Hungry Girl Candy Corn Popcorn Balls

I received an e-mail from Hungry Girl the week before Halloween which contained a few Halloween treats. Since we were going to have my niece and nephew over before and after Trick-or-Treating I figured I’d make a few desserts to have out.
When I saw the Hungry Girl Candy Corn Popcorn Balls I knew I had to make them. Popcorn balls have always been a fan favorite and I’ve found as I’ve gotten older they’re not something you can find in stores. Years ago popcorn balls were sold packaged individually for Halloween … but I haven’t seen them in a number of years. So I figured I’d give a go at making them.
Making the popcorn balls is quite simple. The most tedious task is standing at the stove and continuously mixing together the butter, candy corn and marshmallows until they are all melted.  The one thing I found to be tedious was when mixing together the additional candy corn and popcorn it gets VERY sticky, especially because the mixture isn’t over a direct flame. Because of this I ended up returning the mixture (even with the popcorn and candy corn) back to the stove to make it a little easier.
To form the popcorn balls, spraying them with non-stick cooking spray was a life saver. I will say … make sure you have someone around to help you because you do need to spray your hands again between almost every ball.  I let them set on parchment paper and when cooled to room temperature I transferred them to a parchment paper lined bowl.
The popcorn balls are INSANELY DELICIOUS! I thought they were fabulous and so did my guest. The leftovers I ended up eating truthfully, one every night for a sweet slightly salty snack. Perfect!
The greatest thing with these is that the recipe makes 10 popcorn balls and each popcorn ball is 111 calories or 3 points plus values!
You can find the recipe here: http://www.hungry-girl.com/weighin/show/2753

Boo Berry Cereal

One of my favorite parts of October, outside of Halloween and dressing up is picking up one of my favorite Halloween breakfast items- Boo Berry Cereal! From what I understand this is available year round at some stores, but for the most part in my area (at least from what I’ve seen) this is only available from September through November.
Boo Berry cereal is similar to Lucky Charms being there are marshmallow bits throughout the cereal. The cereal itself is blueberry flavored. Like most flavored cereals, this changes the milk to a lovely blue hue and sweetens it up as well.  I don’t typically eat sweeter cereals for breakfast, but this is an exception to the rule every year.
A serving of cereal is 1 cup – but typically I find a ¾ cup cereal is more than enough, especially if I am going to be pairing the cereal with milk and a piece of fresh fruit.  A 1 cup serving is 130 calories or 4 points plus values.  A ¾ cup serving is only 3 points plus values. It’s definitely worth it for a once yearly treat.
QUESTION:
Do you have a favorite Halloween themed cereal?

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Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars

Fall is my favorite season and along with fall comes one of my favorite flavors – pumpkin!  I LOVE pumpkin and love just about anything pumpkin. This time of the year is one of my favorites when shopping because it’s seriously pumpkin overload at the stores and its fun trying new and unique items.  One of the new things I spotted while out at Target (in the Halloween section incase you want to pick it up) is the Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars.
I enjoy cereal bars every once in a while as a snack, or as a part of a meal (typically with breakfast).  These bars have the typical texture of a cereal bar – grainy and slightly chewy. They’re an undeniable pumpkin flavor (which is appreciated) and it’s sweetened up by the vanilla frosting. I know the package says filling but the bar I ate didn’t seem to have filling inside of it, just frosting on the outside.  Regardless, it gave it sweetness and really tied the bar together. It reminded me of some of the guiltier desserts that come around in the fall – such as pumpkin cake, etc.
Each bar has 160 calories in it with 7 grams of fat – which is equal to 4 points plus values. Definitely a nice treat!
QUESTION:
Have you tried the Market Pantry Pumpkin Cereal Bars?