Sous Chef Sunday: Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

I know, I know, there’s nothing at all healthy about the typical little candy corns I love to over indulge int, but here I can offset all the sugar — a little bit, anyway — with these inspired candy corn fruit parfaits.

The sons have been asking for this all week, for dessert! And any day I can pass off fruit as a delicious dessert, that they actually RE-request, is a great day.

And I know there’s those crazies (kidding!) out there who don’t particularly care for candy or sugary sweets. Well, this is a perfect sweet treat for them while still being able to be festive.

In all honesty though, candy corn just might be our favorite Halloween treat (well, aside from those fun-size Butterfinger bars) so it makes sense that we’d be all about a candy corn-inspired confection.

I mean it’s a fruit parfait that’s every bit as sweet and colorful as the real thing. The best part: they’re super easy to scare up!

Note to self: Monitor the sons when there’s a ratio involved between the fruit portion and the sugary one! They went a little cool-whip happy, but I can’t really blame them.

Candy Corn Fruit Parfait

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Candy Corn Fruit Parfaits

A delicious Halloween dessert the whole family can enjoy, this one stacks orange mandarin orange slices with pineapple tid bits and tops it off with a generous white dollop of white whipped cream. It's the perfect candy corn looking dessert to serve at Halloween parties & even Thanksgiving.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 111kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pineapple chunks in 100% juice I used 1 Dole fruit cup
  • 1 cup Mandarin oranges in 100% juice I used 1 Dole fruit cup
  • 1 small container of non-fat Cool Whip
  • 2 small bowls or cups to assemble parfaits

Instructions

  • Strain the pineapples and Mandarin oranges. Spoon half of the pineapple chunks into the bottom of the dish, creating a solid layer.
  • Spoon half of the Mandarin oranges on top of the pineapples.
  • Top with a dollop (obviously the sons and I need to re-visit that definition), or two, of Cool Whip

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 256mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 1mg

Snickerdoodle Crescent Rolls

Warm pastries make a perfect treat for breakfast or dessert, and these snickerdoodle crescent rolls are no exception. Coated with a sweet cinnamon sugar dusting, these puffed peanut butter stuffed pastries pair them with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of coffee, for a delightful treat anytime of the day.

a pile of cinnamon sugar covered snickerdoodle crescent rolls on a wrinkled piece of white parchment paper

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Easy Chocolate Covered Red, White, And Blue Strawberries

Nanni always has some sort of special treat for the sons at every holiday gathering. Our 4th of July cookout was no exception. When I saw these, I was excited. Talk about taking chocolate covered strawberries to a whole new level! They were absolutely decious and a stunning addition to the table. I can’t wait to make another batch, this time getting the sons involved.

Strawberries dipped in white chocolate, and blue sugar are a fun and easy dessert, and make a perfect patriotic candy for the 4th of July, or the 5th (you know for all the celebratory cookouts all weekend long). It’s not too late to make a batch either, they’re totally last-minute friendly. So whether it’s at some point this weekend, or at next year’s festivities, bring a special sweetness and a hail to the redwhite and blue in celebration of our independence.

Hold on to the recipe though ….. Christmas is 174 days away and these are just as eye catching using green.

Easy Chocolate Covered Red, White, And Blue Strawberries

4 Sons 'R' Us: Red White and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Strawberries, washed and dried
White chocolate
Blue sugar, edible glitter, or sprinkles (blue sugar is shown in the picture)

Red White and Blue Chocolate Covered Strawberries 2

Directions

1. Place blue sugar in a bowl.
2. In a separate bowl melt the chocolate, either in the microwave for two minute intervals, stirring in between until totally melted, in a mini crockpot set to low (this will keep it warm for some time and allow you more time to work), or using a double boiler on the stove top. Holding the stem, dip the lower two thirds of the strawberries in the melted white chocolate. Then, dip the lower third of the strawberries in the blue sugar or spoon it onto the strawberry.
3. Place on wax paper or a Silpat and refrigerate until completely cool.

Lucky Charms Blizzard

Another late day again. (shh!) It happens. If you love Lucky Charms & milk, then this fun treat is going to blow. your. mind. Everyone’s favorite marshmallow loaded cereal with ICECREAM! These are absolutely friggin’ addictive delicious. I’m honestly surprised this hasn’t become a ‘thing’, or the next big thing to hit the iconic Blizzard line. These were the perfect ending to our simple, yet ‘taste’ ful St Patrick’s Day meal. Thankfully, I had an extra carton of ice cream because everyone, sons and the Hubs included, came back for seconds. I had to put my foot down at thirds. While our blizzards featured Luck Charms, don’t just stop there. There’s a whole world of possibilities awaiting my fellow DQ lovers. Sub in your favorite treat to the base recipe and enjoy the sure-to-be splendid result.

Lucky Charms Blizzard

4 Sons 'R' Us: Lucky Charms Blizzard

recipe originally from Sweet Treats & More

about 2 cups vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp whipping cream
3/4 cup Lucky Charms Cereal + extra for sprinkling on top
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles + extra for sprinkling on top

4 Sons 'R' Us: Lucky Charms Blizzard

Directions

  1. Place ice cream, milk and whipping cream in a blender and blend until smooth (should be thick). Stir in lucky charms cereal and sprinkles with a spoon. Pour into alarge glass (or two small glasses) and sprinkle with additional lucky charms (lots of marshmallows) and sprinkles on top. Serve immediately!
  2. Note this base recipe makes about two large servings. It’s easy to double or to do several batches if feeding a ravenous pack of wolves hungry boys.

Snow Day Fun

Have you heard of snow cream before? If you have then you’re well aware of it’s magical transformation from plain old pretty white stuff into a deliciously sweet treat. If you haven’t, you simply have to try it One of our absolute favorite Snow Day traditions is making snow cream. The kids love to watch as the snow magically turns into ‘ice’ cream right before their eyes. Sometimes, to preserve the magic, we will even store some extra snow in the freezer to pull out in the summer heat for a cool treat. It’s fast and fun, and the kids love it, even though the texture is different from traditional ice cream.

Once you’ve made this for or with your kiddos, they will be asking for it as soon as the first flake falls whenever winter weather approaches.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Snow Cream

1 cup half and half or milk
1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to your taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow

Directions

1. In a large bowl combine half and half, vanilla extract and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
2. Stir in snow, a cup at a time, until the ice cream magically forms! Freeze for several minutes if desired before serving.

We’re on Snow Day # 3 here, and I thought I’d share some of our other Snow Day activities that have been keeping us entertained. We made ice ‘marbles’. I thought these were pretty darn cool. Sons 1 & 2 just wanted to watch them explode into a million shards of colorful little ice daggers when dropped from the highest vantage point. We just filled some balloons with water, added in a few drops of food coloring, tied them off and left them outside to freeze.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Ice Marbles

Son # 4 loves bubbles. The older sons wondered what would happen to his blown bubbles in the freezing temps. They had a hypothesis. A little experiment proved their theory to be true. Blown bubbles do in fact freeze when it is freezing outside.

4 Sons 'R' Us: frozen bubbles

And last, but not least, the sons opted out of a snowman this year. Instead, they made a snow car.

4 Sons 'R' Us: snow car

A Candy Cane Craft: Teddy Bear Sleds

I used to look at candy canes and see one of two things. A. cute, simple, and in-expensive tree decorations, or B. something gross I wouldn’t eat and would most likely collect dust in the Christmas bin until next Christmas. Boy, was I missing out! Still inexpensive, candy canes are great for Christmas-time crafts, like these adorable Teddy Bear Sleds. Who wouldn’t be tempted to eat these sledding teddies? They’re just so adorable. The youngest son loved these, so much so that he wouldn’t even eat his for a whole day. He’s never not eaten candy IMMEDIATELY. That’s never happened before, like not in the history of ever.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

These little guys are so ‘bear-y’ cute! Sorry, I couldn’t resist 🙂

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

They’re almost too cute to eat. Almost.

4 Sons 'R' Us: Teddy Bear Sleds

A Candy Cane Craft: Teddy Bear Sleds

fun size snickers bars
mini candy canes
mini teddy grahams
chocolate frosting

Directions

1. Attach candy canes to the sides of unwrapped candy bars, using frosting, to look like sleigh rails. Let dry.
2. Again using the frosting, attach 1-2 teddy grahams to the top of the sleigh. Let the frosting dry again.
3. Enjoy your sleigh-riding teddy bears!

Easy Eggnog Fudge

I love giving gifts at Christmas. There’s something so special about watching a persons face light up with joy when they first see the gift you’ve given them. Gifts from my kitchen are always nice, and typically a ‘sure-thing’. I absolutely love this recipe. The rich, creamy goodness of homemade fudge + the satisfying flavor of eggnog = a mouthful of magic. It’s the perfect gift to share with family and friends.

Easy Eggnog Fudge

4 Sons 'R' Us: Easy Eggnog Fudge

recipe from Cindy at Skip to my Lou

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup eggnog
12 oz white baking chocolate
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Bring sugar, butter and eggnog to a full boil in a heavy medium-size saucepan. Continue to boiling over medium heat until candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, stir constantly to prevent scorching. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, use a glass of cold water. Drop a few drops of the ‘syrup’ into the glass, if the syrup forms a doughy ball, it is done. If the syrup gets hard and brittle in the water, it has been over-cooked.
2. Remove from heat and stir in the white chocolate and nutmeg, stirring until the chocolate is melted. Add marshmallow creme and vanilla extract. Beat until well blended.
3. Pour into a buttered 8 or 9-inch square pan. Cool, then cut into squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. May be frozen for up to three weeks.

Christmas Wreath Cookies

After years and years of the same, we were tired of leaving Santa the same old boring chocolate chip cookies every Christmas eve. Last year, by unanimous vote, we decided that these fun, fancy ‘cookies’ were the perfect thing for a change.These are so simple, they’re a perfect Christmas break activity for the kids. Even the youngest son got in on the action.

The sons were so happy last Christmas morning when the woke up and discovered that Santa had liked them so much, he ate almost the entire plate. Poor Santa. That (and all the milk) probably led to a giant belly ache. I wouldn’t know or anything. Just a guess. The big guy and I are tight and everything, but not that tight. Shake things up for Santa this Christmas Eve at your own house with these colorful Christmas ‘cookies’ or just have them as part of your celebration. However you decide to use them, whenever you decide to bake them they will be sugary sweet and perfect for the occasion.

Christmas Wreath Cookies

4 Sons 'R' Us: Christmas Wreath Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 10-ounce package of miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 teaspoons green food coloring
1 cup white chocolate chips
4 cups toasted rice or corn flake cereal
1/4 to 1/3 cup cinnamon candies (such as Red Hots®)

4 Sons 'R' Us: Christmas Wreath Cookies

Directions

1. Prepare baking sheet with wax paper. Spray wax paper with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
2. In large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add marshmallows and stir continuously until melted, scraping sides of pan so sugar crystals don’t form.
3. Turn heat to low. Add peppermint extract and green food coloring and mix well. Add white chocolate chips and stir until melted. Add cereal and mix well until all cereal flakes are well coated.
4. Coat hands with some of the non-stick cooking spray. Take about 1/4 cup of cereal mixture and form wreath shapes on wax paper coated baking sheet. Decorate each wreath with 3-6 cinnamon candies. I opted for 3 so they looked like Poinsettia leaves. Allow to cool for about an hour before serving. Store in an airtight container in single layers separated by wax paper or on baking sheet covered in plastic wrap for 4-5 days.