Saturday, July 12, 2014

Snickers Bar Fudge {Game Day Desserts With Mars Candies}

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Football season is a big deal in our family. With less than six weeks until college football kicks off, we are already planning where we will be watching Notre Dame games this year. To say my family is a bunch of avid Notre Dame fans would be an understatement. 

We are third generation, brainwashed from birth, came home from the hospital in a leprechaun outfit, not allowed to get married during football season obsessed. As a kid we knew that football Saturdays were sacred and now as adults, our family members each pick a game to host a game watch for and the entire family plus friends we force to watch have converted make Notre Dame games the highlight of our Saturdays.

Something almost as important to my family as Notre Dame football would be dessert. It is not a game watch without a least a few different types of desserts. We usually all eat during halftime with dessert served after the meal, but in our family people have been known to sneak into the kitchen and steal desserts well before meal time. 

And when the game is over, my family also likes to fight over politely discuss who gets to take home the leftover desserts. And with 10-25 people in attendance at every game watch, we need a lot of desserts. 

With the happiness and mental stability of multiple family members on the line (especially when the game gets stressful or goes badly, which with Notre Dame is always a very real possibility), I try to shop in bulk at Sam's Club when it comes to dessert supplies. I know that every time I use Mars Candies in a recipe my family is always asking for seconds so I went ahead and bought the 48 count of Snickers Bars and the Mars 105 count Variety Pack. With as much dessert as we make in this house, those will be gone faster than you think. 

When it comes to game day desserts, I need recipes that can be made ahead of time and eaten while standing around the tv screaming at the refs. I am always looking for treats that are easy to make and easy to clean up after, especially since I have a few family members who tend to get a little heated during a game (here's looking at you Dad).  These two recipes more than fit the bill. 

This Snickers Bar Fudge is the perfect hand held dessert. I make it the night before and the morning of the game I cut it into squares and leave it already arranged on a plate in the fridge to pull out at half time. It needs no utensils and guests don't even need a plate (although if they used a napkin that would be nice). The chopped pieces of Snickers Bar sort of melt into the fudge when they are first mixed together so every bite has a little bit of gooey caramel and creamy nougat. The peanuts add a little crunch and with only three total ingredients, you can't find a much easier recipe to make. 

Have a family member who's not that into chocolate (that doesn't exist in my family but maybe yours is different)? Candy Bar Trifles are just the thing. I let my guests "do it themselves" on these. I just put out plastic cups, cake pieces, whipped cream and candy pieces and them them make their own. The Mars Variety Pack has five different kinds of candy so there is something for everyone. These can be eaten anywhere and with a plastic cup and plastic utensils, people can just throw them away when they are done which means no extra dishes for me. 

The only thing I will have to worry about with these desserts is if I made enough for everyone to not only eat during the game but to take home with them afterwards too. Unless my aunt decides to do one of her cheerleading jumps with a dessert in her hand, then I might need to worry about my carpet too. What your family doesn't randomly recreate cheerleading scenes from 1979 in your living room during intense plays? No? Just us? Maybe if you focus on the dessert photos you will be able to forget I said that. All family weirdness aside, here's hoping for a successful and not so stressful football season with plenty of desserts. GO IRISH! 

Snickers Bar Fudge
  • 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups of chopped Snickers Bars

1.) In a saucepan or in a double boiler combine the chocolate chips and the condensed milk. 

2.) Stir on medium heat until chocolate chips are completely melted and combined. 

3.) Turn off the heat and pour half of the mixture into a 9x9 pan lined with tin foil. Scatter the about a cup of the chopped Snickers Bar over the first layer of fudge.

4.) Top with the second cup of chopped Snickers. You may need to press them down into the fudge so that they stick. 

5.) Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. 

6.) Pull the foil edges up and use the foil to remove the fudge from the pan. Cut into squares to serve. Be sure to store leftover fudge in the fridge so it doesn't get melty. 

Candy Bar Trifles
  • 1 inch pieces of cake, I used yellow cake but you can use any type you like
  • Whipped Cream
  • variety of chopped candies, I used Milky Ways, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Twix and M&M's
1.) In a small cup, layer cake pieces, whipped cream, candy and more cake pieces. Top with more whipped cream and crushed candy. Enjoy!

No matter who your football team is or what your family traditions are on game day, I am sure that they probably include some type of dessert. So when you are shopping for your game day parties at Sam's Club this season be sure to be on the look out special Snickers NFL game day displays in your local store from August through November so you can stock up too!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Blueberry Cheesecake Kefir Smoothie

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My husband is a long time lover of Lifeway Kefir. He has always been on me to try it since he really loves how much its probiotics and live active cultures help him with his stomach issues. Since I have been on a few different rounds of antibiotics lately, I figured that now was the perfect time to try and find ways to get more probiotics in my life. This week we have been putting it in our morning smoothies in an attempt to get me to drink it more.

Lifeway makes so many different varieties of Kefir that we always have one or two on hand in the fridge. While Justin prefers the plain original version, I prefer the flavored versions. We recently purchased the Lowfat Blueberry flavor and have been using it to make our new favorite morning smoothie, Blueberry Cheesecake.

I am a big fan of smoothies that taste like a milkshake without all the ice cream, fat, sugar and other not so great stuff for you that milkshakes usually include. This Blueberry Cheesecake Kefir Smoothie does just that. It is yummy and flavorful while still filling me up. You can easily modify it to fit your personal dietary needs or preferences and it can be made quickly with ingredients you may already have on hand.

We made these today before heading to the gym but they would also be perfect for an afternoon treat on a hot summer day or for a little something to satisfy your late night sweet tooth. I am thinking we are going to have to try out the strawberry and raspberry flavors of Lifeway Kefir in place of the blueberry soon too.

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Blueberry Cheesecake Kefir Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup Lowfat Blueberry Kefir
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup low fat or fat free cottage cheese
  • 5 ice cubes (more or less depending on the consistency you like)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar free cheesecake pudding mix
  • 1 packet of stevia
  • Optional: crushed graham cracker and a few blueberries for topping
1.) Put all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Top with crushed graham cracker and a few extra blueberries if desired. 

Sidenote: If you decide to add protein powder to your smoothie (which Justin has done and loved), you may wish to leave out the stevia depending on how sweet your protein powder is to avoid it being too sweet. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Fruttare Summer Spritzers

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Summertime is in full swing here in South Florida. Temperatures are the 90's most days and our afternoon thunderstorms show up right on time every day at 3:00pm. Once the storms pass, we usually get a few brief hours of sunlight when it is actually bearable to sit outside on the back porch and enjoy a drink or two. Usually I go for a glass of Prosecco or Moscato with a few frozen berries for a little refreshing flavor. Lately though, I have been taking my occasional evening glass of wine to a whole new level.

Since even our evenings here are steamy, I have been keeping myself cool by combining my favorite wine with Fruttare Fruit Bars. It's the best of both worlds: have your frozen treat and your wine too. And my favorite part? They are about as easy as a drink can get.

For the Fruttare Prosecco Fizz, I chopped up some Strawberry and Mango Fruttare Fruit Bars and stacked the pieces in chilled champagne glasses. I then poured very cold Prosecco over the fruit bar pieces. The drink was so refreshing and I loved how each sip was a little different as the bar melted. The bubbles of the Prosecco paired perfectly with the cold, creaminess of the fruit bar. And once the bar completely melted I had pieces of real fruit left to enjoy at the bottom of my glass.

Don't want to get your hands or an extra plate dirty? Then the Fruttare Summer Moscato is more your style. All you need to do is unwrap your choice of Fruttare bar, place it in a wine glass and fill with chilled Moscato. For a little fizz you can top it off with a little sparkling water too. You can sip your wine while enjoying your frozen fruit bar or just let your bar melt in the wine and enjoy it's fruit flavor. I usually end up letting mine melt a little bit but then I get impatient and finish the bar off by itself.

I purchased my Frutarre Bars (and wines) at Target but they are available at tons of stores nationwide. I even found a dispenser with coupons for $1 off in my local store so I stocked up while I could.

Whether you enjoy your Fruttare Bars by themselves or as part of backyard party drink, they are the perfect refreshing treat for warmer weather. Since Fruttare Bars come in ten flavors including Lime, Mango, Strawberry, Black Cherry, Peach & Milk, and Pinapple you will have endless possibilities for summertime drink combinations.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Walgreens New Paperless Coupons & Mobile App

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As the name of my blog suggests, couponing is something I do every time I shop anywhere. And if you've ever tried to learn how to use coupons yourself,  you know that one of the most time consuming parts of couponing is clipping coupons. It can often get frustrating to have to run home to get my coupons before stopping by a store or needed to spend 15 minutes looking for and clipping paper coupons. I have taken to keeping my couponing bag in the car with me in case I need to run in and grab a few things when I am around town.

Nothing makes me crazier than having to pay full price for something when I know I have a coupon for it at home. It was like Walgreens read my mind when they added their new paperless coupon feature to their mobile app. I can now simply "clip" my coupons digitally and they are automatically tied to my Balance Rewards card as well as available with one easy scannable barcode on my phone.

When I first downloaded the app, I went through the available paperless coupons and clipped the ones I thought I might use. I love that I didn't have to waste ink or paper and I could clip as many as I wanted without lots of clutter or paper to carry around. Once in the store, I could also search through the coupons right in the aisle to see if what I was buying had one available. That came in very handy when I ended up with an impulse buy of lip balm : )

We are getting ready to leave on a family road trip in to North Carolina in a few weeks and I needed to stop by Walgreens to refill a prescription. While I waited I decided to supplement the first aid travel kit I had already put together at Walgreens over Spring Break with a few extra things we might need while in the mountains. I gabbed Purel, Bactine Spray, an OFF Family Care Pen, lip balm, and some road trip snacks. I was able to save over $5 with my paperless coupons and that paid for my prescription co-pay which was a nice way to use my savings. I also had $5 in Balance Rewards too so I saved over $10 total in one trip!

As someone who has a busy summer and school year ahead of them, I love that I can browse new Walgreens coupons on my phone and since I am often running in there to grab a prescription it's nice to know that I can save on the go with paperless coupons even if I made an unplanned trip.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

SNICKERS Peanut Butter Granola Bites

Are you planning any road trips this summer? We are heading up to North Carolina with my family in a few weeks and if this ten hour car trip goes anything like our past ones, I know that we are going to need a few snacks and drinks to help us refuel along the way.

My mom is a pretty hard core person when it comes to road trips. She has our best interests at heart in wanting us to get where we are going as fast as possible but if you are hungry or thirsty before our very well planned and scheduled lunch/dinner stop then too bad. So we have learned to plan ahead and pack our own snacks and beverages.

In getting ready for our trip, I ran out to Walmart to grab some snack items we would need for the road. I grabbed a few SNICKERS 2-to-go bars and a some Dr Peppers while I was there. Now, personally a SNICKERS and a soda as they are would be a great road trip pick me up especially since the 2-to-go are perfect for sharing with someone (if you are that generous) or for saving the second bar for a later snack. But, since I like to jazz things up a little bit and since my family loves having all kinds of sweet treats on a road trip, I made these amazing SNICKERS Peanut Butter Granola Bites too.

Don't get confused. While there is peanut butter in the name, I used the traditional SNICKERS 2-to-go in this recipe. I love the unexpected bites of nougat and caramel mixed in with the oatmeal, peanuts and chocolate. You could use the SNICKERS Peanut Butter or Almond 2-to-go versions as well if you prefer. These bites are completely customizable. You can use different kinds of nut butters over peanut butter, you can add in different mix ins and they truly are the perfect sweet but filling treat.

They don't have to be stored in the fridge once they are set up but if you are taking a long (and more than likely hot) car trip you may want to keep them in the cooler with your Dr Pepper.

SNICKERS Peanut Butter Granola Bites

  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or any kind of nut butter you prefer)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup canola oil (or any kind of oil you prefer)
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (or other mix in)
  • 2 SNICKERS 2-to-go bars chopped up into bite sized pieces

  • 1.) In a sauce pot on medium heat, mix together peanut butter, oil and honey. Heat and stir until completely combined.

    2.) Pour oatmeal into a large mixing bowl and pour warm peanut butter mixture over it. Stir to coat. 

    3.) Stir in the remainder of the ingredients. You want it to be well combined but not overly mixed. The warmth from the peanut butter mixture will melt some of the chocolate and SNICKERS pieces but it tastes better when you leave the pieces as whole as possible. 

    4.) Using a cookie scoop or tablespoon, scoop mixture into mini muffin tins. As mentioned above, you may want to line or grease the tin lightly to help with removal. You can also use mini muffin liners too. 

    5.) Refrigerate for at least two hours before removing from tin. 

    Right now Walmart has a great coupon offer purchase (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go bars and (2) 20 oz Dr Pepper bottles and receive $1.00 off. There is also a SNICKERS® Dr Pepper Refuel Sweepstakes: Purchase (2) SNICKERS® 2-to-go and (2) 20 oz Dr Pepper bottles, then text or email your receipt to and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 250 available Walmart gas/gift cards. You can find full instructions here:

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    25 Sweet Dessert Dips

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    It's summer time and there is nothing better to end a BBQ or a hot day in the summer than a cool, creamy dessert dip. Here are 25 of my favorite sweet dips for you to enjoy summer (and year) long.

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    Friday, May 30, 2014

    Cake Batter TWIX Bites Dessert Dip

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    Are you ready for Father's Day yet? I don't quite have a gift yet, but I have dessert in the bag. When it comes to celebrating dad's I think of BBQing outside and sitting on the back porch relaxing. And in the June heat of South Florida, nothing sounds better for dessert at an afternoon BBQ then a cool, refreshing dessert dip made with Mars TWIX Bites and served with fruit and cookies.

    As far as family celebrations go, I like to keep it simple. Something I can prepare ahead and then just serve when needed is my favorite way to go. This dessert dip only has three ingredients and you can switch up the flavor or go with lower fat/lower sugar options as you prefer.

    I went with a standard cake batter dip inspired by this TWIX dip I made at Christmas time. The creamy cake batter is broken up by crunchy, caramely, TWIX Bites for a dessert that you could take a spoon to. Not that I recommend that or would ever do that. But if your dad is anything like my dad, he may do it anyways and use the excuse "Well, it's Father's Day."

    The graham crackers and apple slices were the perfect dipping tools. Caramel and apples always go well together and the Granny Smith Apples gave a little tanginess to offset the sweetness of the dip.

    You can pretty much use any type of cracker, cookie or fruit you have on hand. This would probably even taste good on cardboard.

    Cake Batter TWIX Bites Dip
    • 8oz tub of Cool Whip
    • 1 cup of Yellow Cake Mix (just the mix)
    • 20-25 TWIX Bites, cut in half
    1.) Beat together the Cool Whip and cake mix until smooth.

    2.) Stir in chopped up TWIX Bites.

    3.) Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving with graham crackers, apple slices or any other type of cookie or fruit you prefer.

    Want to save on TWIX Bites and all of the other varieties in the Mars Bites Family? Not only can you get them for a great price regularly at Walmart like I did. Check out the variety of coupons Mars has available right now including one to save $3.00 Off any two (2) MARS Brand Bites, 6oz. or larger. Includes TWIX®, 3 MUSKETEERS®, MILKY WAY® Simply Caramel, MILKY WAY® & SNICKERS®.

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