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A Last Minute Gift of Love: Dark Chocolate Cherry Candies

Written by Jenny –

Dark Chocolate Cherry Candies Recipe

As much as I love to receive a Valentine or two, I also love to give a lot away. This year, my thought of what to give or make started quite lofty but it did not take long to tell myself, “Now just how are you going to get all that done? Get back to reality. Something simple, made with love and others in mind will do just fine!” This four-ingredient recipe for Dark Chocolate Cherry Candies covers all that. Dark chocolate, crunchy and cherry good, need I say more? Well, one more thing.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Dark Chocolate Cherry Candies

Ingredients for 4 dozen candies:


LINE baking sheets with wax paper.

MICROWAVE chocolate in large, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 45 seconds;

STIR. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Stir in pretzels, cherries and almonds until well coated. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared trays. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

Coarsely chopped dried apricots or sweetened dry cranberries can be substituted for the dried cherries. Your choice of nuts, instead of the almonds will work out fine too!


Dark Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Dark Chocolate
Dark Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Snacks Recipe
Dark Chocolate Dipped
Strawberries & Snacks

A Month of Halloween Ideas: Butterfinger Popcorn Balls

Written by Chris

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls recipe

It’s October, and we’re sharing our favorite Halloween recipes! We hope you will be inspired and use some of these ideas at your next gathering.

This recipe’s “hands-on” preparation is a thrill for kids and results in a sweet and chewy combination of chopped Butterfinger, crunchy popcorn and miniature marshmallows. Easy to make and fun to decorate, Butterfinger Popcorn Balls will be a smash at your next Halloween bash.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls

Ingredients needed for 25 popcorn balls:

  • 6 cups popped popcorn
  • 9 (18.5 grams each) Nestlé Butterfinger Fun Size Candy Bars or 3 (2.1 ounces each) NESTLÉ BUTTERFINGER Candy Bars, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • Nonstick cooking spray


Butterfinger Popcorn Balls recipe

COMBINE popcorn and chopped Butterfinger in large bowl, as shown above.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls recipe

MELT butter in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in marshmallows. Heat, stirring constantly, until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth. Pour over popcorn mixture; quickly toss to coat well.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls recipe

COAT ice cream or cookie scoop (or your hands) with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop (or shape if you are using your hands) popcorn mixture into 25 1 ½-inch balls, as shown above. Place on wax paper to cool.

Butterfinger Popcorn Balls recipe

 WRAP in decorative bags or store in airtight container.


Never Say Never‘s Justin Bieber Loves WONKA SweeTARTS: a Purple Smoothie Recipe

Written by Chris

  Wonka SweeTarts Purple Smoothie recipe

Imagine being asked to develop a recipe to help support the launch of Justin Bieber’s Never Say Never DVD (launched May 13th). Exciting, right? I thought so! The request seemed simple enough. I had to find a way to creatively incorporate a hard-yet-chewy candy (that is meant to be eaten out-of-hand) into a recipe, since Justin is a huge fan of SweeTARTS candy. The recipe also needed to be appropriate for a pre-tween sleepover movie-viewing party.

I have tried to bake with SweeTARTS previously. Not the best way to go. Of course they are great for decorating cupcakes, etc. But that’s too easy. Think, think, think! I thought it would be wise to do a little research…

Wonka SweeTart Lollipops recipe

I held a brainstorming session with our team and our kitchen assistant offered up cute idea for SweeTART Lollipops, shown above. I loved this idea; they could be made in advance and served as party favors. But I wanted something that could be put together quickly for the kids to enjoy during the movie or shortly after.

There are a lot of Bieber fans in my daughter’s dance/singing class, so I asked for their input. Sounds like a great idea, right? Once I uttered the word “Justin” the girls screamed and lost all focus. I suppose I can relate – I had a little thing for Duran Duran back in the day. I did retrieve a small piece of valuable information though: Justin’s favorite color is purple…so whatever I came up with needed to incorporate purple. Noted!

On our way home, we stopped at our local yogurt shop. A light bulb went off! Frozen yogurt with mix-ins is all the rage, in SoCal at least. My kids always come up with the most off-the-wall flavor combinations like red velvet cake batter yogurt with gummy worms; tart vanilla yogurt with Fruity Pebbles; and chocolate yogurt with mini marshmallows and gummy bugs. The common thread is a sweet & tart combo with something chewy and/or crunchy.

What did I do with all this info? I developed a purple SweeTART smoothie with a soft-serve consistency. When the SweeTARTS get blended, they taste a little like Fruity Pebbles. This smoothie was an instant hit with my kids! Take a look…

Wonka SweeTarts Purple Smoothie recipe

SweeTarts Smoothie

Ingredients for 3 servings (1 cup each):


PLACE SweeTarts, blueberries, milk and ice cream in blender; cover. Blend until smooth. Feel free to blend in even more blueberries or sprinkle some on top. After all, purple is Justin’s favorite color!

Wonka SweeTarts Purple Smoothie recipe

The only question remaining: serve with spoon or straw? My daughter chose a spoon, shown above.

Wonka Dipped Pretzels recipe

Since this promotion was geared toward a kids sleepover I also included a recipe for WONKA Dipped Pretzels which can serve as a fun activity. Pretzel rods are dipped in melted white morsels, then coated with SweeTARTS (I used the hard SweeTARTS in this recipe) and Wonka Nerds.

What kind of a recipe would you have come up with? I would love to hear your ideas!


Related treat recipes:

Marshmallow Pops recipe
Marshmallow Pops
Blue Monkey Smoothie recipe
Blue Monkey Smoothie

Top Ten Easter Sweets Recipes

Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests recipe

1. Egg-Ceptional Easter Nests

Get ready for the Easter Bunny’s visit with this unforgettable treat shown above. Nestled in delicious butterscotch or chocolate nests, the unforgettable taste of these elegantly wrapped candy eggs will leave kids hopping for more.

Strawberry Mousse Pie recipe

2. Strawberry Mousse Pie

Bring in the spring with this adorable Easter-themed fresh strawberry cream pie. Topped with nests of coconut and jelly beans, kids will love to help decorate.

Egg Hunt Cookie Cups recipe

3. Egg Hunt Cookie Cups

These cookie cups feature a chocolate NestEgg, above, making them easy for kids to decorate and easy to enjoy.

Egg-Ceptional Easter Cookies recipe

4. Egg-Ceptional Easter Cookies

These egg-shaped chocolate chip cookies can be festively decorated with colored frosting for a sweet Easter treat.

Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets recipe

5. Chocolate Chip Easter Baskets

These little Easter baskets above are sure to delight everyone in your Easter celebration.

Toll House Easter Basket Fudge recipe

6. Toll House Easter Basket Fudge

Who wouldn’t be thrilled to discover rich, creamy fudge in his or her Easter basket? Especially if they’re colorfully decorated. So quick and easy, you can treat your little ones with all three varieties.

Chocolatey NestEgg Shortbread Cookies recipe

7. Chocolatey NestEgg Shortbread Cookies

Nestlé Crunch and raspberry jam combine to make these tasty Easter cookies shown above. Perfect for surprising that special someone.

Mini Spring Cheesecakes recipe

8. Mini Spring Cheesecakes

You don’t have to search the backyard for this hidden treasure. Sandwiched between mini graham cracker crusts and topped with chocolate Easter eggs, these personal size delights are a delicious addition to springtime festivities.

NestEgg Macaroons recipe

9. NestEgg Macaroons

These are the perfect Easter cookies to serve on that special “hoppy” day, shown above.

Premier White Lemony Cheesecake recipe

10. Premier White Lemony Cheesecake

Premier white baking bars give this elegant and lemony cheesecake a smooth and creamy consistency. Try this in the Spring, Easter or a bridal shower…to rave reviews.


Happy English Toffee Day: Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Tomorrow, January 8th, is National English Toffee Toffee Day. To me, there’s no better way to honor it than with this recipe for Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee. This recipe is based on our Easy Toffee Candy that Nestlé Kitchens created close to 15 years ago. I will go on the record and say this new toffee candy is my favorite SWEET Nestlé recipe to date.

So, how can I improve on it? I wanted to simplify the process (I eliminated the need for an oven). As well, I wanted the toffee center to be more firm to the bite (so I am using butter and granulated sugar in place of sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar). I also wanted to incorporate toasted almonds since almonds and toffee are a match made in heaven. Why the saltine crackers? It adds a touch saltiness, but mostly it’s about that extra layer of texture.

We created the recipe video above to illustrate just how easy this recipe is – we know the word “toffee” can be intimidating.

For this recipe, you will need:

  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • 30 saltine crackers
  • 1 cup butter (use high quality butter since this is a main flavoring ingredient – I like Land O Lakes)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped toasted almonds


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil; place crackers on baking sheet 5 across and 6 down to form a 10 x 12-inch rectangle.

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Place the crackers close together like the image above.

Combine the butter, sugar and salt in a 2-quart, heavy-duty saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until candy thermometer reaches 300° F which is hard crack stage (this should take about 20 minutes from the time you turn on the burner). If you are in high altitude, cook it to about 298° F since liquid boils at a lower temperature in higher altitudes.

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

It should be a rich, golden amber color (see image above). If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can do a cold water test. Drop a spoonful of toffee into cold water. It should separate into hard, brittle threads.

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Remove from heat; immediately pour mixture over crackers.

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Sprinkle evenly with morsels. Let it stand for 5 minutes or until morsels are nice and shiny (image above).

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Spread morsels over toffee with metal spatula or back of spoon (image above).

Salty & Sweet Chocolate Butter Toffee Recipe

Sprinkle with almonds (image above). Cool for 2 hours before breaking into 30 pieces. If you are impatient like me, you can speed the cooling process by chilling in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. These will hold in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

So, in the end, I would rate this toffee recipe as highly as I do the Easy Toffee Candy recipe. It’s just easier to make. And that says a lot coming from me.


Related toffee recipes:

Easy Toffee Candy Recipe
Easy Toffee Candy
Swirlicious Chocolate-Peanut Toffee Recipe
Swirlicious Chocolate-Peanut Toffee

‘Tis the Season for Gingerbread Bark

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

When I created this Gingerbread Bark recipe, its intended use was for gift-giving. It takes 15 minutes to put it together, two hours to chill, and that is it! It’s elegant, tastes delicious and looks beautiful in a festive container or cellophane wrap.

On my calendar this year: Holiday dinner with the in-laws.

Since my family and I will not be in town for Christmas, we agreed to host dinner with my in-laws upon our return. I was planning on putting together something truly spectacular since I had more time than usual to plan.

How quickly things change…in a matter of minutes, I learned that I had hours to put on “Christmas Eve” dinner. So I relied on my tried-and-true filet mignon with Port-Balsamic Reduction, roasted asparagus, field green salad with spiced pecans and harvest grains.

For dessert, well, that’s where it gets fun. I needed a recipe that would not create a lot of dishes, could be put together in a matter of minutes and something that would go well with wine (hey, we all have priorities).

Ingredients for Gingerbread Bark:

  • Parchment or wax paper
  • 2 (8 ounces total) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® CHOCOLATIER 53% Cacao Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, finely chopped or 1 1/4 cups NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (I used morsels because that is what I had on-hand)
  • 1/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Premier White Morsels
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped or crumbled gingersnap cookies


Line baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

Melt 2/3 of dark chocolate in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; stir. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted. Add remaining dark chocolate and stir until melted, shown above.

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

Spoon chocolate onto lined baking sheet then spread into a 10 x 8-inch rectangle, as above.

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

Microwave white morsels in small, heavy-duty plastic food storage bag on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 30 seconds. Knead bag until morsels are smooth. Add oil; knead to combine. Cut tiny corner from bag; squeeze to drizzle over dark chocolate (that’s my little helper squeezing the bag above).

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

Immediately sprinkle chopped cookies over chocolate. You can use pretty much any kind of cookie; I just like gingersnaps because they are so appropriate for Christmas.

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Break bark into 24 pieces (3 pieces is about one serving, so this recipe will serve eight). Store bark in airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

'Tis the Season Gingerbread Bark Recipe

After our guests left, I caught my daughter checking out the leftover bark (and yes, she is on the counter). She also gave it a thumbs up!

Seeing that my mother-in-law asked me to repeat the recipe three times, I think it was a success! And for that red wine, we had a lovely cabernet sauvignon and port – a perfect end to the evening.  If you have simple, quick and tasty recipes like this bark, please share! We’d love to hear from  you.

And have a Merry Christmas.


Holiday candy bark recipes:

Holiday Peppermint Bark Recipe
Holiday Peppermint Bark
Magic Mint Chocolate Bark Recipe
Magic Mint Chocolate Bark
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