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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!)

 

Clark Bar & Clark Bites

 

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

InstagramPics 3639Instructions:

  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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Easter Chocolate Chip Cookies!

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Even though the weather outside might not feel like it, Spring is here! This time of the year is one of our favorites because of the wonderful arrival of the Easter candy aisle! =) In honor of such a sweet-tooth excitement, we decided it’s time to bust out some of our favorite NECCO Easter candies and incorporate them into as many Springtime recipes as we can!

Today’s recipe brings you a warm, chewy treat that you’ll love to snack on and share throughout this cheerful season! This delight takes the beloved dessert classic, yummy chocolate chip cookies,  and adds in a sweet, crunchy twist, our Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs! So don’t be afraid to head to the kitchen with a mission for deliciousness! Then, grab a glass of milk  and settle down with some friends and family to indulge on these delectable desserts!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs

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Baking supplies:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • wooden mixing spoon
  • mixer (stand or hand)
  • chopping knife
  • whisk
  • parchment paper
  • flat cookie sheet
  • wire cooling rack

Instructions:

  1. Begin by pre-heating the oven for 350°F or slightly warmer to 375°F depending on the size and strength of your oven.
  2. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In your medium mixing bowl, use the whisk to stir together the flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In the large mixing bowl, beat the sugar, brown sugar and butter together with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.
  5. Add in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract into the large mixing bowl. Use the mixer to blend this mixture until the consistency is well blended and creamy.
  6. Gradually add the dry mixture from the medium mixing bowl into the large mixing bowl and use the mixer to blend until you have a light, fluffy mixture.
  7. Use the wooden mixing spoon to gently stir in the chocolate ships until spread consistently throughout the dough.
  8. Use your knife to chop the Mighty Malts Mini Speckled Malted Milk Eggs into halves and quarter pieces. Use the wooden mixing spoon again to gently mix these pieces throughout your cookie dough.
  9. Roll the dough into golf ball-sized balls [or slightly larger depending on how big you like your cookie! =)] and place onto the parchment-lined cookie sheet at least 2-3 inches apart. Leaving ample room between the cookie dough balls is key as these cookies will expand a bit as they bake!
  10. Bake for approximately 15 minutes until you notice the edges of the cookies start to turn golden brown.
  11. Leave to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet prior to moving them, so they do not crumble. Once cooled, transfer them onto the wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Indulge! =)

Cookies can be stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.

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Clark Fudge Pudding

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Dessert time is the best time – no debating it! Our favorite candies to create sweet indulgences with are our Clark Bar and Clark BitesThe real chocolate, real peanut butter crunch of these chocolate sweets is rivaled by none, which makes them the perfect ingredients in so many recipes.

Today, we bring your sweet tooth a treat from its wildest dreams: Clark Fudge Pudding. Yes, you read that right, Fudge Pudding – sugary sweet with just the right amount of peanut butter – chocolate crunch.  So, grab these few ingredients, and you’ll be on your way to the sweetest, creamiest dessert! (or anytime snack… pudding’s acceptable at brunch, right?!)

Also, did we mention it’s NO BAKE! That’s right, no setting the oven to 350, no burning those finger tips… just cool, sweet, delicious Clark fudge pudding.

Ingredients:

  • 5 & ½ cups of powdered sugar
  • 2 & ½ cups of dry milk
  • 8 oz of cream cheese, softened
  • 16 Tbsp of unsalted butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 4-6 oz of water (your judgment as to desired consistency)
  • Clark Bars or Clark Bites (your choice as to which!)

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Baking supplies:

  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • measuring cup
  • 1 tsp
  • large mixing spoon
  • chopping knife
  • baking pan (13″ x 9″ is generic size but it’s your preference!)

Instructions:

Chop Clark Bars/Clark Bites finely with some larger pieces scattered throughout.

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Mix the powdered sugar, dry milk, water, vanilla extract and softened butter and cream cheese in the large mixing bowl.

Add in most of the chopped Clark Bars/Clark Bites to your batter, leaving some pieces aside for topping.

Spread the batter evenly within your baking pan and sprinkle the remaining chopped Clark Bars/Clark Bites across the top layer of the batter.

Pudding 2Chill in the refrigerator to allow for some setting.

Pudding 3Start scooping that sweet Clark Fudge Pudding!

Pudding 5Chances are your plate will end up looking like this. Just remember, there’s no shame in going back for a second scoop… or third… or fourth…

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