Lucky Charms Chocolate Covered Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets a fun twist when it is mixed with cereal, marshmallows, and candies.

Lucky Charms Chocolate Covered Popcorn - you will be lucky if you can stop eating all of this before it disappears.  It is so fun to eat!

 We have a new person in our house.  His name is “I didn’t do it”.  Sometimes he even goes by “It wasn’t me”.

All three kids have come to rely on him when some thing has happened that no one wants to claim.  The thing is that “I didn’t do it” and “It wasn’t me” has been used so much lately, so now everyone loses out when he shows up.  Losing technology is a great way to motivate “I didn’t do it” to leave.   [Read more...]

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls

Marshmallows and hot chocolate are a fun addition to popcorn balls.  These Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls are easy to put together and would be perfect for any Valentine’s party this week.

Hot Chocolate Popcorn Balls - a fun and delicious way to enjoy chocolate covered popcorn

 We like to make fun treats from time to time around here.  Not that you are surprised by that fact at all because most of the fun treats get shared with you too.  But sometimes those fun treats get made and and eaten before they ever make it here.

These popcorn balls were a treat I made for my kids last year.  I have been wanting to make them again, so I could share them, but before I knew it a whole year had passed.   [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn is a snack that is perfect for munching on any time.  It is great for movie nights, game days, or just because you are craving candy and popcorn after a major cleaning session!

White Chocolate Peppermint Pattie Popcorn - the combo of chocolate covered popcorn and candy will have you devouring the whole bowl

 This past few weeks we have been cleaning out our closets and rooms one by one.  It is amazing the amount of junk we have accumulated in just a few short years.  I thought we had gotten rid of so much when we moved here 4 years ago.

4 years later and the junk is back.   Obviously getting rid of clothes is a big one.  People grow and styles change…or maybe it’s just my style that changes.  Good think I like to shop at Goodwill because it seems like every 6 months or so I look at things I bought and wonder what the heck I was thinking!   3 big bags and a tote later, and I still think there is plenty more that we could get rid of.   [Read more...]

Peppermint Mocha Rice Krispie Treats

Chocolate rice krispies, peppermint M&M’s, and peppermint marshmallows come together in one easy treat.  These Peppermint Mocha Rice Krispie Treats are the perfect afternoon pick me up.

Peppermint Mocha Rice Krispie Treats from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - a fun coffee house twist to the classic krispie treat

I’m not quite sure what I am going to do when December is over.  I have been going a little over board on the peppermint treats this month.  You don’t mind though, do you?

So far the only one in my house that minds all this minty goodness are my jeans.  I have been trying to cut back on what I munch on.  And I am doing pretty good…for this time of year anyway.  It is hard to resist everything when every place you turn there is a candy, cookie, or goodie.    [Read more...]

Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn

 Peanut Butter Candy Bar Popcorn from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - white chocolate, peanut butter, and candy bars make this a snack you can't stop munching on

This time of year starts to get a little busy.  With shopping, decorating the house, making and sending cards, going to programs, and spending time with family, I am not sure how I will get all my baking and treats finished.  And this girl, needs her sugar treats.  Well, I guess I don’t need them, but I sure am much happier when I have them.

And when I am running around like a crazy woman trying to finish all my holiday projects, at least I can be full of sugar and happy.   [Read more...]

Reese’s Sweet and Salty Bark


Reese's Sweet and Salty Bark - this easy no bake treat will satisfy all sweet and salty cravings  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I am always looking for really easy treats to have on hand for parties.  And let’s face it, I like to keep some on hand for munching on  late at night when my sweet tooth needs a fix.

This Reese’s Sweet and Salty Bark does the trick every single time.  It is so easy to make, and of course, tastes amazing! [Read more...]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies

Chex cereal coated with white chocolate, chocolate chip cookie crumbs, and mini chocolate chips…yeah, I don’t think you will be able to resist these Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies.  Unless you are an alien or something!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Muddy Buddies - chocolate chip cookie coated chex mix makes this so irresistible   www.insidebrucrewlife.com
Do you ever go to the grocery store for specific things and then get home and they are not in your bag?  Now there are times that I just totally space out and forget to even grab the very item that I went into the store for.  I’m not talking about those times.  I mean the times you remember to put them in your cart, they are on your receipt, but missing from your bag.

I have a very bad habit of getting mad at my cashier…in my head of course.  If you are a Walmart cashier, I’m sorry but I have had not so nice thoughts about cashiers lately.  Please forgive me.   [Read more...]

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn

Flavored popcorn is a rising food trend right now.  Be a trend setter and try this Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn for your next movie night.

Caramel Pumpkin Spice Popcorn - caramel white chocolate covered popcorn with pumpkin spice M and M candies www.insidebrucrewlife.com

A few weeks ago when I was in New Jersey at the Duncan Hines test kitchen, one of our discussions was on food that was trending.   Flavored popcorn was one of these food items on the list.

Can I tell you just how happy that makes me?

I have been doing different kinds ever since I made this Reese’s Popcorn, and I haven’t stopped since.    I like to think I was ahead of this popcorn trend.  Shhhh!  Don’t tell me any different…just let me stay in this happy bubble.   [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats

Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats - rice krispie treats go to a whole new level with pumpkin marshmallows, coffee, and white chocolate
Have you had a chance to try the pumpkin spice marshmallows?  Run to the store and buy yourself a bag.  Try one.  Now put one in your hot chocolate.  Good huh?  Okay, scratch that…you are going to need two bags of the pumpkin marshmallows.  One to enjoy in your hot chocolate and one to make these Pumpkin Spice Latte Krispie Treats.
I was going through some old pictures and realized that I never shared these bad boys with you last year.  That’s not cool!

Monster Cookie Rice Krispie Treats

Rice Krispie treats get a fun twist when you add Oreos, Nutter Butters, and M&M’s.  These Monster Cookie Rice Krispie Treats are sure to satisfy any cookie monster in you.

Monster Cookie Rice Krispie Treats | Inside BruCrew Life - rice krispie treats loaded with Oreos, Nutter Butter cookies, mini MM's, and chocolate chips #monstercookies #ricekrispietreats

 Rice Krispie treats are one thing that I can eat all day long.  I know there are some of you out there that agree totally with me on this.  There is just something about that krispie marshmallow bar that keeps me coming back for more.   The krispie treat is a fun one to play with in the kitchen too.

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Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn

Looking for a fun popcorn to eat while watching a movie or t.v. this weekend?   Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn might just be the fun chocolate covered popcorn you have been waiting for.

Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn, sweet popcorn

It’s no secret that I love chocolate covered popcorns.  I mean, you have seen this Reese’s Popcorn and this Almond Joy Popcorn right?  Popcorn coated in chocolate and filled with candy and marshmallows is definitely my favorite snack to make in a hurry.  Plus, it is a no bake recipe.  As we head into the summer months, those are great recipes to have on hand for days when it is too hot to turn on the oven.

Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn Have you seen this cookie dough bites candy?  I found them in my local Walmart’s candy aisle with the movie box candies.  Word of warning…I found some cookie dough bites at the Dollar Tree…not good!  Trust me and buy the ones from Walmart:-)

Another word of warning…buy an extra box of cookie dough bites because when you taste test them (and you will) there won’t be any left to put in your popcorn.

Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn

This popcorn is really so easy to make.  First make your popcorn.  We have a Whirly Pop and we absolutely love how the popcorn comes out of it.  But you could definitely use microwave popcorn too.  Then you melt up some CandiQuik to cover the popcorn with.   In my recipe I used two kinds of CandiQuik…it was actually because that was all I had left in my cupboard at the time.  But it turned out so perfect and delicious that I decided that was the way it needed to stay.    Using a little of both gave it the chocolate color and taste, but it didn’t overwhelm the brownie mix.

Now I ‘m sure you are wondering what to do with the extra brownie mix…don’t you worry your pretty little head.  Keep reading…I have four other recipes at the bottom of this post that you can use the brownie mix in :-)

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I found these cute little chalkboard boxes at Target last week.  I knew right away that I wanted to decorate it with some washi tape and these cute Flowers Detailz Dies from Lifestyle Crafts.  I know this isn’t the greatest picture of the flower, but if you look really closely you can see how the flower is embossed around the edges and center.  I used two of the dies and layered them for a fuller flower.  I also added a polkadot brad and curled the edges of the center flower for some more pop.  These boxes are perfect for filling with any popcorn mix.  Make sure to put the popcorn in a plastic bag before handing out though.

Want to purchase your own die cuts?  Head over to Lifestyle Crafts and use the code BRUCREW to save 20% on your total order.

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Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 10 cups

Brownie Batter Cookie Dough Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets another hit of chocolate from the brownie mix that is added to the chocolate. Cookie dough bites and mini chocolate chips add to the chocolate factor.

Ingredients

8 cups popped popcorn
2 cups mini marshmallows
1/2 cup dry brownie mix
5 oz. vanilla CandiQuik
5 oz. chocolate CandiQuik
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 cup cookie dough candy bites
1/4 cup sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Combine the popcorn and marshmallows in a large bowl. Set aside. Place both flavors of CandiQuik in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until melted and smooth. Add the dry brownie mix to the melted chocolate and stir until dissolved. Pour over the popcorn. Toss with your hands until everything is coated. Stir in the cookie dough bites and the chocolate chips.
  2. Pour the coated popcorn onto a large baking sheet that is covered with parchment paper. Sprinkle the sprinkles over the popcorn before it sets up. Let set before breaking into chunks. Store in a sealed container on the counter for 3-4 days. Makes 10 cups of popcorn.
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More ways to use up the extra brownie mix:

Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes 9

Brownie Batter Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

mint brownie swirl fudge

Mint Brownie Swirl Fudge

Brownie Mint Rice Krispie Treats

Brownie Batter Krispie Treats

PB Brownie Batter Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Brownie Batter Swirl Ice Cream

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Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Do you have any family traditions?  One thing that we try to do with our kids each week is Friday movie night with pizza and popcorn.  Last week I created this  Key Lime Pie Popcorn for our night together.

Key_Lime_Pie_Popcorn, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, Key Lime Pie

It’s that time of year when Spring is just around the corner teasing us here in the Midwest.  We had a few mild days, and then a winter storm came through and dumped about 9 inches of wet, cold snow on us.  The good thing is that it is supposed to be warming up again, and that snow should melt.  I am starting to get anxious for warm weather, although I shouldn’t complain because we have had the mildest winter ever.  This is the first real snow storm all year.  But it still has me dreaming of warm beach weather.

All the fun new spring flavors at the stores are really putting me into that warm weather mode too.  Citrus must be the flavor for the spring season.  I have seen so many different products using key lime, orange, and lemonade.

Key_Lime_Pie_Popcorn, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, Key Lime Pie

 Duncan Hines has a new frosting creations packet in the key lime flavor.  I grabbed a few of those when I saw them at Walmart.  Key lime makes me think about Key West every single time.  My hubby and I went to Key West for our honeymoon, and then we also stopped there on one of the cruises that we went on a few years later.  Both times we were there, we had the Key Lime cheesecake at Kermit’s cheesecake shop.  I love the chocolate covered Key Lime pie on a stick.  So, immediately my mind went to key lime pie when I bought the flavor packet.

Key_Lime_Pie_Popcorn, Duncan Hines Flavor Creations, Key Lime PIe

And because we have popcorn all the time, I decided to try another fun flavor.  How does Key Lime Pie Popcorn sound?  I added graham cracker chunks to mimic the pie crust and marshmallows…well, the marshmallows just because I love them in chocolate covered popcorn :-)  Then I added the key lime flavor packet to the melted chocolate (I love using CandiQuik because it melts so well) before pouring it on the popcorn.   Put the popcorn on a tray and let it set up before breaking it into chunks.

Key_Lime_Pie_Popcorn, Duncan Hines Frosting Creations, Key Lime Pie

Chocolate drizzle over all the chunks was the perfect extra touch.  Eating handfuls of this totally transported me back to the beach on Key West.

 

 

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Here a few of my favorite desserts that get me thinking about the beach with their tropical flavors:

Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Bars 2

Key Lime Cheesecake Cookie Bars

almond joy popcorn 2

Almond Joy Popcorn

mango coconut donut3
Mango Coconut Donuts

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge 1-redo

Strawberry Shortcake Fudge

Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 10 cups

Key Lime Pie Popcorn

Chocolate covered popcorn gets a blast of summer flavor with a key lime coating.

Ingredients

8 cups popped popcorn
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups graham cracker chunks
10 oz. white melting chocolate (CandiQuik)
1 packet Duncan Hines Frosting Creation Key Lime Pie
2 oz. chocolate melting chocolate (CandiQuik)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl toss the popcorn, marshmallows, and graham cracker chunks. Melt the white chocolate according to the directions. Stir in the flavor packet. Pour over the popcorn and toss until coated.
  2. Spread the popcorn on a large baking sheet that has been covered with parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 5 minutes. Remove and break apart the popcorn into chunks. Drizzle with the melted chocolate topping. Let set again. Store in a sealed container for 3-5 days. Makes about 10 cups.

Notes

If you can't find the Key Lime flavor, feel free to substitute with any of the Duncan Hines flavors.

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Tropical desserts from around the web:
Lemon Tart from Shugary Sweets
Key Lime Pie Rice Krispie Treats from Mallow and Co.
Pineapple Mango Smoothie from Averie Cooks

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