Peppermint Mocha Bars

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These Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunI have a slight obsession with those little tins you get at Christmas time filled with treats.

When I was a kid, my Mom used to have a stockpile of them because giving out homemade goodies was something we did every single year. We spent days baking and making candy and then packaged everything up to give to family and friends. I still use many of the same recipes that my Mom received from my Grandmother. Now, as an adult with a family of my own, I find myself collecting containers of all sizes and designs. We follow tradition and prepare edible gifts for teachers, bosses, volunteers, and everyone we want to show a little extra love. We make it together and we deliver it together. And that is what it is all about, right? Time with family and making sure that those who are most important in your life really know it. These Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunWhen making my list of treats this year, I found myself gravitating toward my favorite flavors: coffee, chocolate, and peppermint. I am guilty of drinking peppermint mochas year round (I never seem to get sick of them) and I love the fact that the holidays showcase them even more! When I saw these White Peppermint M&M’S® (available for a limited time!) I immediately thought of chocolate and coffee and these bars were born! With an M&M’S® in almost every bite, they are irresistibly minty! And can we just say, gorgeous? So festive! Be prepared to hear the shrieks of delight when you hand a Christmas tin of these babies to your boss/babysitter/piano teacher/ballet instructor.

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These Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunThese Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunI picked up my ingredients at Walmart and stocked up on all kinds of goodies for snacking and baking! You can find the candies in the holiday isle! Such an easy thing to do with such a loving impact on those we care about. You know what else has an impact? Every time you buy M&M’S® candies at Walmart, milk is donated to local food shelfs through Feeding America*! Its true! Want to learn more about the Great American Milk Drive and how it is helping families this holiday season? Head to milklife.com/give to get details and donate. So each batch of goodies is the gift of quality time spent with family, the tangible gift of sweet treats, and even the gift of donation.
These Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunThese Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunThese Peppermint Mocha Bars have all the flavors of a festive holiday drink! Coffee, chocolate, and peppermint! #ad @Walmart #BakeInTheFunWant to see what else is happening with the MARS company this season? Click here to follow along so you won’t miss a thing!

Peppermint Mocha Bars
These travel great!

1 box brownie mix for a 9X13 pan
1 T instant espresso powder or instant coffee
1 bag (9 oz) M&M’S® Brand White Peppermint (Limited Edition) Candies
1 c good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
1 tsp canola oil
1/3 c chocolate covered coffee beans, chopped

Mix the brownies according to package directions. Stir in the instant coffee powder. Pour into prepared 9X13 pan and evenly sprinkle the bag of candy over the top. Bake as directed. Cool. Cut the bars into squares or use a cookie cutter to punch out shapes. Combine the chocolate and the oil in a microwave bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until JUST MELTED! Do not overheat! Drizzle the melted chocolate over the bars and sprinkle with chopped coffee beans. Let chocolate set and store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

*For every purchase of M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies product purchased at Walmart between 11/7/16 and 12/25/16, Mars Chocolate, Inc.® will contribute $5.00 to Feeding America® on behalf of its national network of food banks to secure and deliver one (1) half-gallon of milk or more based on local markets. Maximum contribution is $100,000.

These Toasted Sesame Almonds are easy and wonderfully stackable! Perfect to nosh on during a holiday party, cocktails, or as a festive snack! {Brittany's Pantry}We have reached the final day of the Reindeer Recipe Blog Hop and I have saved my favorite for last!

If you were directed here from Life At Lydia’s House, then you have seen her snowman table! So adorable and I cannot wait to create one in my own home! That woman has some serious talent. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post and see all the links to the different blogs that are participating in this series! You won’t want to miss it!

Here at Brittany’s Pantry, I am toasting up some almonds to munch on during a New Years cocktail party, football game, or just as a healthy snack this season! They are easy and they pack and travel well. Definitely keep them in mind if you need to fill up a Christmas tin for friends and family! When i was young, we ALWAYS had nuts in the house during the holidays. So I continue what I love and make them often with my own little family!

These Toasted Sesame Almonds are easy and wonderfully stackable! Perfect to nosh on during a holiday party, cocktails, or as a festive snack! {Brittany's Pantry}These Toasted Sesame Almonds are easy and wonderfully stackable! Perfect to nosh on during a holiday party, cocktails, or as a festive snack! {Brittany's Pantry}Toasted Sesame Almonds
These are just a little bit spiced, but not enough to cover up the flavor of the sesame seeds!

3 c whole almonds
1 c sugar
1/2 c water
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 c sesame seeds

Cover a large sheet pan with parchment or wax paper. Set aside. In a large saute pan, combine the sugar, water, and allspice over medium heat. Stir often until the mixture starts to bubble and boil, then stir continuously. When the liquid drips from your spoon and forms a thread (thread stage or between 225 and 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer) add the almonds and seeds. Stir well, coating the nuts, and continue to stir as the sugar starts to crystalize. When the nuts start to look ‘dry’, remove to the sheet pan and spread out to cool. DO NOT TOUCH! The sugar is SUPER hot! Let cool completely and store in an airtight container. Enjoy!
Reindeer-Recipes-Blog-Hop-Brittany's-PantryDon’t miss a thing! Check out all the other posts as we celebrate the Christmas season!

Tamyra at Positively Southern
Shelly at ConfettiStyle
Marsha at M Jones Style
Gwynn Swirls of Flavor
Lisa at Cluttercafe
Pat at Life at Lydia’s House
Brittany at Brittany’s Pantry-You are here!
Heather at Totally Tailgates

Easy Spiced Apple Cider

This Spiced Apple Cider is classic and super easy. You will be making it all season long! {Brittany's Pantry}Greetings! Hello again to the second installment of Reindeer Recipes Blog Hop! If you found me after stopping by Life At Lydia’s House, then welcome! Her post about Christmas in the Dining Room is amazing and I am happy you followed the hop to get here!

Is there anything more comforting than something hot to sip on a chilly day?

My current situation absolutely warrants this drink, and I will tell you why. Imagine if you will…img_7694
A blonde, curly haired little boy with gigantic blue eyes. And I mean blue. Like, super blue. Like, romance novel blue. He gets them from his Dad who has-you guessed it-dreamy blue eyes. *sigh* But I digress…

This little boy is curled up next to you on your old, yet comfortably squishy couch, wrapped in a red and white Christmas blanket. As requested by said adorable boy, all the lights are off in the house, with the exception of those on the Christmas tree. Why? “Because its better that way,” he states matter-of-factly. You don’t argue.

Your laptop is balanced on your lap (no pun intended) and you are typing one handed because little boys like to snuggle and one of your arms is being held hostage inside the Christmas blanket. The little boy is sniffing and snuffling, fighting a cold that makes his nose run and his eyes watery. He’s droopy and tired and barely paying attention to the iPad balanced on HIS lap that is playing the same episode of the Octonauts over and over for an hour and a half. He will be asleep in a few minutes and you don’t plan on disrupting that for anything in the world. At the ripe old age of 4, these quiet (read: still) moments with him are few and far between. You glance out the window and see that it is still raining, as it has been for the last several days. Your house is tucked into a massive forest in the middle of South Carolina, and the last of the fall leaves are coming down with every heavy drop that falls from the sky. Its overcast and wet and dark and damp and cold. Miserable.

But then, with your one free hand, you reach over and grab your favorite mug which is sitting on the side table next to the couch. Its hot and steaming. You raise it to your lips and inhale the scent of cinnamon and clove. A few big sips and the tangy apple sweetness spreads warmth all the way down to your toes. You sink just a bit deeper into that couch and gently rest your chin on top of the your curly haired munchkin.

Best day ever?

It just might be.

And THAT is why you need to make this Spiced Apple Cider! 🙂
This Spiced Apple Cider is classic and super easy. You will be making it all season long! {Brittany's Pantry}Spiced Apple Cider
This is an updated version of a previous post.
Apple cider usually comes in quart, half gallon, or gallon jugs. Adjust the ingredients based on how much cider you are making!

half gallon of good apple cider (maybe from your local orchard?)
1/2 c brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp of WHOLE cloves

Heat all ingredients in a large sauce pan over low heat until sugar dissolves and it all is steaming. Add more sugar if needed! Enjoy!

Note: There are so many different ways to change this. Use honey or pure maple syrup instead of brown sugar, but taste as you go. The level of sweetness you prefer and what you cider may need is different depending on what you use. You can use ground cinnamon instead, but add a bit at a time to figure our how much you want. Adding the peel of an orange (just the peel-no white pith) gives great flavor, or even a shot of orange juice if you want. And nothing was ever harmed by adding a glug of jarred carmel sauce to it. Experiment and see what you like! Also, feel free to use the crock pot if you are serving a crowd and are low on stove top space.

Reindeer-Recipes-Blog-Hop-Brittany's-PantryDon’t miss a thing! Check out all the other posts as we celebrate the Christmas season!

Tamyra at Positively Southern
Shelly at ConfettiStyle
Marsha at M Jones Style
Gwynn Swirls of Flavor
Lisa at Cluttercafe
Pat at Life at Lydia’s House
Brittany at Brittany’s Pantry-You are here!
Heather at Totally Tailgates