed caution and try and make it on a low-humidity day. 

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! *adapted from here 

4.4 from 7 reviews
Easy Homemade Divinity Candy
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This Easy Divinity Candy is SO fabulous and perfect for the holidays! Easier than you think to make, it comes together relatively quickly and is great for giving as gifts!
Ingredients
  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 & ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat together the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, for about 7-10 minutes or until the temperature reaches 260 degrees F. on a candy thermometer. Just before the candy reaches temperature, beat the egg whites on high speed using an electric mixer or stand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  3. Remove the boiling candy from the heat and, with the mixer on high speed, stream in the hot candy VERY slowly. It should take you at least 2 or so minutes to fully pour the hot candy mixture into the egg whites. Continue beating the mixture until it's no longer glossy and it holds its shape, about 6-10 minutes (it depends on your mixer). Stir in the chopped pecans and vanilla extract until combined.
  4. Butter two spoons (or grease them lightly with cooking spray) and, working quickly, drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of the divinity mixture onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. You may need to scrape the candy mixture off of one spoon with the other spoon, then quickly flick your wrist to create a soft curl (like soft serve) on top of the candy. It's okay if you don't get it quite right!
  5. Allow the candy to set at room temperature - maybe overnight, depending on the humidity in your home - until dry to the touch and no longer sticky. Once set and dry, you can keep it at room temperature for up to 5 days in an airtight container.
  6. NOTES: It is totally okay to take a small teaspoon-sized spoon of candy and test it on the parchment before doing the larger scoops. The divinity is ready when it holds its shape in a mound on the parchment paper. If it turns into a puddle, continue beating the mixture.

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Chewy & soft, like nougat-meets-fudge, this is a must-try this holiday season!

This Easy Homemade Divinity Candy is fantastic and so great for the holidays! Chewy, soft, melt-in-your-mouth candy that's a cross between nougat and fudge with vanilla and pecans. A must-make recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make! Just like the original, but in BITE-SIZED portions, these Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites will be the first to go anywhere you take them! Sweet, salty, smoky and sticky two-bite morsels of heaven!

Now that the holidays are here (!!!), I bet you all are super popular and have lots of parties to attend.

I moved five years ago and forgot to thank the mailman once, so I’m just thinking my invitations got lost in the mail somewhere.

BUT, since normal people have friends (right?), I’m assuming you all have lots of commitments nowadays. And most of those require you bring some kind of appetizer or dessert to share, because that’s what normal people do, yeah? Chips & salsa’s old news, and sometimes you just don’t have time to whip up something super fancy, like a quiche or tarte tatin or whatever fancy people who read Cooks Illustrated eat.

Enter: these Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites. Easy to prepare, totally unique and the perfect balance of sweet, salty and smoky. Is there anything better!?

This is a riff off of a recipe I made a few years back – Maple Caramel Bacon Crack. It’s become a huge hit and I figured I should update it with my own Rebel twist, which is why I used mini phyllo cups in place of the crescent rolls to make perfect two-bite treats. This treat is great to bring to parties because it can easily be doubled – or tripled – if need be, but it already makes 30 (which, if you’ve had the original, may not be enough for even two people!).

And I guarantee it will be the first to disappear. Is there anyone who would deny bacon slathered in a maple caramel sauce? If so, you shouldn’t be friends with them. Unless they’re vegetarian. In which case, hi, veggie friends – I love you and don’t judge you for not swooning over swine. 🙂

To make these bad boys, simply fry up some bacon – a pound to be precise. I used whatever was on sale, but I know some people have bacon preferences so use what you like: hickory-smoked, applewood-smoked, peppered, or even turkey bacon. *The only thing I will say is you should use regular-cut bacon, not thick-cut bacon, as thick-cut pieces will be too big and heavy for the delicate phyllo cups.*

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make! Fry the bacon until it’s just about done but not quite crispy yet – you want it a little more on the chewy side since it will be baking some more in the oven. After you chop it into tiny little bits, put it into the phyllo cups with some brown sugar and maple syrup. Sprinkle a little extra brown sugar on top and bake it until the phyllo and bacon are crispy and the maple caramel is bubbly and glossy.

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make! Then try to resist groaning and scarfing down the whole batch. I speak from experience.

Happy Holidays!

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make!

4.6 from 5 reviews
Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites
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These Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites are bite-sized bits of heaven! Only 4 ingredients and SUPER easy to make. You can easily double or triple this recipe!
Ingredients
  • 2 (15 count) pkgs frozen phyllo cups (30 total)
  • 1 lb regular-cut bacon (any flavor/smoke preference, such as peppered, hickory-smoked, maple flavored, etc, but I would recommend not using thick-cut as it will be too heavy and big for the delicate phyllo cups), cut in half cross-wise
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup (I used pancake maple syrup, but real deal syrup will work)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment and lightly grease it with cooking spray. Place the phyllo cups onto the baking sheet and set aside briefly.
  2. Fry the bacon in batches in a large skillet, cooking until the bacon is just about done but not crispy. The bacon should be on the chewier side, as it will continue to cook more as you bake it. Drain the bacon onto a paper towel-lined plate and let cool briefly before chopping into tiny bits.
  3. Scoop a ½ tsp of brown sugar into each phyllo cup and add a small squirt of maple syrup on top. Fill past the brim of the phyllo cup with bacon, mounding it into the cup. Sprinkle with the remaining brown sugar.
  4. Bake for approx. 12-15 minutes or until the phyllo cups and bacon are crisp and the maple caramel is bubbly and caramelized. Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make! Sweet, salty, sticky and smoky, these bite-sized poppables are so delectable!

Maple Caramel Bacon Crack Bites: bite-sized morsels of heaven filled with crispy, smoky bacon, sweet brown sugar and sticky, syrupy maple syrup. Only four easy ingredients and it makes a TON. Easily doubled or tripled! A must-make! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

 

Ruffles Krispy Treats

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe! Sweet and salty lovers, rejoice! These Ruffles Krispy Treats are AWESOME. Made with salty, crunchy Ruffles potato chips instead of the classic cereal, they’re gooey, crunchy, sweet and salty… and totally perfect!

So I had planned to have a really relaxing Labor Day Weekend. Instead, I had a laborious Labor Day Weekend.

I didn’t hit up any hot sales at the mall. I didn’t lounge by the pool with a fruity drink. There were no mini beverage umbrellas. There was no lake/beach/river day. It was all WORK.

If I wasn’t baking, I was photographing. And if I wasn’t photographing, I was trying to organize my prop room unsuccessfully. I finally caved and bought those steel 5-tier bakers racks to assemble and use to organize all my props. You know you’ve made it big when…

So now my prop room is all pretty and organized which feels awesome. My back and knees, however, do not feel awesome. And if you’ll excuse me, I have a much-needed massage booked today. I’ll let myself out, thanks.

But before I go, I wanted to make sure you guys knew about these Ruffles Krispy Treats. They’re kinda sorta my new favorite thing ever.

If you know me, you know I love sweet and salty combined. Chicago-style popcorn is my jam. Salted caramel is my homeboy. And thus, these krispy treats are now my newest BFF.

I started thinking that you don’t have to make krispy treats with the cereal. I mean, you could, but why would you want to be a rule-follower when you could be a rebel? (See what I did there? Sorry).

So I did exactly that and made classic krispy treats with Ruffles potato chips, because I’m rebellious like that. The result is a crunchy, crispy, gooey, sticky, sweet & salty fabulousness that can only be described as me screaming “MAKE THEM NOW” (or was it ‘take them now?’) with a mouthful of them.

Be a rebel!

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Ruffles Krispy Treats
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These Ruffles Krispy Treats are SO delicious! Sweet, salty, gooey, crunchy and totally fabulous! A fun twist on the classic krispy square!
Ingredients
  • 1 family-size (13.5 oz) bag of Ruffles potato chips
  • 10 cups miniature marshmallows (1 bag, plus 2 additional cups)
  • 5 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line a 13x9" baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, crush the potato chips in bite-sized pieces. Just make sure they aren't teeny finely ground crumbs, but no huge pieces of chips either. If anything, err on the smaller size. Toss in 2 cups of the miniature marshmallows. Set aside.
  3. In a large sauce pot, melt together the butter and remaining 8 cups of the marshmallows, stirring until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla. Pour the mixture over the crushed chips. Toss to coat until moistened, and working quickly, pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Grease the bottom of a glass cup and gently compact it into the prepared pan.
  4. Let set for about 1 hour at room temperature. Store leftovers airtight at room temperature.

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe! If you’re a sweet and salty fan, you guys must give these krispy treats a try!

Ruffles Krispy Treats - sweet, salty, crunchy, gooey and a fun twist on a classic dessert! Such a quick and easy recipe!

Want more sweet & salty deliciousness? Check out these other posts!

This Homemade Quick & Easy Salted Caramel Sauce is to die for! Rich, creamy, sweet and buttery, it comes together in minutes and is totally foolproof!The Best Salted Caramel Sauce

These Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars have a buttery shortbread crust & crumble, a thick layer of fudgy Nutella, a layer of gooey caramel, and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. Sweet, salty, buttery goodness and SO EASY!Salted Nutella Caramel Butter Bars

These Salted Ganache Cookie Cups are a 3-ingredient wonder! Chewy chocolate chip cookie cups are filled with a rich and gooey ganache and topped with sea salt. So easy, so impressive!Salted Ganache Cookie Cups

Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley