Sponge Cake #SpringSweetsWeek

My family’s Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it’s own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

My family's Sponge Cake is just barely sweet, light with little pockets of air throughout. Enjoy it on it's own for snack, afternoon tea, or dessert, or sweeten it with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

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Halloween Dessert Board #HalloweenTreatsWeek

Desserts boards, like cheese boards, are all the rage right now, so why not a Halloween Dessert Board? Filled with homemade, semi-homemade, and store-bought sweets, this Halloween Dessert Board has something for everyone.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored on behalf of #HalloweenTreatsWeek. Our generous sponsors have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Desserts boards, like cheese boards, are all the rage right now, so why not a Halloween Dessert Board? Filled with homemade, semi-homemade, and store-bought sweets, this Halloween Dessert Board has something for everyone.

“When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers ‘tis near Halloween.”

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Chocolate Covered Apple Slices #AppleWeek

Sweet apples get coated in rich dark chocolate for an easy sweet treat.

This post is sponsored on behalf of #AppleWeek. Our generous sponsors Envy Apples, Bob’s Red Mill, Republic of Tea, Flahavan’s Irish Oats, Nairn’s, Taylor & College, Zyliss, Chocoley, and Torani  have provided us with products for recipe creation and a giveaway for our readers. As always, all opinions are my own.

Chocolate Covered Apples Slices - Sweet apples get coated in rich dark chocolate for an easy sweet treat.

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Cottontail Chex Mix #SpringSweetsWeek

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids’ favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that’s hard to stop at just one handful. 

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the #SpringSweetsWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

Looking for a springtime sweet to brighten up a kid’s lunchbox? Or perhaps it’s something festive to enjoy as an after school snack or to serve while entertaining? This is it!

Just a handful of ingredients – many of which are probably already in your pantry if you have little ones in the house – and only a few minutes to assemble. The  only special ingredient is seasonal sprinkles. The Chex Mix will need to set for about 30 minutes, but the hands-on time with this recipe is minimal.

My taste-testers loved this recipe. My son was pretty obsessed actually, melting down when I wouldn’t refill his bowl. I even caught my husband sneaking handfuls when he thought I wasn’t looking.

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids' favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

In case you haven’t been following along, I just wanted to remind you about a couple of fun #SpringSweetsWeek things.

  • We do have a giveaway this week. You can find the prize information here here but you can enter by scrolling to the bottom of this post. The Rafflecopter is there to make life easy for you. 🙂
  • If you want to check out other recipes this week, you can search the hashtag #SpringSweetsWeek on social media. There’s also a Pinterest board you can follow or just scroll through.

Finally, be sure to check out the other recipes that went live this morning:

Cottontail Confetti Sprinkles from Sprinkle Pop Shop

Recipe Notes:

  • You can use any sort of seasonal candy or sprinkles for this Chex Mix. In the spirit of Easter and springtime, I used Cottontail Confetti Sprinkle Mix from #SpringSweetsWeek sponsor Sprinkle Pop. I have worked with Sprinkle Pop before and cannot say enough about their sprinkle collections – so many adorable ones to choose from! I mean, how stinkin’ cute are those little eggs?
  • I used plain M&Ms in this recipe to keep it nut-free, since I packed some in school lunches during the week. If that’s not a concern for you, Reese’s Pieces would also be a great addition to this sweet snack mix.

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

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Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

Cottontail Chex Mix

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 6 c. Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 c. plain Cheerios cereal
  • 1 c. crushed pretzels
  • 1 c. mini marshmallows
  • 2 c. M&Ms or other candy mix-in
  • 10 oz. vanilla candy melts
  • 2 oz. spring bunny sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper and set aside.

  2. In a very large bowl (I actually used a stock pot because my bowls were not quite big enough), combine Chex, Cheerios, crushed pretzels, mini marshmallows and candy. Toss to mix.

  3. Melt candy melts in the microwave according to instructions on package. Pour half over Chex mix and with a rubber spatula, start mixing in. When mixed in as best as possible, add remaining melted candy melts and mix to combine.

  4. Turn out onto prepared baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Scatter sprinkles evenly over top of the Chex Mix.

  5. Allow the whole mixture to set for 30 minutes. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container if not enjoying immediately.

Recipe Notes

  • If you have a 12-oz. bag of candy melts, feel free to add an extra cup of cereal or pretzels.

Adapted from Wishes and Dishes.

Chex cereal, Cheerios and pretzels are tossed with kids favorites (M&Ms and marshmallows!) and covered with a vanilla candy coating and springtime sprinkles to create this Cottontail Chex Mix, a festive snack that's hard to stop at just one handful. 

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Sweet & Salty Valentine’s Day Popcorn Mix

Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine’s Day snack both adults and kids will love! 

Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love!

Can you believe that January is already almost over? I feel like this month has flown! We finally got the holidays wrapped up – decorations down, thank you notes finished… and now we’re in full prep mode for February! That’s when birthday season seems to start for our group of family and friends as well as Valentine’s Day festivities.

I feel kind of lame but I don’t have a ton of holiday recipes on this blog. I have Christmas covered – it’s my favorite time of year  but every other holiday? Not nearly as much. I have a few older recipes that are begging for new photos and a big update (i.e. molten lava cake for two) but otherwise it’s pretty much Valentine’s Day Blondies (huge hit with the kids) and a dinner for two – Jerk Scallops with Pineapple Salsa over Coconut Rice.

Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love!

That brings me to today’s recipe  my kids LOVED this sweet and salty popcorn snack. No joke. I was swatting away little hands multiple times, usually both before and after dinner.

This Sweet & Salty Valentine’s Day Popcorn mix is super easy to make. The chocolate adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the salty snack mix. And you can make this all year round, swapping out the sprinkles for something more seasonal, or leaving them out all together.

Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love!

Recipe Notes:

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Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn and peanuts are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love! 

Sweet & Salty Valentine's Day Popcorn Mix

Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love! 

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 281 kcal
Author Liz

Ingredients

  • 7-8 c. salted popcorn
  • 1 1/2 c. pretzels (small shapes or crushed slightly)
  • 1 c. unsalted salted peanuts
  • 7 oz. dark chocolate candy melts melted
  • 2 oz. Valentine's sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. First, spread out popcorn. Then evenly top with peanuts and pretzels. 

  2. Drizzle snack mix with about half of the melted dark chocolate candy melts and sprinkle with half of the sprinkles. Allow to set, about 5 minutes. 

  3. Once set, use a spatula or clean hands to gently stir and flip snack mixture. Drizzle with more chocolate and top with sprinkles. (You may want to reserve a little of both to stir things up one more time.)

  4. Once you've used up all of the chocolate and sprinkles, and chocolate has set completely, serve or store in an airtight container for up to 48 hours.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition calculated based on 8 cups of popcorn. This makes about 10 1-cup servings.

Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love!

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Sweet & Salty Valentine's Popcorn Mix - Salty popcorn, peanuts, and pretzels are drizzled with dark chocolate and topped with sprinkles for a Valentine's Day snack both adults and kids will love!