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Sweethearts Series: Cupcake Creation!

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After Wednesday’s Sweethearts Series post, our sweet tooth really kicked into high gear! Today, we bring you another yummy treat that will satisfy your  taste buds and also be the perfect addition to any Valentine’s Day celebration: funfetti cupcakes! This flavor really reflects the fun you have spending times with loved ones and is the perfect mix to complement our multiple flavors of Sweethearts. To decorate these cupcakes, we love picking Sweethearts that have our favorite messages on them and placing them on top for each special guest. These delicious Cupcake Creations make for a delicious personal treat that you’ll want to make over and over again!

Ingredients & Baking Supplies:

  • 1 & ½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 & ½ tsp baking powder
  • 8 Tbsp butter, unsalted & softened
  • ¼ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 & ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • sprinkles/jimmies
  • vanilla frosting of your choice
  • kitchen or hand mixer
  • medium and large mixing bowls
  • measuring spoons
  • frosting spatula
  • whisk
  • cupcake liners
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. Line your cupcake tray with cupcake liners.
  3. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, use a kitchen or hand mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  5. Add the egg and egg whites, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer, beat until the eggs are completely blended into the butter/sugar mixture.
  6. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  7. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl and the milk in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  8. Add the sprinkles/jimmies into the mixed batter and carefully, using either your hands or a frosting spatula, work them evenly throughout the mix.
  9. Pour the mix into the lined cupcake tray 2/3 of the way full in each liner. This will give the cupcakes room to expand without overflowing when they bake.
  10. Bake for approximately 18 minutes. You do not want to over-bake here. The best way to tell that your cupcakes are ready is to use a tooth pick to poke into the cupcake. When it comes out clean without cupcake batter on it, they are ready. Tipit’s sometimes helpful to rotate the cupcake tray halfway through baking to ensure complete baking coverage.
  11. Remove the cupcakes from the oven and move the tray to either a wire cooling rack or a cooled counter top in order for them to cool completely; allow several minutes for them to cool. Note: It is very important to wait this out. Attempting to frost warm cupcakes will tear up the top of the cupcake.
  12. Once cooled, use either a frosting spatula or a frosting pastry bag, to frost the cupcake. We added some colored sugar sprinkles on top for show.
  13. Decorate your frosted cupcakes with Sweethearts featuring your favorite sayings, and then it’s time to share and enjoy!


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Sweethearts Series: Crisped Rice Bites!

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Valentine’s Day is such a wonderful time of year, and we’ve been having so much fun celebrating it with our Sweethearts Series!

Over the years, we have seen so many amazing, unique Sweethearts creations that our wonderful fans have created that have inspired us to get really innovative with how we craft and bake with Sweethearts. Today, we switch from a DIY tutorial to a quick and easy yummy recipe that’s perfect for a lunch bag snack for your little one or any Valentine’s Day celebration. It combines a classic beloved dessert: crisped rice treats with our classic beloved candy: Sweethearts – talk about a “can’t beat it” combo!

Enjoy today’s delicious anytime recipe, and be on the lookout for some more Sweethearts fun tomorrow!

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 10 oz marshmallows
  • 6 cups crisped rice cereal
  • cupcake tray
  • white chocolate
  • kitchen mallet
  • zipped plastic sandwich bag
  • Sweethearts

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Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat, adding in marshmallows until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in crisped rice cereal until well mixed.
  2. While still warm, press the prepared mix into each of the spaces in the cupcake tray. (Tip: spraying the tray with cooking spray first prevents sticking!) Allow to cool completely in the tray.
  3. Place the Sweethearts in a zipped plastic bag, and crush them with a small kitchen mallet.
  4. While mixture is cooling, melt the white chocolate in the microwave for 15-30 seconds to prevent burning.
  5. Remove the cooled bites from the cupcake tray then dip them first into the melted white chocolate then the crushed Sweethearts – maybe even add a full one or two Sweethearts for show on top!
  6. Let cool for an hour, then enjoy!


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Clark Bar Sugar Cookies!

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It’s back to school time! Now that all the kids are off to their annual schedules of academics and extra-curricular activities, sometimes it’s fun to reward them with something special and sweet for all their hard work and energy. One of our fans told they spiced up traditional sugar cookies by adding some of our Clark Bites! So, of course, we had to try it for ourselves!

Though our cookies came out in some seriously crazy shapes (oops, baking fail!), the taste was simply unbeatable! Deliciously sweet sugar cookies with hints of creamy chocolate and peanut butter mixed throughout is a truly tasty dessert! It works both with chopped up Clark Bar or Clark Bites.  So, grab your ingredients and whip up these Clark Sugar Cookies to treat your little one (or yourself! After all, you deserve it too! )

Ingredients:

  • 2 & ½ cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of unsalted butter
  • 2 large whole eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • Clark Bars or Clark Bites (your preference!)

 

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Baking Supplies:

  • parchment paper
  • 1 or 2 flat cookie sheets
  • mixer
  • measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • whisk

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. In the medium mixing bowl, gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the large mixing bowl, use the mixer to blend together the sugar and the butter. The speed best used is medium-high, and it should be beat until the mixture is completely blended and has a fluffier texture to it. You want to blend until there are no clumps.
  4. Add the two large eggs, one at a time, into the large mixing bowl, and again using the mixer beat until the eggs are completely blended.
  5. Once this is completely combined, blend in the vanilla extract until completely combined. Thoroughly mix to avoid clumps of ingredients.
  6. Once ready, gradually stir in the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl in increments to the mix. On a low speed, use the mixer to blend until ingredients are just combined.
  7. Line the baking sheets with parchment paper and place the golf-ball sized portions of cookie dough on the sheets at least two inches apart.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the edges begin to become golden brown. It’s important to note that they won’t look like fully baked cookies at this time, just slightly golden and set.
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and let cool completely. (A wire cooling rack works great!)
  10. Enjoy your special treat! =)

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Zombie Food S’mores!

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Summers are best spent outside with family and friends enjoying the beautiful weather, and some of the happiest memories are created around a warm campfire. And what treat is more perfect to enjoy at a glowing fire than a deliciously gooey s’more? You’re right… nothing! ;-)

In honor of National S’mores Day on this Sunday, August 10th, we decided to get a little creative and experiment with our celebration. Instead of plain chocolate, we used our caramel-filled milk chocolate Halloween treat Zombie Food to put a spooky twist on the traditional s’more. The added sweet caramel flavor is simply irresistible! We’re glad we made this delicious discovery now because come Halloween season, there’s no doubt this will be a frequently made treat! We can’t wait for you to try it!

Ingredients:

  • Graham crackers
  • Marshmallows
  • Zombie Food

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  1. Head on out to the campfire with all your s’mores supplies!
  2. Prep the s’more by grabbing two graham crackers and placing a Zombie Food body part on one of the crackers.
  3. Get on to roasting that marshmallow to your preferred level of charred crispiness.  [We like ours a little burnt! =) ]
  4. Remove the marshmallow from the fire and place on top of the cracker with Zombie Food on it.
  5. Place the other cracker on top and squeeze together to form the perfect s’more!
  6. Beware… it might get a little oozy! ;-)

 

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Squirrel Nut Zipper Ice Cream Topping

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Recently on our Facebook, one of our awesome fans made an ingenious dessert suggestion upon seeing a post about one of our favorite classic chews: Squirrel Nut Zippers!

If you’re looking to unwind and indulge, try this sweet treat! Just grab your favorite flavor of ice cream. (Vanilla creates for a delicious flavorful blend, but some other great choices include: chocolate, coffee, caramel or any taste you’d love to blend with peanuts!) Nothing sweeter on a hot summer day than a refreshingly cold ice cream cone with your own homemade ice cream topping made from your favorite NECCO chew! You’re going to love this delicious peanuty indulgence!

Ingredients:

  • your favorite flavor of ice cream
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers

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Instructions:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the Squirrel Nut Zippers. About 15 will yield 1/4 cup of topping.
  2. Pour into a serving boat or small pitcher.
  3. Let cool so as not to melt the ice cream. Do not let cool completely, as it will start to harden and set back into its candy form.
  4. Scoop yourself a big bowl of vanilla ice cream.
  5. Pour the melted Squirrel Nut Zipper topping over your ice cream.
  6. Add some whole Squirrel Nut Zippers, sprinkles, whipped cream or your other favorite topping.
  7. Indulge on this yummy summer treat! =)

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