Toffee-Apple Dip

Fall Season Sweet Toffee-Apple Dip Recipe & Video

Toffee-Apple Dip
Fall asks for family and friend gatherings around delicious food. Today we bring you a super-easy to make toffee apple dip. Try this simple recipe the next time you are entertaining guests and see why this classic combination never gets old.

Toffee dips pair perfectly with fresh fruit, but it’s no coincidence that apples are its best friends. Pick your to-go apples for dipping. Ours is Granny Smith apples because their sour distinct tart flavor compliments the sweetness of the dip so well. Gala and Honeycrisp apples are also delicious! Now that you have the apples, let’s look at the ingredients for the dip:

Ingredients needed:

1 8oz package cream cheese
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 8oz package Milk Chocolate Heath Toffee Bits

Start by softening the cream cheese. Mix all the other ingredients, except Toffee Bits, in a mixer until blended. Then just add the candy bits and fold them in. Pro tip: you might want to save some bits for garnishing later.

This recipe is easy enough even for two busy orchids like ourselves. Just imagine how those toffee bits offer crunchiness to the dip. It’s sweet perfection. Every bite tastes heavenly since the creamy texture of the dip clashes with the rawness of the apples. Remember you can use lemon or pineapple juice over the apple slices to keep them from browning.

The difficult part is not standing there and devour the whole thing with a spoon before it ever meets an apple slice. To eliminate double dipping, we suggest you slice the apples thin. Caution when consuming: highly addictive.

No doubt this is a yummy recipe and will be guaranteed to be a hit at your next party. A crowd pleaser, like most classics, this will soon become your favorite apple dip. Beware: guests will go nuts over it!

Autumn Harvest Salad

 

Autumn Harvest Salad

Autumn Harvest Salad

Autumn Harvest Salad Recipe & Video

Autumn Harvest Salad

Autumn Harvest Salad

Autumn Harvest Salad

Autumn Harvest Salad Recipe & Video

Wait. Before scrolling away, give this salad a chance! We can tell what you’re thinking: when it comes to making a salad at home it never tastes quite as good as the one from your favorite restaurant. Wrong!

Have you met our delicious Autumn Harvest Salad? Loaded with a wonderful combination of ingredients and topped with a dressing that’s bursting with flavor, this recipe will make you rethink your approach to salads.

Being truthful to the season, we pick our ingredients accordingly: romaine lettuce, arugula, shallots, sliced pears, blue cheese, and pecans. For the dressing, we go for a mix of white balsamic and Dijon mustard.

As you can see from the list, we keep it simple. We love the combination of tender greens and crisp romaine. The cheese provides the smooth and the nuts for crunch, so it has plenty of color and texture.

Proof that vibrant salads are real, our Autumn Harvest Salad is full of flavor and perfect for a cozy evening at home or a special occasion gathering. A light salad like ours won’t leave you feeling weighed down with the advantage of still being flavor-packed, healthy, and satisfying. It also does wonders as a compliment to any meal.

Out homemade dressing is made of white balsamic vinaigrette, Dijon mustard, olive oil, honey, and seasonings. It has the right combination of sweet and tangy goodness. When added to the salad it creates the perfect balance of flavors with every bite. Can a salad be indulgent? Your 2 Orchids say so!

Recipe:

Romaine Lettuce
Baby Arugula
1 Red pear (sliced)
1 Brown pear (sliced)
Blue Cheese Crumbles
Pecan Pieces ( We used Honey )

Directions:

Start by washing the lettuce. Chop the Romaine and add Baby Arugula in a large bowl. Combine and toss all ingredients together then add dressing.

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Dressing:

I medium shallot chopped
3 TB. Honey
2 TB. White balsamic vinegar
1 TB. Dijon Mustard
1/3 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Pepper

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a bowl and whisk constantly until mixture is emulsified.

The time of year for campfires, football season kickoffs, and loads of crisp air, is here!  We have food-related ideas to help you embrace Fall: it only takes four simple ingredients to make an instant crowd pleaser, S’mores Pops!

Marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers and pretzel sticks or lollipop sticks are all you’ll need for our grab and go version of s’mores. Instead of making the traditional ones by the fire this season, try this simple and quick recipe that will have both kids and adults craving more.

They were the perfect complement to the dessert tent during the graduation party for Lauren’s niece, which was a country western backyard barbecue. Using her choco-maker, she melted Giannos’ Milk Chocolate.

While the chocolate was melting, she placed a pretzel stick into each marshmallow without poking entirely through the other side.

With help of a food processor, Lauren crushed her graham crackers, dipped each marshmallow into the chocolate and then into the graham crackers. The next step was simply lining a baking sheet with parchment paper for cooling and displaying on a festive serving tray or cake tower.

Made indoors in a few steps, these amusing S’mores Pops have all the campfire feeling without the campfire hazard! 

S'mores

S'mores

S'mores

To make S’mores Pops you will need the following:

•Marshmallows
•Chocolate
•Graham Crackers
•Pretzel Sticks or Lollipop Sticks

For the 2 Orchids Youtube Video on how to make:

Smores Pops, Backyard BBQ & A Little Shopping/ Lauren’s Vlog

S'mores

S'mores

Poptail

poptail

Poptail: A Champagne Popsicle Cocktail

Poptail

Poptail

No need to adjust your screen settings, you had that right the first time: yes, today is all about Champagne Popsicles! It’s simple: we are taking a popular kids dessert and an adult beverage, putting these two together and aiming for the perfect summer cocktail.

With summer entertaining in full swing, it’s a safe recipe to try at your next backyard party: colorful, fun, yet sophisticated. If you are on a budget (time included), you’ll like to know that this one is easy and also cost effective.  Besides the fact, we can’t think of a better way to cool off!

For this recipe, we used our Chandon Champagne and popped in a mango natural fruit popsicle, but the possibilities are vast. You can be creative by adding your favorite frozen fruit to your go-to glass of bubbly; it’s so refreshing that there’s no chance of going wrong. Try pineapple, peach, grape or strawberry to celebrate the season.

All grown-ups will enjoy the chance to unleash their inner child with these boozy refreshing summer drinks.  These little friends may be easy to pull off, but you’ll probably need to make a lot because they go fast as lightning.  With hardly any work, just sit back, relax and enjoy this fizzy, sweet dessert. Say cheers to summer!

oreo pops

Ingredients: 

1 package of Double Stuf Oreo Cookies

2- 16-ounce bags Giannos Melting Chocolate Wafers ( more or less depending on the amount you are making)

Lollipop of cookie sticks

Assorted Sprinkles

Tips we found useful:  Try using skewer sticks in place of cookie sticks, they are thinner and slide into filling much easier.  You can cut the ends of the skewer sticks to shorten. Also, try Mega Stuf Oreos in place of Double Stuf.

 
oreo pop ingredients

Directions:

Line cookie sheets with wax paper.  Place a handful of Oreos on a plate and put them into the microwave for 10 seconds on defrost.   This will soften up the crème filling in the center so the stick slides into the cookie easily.  This is a TIP  we read from Pinterest to avoid the Oreos from cracking.  Although this does make it easier, you have to be extremely careful as we felt the cookies still cracked easily.   In a chocolate melting pot place one bag of melting chocolate wafers into the pot to melt, stirring frequently.  Then slowly add in more if needed.  Spoon melted chocolate over cookie to coat.  We found that by spooning the chocolate over cookie instead of dipping, prevented the cookie from falling off the stick.  Let any remaining chocolate drip off the cookie, then transfer to lined cookie sheet and add sprinkles.  Leave cookie pops on the baking sheet until the chocolate hardens. 

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oreo pops

Display as a cute centerpiece for your table following a few simple steps.

oreo pops tray for display We glued two 12 X 4 X 2-inch Durafoam pieces together, then cut corners to fit oval-shaped platter.

easter grass

Using Clear Gel Tacky craft glue, we glued on Easter grass.

oreo pops

With small treats bags and colorful twist ties, we wrapped each cookie.  This is perfect if giving as party favors!

oreo pops

Stick cookie pops into the foam.

oreo pops

We then placed sweet tart jelly beans and pink chick marshmallow peeps on top of our grass for an adorable display!

 

oreo pops

Halloween, birthdays, the Fourth of July! Any excuse for a party is reason enough for s sweet treat. Although we made our pops for Easter, Oreo Pops can be decorated to complement any season, event or holiday. Plus, wrapped in cellophane or treat bags and tied with a ribbon, they work perfectly as party favors. Now, let’s talk about how we tricked out these plain pops. First, we inserted the cookie sticks carefully (see tip above to avoid cracking) into our Double Stuf Oreos filling. Next, we melted Giannos chocolate wafers in our melting pot and dipped our pops to coat. Finally, we added the big ta-da by covering our pops in brightly colored sprinkles. All that’s missing is a big glass of milk to go with this heaven on a stick snack! Seriously, we can’t think of an indulgent treat better than this…. except, maybe deep fried Oreos!

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