Pretzel, Hershey Kiss, and M&M Bites

Inspiration: I first had these little snacks a few years ago when my Mom brought some home from a friend at work who had made them. Then, I ran across them again a few weeks back  on The Cooking Photographer and was reminded of how good these little treats are. I had a family cookout coming up and decided to make these as a quick and easy snack to bring along.

What we Loved: These are just a really fun little variation on chocolate covered pretzels. I have always loved snacks like trail mixes or Chex mixes that are both salty and sweet, and that’s the reason that I love these so much. They’re not so much a dessert as a salty, chocolatey snack. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make, and they travel well. I always love finding snacks that are easy to take along to a party.

Helpful Hints: With all of the different kinds of Hershey Kisses and M&Ms that there are now, you can use any number of different flavor combinations with these. You can also use Rolo candies instead of Hershey Kisses, like The Cooking Photographer did, and there are plenty of other little chocolates/toppings that could be used in place of the kisses or M&Ms. And of course, with M&Ms, you can always coordinate the colors for a holiday or season.

Pretzel, Hershey Kiss, and M&M Bites
Source: From my Mom’s work friend and The Cooking Photographer

Pretzel snaps
Hershey Kisses
M&Ms

1. Place the pretzel squares on a baking sheet, and top each one with a Hershey Kiss.

2. Cook for 3 minutes in a 200 degree oven.

3. Press an M&M into the center of each Hershey Kiss. Refrigerate for approximately 15-20 minutes or until cool.

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Cherry Lemonade

Inpsiration: I was so excited when I walked into the grocery store last week and saw the first batch of fresh cherries in the produce section. To me, cherries just scream summer time, and there’s nothing like a bag of fresh cherries in my lunch on a sunny day. They’re one of those foods that just improve my mood by being so tasty and so summer. I always just eat them by the handful, but this year, I’ve been thinking of trying some recipes using fresh cherries. A nice cherry lemonade sounded like a perfect treat for a long holiday weekend.

What we Loved: B and I both agreed that this was the best lemonade we’ve ever had. It was tart and sour like you’d expect a lemonade to be, but also so sweet and cherry flavored. It was just delicious. And isn’t the color beautiful? We enjoyed this as an afternoon snack on Memorial Day after a nice bike ride. Perfect.

Helpful Hints: My only advice here is to make a lot! The below recipe just barely makes enough for two 8 oz glasses of lemonade (with ice), but B and I both really wished that we had more. I would double the recipe, or even make enough for a pitcher. This lemonade would be great for a summer party or BBQ.

Cherry Lemonade
Source: New York Times

1/2 cup cherries, pitted
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup cold water
4 tablespoons sugar

1. Blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.

2. Pour the lemonade through a sieve in order to collect the bits of cherry peels that remain unblended.

3. Serve over ice, garnished with fresh cherries.

White Chocolate Christmas Trail Mix

I love this Christmas candy. It’s so hard to stop eating it once I’ve started. B’s mom always makes it at Christmas, so I always associate it with Christmas time, but I suppose you could use any color M&Ms that you’d like and eat this at any time of the year. It’s sweet, salty, and very addicting :)

White Chocolate Christmas Trail Mix
Source: B’s Mom and a family friend  

*I divided the below recipe in half, and it still made enough to fill a large mixing bowl.

3 cups Cheerios
5 cups Crispix (I used Chex)
4 cups pretzels (I used mini twists)
3 cups peanuts
16 oz M&Ms
1 1/2 pounds white chocolate

1. Mix the Cheeros, Crispix, pretzels, peanuts, and M&Ms in a large mixing bowl.

2. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave or double boiler.

3. Pour the chocolate over the cereal mixture, and stir until everything is evenly coated.

4. Spread the mixture onto a wax paper- or foil-covered cookie sheet, and cool in the refrigerator until hardened. Break the mixture into chunks and store in an air-tight container.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Cocktail

Strawberries, bananas, rum, vodka, tequila….delicious and nutritious, right? B’s the bartender at our house, and he mixed up this recipe for us. It was very tasty and refreshing, and don’t you love the color?

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Cocktail
Source: Original Recipe

2 medium bananas, chopped
3/4 quart of strawberries
3 shots of rum
3 shots of tequila
2 shots of vodka
1-2 trays of ice, depending on desired consistency

1. Place all ingredients in a blender, blend, and enjoy.