Tag: chocolate

10 easy-to-make DIY Valentine’s Day classroom treats for crafty kids

If there’s one time of year you’ll find me getting crafty with the kids, it’s around Valentine’s Day. But only under two conditions: 1) I get to sip wine while we craft and 2) the craft involves treats. These printables, crafts, and recipes make for perfect Valentine’s Day classroom treats and Mama stays happy. Sweet deal all around.     Printable Teddy Graham Valentine’s Day cards  Instead of  kisses, kids can be giving out bear hugs! The Big Bear Hug Valentine’s Day tags (above) by Bloom Designs on Skip to My Lou are the cutest things ever and pair...

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10 indulgent Nutella recipes for World Nutella Day: Time to look for the comfy pants

Any day could be Nutella Day in my home, but since today has been decreed World Nutella Day, we have an excuse to serve up some yummy Nutella recipes, and celebrate its hazlenutty, chocolatey goodness even more. We’ve mined our site for some of our favorite recipes over the years that let you enjoy this creamy spread, and even a recipe to make your own homemade version if you find yourself without a jar on hand.   Nutella-stuffed French Toast Nutella for breakfast would get my kids out of bed pretty quickly, especially if it was found in this...

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5 delicious recipes for Valentine’s Day pancakes that will really hit their sweet spot.

Love is in the air. Or is that the smell of Valentine’s Day pancakes from truly creative recipes? I can think of no better way to treat your family this Valentine’s Day (or the whole Valentine’s Day weekend) than to surprise them with a stack of fluffy, gorgeously festive, super indulgent pancakes. Okay, fashionista mamas, we’re bringing ombre to the breakfast table. These beautiful pink ombre pancakes (above) from This Mama Loves feel like French macarons, don’t they? They’re easy, too. All you need is your favorite pancake mix and food coloring. You can get three coordinating colors or try one color...

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Happy Year of the Horse: How to celebrate Chinese New Year at home

Growing up as an Asian American kid, the Chinese New Year was a pretty big deal with my family. I admit that I’ve let that tradition go a bit as I’ve gotten older, but it’s so fun for kids to discover how to celebrate Chinese New Year at home, whether you’re of Asian heritage or not. Here is a ton of inspiration for ringing in the Year of the Horse with your own kids. GIFTS If someone you know is welcoming a Year of the Horse baby this year, Tree by Kerri Lee’s Chinese Zodiac Birth Year Boxes (pictured above) have...

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7 to-die-for Super Bowl dip recipes for the win. Even if your team loses.

It’s wrong how much I love Super Bowl food, from nachos to pulled pork sandwiches, wings to Corona cupcakes. (Yes, Corona cupcakes.) But Super Bowl dip recipes have to take it as my favorite game-time snacks.  There’s nothing like a bold, creamy dip served with salty, crunchy chips to get the party started. Which is why I’ve rounded up these 7 insanely over-the-top, can’t-stop-eating them Super Bowl dip recipes that you’ve probably never tried before. That’s right, mamas: it’s time to ditch the French onion soup mix and sour cream, and go for the touchdown.   If you’re looking...

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Powdered stuff? Bah. How to make perfect homemade hot chocolate from scratch in 5 minutes.

Homemade hot chocolate is not only better for you than those just-add-water packets, but it’s also just as easy to make. Seriously. And it tastes way better, too. You’re about to learn how to make luscious, homemade hot chocolate in 5 minutes, without a recipe. And really, you just need whatever chocolate you have in the cupboard and some milk. Top image: Ginger Hot Chocolate | Minimalist Baker   Start by grabbing the milk. I use about 1 cup per serving.   Now grab some chocolate. Real chocolate of any variety: chocolate chips, that last bit of Hershey’s bar you’ve been...

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6 last-minute treats for Santa that the kids can help make

The big man is set to arrive in just less than 48 hours! Word from the North Pole is that if you leave Santa something extra tasty, he’ll throw in a little extra something for mom. That — and having “leftovers” — is reason enough to make one of these 6 delicious holiday snacks. So pull the kids into the kitchen: it’s time to make treats for Santa! Cookies are traditional, but these chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallows (above) from One Charming Party are chic and modern. Easy to make, too. (No oven!) These are fun to make with the kids...

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The ultimate guide to the best holiday cocktail recipes and winter drinks. Because you’ll need these long past Christmas.

We’ve covered so many fantastic holiday cocktail recipes over time, we thought we’d put them together in one handy guide to our very favorites. Find links to more than 30 of only the very best recipes, both boozy and non-boozy. And don’t be thinking we won’t be drinking that candy cane martini well into February. What else are leftover peppermint candies good for, anyway?   8 Delicious Holiday Cocktail Recipes to Toast the Holiday Season: From candy cane martinis to the perfect mulled wine. 5 Apple Cider Recipes including variations for mean mocktails, for those abstaining this holiday. Cheers to...

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Hunger Games chocolates by Vosges: I volunteer as tribute!

Are you hungry, Hunger Games fans? Don’t be prim–just dig right into this gorgeous box of gourmet truffles from Vosges,  inspired by the Capitol of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games world. Opulence, trinkets, and accoutrements wait within. But no screaming jabberjays. We checked. Of course the Capitol is meant to represent all that is shallow, selfish, and dangerously narcissistic in our culture, but it’s just so darned pretty, just like the Capitol Truffle Collection from the new collection of Vosges Hunger Games Chocolates. If you live in District 1 and have the wealth (because wow, it’s pricey), you’re sure to get your Effie on...

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Ever wished you could bathe in a peppermint mocha?

I love my peppermint mocha latte as much as the next girl, so it’s a shame they’re gone so fast that all I’m left with is a whipped cream mustache and fond memories. But when you combine the delicious scent of peppermint and cocoa with luscious body products backed by organic and fair trade production, you’ve got a heavenly match that lasts longer than five mouth-burning minutes of bliss. Moksa Organics is a company based on love for nature, activism, and peace, so you know this Mistletoe Holiday Bath Set is as kind to the world as it is...

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Sweet and simple: Apropos Roasters gifts and stocking stuffers

If you’re like me, there’s a bunch of people to whom you’d like to give a little something for the holidays, but they aren’t quite up to the level of say, a cashmere sweater. I usually whip up some handmade holiday food gifts in the kitchen, but to save time this year I might let Apropos Roasters do some of the work for me instead. I love their selection of individually packaged coffee, tea, and hot chocolate gifts, wrapped in plain brown paper and adorned with cheery stamped images and messages. So great for holiday gift giving to co-workers, carpool,...

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3 classic holiday treats for kids with food allergies

It’s no fun being that kid with food allergies who gets a chocolate Santa in your stocking, only to find your mom taking it away because there are no ingredients written on the foil. But it’s probably worse being that mom. So we’re happy to see more delicious Christmas treats each year, made with those very kids in mind.     Allergen-free Gingerbread House From the conscientious and talented folks at Sensitive Sweets Bakery, there’s no gluten (tapioca flour does the trick), dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. The gingerbread house kit $29 and for an extra $10,...

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Crack open a coffin of gourmet Halloween chocolates. This one’s just for the grown-ups.

Most of the Halloween candy I eat is pilfered from my kids’ bags when they aren’t looking. But if you’d like to give–or get–some chocolate treats that are much more grown up than snack-sized bars, check out what we’ve unearthed for Halloween from chocolatiers L.A. Burdick. L.A. Burdick’s limited-edition Coffin Assortment is stuffed with an array of bonbons as well as friendly ghosts filled with hazelnut and dark chocolate ganache. The black coffin-shaped box makes this a perfect hostess gift to bring to that awesome Halloween party down the street. Or maybe you’ve been a very good goblin this...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us and find cool picks like these, daily. 1. Adorable Father’s Day gift idea from the kids. Mostly free. 2. We’re so coveting these shoes! Anyone have a time machine so we can get them? 3. The yummy recipe that would make a great Father’s Day gift. If you don’t eat it yourself. 4. One of our new favorite baby gifts. So cute! 5. 12 of the coolest tech gifts for dads under $50. (No, not an XBox...

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Homemade fudgesicle recipes: It’s that time!

We’ve officially hit that time of year that every day ice cream requests have replaced the every day hot chocolate requests. Since my kids have come home from school more than a few times with the telltale artificial blue-icee stains under their noses, I like the idea of making them something a little healthier (a little?) that will still satisfy the sweet tooth, like this homemade fudgesicle recipe at Martha Stewart. With just 15 minutes of prep and standard ingredients like unsweetened cocoa powder, heavy cream, and a good vanilla extract, in no time at all you’ll be pouring...

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Dear Mom: I love you more than a stack of Earl Grey cookies

Diamonds are forever, flowers are for this week, and heavenly spiced cookies are for the best ten minutes of Mothers Day. The Mothers Day Cookie Gift Box from Whimsy and Spice on Etsy is the Tiffany’s version of baked goods. Each collection includes fennel olive oil shortbread cookies, honey lavender shortbread cookies, rose and black pepper thumbprint cookies, Earl Grey sandwich cookies, lemongrass marshmallows, and espresso dulce de leche brownies, all handmade by Chef Mark in Brooklyn and wrapped in beautiful Tibetan paper. We haven’t tried ’em, but we’d like to. And more than 6000 reports of positive feedback...

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You got organic peanut butter in my chocolate!

Well, wasn’t I delighted to walk into my local bodega and see a brand new treat from Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter staring back at me from the counter. Okay, my thighs weren’t delighted, but I sure was. Move over Reese’s: I love you but I’m happy to spend a little more to trade up to Justin’s Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I had to do a taste test between the milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions (I know, cry for me) and it’s a toss-up. The milk chocolate has that more familiar American candy bar flavor, but zomg the dark...

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Delicious chocolatey awesomeness that tastes way better than it might sound

Magic Chunks are delicious, all-natural, wheat-free, and sometimes dairy-free. And my kids and I love them. Pull up a chunk and let me tell you why. [Don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!]   Magic Chunks happened quite by accident, when Nutty Steph’s Vermont-made granola just wouldn’t get crunchy enough, thanks to an unusual batch of maple syrup. Now, each slightly more than bite-sized cube includes thick-rolled oats, Vermont maple syrup, rich dark Equadorian chocolate, nuts, and a mixture of seeds, spices, and oils–all locally sourced except for that chocolate. And hey, no one cares about the crunch...

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Pretty pink chocolate bunnies, with no icky artificial dyes

Chocolate is delicious, but brown can get so blah during a pastel-pretty holiday. These all-natural bunnies are a great way to think pink without downing a single drop of dye. Our pals at Nutty Steph’s have crafted a line of yummy bunnies just perfect for the Easter basket or springtime snacking, but they’ve left out one very important ingredient: that pesky, possibly cancerous red dye that makes my kids act completely deranged. Hurrah! The Pink Chocolate Bunny is finely crafted of white chocolate with just a dab of peppermint and freeze-dried raspberry dust, which results in a lovely, natural...

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Say it with heart: 3 last-minute Valentine’s Day sweets made with one Valentine’s Day cookie cutter

No need to fret if you haven’t made a fun Valentine’s Day treat for the kidlets yet. Thankfully for us last-minute types, simple surprises always do the trick. All you need to make one of these three sweet surprises is a basic recipe and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Don’t have either? Hit the bakery and grab a knife. We can still make this work. See how easy this is going to be? Now Hug Me, you Cutie Pie! –Stacie, xox No sweet is as easy to whip up as Rice Krispie treats. And that’s a fact. Throw a heart-shaped...

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