Christmas Spice Soft Caramels

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These soft, chewy caramels are perfectly spiced for the season with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and a touch of molasses. Show the special people in your life how much you care by investing a little time instead of a lot of money. Don’t be intimidated by DIY candy. This recipe is surprisingly easy to pull off! Just use a reliable candy thermometer and stir often. This large batch recipe can be easily halved by using an 8×8″ pan instead of the 9×12″ mentioned in the recipe below.

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Instant Halloween Party

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Well, maybe instant isn’t the right word but these tips will help you throw together a cheap, fun Halloween party in 1 day. Though you may want to give your guests more notice than that. There aren’t that many components to a successful Halloween house party. Food, booze, music, decor, costume. We’ll go through them one by one and get you on your way to partying!

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Lucky S’mores Bars

Lucky Smores Bars

These quick cereal bars are a perfect way to get that smoky s’mores flavor without the campfire. Melted marshmallows mixed with Lucky Charms cereal, graham cracker pieces and chocolate bars topped with even more s’mores ingredients! Bake in the oven for a few minutes to melt and char the top.

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Strawberries n Cream S’mores Bars + Niagara Falls Trip

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These no bake bars combine two summer favorites: s’ mores and strawberries and cream. A thick graham cracker crust, topped with white chocolate and strawberry bits and strawberry marshmallow fluff. Read on for the recipe and the history of the classic combo of strawberries and cream.

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Life’s Like a Box of Chocolates Brownies + History of the Heart-Shaped Box

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Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But, in fitting with Mama Gump’s saying… each of these rich, dark chocolate brownies contains a different surprise filling! How is this possible without spending all day in the kitchen? A box of assorted chocolates of course! Simply layer the filled chocolates between two layers of extra-chocolatey Nutella and cocoa brownie batter.Lifes Like a Box of Chocolate Brownies 5

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Candy Bar Brownies + Candy Bar Trivia

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Rich, dark chocolate brownies spiked with chocolate caramel vodka and stuffed with high quality chocolate bars. Then topped with a thick salted caramel sauce, peanuts, crisp rice cereal and even more chocolate. The toppings for these boozy brownies are easily customizable to riff your favorite candy bars. Read on for this recipe plus candy bar trivia!

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Funfetti Jelly Bean Cake with White Fudge Frosting + Happy Birthday to Me!

Funfetti Jelly Bean Cake

This adorable, colorful cake was made in celebration of my 27th birthday. Since I’m now well past the age to be concerned with my girlish figure, this cake is also rich and decadent. Two funfetti cake layers wrap a raspberry cheesecake filling in a celebratory hug. The white fudge frosting contains a whole pound of butter so you know it’s to die for. (Warning: You may actually die from consuming this much butter in one sitting.) Topped with my favorite candy, Starburst jelly beans, there’s not much more I could ask for on my old lady day! Plus use up leftover ingredients for some yummy peanut butter chocolate chip cookie sandwiches.

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