Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

I could totally see myself taking these to the next level and making them all green, because I am crazy like that. But, what a cute idea for getting the shamrock shape in a pretzel pop and you gotta love the sweet and salty together!

the creative life in between

Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops

It will soon be St. Patrick’s Day, and I couldn’t let it pass without making a fun treat.  These Chocolate Pretzel Shamrock Pops are about as easy and cute as it comes.  I simply placed three mini pretzels and a cookie pop stick on a piece of parchment paper, spooned about a teaspoon of melted chocolate in the center, and placed a green Mint Dark Chocolate M&M in the center.  Let it cool/dry for about 5-10 minutes, and voila – a fun St. Patrick’s day treat.

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I originally saw a photo of what I thought was the same thing here created by Amy @ MomAdvice. (Amy has an awesome blog, Pinterest boards, and Instagram BTW!)  But then I realized, after actually going back to find the post to give credit, that Amy actually used Rolo candies in the center of hers!  How yummy does that sound?!  SCORE! …

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Valentine Sweetheart Cupcakes (Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cupcakes)

mmmmm… chocholate! So beautiful!

A Flair for Fare

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This recipe has been my go to chocolate cake and cupcake recipe for years. It’s very chocolatey and extremely moist and everyone loves it. Most hesitate to ask me for the recipe, thinking it’s a huge family secret that I won’t want to give up. Little did they know it was practically under their noses, in their pantry, right there on the Hershey Cocoa box. Pair it with any frosting; vanilla, chocolate or cream cheese and it will never disappoint. It is truly “Perfectly Chocolate” cake.

Here’s my perfectly chocolate cupcake, all dressed up for Valentine’s Day.

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Hershey’s Perfectly Chocolate Cake
2 cups sugar
1- 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 2 cupcake…

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More S’mores!

Yummy! What kid wouldn’t love these! (or big kid for that matter! 🙂 )

The Baking Guy

Meringue. This is an excellent recipe except for the meringue. I’m not sure what it is but I just can’t make a proper stiff meringue that lasts more than an hour. Nevertheless, enjoy this camp fire treat in cupcake form.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 & 1/2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • 1/8 cup granulatedsugar
  • 4.5 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, chopped

Cupcake Batter:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 & 1/8 cups & 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 & 1/8 cups & 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup boiling water

Meringue:

  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together crumbs, sugar and melted butter until…

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