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Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn Snack

So I have been MIA from my blog but work has been crazy!  We have also been updating everything around the house!  5 rooms have been painted, updated landscaping, tree’s planted…etc…did I mention we also have a 20 month old!  So I am having the entire family over for Easter, let the fun party planning begin!  So for a little preview, here is the snack for the wonderful ladies at Daycare!

Salted-Caramel-Easter-Popcorn1The valentines day popcorn was a hit with the almond bark, but I think we need a new twist.  I recently tried Turkey Hill Salted Caramel Icecream…yummy!  So inspiration!

Ingredients:

6 cups plain popped popcorn
2 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Drop of red food coloring-if you want to make the popcorn pink for Easter
1 1/2 cups Easter Pretzel M&M’s

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pretzels. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil over medium high heat. Boil, undisturbed, until mixture is amber in color, for about 8-12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. Be careful because the mixture will bubble up. Stir until smooth and add vanilla extract, marshmallows, and drop of red food coloring-if using. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.

2. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is well coated. Stir in the pretzel M&M’s. Transfer mixture to a large baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely.

 Robin Eggs or Mini Cadbury Eggs would be good too!

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Peeps Pretzels!

231161393343142060_0c9rZDc0_cPeeps-Pretzel--500x500I don’t know about you but I am ready for my Easter Basket projects!  These little lovely’s are going into my Daycare goody bags!  So easy, and bonus I love white chocolate pretzels so the cook gets the rejects!  These are supper simple!

All you need is white baker’s chocolate, pretzel rods and twists, fun candy sprinkles and peeps! 

All you have to do is dip the pretzels into the melted chocolate and sprinkle with the the candies, then take a little more of the choclate and spread on the back of the peep and press to pretzel.  How easy is that, a nd how cute are they!

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Happy Valentines Day

1-29-12 010This was our Valentines Day present for the wonderful ladies at Daycare!  So easy! 

1 cup of popcorn Kernals popped

1lb of Almond Bark

Valentines Peanut and Plain M&M’s

Pour melted almond bark over popcorn and mix with a spatula.  Mix in the M&M’s.  Pour onto baking dish’s and let cool and harden.

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