Raspberry Peanut Butter Balls / Buckeyes

This year I decided to make cookie trays for family and friends. Initially peanut butter balls weren’t on my list of things to make, but when my original idea using my PBCrave Razzle Dazzle Peanut Butter didn’t fit the bill, I decided to whip up a quick batch of these “test run” peanut butter balls.
Truth be told they were SO good, I made a second batch two days later and ended up incorporating these delicious desserts into my trays … and they were one of the show-stopper desserts. They’re your classic peanut butter ball but with a unique twist which makes them truly remarkable.
In case you’re not aware, Razzle Dazzle is sold and made by PB Crave.  The peanut butter itself is a natural peanut butter, which is a blend of red raspberries, wild honey, white chocolate and a delicious dark chocolate flavor.  Unlike typical natural butters this one is actually relatively thick and doesn’t need to be stirred together to reincorporate the oils into the butter.
The points plus/calories associated with each ball truly depends on the amount made. The first batch I got roughly 45 balls, whereas the second batch I made, I got over 60.
Serves 60. 3 Points Plus Values.
Ingredients:
  • 1 16 oz. jar PB Crave Razzle Dazzle
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 2 tbsp Crisco
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl add in butter and the full jar of Razzle Dazzle peanut butter. Using a handheld mixer, beat the mixture together until smooth and fluffy.
Drizzle in vanilla and add in powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Blend until the mixture forms a thicker batter.
Line a tray with wax paper, pick up a large rounded teaspoon amount of mixture and roll into a ball. Place the balls on the wax paper and repeat until all mixture is incorporated into balls.
Place the tray into the refrigerator to harden for at a minimum 1 hour.
Before removing the peanut butter balls from the refrigerator, in a microwave safe bowl, combine the semi-sweet chocolate chips and Crisco. Microwave in 30 second intervals, blending the mixture together with a spoon in between.  I found after 3 trips into the microwave, my chocolate mixture was perfectly melted.
Using a toothpick, pierce the balls and dunk in the chocolate. Return the ball to the tray – repeating until all balls are coated. You can use another toothpick to smooth over the pierced holes or you can leave as is.
Return the tray filled with dipping peanut butter balls to the refrigerator to harden. Allow to harden for a minimum of 1-hour.

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

Tastee Caramel Apples

These little Tastee Caramel Apples are one of my favorite items at the grocery store once September rolls around.  I enjoy caramel apples, but usually they are only massive, not quite good for you and truly caked in excess sugary bits.  I enjoy these particular apples because they are smaller (single serving, or you could even share it with a friend/loved one) and give you just the right amount of sweetness without being overwhelming.
There are a few different varieties as far as the caramel topping go – but I typically keep it simple and stick with the peanut covered caramel apple.  I enjoy these the most straight out of the fridge because it makes the caramel a little harder (but not crack/chip your tooth hard) – plus in general I enjoy my apples cold.  Plus when eating it cold it takes me longer to eat it, so it makes it an even more enjoyable experience.
The apples are relatively crisp and slightly sweet, the caramel topping is chewy but a little softer, and the peanuts give it a nice softer crunch.  An entire apple is 160 calories and 4 points plus values.  A nice, delicious, different treat during the cooler months – can’t beat that!
QUESTION:
Do you like caramel or candy apples?

Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss

Weight Watchers has done it again! Done what, you ask? Well, they created a miniature dessert which satisfies the sweet tooth AND brownie fix (with a punch might I add) and it’s for a very small points plus value.  Incase you’re not aware; Weight Watchers has a line of packaged, portioned desserts which are sold in most grocery stores bakery sections.
At my local grocery store, the Weight Watchers Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss were on display near the front of the store along with the Weight Watchers Triple Chocolate Brownie Bites. What caught my attention initially was the “New Item” sticker my grocery store stuck on the box. The peanut butter certainly caught my eye because 1) I love brownies and 2) peanut butter just makes things better. After bringing these home, my boyfriend and I ended up having one as a snack.
The brownies are very small – practically 2-3 bites and it’d be gone – or in one of you wanted to just shove the whole thing in your mouth.  They are nothing other than delicious.  The brownie portion reminds me of the fudgy chewy brownies you’d get in a Little Debbie snack, which is then topped with a whipped peanut butter. The entire thing is then encased in a milk chocolate. It’s a perfect combination of brownie, chocolate and peanut butter.
A serving is one brownie and they are only 2 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried the new Weight Watchers peanut butter brownie bliss bars?

Fruttare Banana and Milk Dessert Bars

I picked up these Fruttare Banana and Milk Dessert Bars at Target because I had a coupon.  I’ve seen these advertised but hadn’t spotted them in stores until I saw them at Target (I now see them carried at a lot of other grocery retailers). I love banana flavored desserts, so without a doubt I needed to try the banana and milk.
Texture wise, these bars are very smooth and creamy.  There are bits of frozen banana throughout the bar which give it a bite when you get to those pieces.  It’s a very solid banana flavor, but it doesn’t have that overwhelming artificial banana taste, it tastes like a regular moderately ripe banana would taste – just in ice cream form.  They’re sweet, but not sickeningly sweet as regular ice creams can tend to get.
There are a number of other flavors available – strawberry and milk, peach and milk as well as coconut and milk.  There are other Fruttare bars which are more like a fruit flavored “freeze pop” but I have not tried those so I cannot vouch for the flavor, texture, etc.
One bar is 3 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Fruttare bars?