31 Days of Chocolate: Oct. 7th-Game Day Butterfinger Ball

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October 7th: Watch football, and eat a Butterball, er, a Butterfinger Ball

One of my favorite fall activities is to “Watch” football, which translated means, an afternoon hovering over the snack table.

This cheeseball-style snack, is sweet, simple, and perfect to curb game day cravings.

Butterfinger Ball

Ingredients:

8 oz cream cheese

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1 package of butterfingers ( or other candy)*

Cookies, Pretzels, or apples for dipping

Directions:

1. With a mixer, blend cream cheese, sugar, and peanut butter until smooth.

2. Mix in chocolate chips by hand.

3. Chill mixture for 15 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, crush butterfingers in a resealable bag.

5. Place cream cheese mixture in plastic wrap. Form a ball.

6. Roll the ball into Butterfinger pieces.

7. Serve the ball with cookies, pretzels, or apples.

*You can mix up the recipe, by substituting Butterfingers for other candies, such as Reese’s Pieces, M&M’s, or chocolate chips.

31 Days of Chocolate- Oct.6th: Chocolate Frogs

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Halloween is all about the creep-factor. And I can’t think of anything creepier than eating a frog.

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A chocolate frog.

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October 6th: Watch (or read), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and eat Chocolate Frogs

If you can’t find them in the store, you can purchase frogs here.

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Or, you can make your own and get a lot more toads for your green. I like theseĀ moldsĀ because they’re big enough to add a filling or surprise center. Plus, they look more real, and less cutesy.

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Want to fancy them up? Print out and create these nifty chocolate frog boxes.

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Have a TOAD-ally RIBBIT-ing time!

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31 Days of Chocolate: Oct. 5th- Take a Hike, Raisins

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October 5th: Take a hike, make a chocolate trail mix

I confess, I don’t exercise like I should. But, if there’s one thing that will get me eager to strap on some athletic shoes and head outdoors, it’s fall. The cool, crisp air, the gorgeous Autumn landscape… the luring scent of chocolate chip cookies baking at the neighbor’s house.

For the best views, I like to venture away from home, to a park, or the mountains. Now if I’m going to go on some epic hike, I’m going to need to be prepared. That’s right, snacks. And hitting the trails means one thing, Trail Mix.

Of course, you can buy a generic trail mix already prepared on the grocery store shelf. But, if you’re anything like me, you’re going to pick around half of the ingredients. Enemy #1, The pesky raisin. I know many of you adore them. But, for me, if I accidentally ate one, my afternoon would be ruined. Too dramatic? Maybe the hatred stemmed from one too many bad trick or treating experiences as a kid.

You know the kind….You knock on the door, plaster on your sweetest smile, and eagerly open up your candysack.

All of your hopes are on a prizedĀ chocolate bar. Your eyes grow big; your anticipationĀ builds.Ā Thump…A box of dreaded raisins.

Okay, enough of my ramblings (until someone brings up kale. Lol)

For me, the perfect trail mix has several components. Something salty, something sweet, something crunchy, and something fun.

Here are some trail mix ideas for October:

 

 

 

*Chocolate nuts and dried apples pictured by Nuts.com.

*Gummy candy pictured by Candywarehouse

Have a favorite snack mix combination? Please share in the comment section below!

31 Days of Chocolate: Oct.4th- Pumpkin Patch

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Day 4: Pumpkin Patch Snack

Spending a day at the pumpkin patch can build up a fierce appetite. Tame tummy growls with a cute pumpkin- shaped snack.

Caramel Pumpkin Pretzels

These one-bite treats are perfect on the go, or for nibbling at home. They’re sweet, they’re salty, and best of all they’re simple!

Ingredients:

Small Pretzels

Caramels

Orange melting chocolate wafers

M&M’s

Directions:

1. Warm a caramel in the microwave for about 10 seconds. (Caution, it will be very hot). Mold the caramel over one entire side of the pretzel.

2. Place on aluminum foil, and chill in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, melt candy wafers in the microwave. Microwaves vary, but I generally start with 30 seconds and stir, and then, continue at 30 second intervals until smooth.

4. Dip caramel pretzels in melted chocolate.

5. While candy is still wet, add an M&M for the pumpkin stem. You may need to roll a tiny piece of foil up to prop the stem into place while it hardens.

6. Chill till hardened and enjoy!

Happy Pumpkin Patching!

31 Days of Chocolate: October 2nd

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It’s day two of Agatha’s 31 Days of Chocolate.

Today is all about embracing the fall season. Meaning, trading in the summer bathing suit for some comfortable-room-for-eating-stretchy pants.

It’s time for a little TLC, or what I’d like to call, Truffle Loving Care.

October 2nd: Treat yourself to a seasonal truffle, or two, (or a box, I’m not judging), at a chocolate shop. NotĀ the stuff you buy by the bagful for Trick or Treaters. Not the candy you find in stale bulk boxes at the grocery store. A REAL chocolate shop. With REAL chocolates. The kind of confections you pick out of the shop case like fine pieces of jewelry. The real deal, because you deserve it.

Here are some of my season’s picks:

See’s Candies: Caramel Apple Scotchmallow

Katherine-Anne Confections: Walnut Goat Cheese Truffle

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory:Ā Peacan Pie Truffle

Christopher Elbows: Blood Orange Carmels

What’s your favorite luxury chocolate?

Chocoholic’s Fall Bucket List: 31 Days of Chocolate

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There’s just something about October that just energizes my soul.

Maybe it’s the chill in the air,

the cozy clothes,

the days in the pumpkin patch,

the nights in front of the fire,

the vibrant leaf confetti,

AND, the promise of bucket-loads of chocolate candy.

Don’t want to miss out on any chocolate opportunities? Let me be your guide, as we celebrate 31 days of October, chocoholic-style.

 

Day One:

Today we celebrate the 30th birthday of Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

What better way to celebrate than eating a chocolate cake bigger than your head!

Too much of a good thing? Is that possible? Let me know, in the comment section below!

(Will go easy on you on this one….If you eat any chocolate cake this month, check it off your list. āœ…)

You put WHAT in my chocolate cake?

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You want the best cake. The moistest cake. The healthiest cake.
I get that. I really do.

Bring out the chocolate flavor with a dash of espresso powder? Sure. I can handle that.

How about adding a dollop of sour cream? Maybe.

Make it moister with mayonnaise?

That’s where things cross the line for me. Some things just don’t belong in chocolate cake. My rule of thumb, if it goes on a sandwich, leave it out of my dessert.

Now, I’m not totally closed-minded. Let’s say you’d like dessert, but you don’t want all the calories that come with it. That’s understandable. In fact, I find some of the early hacks acceptable, substituting fats with fruits, such as, apple sauce, bananas, or pumpkin.

But, the latest trends have me holding my stomach.
Avocado, zucchini, kale, and the one that pains me to type in the same sentence as chocolateā€¦black beans. Black beans, you guys.

If you are one that eats like this, I’m not putting you down. In fact, I applaud you and your super powers.

Call me stubborn, or call me a purist (I prefer the latter), but I just canā€™t bring myself to do it.

It’s not the fact that I donā€™t like vegetables. I’d just prefer to keep them out of my dessert. (Back to my sandwich rule).

Am I alone on this one? Iā€™d love to hear your opinions!

13 Baking Essentials for your Fall Kitchen

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It’s hot outside. The trees are lush and green. But, the calendar says September, and that’s enough to get me excited about Fall.

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Fall is my favorite. The colors, the weather, the food.

It’s the dip-it-in-chocolate,

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smother-it-in-caramel,

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and put-it-on-a-stick time of year.

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And, I love it.

This year, I’ve put together a list of some of my most wanted fall kitchen items.

(While I’m not a brand ambassador, should you like and purchase any of the items too, this site will receive a small commission.)

 

Fall Baking Wishlist

Mini Pie and Quiche Baker

Why I need it: Because there’s nothing better than a warm gooey pie, than my OWN warm, gooey pie.

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Fall Apron

Why I need it: For times baking motivation is low, this little number will provide some Autumn inspiration.

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Raccoon/Fox Cookie Cutters

Why I need it: Quite simply, these little fellas are adorable.

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Fall Kitchen Towel Set

Why I need it: Because my kitchen is happy it’s almost Autumn, too.

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Harvest Loaf Set

Why I need it: Fact- Food tastes better in cute dishes.

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Mini Iron Skillets

Why I need it: Skillet cookies, brownies, and cobblers. Need I say more?

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Acorn Silicone Mold

Why I need it: These little acorns will add a cute little bit of whimsy to dessert. Put one on a cupcake, or a pile of them on a cake. Or, just rest one on a spoon, for an after dinner treat.

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Whipped Cream Dispenser

Why I need it: Time to take the hot chocolate game to a new level.

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Fall Sprinkle Collection

Why I need it: I like to get a fresh set of versatile sprinkles at the start of Fall that I can use all season long.

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Wilton Candy Melter

Why I need it: This goes into that dip-it-in-chocolate, smother-it-in-caramel category. Perfect for dipping apple slices, pretzels, marshmallows, or anything you want dripping with chocolate.

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Fall Leaves Cookie Stencil

Why I need it: Stencils are a fast and easy way to add artistic flair to desserts. Use them on cakes, with a dusting of powdered sugar, or paint them on cookies with royal icing.

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Tree Bark Footed Server

Why I need it: I love bringing nature indoors. This platter is the perfect pedestal for a cake or any assortment of fall goodies.

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3D Pumkin Cake Pan

Why I need it: It’s a cake that makes a statement. It can be dressed up, or served simple with a drizzle of warm fudge or caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What’s on your fall baking supply wishlist?

Quiz: What’s in Your Lunchbox?

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Take this quiz to see what chocolate snack matches your school style.


As a kid, one of my favorite parts of the school day was lunchtime…especially if there was a sweet chocolate snack tucked inside of my lunchbox.

(If the Quiz doesn’t automatically load, please click on the post’s title).

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What snack did you get?

What’s your all time favorite school time snack?