Nov 30, 2013

Peppermint Pretzel Popcorn Munch

Move over pumpkin. Greetings and welcome to peppermint and chocolate, sweet and salty treats only available during this time of year. Staying true to my southern roots, I admittedly prefer sweet potato over pumpkin. Every year I am amazed by the number of pumpkin flavored foods and drinks presented to us in every store imaginable. Well, the same can be said about the traditional candy cane and peppermint flavored goodies now appearing in a store near you.  I may not be tempted by the pumpkin offerings, but the same can not be said about the peppermint season. I struggle with the strength to say no to a treat flavored with both peppermint and chocolate. I plan to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate with peppermint this evening before I go to bed.

This recipe uses the candy cane Oreos available at Target. Imagine freshly popped popcorn, salty crunchy pretzels, and creamy chocolate Oreo goodness all wrapped up in a sweet candy coating of peppermint.

1 pack of Candy Cane Oreos
10 oz package of Wilton's peppermint candy melts
2 bags of lightly salted microwave popcorn (no butter)
6 - 8 oz of mini pretzels

Place the oreos in a gallon size plastic bag and gently break up the oreos.  Melt the candy melts in 30 second intervals in the microwave.  As you stir, the melts will give way to a silky smooth consistency.   In a large bowl, combine the popcorn, oreos, and preztels.  Add the peppermint candy coating to the mixture and stir gently until all ingredients are coated.  Spread the mixture in one layer onto a sheet pan coated with parchment or a silt mat to help reduce clumping.  Enjoy!

Nov 27, 2013

Scandal Viewing Party {My Dessert Table Design}

Are you a gladiator?  Do you find yourself holding your breath during parts of the show like I do? This season of Scandal has not disappointed or been short on the shock factor. I recently styled a dessert table for a scandal viewing party for a couples date night. As the guests arrived, the football game was playing in the background to ease the fellas into the night's festivities.  We played a fun game of Taboo - gals verses guys and enjoyed each other's company over drinks and desserts leading up the evening's episode of Scandal. Each team created their list of words around a specific theme, which made the game even more interesting and fun. Would you like to guess who won? Let's just say that I for one am a competitive person and loosing is not an option.

The Scandal winter season finale is coming soon. Thinking of hosting a Scandal Viewing party? More details on the food and table design are shared below.

I found the perfect printables from hwtm to use as signage for the table. After seeing these, I was flooded with ideas for the decor.  Food choices were centered around sweets for your sweetheart. Names such as Seductive Strawberries, Miss You Marshmallows, Kiss Me Pops, Heart Shaped Red Velvet Treats, and Passion Parfaits were chosen to stay within the theme of the show. Candy molds were used to make the lips and mustache pops.  These molds would also be perfect for a mustache bash and a valentine's party.

I had so much fun designing this dessert table and enjoying a romantic night out with my hubby. Go ahead and host your own Scandal Viewing party for either the winter finale or for the return of the show after the winter break.  Send me pictures of your event and I would love to share them on this site or the official Create Cook Capture Facebook page.

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