The easiest and (cheapest!!) snack recipes made with Jello and Cool Whip

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Have you ever needed to make a quick dessert on the fly? I’ve discovered some quick and easy snack recipes that can’t be beat – like chocolate cream pie! All you need is a box of chocolate instant Jell-o and a container of Cool Whip topping, that I picked up at Walmart while I did my regular groceries.

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I heard that there was a nice little coupon for saving $1.00 when you buy 1 tub of Cool Whip and any 2 boxes of Jello pudding mix, giving me another reason to make this! Nothing makes me smile more than having a yummy chocolate dessert for less than what it would normally cost. Make some yummy snacks of your own and use this coupon to help – get it while supplies last!

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So I started by making the pudding as directed on the back of the package… I used the larger family sized box of instant pudding because I wanted to make sure there was plenty of chocolate goodness to enjoy in my simple little snack.

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Using the hand mixer, I blended the milk and pudding mix until it was smooth and silky. I made sure there was no lumps and bumps left in there. Then once that was done, I folded in the entire tub of Cool Whip Topping being careful not to let the Cool Whip lose its fluffiness.

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The easiest and cheapest snack recipes - #AddCoolWhip #cbias #shop

I used these pre-made mini graham crusts just for simplicity’s sake, and it worked so well and it tasted so good with the fluffy chocolate pudding.

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They turned out soo yummy! I put these little snacks in the freezer so they would solidify into a pie and they were perfect! All the taste, with zero effort! :)

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The easiest and cheapest snack recipes - #AddCoolWhip #cbias #shop

Learn about some more jello based recipes on their website.. Cool Whip has got some great resources too – check those out here!

 

Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend

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Do you and your family plan any special outings for memorial day weekend? As far as our family goes, memorial day is the kickoff for summer season and we almost always enjoy some family time together, backyard grilling with a water activity. Not only is it a day to remember our heroes and celebrate the sacrifices they made for us, It’s a special day because to JP because it represents the end of school and the beginning of summer fun and games.

I made a few sweet treats in preparation for our weekend, and this one is by far my favorite! TWIX® bite-size chocolate candy made the perfect chocolate chips for my cookies. Instead of using the regular chips, I decided to sub it for crushed up TWIX® candy that I spotted at Walmart this weekend. I love those little sample demonstrations – I always get sold on whatever they are promoting!

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Did you know that they have an awesome promotion going on too? Get $1.00 off when you buy two 2.83oz bags or 3.00$ when you purchase two 6oz or larger of these bite-size delights!

$1.00 off when you buy two 2.83 oz. or larger bags - $3.00 off when you buy two 6 oz. or larger bags

I thought that crushed up TWIX® would bring both chocolate AND caramel to a plain a cookie dough and take it from an ordinary dessert to an extraordinary one.

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In hindsight, I should have stored the bag of TWIX® in the freezer overnight so the bite-size pieces would be completely solid when I run them in the food processor to crumble them. It still worked out fine, but I think having them frozen beforehand would have make a more uniform crumble.

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So using this basic cookie dough recipe, I sub’ed the chocolate chips for my chocolate/caramel crumbles instead!

Crunching down on TWIX® bite-size chocolate & caramel cookies for memorial day weekend
Recipe type: Cookies
 

Ingredients
  • 2½ cups of flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pkg of crumbled TWIX® bites

Instructions
  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and set it aside. In another bowl, cream together the 2 sticks of butter with the brown & white sugars until it’s light and fluffy. Add in the eggs & vanilla and beat until it’s smooth. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until it creates a thick dough. The dough should be a little softer than play dough. Add in the TWIX® bites and spoon it onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350F

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Cheesy Potato Casserole with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes

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Now that spring is here, Easter is not very far away. I can’t wait to get prepared for easter brunch with the family! Brunch is not something that we get to enjoy very often, so I jump at my chances when they pop up. Since my cravings can’t wait until a brunch opportunity pops up, it doesn’t stop me from making my own ‘brunch’ dishes for my family at home. Since having a child, I always make Sunday breakfast complete with eggs, sausage, hash browns with the works.

A really good brunch dish is this Cheesy Potato Casserole recipe that’s made with Ore-Ida® Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes. I decided to try it when I discovered it on the Walmart website. Who knew Walmart.com was a good resource for easy recipes to prepare?

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With so many recipes to choose from, I decided to try the Cheesy Potato Casserole, and it turned out excellent! Not only was it delicious, but it was also easy to prepare so you don’t have to be a kitchen ninja to do this right.

With a greased pan and lots of love, I made my own best version of this dish. As you can see, it goes really well with eggs and toast! The Cheesy Potato Casserole got the most requests for second helpings from both JP and his daddy.. That’s when I know a recipe is a keeper – no leftovers!

Be sure to give it a try for your easter brunches – you won’t be disapointed!

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