Featured Recipe: Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate

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Although the temperatures are dropping and the craving for hot beverages seems to be at an all-time high, there are some of us that still crave a cool, lusciously frozen drink, no matter the season. This Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate is just that; packed with chocolate flavor, made with cold milk and ice, it’s a favorite among young ones, and adults alike.   This frozen drink is unlike any other you’ve tasted because it’s made with whole chocolates, not just chocolate chips. So depending on which chocolates from the Signature Chocolate Collection you choose to throw in the blender, your flavor notes will slightly vary. Choose all caramel for a caramel frozen hot chocolate, or throw in some almond and pecan chocolates for a nutty flavor. Whatever you choose, just know it will be amazing. Little bits of chocolate mingle with crushed ice, sweet cocoa powder, and the perfect whipped cream dollop rounds it all out.   Want to customize this Frozen Signature Hot Chocolate?   Try adding a splash of espresso coffee for a quick pick me up during the afternoons or a drizzle of chocolate sauce to make this drink into a full-fledged dessert. Add 1/2 cup of …
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Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries

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Early mornings tend to get the best of us, but during those lazy weekend mornings when everyone stirs from their beds at their own pace, breakfast should be a treat. A special kind of treat, a time when you bake something exceptionally delicious for your family. Today, I’m sharing these absolutely fantastic, melt in your mouth Apricot Toaster Pastries made with sweet Apricot Preserves from the Hickory Farms Farmstand Fruit Spread Collection. If you’re the kind of family that loves popping a store bought toaster pastry into your oven or toaster, than these will definitely be an improvement! Homemade with ingredients you can pronounce, they’re tastier than any of the other pastries that have ever graced your toaster’s insides!   The natural Hickory Farms Apricot Preserves add just the perfect hint of sweetness and fruity flavor that these whole wheat toaster pastries crave. The fact that they are whole wheat will make you confident in serving these to your kids and family. These are great when made ahead and frozen individually, just thaw for a couple of minutes before baking.   Whole Wheat Apricot Toaster Pastries Makes 10 large pastries 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry …
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Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies

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The holiday season is loosely translated to the “chocolate” season in our family. Whether we’re gifting each other our favorite chocolates, candy bars, or truffles, some of us end up with countless boxes of these festive holiday chocolates…more than we could ever eat! If leftover chocolate is not a problem in your home, you’re one of the lucky few. That’s where these Chunky Double Chocolate Caramel Brownies come in to save the day. By chopping and folding in bits and pieces from into this semi-healthy brownie batter (it has applesauce that replaces some of the fat in this recipe, so it’s not too bad!), you’re turning your holiday chocolate gifts into a delicious, chocolate packed treat.       American confectionery craftsmen and women make the Hickory Farms Signature Chocolate Collection with the finest ingredients, along with premium milk and dark chocolate, and these chocolates are like little bites of heaven. The flavor combinations include Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel, Almond Butter Toffee, Raspberry Sorbet Heart, and Espresso Coffee Cream, among others. For this recipe, I chose all the caramel based chocolates to accentuate the caramel flavors of the brownies. These brownies are the perfect treat to bring to teachers, …
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