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Fun Summer Recipe — Easy S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites

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If you are looking for a fun recipe to take to your next summer picnic or outing, here’s one of our favorites! These S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites are a fun treat to make with the kids, and are great for packaging up and giving as party favors, too.

 Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Following is a step-by-step picture tutorial, or just skip to the recipe and directions at the bottom of the post if you prefer.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

This quick-to-make, kid friendly treat requires only 3 ingredients: graham crackers, chocolate bars, and large marshmallows.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

First, coarsely crush 6-8 graham crackers with a nut chopper or rolling pin to make about 1 cup of chopped graham crackers.  Personally, we prefer using our trusty nut chopper for this process,  as it is quick, makes less mess, and chops the grahams to the perfect size.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Next, melt the chocolate. We recommend using a good quality dark chocolate, but milk chocolate and white chocolate are great substitutes. One of our favorite places to get a good deal on high quality European chocolate is Aldi – their Choceur brand runs about $1.99 for a 5.29 oz bar.  Chocolate chips work great too.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Chop the chocolate into smaller similar-sized pieces to make sure it melts evenly.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Melt the chocolate in a microwave-safe dish or melt on the stove top using a double broiler over low heat. If using a microwave (our preference since it is much quicker), melt your chocolate on a low (50%) power setting in 30 second increments to avoid scorching or burning it. After each 30 second increment, stir the chocolate until it is completely melted and is smooth & shiny.

Note that it is important to stir between each 30-sec increment as chocolate is easy to burn & scorch.  Chocolate retains its shape even when melted (see pic above), so the only real way to know if it is truly melted is to stir it to see if it has become a liquid.  Once it is liquid you can proceed to the next assembly step.

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.

To assemble, dip one marshmallow at a time in the melted chocolate then place on the lined cookie sheet.

Sprinkle chopped graham crackers on top of melted chocolate.  

Set marshmallows off to the side for 1-2 hours to let chocolate harden and set. This process can be sped up by placing the cookie sheet of dipped & assembled marshmallows in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Marshallow S'mores Truffle Bites

Easy S’More Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely chopped graham cracker crumbs (we used the Low-Fat Honey Maid Grahams, but regular grahams would be dandy, too)
  • 10 oz of dark chocolate bars or chips (can substitute milk chocolate or white chocolate)
  • 1 Bag of large marshmallows

Directions

  1. Line a large cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper.
  2. Melt chocolate in the microwave (see directions above) or on the stove in a double broiler over low heat.
  3. Dip one marshmallow at a time in the melted chocolate then place on the cookie sheet.
  4. Sprinkle chopped graham crackers on top of melted chocolate.
  5. Set marshmallows off to the side for 1-2 hours to let chocolate harden and set. This process can be sped up by placing the cookie sheet of marshmallows in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Store in an airtight container.

Makes 24-30 S’More Marshmallow Bites.

Enjoy and share!  : )

 

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FREE Printable Vintage Baking Conversion Chart

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Fellow blogger, The Cake Blog, has a handy collection of FREE printable baking conversion charts ~ there are 4 color versions to choose from!  This is perfect for printing and hanging on the inside of your cabinet for quick reference. And, if you want to set it on your kitchen counter, this is designed to fit a standard 8 x 10 frame.

:: Get your FREE Vintage Baking Chart printables here.

P.S. You may also be interested in these FREE printable Cooks Helps from Martha Stewart ~ go here.

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Scotch Packaging Tape Deal, 1.8 Inches x 54.6 Yards, 4 Rolls — $2.12 Each

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Here’s a great deal if you need to restock on packing tape…

Get Scotch Packing rolls for $2.12 each! 

Amazon is giving an extra $1.50 OFF Scotch Packing tape 4-roll set (218 Yards Total). That savings is on top of the current discounted price of $9.97 for 4 rolls (Regular $21.99) that you’ll see from Amazon.

That brings the total for 4 tape rolls to
$9.97 – $1.50 Coupon = $8.47 total (or $2.12 per roll)

We compared the price per roll to Costco, where we normally buy our packing tape, and found that this is more than 55% OFF Costco’s discounted price of $4.99 per roll  and 75% OFF Staples price of $8.79 per roll!

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Secret Sauce Buying Tip: Do note, that you won’t see the extra $1.50 discount subtracted from the selling price until you clip the coupon (here), and then go to the final “Review Your Order”/Order Summary confirmation page (which is the last page you’ll see after you input your payment info, right before you actually approve the order to be placed).  It will look something like this :

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As always — if you plan to get this deal, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long this will be available at this price (Amazon prices can change often).

:: Go here to clip the $1.50 OFF coupon and grab this deal before it expires.

 

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$15.99 Today ONLY — 40% Off 42-Piece Top-Rated Rubbermaid Food Storage Set

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This is a HOT Deal of the Day worth mentioning (price valid today only)…

Pop over to Amazon for 40% off the top-rated 42-piece Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid Food Storage Set for  (regularly $26.65)  – discount good today only on Amazon’s Deal of the Day.   

We recommend this set because the lids snap to the base of the container making it easy to store and find the right lid.  The graduated container sizes also nest to take up less storage room in your cabinets, and the square shape uses less space in your refrigerator.

At $15.99, this is a great deal!

The set includes five 1/2 cup, five 1.25 cup, five  2 cup, two 3 cup, two 5 cup, and two 7 cup containers with snap lids.

:: Learn what reviewers say to give this set 4 1/2 stars

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$1 Betty Crocker E-Cookbooks ~ 20 Minute Meals, Best Chocolate Recipes, Gluten-Free Baking, and More!

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Right now, Amazon has a hot deal on several Betty Crocker e-Cookbooks for 99 cents! We enjoyed perusing the cookbooks and found simple, easy to follow recipes that look worthy of your next special event.  The 20 Best Muffin Recipes cookbook has some great ideas for a Spring brunch event and the  Outrageous Double Chocolate-White Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe (mmmm!) from the 20 Best Chocolate Cookie Recipes cookbook sounds and looks delicious.

Our favorite 99 Cent Betty Crocker Cookbook finds include:

   
   
   

::  Go here to find the entire list of Betty Crocker e-Cookooks available at Amazon.

Do note that if you plan to get any of these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long these will be available at this price (as you may already know, Amazon prices can change often).

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Frugal Fun: How to Make Snow Ice Cream (a.k.a. Winter Bliss in a Bowl)

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We are getting lots of traffic on our Snow Ice Cream recipe from a few years ago ~ thought we’d pull it out of the archives and “dust it off” for all of our readers…

Something New to Try
On this fluffy-white, beautiful snow day, I thought it would be fun to make snow ice cream for the first time.  I remember my parents sharing memories about making the treat when they were kiddos (they grew up where snow was a more frequent occurence than Fort Worth), and I always thought it sounded like the ultimate “fun food!”

I do believe this is just the thing to try on this wonderful winter day, and have already set my largest bowl outside to catch a container-full of winter bliss.

Following is the recipe I used, which comes with great reviews from allrecipes.com:

Bon Appetite, y’all!

Snow Ice Cream Recipe

Ingredients

1 gallon snow
1 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups milk (or half and half for a richer taste)

Directions

  1. When it starts to snow, place a large, clean bowl outside to collect the flakes.
  2. When full, stir in sugar and vanilla to taste, then stir in just enough milk for the desired consistency.
  3. Serve at once.

Options:  Personally, we like ths recipe best, as is, but you can also try mixing other favorite ingredients such as cocoa powder, cinnamon, coconut, or chocolate chips. Get creative and the kids (big and small) will have a blast making it.

Do you have a special winter memory?  We’d love to hear about it
in the comments section.

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FREE Pies & Cobblers Recipe Book from Gooseberry Patch

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For a limited time, Amazon Kindle has Gooseberry Patch’s Pies, Crisps, & Cobblers cookbook available to download for FREE!

You might also want to check out these other cookbook specials from Gooseberry Patch ~ all ranging from 99 cents to $2.51 per cookbook download.  The 101 Cozy Casseroles book is an especially good deal ~ it is on sale for only $1.99 today (don’t wait if you want this cookbook deal as we understand the price will go back to its normal $11.99 tomorrow):

  
  
  

Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple, and other devices.  There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including many great classics (go here).

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FREE Recipe Books from Gooseberry Patch & More

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Head over to Amazon for a couple of FREE Kindle book downloads:

Even if you do not have a Kindle, you can still download these cookbooks and read them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac,  and other devices.  There are lots of other FREE books available anytime for download,  including many great classics (go here).

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Pier One Imports $10 OFF Printable Coupon

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Pier One just released a couple of nice printable coupons as part of their customer appreciation week ~ $10 OFF a purchase of $40 or more and $5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more* These coupons can even be used for most sale items, so you can score some great deals! Hello fall decorating! 

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Offer is valid through Saturday, August 24th at any Pier One Imports store or at their website (use Promo code YOUROCK if shopping online).

:: Go here to get the coupons and learn more about the offer.

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$1 Kids Books at Amazon ~ Great Deal!

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For a limited time, Amazon has deeply discounted the price on 20 popular kids e-books to $1.

   
   

::  Hurry over HERE to find the entire list of $1 books for kids.

Do note that if you plan to get any of these books, you might now want to wait, as we don’t know how long these will be available at this price (as you might already know, Amazon prices sometimes change often).

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