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You've got Valentine's Day covered, right? Flowers, chocolates...but wait! You suddenly find out that your Valentine doesn't like chocolate! What? You begin to wonder if they are even human! But, alas, it is true, there are people out there who do not like, are allergic to, or do not eat chocolate for one reason or another. (I am still questioning their humanity.) This tragedy is what leads us to this week's Friday Fave question: "What is your favorite non-chocolate candy?". You may think that you are going to be reading about the usual Skittles and Starburst. No, we are much deeper than that. You are going to want to try our choices!
When I posed this question this week, Alicia said that she thought she would come up with some Valentines to go with each choice! She is so creative! So, today we are offering 5 free printable Valentines to go with these 5 candy choices. Now you will be all set! If you really want to be an amazing Valentine, You could make a poster that has all of the Valentines with all of the candy selections! Your Valentine will be so impressed!
I must confess that Red Hots didn't come up as anyone's actual favorite candy this week, but we loved Alicia's idea for the Valentine so much that we had to include it. I am sure that there are people out there who love them. I know that when my oldest son was in Brazil he asked me to send him some. These seem very reasonably priced and have very good reviews. Click the buttons on the end of this post to get your free printable Valentines!
Lindsey had a difficult time choosing a non-chocolate candy because she doesn't really enjoy candy unless it is dark chocolate, given her healthy habits. She finally settled on Cinnamon Candied Almonds because she loves nuts!
Have you tried these? I don't usually love nuts, but when I first tried these, (at Costco) I was hooked! Here is the cute Valentine to go with them.
Alicia's favorite is well known to all of us. Even when she was teaching school, her students knew which candy she loved and when she had to move away to California, one of her students brought her a big bag of Gummy Bears! That link is to a big bag of Haribo Gummys. For a cute gift, here is an adorable bear shaped container filled with Gummy Bears. Alicia says that her favorite brand is Black Forest, so you can decide which kind you like.
Oh! I almost forgot! She really likes Sour Gummies! So now you can see why she created this Valentine to go with them.
Madalynn's pick may be a little less known to you. She chose Peanut Butter Marzipan Style Candy by de la Rosa. Lindsey describes this as a peanut butter cup without the chocolate. It is actually much dryer than that. But, if a sweet peanut butter taste is what you love, these are for you!
I saved myself for last this time because my choice is the best of all, Ha Ha! Like Lindsey, choosing a non-chocolate candy seemed daunting. After all, my favorite candy in the entire world is See's Candy. But, then I realized that See's does have a non-chocolate candy that I really love! They are called Scotch Kisses! They are a soft marshmallow covered in delicious caramel! I usually get myself one whenever I pick up any See's Candy. I mean, look at these things (click on these pictures to get a closer look!):
When Alicia was trying to decide what to say on the Valentine for these little gems, I told her to hurry up or I wouldn't be able to restrain myself from eating them all before I took pictures with the Valentine. That is how she came up with "I saved my last kiss for you Valentine!". Out of context, it may sound a bit morbid, so you could say , "my best Kiss", but my husband knows me and See's candy.
Now, all you have to do is click on the button below and download your Valentine Printables and the non-chocolate eater problem is solved! Shopping links are reposted as well for your convenience! Be sure to let us know what your favorite non-chocolate candy is! Do you like any of these?
Friday Faves #5 and these Valentines first appeared here, on 3 Winks Design.
A few weeks ago, my daughter did a guest post for me about peanut butter powder. It was a thought provoking post for me and I have come up with a lot of ideas where this product could really be useful. The other day, I was at our local Fry's grocery store where I found Jiff Peanut Butter Powder! I decided to give it a try because it is 85% less fat and full of protein! It is also very accessible for the regular home shopper.
Back when I was in college, my friend and roommate, Debbie VanWagenen, gave me a recipe for peanut butter cups. I have made it many times for my kids over the years, especially during the summer when I don't want to bake. They are delicious, but also full of fat! They have a cup of butter and all of that peanut butter and not to mention the chocolate chips melted on top. So, I decided it would be great to make them with a lot less fat and maybe we wouldn't have to feel quite so guilty about eating them as an occasional treat. For some reason, I couldn't find Debbie's recipe in my stash! But, here is what seems like a similar one, only I added reconstituted Peanut Butter Powder instead of the regular peanut butter.
While I realize the butter and the chocolate keep these bars from being really low in fat, the peanut butter powder does save on a lot of the fat calories. The flavor met with my families approval! I can hardly wait far the weather to get cooler so I can bake again and use this product in a lot of other applications I have up my sleeve! In the meantime, enjoy these no-bake tidbits!
Hey this is Helen's daughter Alicia. I am doing a guest post today because my mom is doing girls camp. (BTW I'm the one who didn't like camp but that's a story for another day).
Anyways my Mom wanted me to tell you guys about this great stuff my husband and I found at Sam's Club. It's called PB Fit Peanut Butter Powder. Basically all it is is dehydrated roasted peanuts ground into powder. It has 85% less fat than normal peanut butter and it's sugar free. It's from a company called Better Body Foods.
(I just looked on their website and they have CHOCOLATE PBFIT, so now I'll have to try that.)
Anyways, this powder can be mixed with water to make peanut butter like you would normally use in a sandwich with your favorite jelly/jam. I use a little less water and add honey to make it a little sweeter. But you don't need it! If you're thinking "Oh I've had those natural peanut butters and they always taste and look like someone chewed up peanuts and spit them in a jar!" then THIS is the natural peanut butter for you! Because that is exactly what I thought every time I had "natural" peanut butter before. But this stuff actually tastes good. (And I'm not even being paid to say this, I just like to share what I like. And I like this stuff.)
Or I also like to use it to add some protein to my shakes. I like it because it doesn't really add a huge peanut butter flavor unless you add a lot of it. And then I get protein (because it's way less expensive than protein powder, and tastier too).
Ok but my favorite thing and my husbands favorite thing is the fudge we make with it. It's 4 ingredients and you don't have to turn on your stove!
I'm going to have to add pictures later tonight because I ran out of two of the ingredients because we made it so much because it's that good. Oh and if you're on a diet or whatever (like my husband and I are which is how I discovered this), it's diet friendly..
So we're doing the 15 day Ideal Lean challenge, only, like I said we are too poor to buy protein powder. One of the recipes on the meal plan is a fudge where you mix Ideal Lean and coconut oil together and freeze it. Then you have to thaw it for 20 minutes and you can eat it.
I have no idea how that tastes, it's probably good but here's my version:
For 1 serving
1Tb PB Fit Peanut Butter Powder
1Tb Hershey's Cocoa Powder
1Tb Coconut Oil
about 1 tsp Honey
Mix it together until it's a brownie batter consistency. To me that means a little bit thick but still liquid.. You may need to add more peanut butter powder to thicken it but not too much more. Also I have never actually measured exactly how much honey i added but I've eyeballed it to about a teaspoon. Then you freeze it. I'd say for an hour is good but I've frozen it in less time as well.
I only make single servings because then I'm not tempted to eat the leftovers in one sitting while binge watching "Friends", or "Gilmore Girls".
My Little One likes it too, that's how you know its good!
Also I like Hershey's chocolate baking powder the best for baking and I put it in my shakes too!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to nearly nine and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Read more about us here!
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