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?