treats http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/9422/all en-US 25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000021549896.jpg" alt="Trick-or-treaters eating Halloween treats they love" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When my daughter was five, I took her trick-or-treating in our new neighborhood. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/60-halloween-costume-ideas-that-can-save-you-money-and-time">Sparkly wand</a> in hand, she trotted up to a door and rang the bell. A very nice old man explained that he had run out of treats, but asked her to wait while he checked his kitchen. He came back with a large bag of prunes. Although she politely said her thanks, the look on her face was priceless.</p> <p>Don't be the prune guy. Give out one of these great ideas instead.</p> <p>(<strong>Note</strong>: I usually have two types of treats to give to trick-or-treaters at my door: homemade for children and parents who know me, and therefore don't have to worry. And then wrapped candy or non-edible treats for children whom I don't know.)</p> <h2>1. Spooky Hands</h2> <p>Purchase food handler gloves, and fill the fingers with bulk candy. Tie off with orange or black ribbon.</p> <h2>2. Candy Lei</h2> <p>Get some orange or black <a href="http://www.onlyfromhawaii.com/leinetting.aspx">lei netting</a>, and fill with candy. (Place a candy in the netting, tie off, add a candy, repeat). Tie the ends and give a spooky aloha!</p> <h2>3. Bag it Up</h2> <p>Small <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OJ60FIS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00OJ60FIS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=OEKXYQX5UJZAFMVL">orange paper bags</a> are easy to stuff with that bulk candy. Add a ribbon or close with a Halloween sticker.</p> <h2>4. Blow it Up</h2> <p>Orange nine-inch balloons, stuffed with a few pieces of bulk candy, easily become very cute pumpkins using this <a href="http://blog.hwtm.com/2013/10/halloween-diy-balloon-pumpkin-patch-easy-fast/">easy DIY technique</a>.</p> <h2>5. Borrow From the Ballerinas</h2> <p>Buy a yard or two of tulle, or netting, and cut into 6&quot; squares. Place a few of those bargain candies in the center, gather, and tie with contrasting ribbon.</p> <h2>6. Classic Caramel Apples</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/lBNbQqrePRo" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>Did you think <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBNbQqrePRo">caramel apples</a> would be difficult? Well, I'll confess: I did. Wrong! They are easy, fun, and kids, both big and small, love them. I like them with just the caramel, but as you can see in the video, you can add all kinds of decorative items. Make sure you wash your apples to get the wax off, dry them well, and choose apples that are very firm and on the smaller side.</p> <h2>7. Easy Popcorn Balls</h2> <p>A seasonal classic, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20519/best-ever-popcorn-balls/">popcorn balls</a>, are inexpensive and fun to make. Put the finished ones in these orange <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030ELKGQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0030ELKGQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=IIFM4UHMFRC52S3N">cello bags</a> and tie with black ribbon.</p> <h2>8. Spooky String Cheese</h2> <p>For those looking for sugar-free options, get out your markers. Purchase string cheese in a bulk bag and draw spooky faces on the cheeses, making tiny ghosts. I found it is best when the plastic wrapper is very dry, so wipe them down before attempting to draw.</p> <h2>9. Frugal Spiders</h2> <p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7VhJn0SpUqs" width="420" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>These <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VhJn0SpUqs">Tootsie Pop spiders</a> always appear at Halloween, and I'll admit to letting them hang around for a while because they really are cute. As the enthusiastic lady in the video says, check 99 cent stores for supplies.</p> <h2>10. Cereal Killer</h2> <p>Look for extra-cheap &quot;krispie&quot; cereal and make these delicious <a href="http://candy.about.com/od/halloweencandyrecipes/r/jackolanterns.htm">pumpkin treats</a>.</p> <h2>11. Play-Dough</h2> <p>What kid doesn't love play-dough? I'd include a little label with a bag of this <a href="http://www.oleanderandpalm.com/2010/10/best-play-dough-ever.html">homemade play-dough</a> just to make sure nobody tries to eat it (although the recipe seems to safe).</p> <h2>12. Glow-in-the-Dark Slime</h2> <p>Even adults love to play with this gooey <a href="http://domesticcharm.blogspot.com/2011/10/glow-in-dark-slime.html">glowing slime</a>. This blogger kindly included the cute labels to go with!</p> <h2>13. Smiling Spiders</h2> <p>I really and truly do hate spiders, but if they are smiling like these <a href="http://www.firstpalette.com/Craft_themes/Animals/pompomspider/pompomspider.html">pom pom spiders</a>, they aren't so bad.</p> <h2>14. Fold It Up</h2> <p><iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/miZaXlUaWWk" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Origami and I just get don't along, but some people really love it. I won't post my attempt, which looked nothing like the one in this video, but these <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miZaXlUaWWk">Origami pumpkins</a> are really cute, aren't they?</p> <h2>15. Good, Clean Fun</h2> <p>Ever made your own blowing bubbles? These are sure to delight all the kids who come to your door. Try a <a href="http://bubbleblowers.com/homemade.html">bubble recipe</a>, and you can even buy bright, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z715ZO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003Z715ZO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=CP7HG7WHGUVZQVTM">inexpensive containers</a> for your solution.</p> <h2>16. Witches' Hats</h2> <p>I love that there are creative people out there who say <em>hey, let's take a cookie and a </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FA1DSM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B001FA1DSM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VSHW7KUR66F3DKQM"><em>Hershey's Kiss</em></a><em> and make some </em><a href="http://updownleftrightbastart.blogspot.com/2011/10/witch-hat-cookies.html"><em>witches' hats</em></a>. This kind of stuff just never occurs to me, so I am tickled every time I see something like this.</p> <h2>17. Very Twisted</h2> <p>Dollar Stores are a super place to get big bags of pretzels. Then, <a href="http://www.lovefromtheoven.com/2012/10/12/chocolate-covered-halloween-pretzels/">dip them in chocolate</a> and decorate. I love the salty-sweet combination. Apparently, so do a lot of people &mdash; we went through an entire &quot;test&quot; pan of these at work last week.</p> <h2>18. Peanut Butter Ghosts</h2> <p>Being a big peanut butter lover, I was excited to see the use of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0092KLP1M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0092KLP1M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=RHK2QV5SAAPXZMGJ">Nutter-Butters</a> as ghosts. Simply dip into melted white chocolate, and add bits of chopped licorice for eyes, nose, and mouth. Let the chocolate dry and then bag up.</p> <h2>19. Bark! Bark!</h2> <p>I'm a sucker for all the types of &quot;bark&quot; out there, this <a href="http://www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/candy/halloween-candy-bark/">Halloween bark</a> being no exception. It looks nifty all chopped up and bagged in clear cello bags, with bright ribbon.</p> <h2>20. Sorry, Candy Corn Haters</h2> <p>I know you are out there, but I ADORE candy corn and eat an entire bag all by myself every Halloween (I always offer to share, but no one takes me up on it). What do you think about <a href="http://www.somethingswanky.com/fudge-candy-corn/">fudge candy corn</a>?</p> <h2>21. Pumpkin Oranges?</h2> <p>Just get out a marker and draw faces on clementines, tangerines, or other smooth-skinned citrus delights.</p> <h2>22. Orange O'Lanterns</h2> <p>Who could resist these <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/08/31/orange-jack-o-lantern-cups/">jack o'lantern bowls</a>, all filled with fruits of your choice?</p> <h2>23. Franken... Kiwi?</h2> <p>This food blogger is an<em> artiste</em>! I can't stop laughing about her <a href="http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/2014/10/14/frankenstein-kiwis-another-healthy-halloween-treat/">Frankenstein kiwi</a> creation, which is almost too cute to eat.</p> <h2>24. Sort of Seedy</h2> <p>Aren't the seeds the best part of the pumpkin? Clean most of the &quot;guts&quot; away from the seeds and soak overnight in salted water. Drain well, toss with a little olive oil and garlic salt, and roast at 300 degrees until crispy.</p> <h2>25. Boo-Nanas</h2> <p>You can easily substitute carob chips for the chocolate in these <a href="http://eatingrichly.com/healthy-kid-snack-for-halloween-boonanas/">ghost bananas</a>. Look for firm bananas, or your ghosts will be mushy.</p> <p><em>What are your go-to halloween treats?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-indulgent-desserts-that-are-actually-good-for-you">10 Indulgent Desserts That Are Actually Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink candy Halloween recipes sweets treats trick or treating Fri, 16 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Marla Walters 1589919 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/candy_corn_000048590154.jpg" alt="Learning how to make bonkers candy corn recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no middle ground for candy corn. You are either like me and think that candy corn is one step up from Necco Wafers in the realm of disgusting, or, you are like my friend Brigida whose love for candy corn is only surpassed by her love for <em>stale</em> candy corn. (&quot;You have to let candy corn age for a few months like a fine cheese,&quot; she insists.)</p> <p>Candy corn is insidious. Like fruitcake, candy corn is always &quot;accidentally&quot; left behind at parties. So whether you love it or hate it, chances are there's a bag of aging, tri-colored fondant languishing in your pantry. Here are 20 candy corn recipes to use up this <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-not-to-hand-out-on-halloween">classic Halloween leftover</a>.</p> <h2>1. Candy Corn on the Cob</h2> <p>This is definitely the most work intensive recipe I found, but also the cutest. Use egg-free cookie dough to make this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Candy-Corn-on-the-COB/">no-bake treat</a>.</p> <h2>2. Candy Corn Turkeys</h2> <p>Why stop with the corn on the cob side dish desserts when you can make Thanksgiving themed turkey <a href="http://www.loveitsomuch.com/stores/2014-thanksgiving-chocolate-sprinkles-turkey-cupcakes-sweets-candy-corn-1413868766,1231612.html/buy">cupcakes</a>, <a href="http://www.crazyforcrust.com/2013/11/brownie-candy-turkeys/">brownies</a>, or <a href="http://thekrazycouponlady.com/at-home/snacks-under-5-kid-friendly-thanksgiving-oreo-turkeys/">cookies</a>?</p> <h2>3. Functional Dessert</h2> <p>Get your Martha on with these edible, turkey-shaped <a href="http://ourbestbites.com/2010/11/oreo-turkeys-and-cookie-pilgrim-hats/">place card holders</a> made from Oreos, peanut butter cups, candy corn, and frosting.</p> <h2>4. DIY Payday Candy Bar Mix</h2> <p>Mix equal parts candy corn with <a href="http://nancycreative.com/2013/09/22/candy-corn-payday-mix/">salted peanuts</a> and some optional M&amp;Ms. For best results, seal in an airtight container for 24 hours before serving.</p> <h2>5. DIY Butterfinger Bars</h2> <p>Why make homemade Butterfinger bars when you can make <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/10/25/homemade-butterfinger-candy-bars/"><em>artisanal </em>Butterfinger bars</a> for your kid's next bake sale? It's called marketing&hellip;</p> <h2>6. What's the Opposite of Nutella?</h2> <p>For an easy, last minute holiday gift use this recipe that combines <a href="http://www.savynaturalista.com/2013/11/05/candy-corn-butter-butterfinger-in-a-jar/">candy corn with creamy peanut butter</a>. Store finished butter in a mason jar.</p> <h2>7. White Chocolate Candy Corn Buckeyes</h2> <p>Okay, I'm just going to say it: Any recipe that combines white chocolate with candy corn is the work of Satan. That said, there are heretics lining up to eat these no-bake <a href="http://www.lemontreedwelling.com/2013/10/white-chocolate-candy-corn-buckeyes.html">buckeye cookies</a>.</p> <h2>8. Pretzel Fudge</h2> <p>More of the Devil's work. Try this white chocolate <a href="http://lilluna.com/candy-corn-pretzel-fudge/">candy corn pretzel fudge</a>.</p> <h2>9. Soft Cookies</h2> <p>The Devil's hobby job: Candy corn and white chocolate <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2013/10/candy-corn-and-white-chocolate-softbatch-cookies.html">softbatch cookies</a>.</p> <h2>10. Candy Corn Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake</h2> <p>The <a href="http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/10/06/candy-corn-chocolate-chip-cookie-cake/">perfect dessert</a> for the indecisive. Candy? Cookie? Cake? How about all three?</p> <h2>11. No-Bake Sweet and Salty Mystery Ingredient Cookies</h2> <p>Actually, the secret ingredient in these <a href="http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/no-bake-sweet-and-salty-peanut-butter-bars/">bar cookies</a> isn't the candy corn. It's the Frito corn chips.</p> <h2>12. Scarecrow Bars</h2> <p>This is a graveyard <a href="http://cookiesandcups.com/scarecrow-bars/">cookie recipe</a>. It's a good way to use up sugary pantry leftovers from Thanksgiving to make room for the sugary pantry dry goods you will be buying for holiday baking.</p> <h2>13. Fake Cake Decorating Skills</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.momtastic.com/food/367241-kit-kat-candy-corn-cake-recipe/">Thanksgiving-themed cake</a> starts with boxed cake mix and ends with Kit Kat Bars and candy corn. Or, decorate a frosted cake with <a href="http://www.make-fabulous-cakes.com/halloween-cake-candy-corn.html">candy corn sun flowers</a>.</p> <h2>14. When Spumoni Just Isn't Weird Enough</h2> <p>Yes. <a href="http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2010/10/01/candy-corn-ice-cream/">Candy corn ice cream</a>.</p> <h2>15. Make the State Fair Happen in Your Kitchen</h2> <p>Leave it to the state fair to inspire a candy corn heart attack-inducing dessert. Fried pickles and fried ice cream are so last century. Flirt with a coronary by eating <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/deep-fried-candy-corn/">deep-fried candy corn</a>.</p> <h2>16. Ultimate Trademark Mix</h2> <p>My family refers to this holiday snack as &quot;puppy chow,&quot; but apparently it's based on a classic Betty Crocker recipe known charmingly as <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chex-muddy-buddies/92e4756c-abc1-452a-9b2c-dd124d858050">Chex&reg; Muddy Buddies&reg;</a>. Add some Brach's&reg; candy corn to puppy chow for extra trademark legalese. Delicious&trade;.</p> <h2>17. Monster Mash Popcorn Mix</h2> <p>The candy googly eyes make this <a href="http://www.inkatrinaskitchen.com/monster-mash-popcorn-mix/">popcorn recipe</a>.</p> <h2>18. Candy Corned-Apples</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.howdoesshe.com/candy-corn-caramel-apples/">microwave recipe</a> combines caramels with candy corn. Melt the candies together with a little evaporated milk. Spoon the resulting goo over Granny Smith apples. This caramel also works well as an ice cream sundae topping.</p> <h2>19. Homemade Candy Corn</h2> <p>Overachievers can make the above recipes with homemade candy corn. Why make it easy when you can make <a href="http://www.girlyobsessions.com/2012/10/baking/homemade-candy-corn/">candy corn from scratch</a>? For the record, Alton Brown is one of those people who prefer <a href="http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2012/10/how-to-make-alton-browns-candy-corn/?soc=dishpinterest">stale candy corn</a>, so let your homemade candy dry out for a few days before eating.</p> <h2>20. Vegan Candy Corn</h2> <p>This recipe is <a href="http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/10/vegan-candy-corn/">animal-friendly</a> and adorable.</p> <p><em>Candy corn fanatics, please share your favorite candy corn recipes in the comments section. Here's your chance to convert some haters to the dark side&hellip;</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-diy-halloween-treats-that-trick-or-treaters-will-love">25 DIY Halloween Treats That Trick-or-Treaters Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-classic-desserts-we-all-miss">17 Classic Desserts We All Miss</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beer-donuts-and-11-other-recipes-you-can-make-with-beer">Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink candy corn desserts Halloween recipes treats Tue, 06 Oct 2015 11:00:35 +0000 Max Wong 1578713 at http://www.wisebread.com Cheap Ways to Get These 8 Expensive Indulgences http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-get-these-8-expensive-indulgences <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cheap-ways-to-get-these-8-expensive-indulgences" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drinking_wine_cheers_000018402946.jpg" alt="Friends finding cheaper ways to get indulgences" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As capitalism-loving Americans, we rather enjoy the finer things in life. Gourmet dining, fancy cars, high thread-count sheets that feel like Cumulus clouds&hellip; these are a few of our favorite things. The only problem, however, is that most of us can't afford those items &mdash; at least not on a regular basis. But where there's a will, there's a way. Check out these cheaper ways to score some of your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/small-business/4-indulgences-your-business-cant-afford">most coveted indulgences</a>.</p> <h2>1. Wine</h2> <p>Wine deal sites are aplenty, but if you want access to higher-quality wines at steeper discounts &mdash; upwards of 75% off even &mdash; follow these two tips from Mark Aseltine, owner of wine-gifting service Uncorked Ventures.</p> <h3>Shave 1/3 off the Retail Price With a Google Search</h3> <p>&quot;Most winemakers have multiple projects, and almost always there's a small label that they own themselves included in those,&quot; he says. &quot;That small label is often at least a third cheaper than their name projects &mdash; think a Napa Valley winery that you know well; any of them &mdash; but it'll take a few minutes of Google searching to find. Often these wines are made with equivalent grapes, in the exact same facility.&quot;</p> <h3>Join Your Favorite Wineries' Email Lists</h3> <p>&quot;At least once a year a list ends up with a significant offer from second-tier wineries &mdash; a winery that's in most wine stores in your state, but not at your local drugstore or grocery store,&quot; says Aseltine. &quot;Every so often, they'll offer huge discounts to move through some inventory, with about 75% off being fairly standard. Often it's what their middlemen are paying anyway.&quot;</p> <h2>2. Personal Fragrances</h2> <p>If your signature scent is &quot;heaping piles of cash&quot; while your budget is more like stacks of coins, there are ways to cut costs on personal fragrances. First, browse wholesale outlets that sometimes drastically reduce the retail price of a wide selection of perfumes and colognes. If you prefer to shop in store for scents &mdash; especially if you're searching for a new one &mdash; I recommend discount retailers like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, which typically have a decent selection of name-brand fragrances. If you want to go old school, visit your back-in-the-day department store, like Macy's or Sears, and ask for a particular sample at the fragrance counter; associates will likely have a small vial you can take with you. You also can visit daily deal sites and search for discounted fragrances.</p> <p>Yet, if you're not all that worried about the logo on the bottle but rather just smelling like a million bucks, ditch the bells and whistles in favor of &quot;designer imposters.&quot; Since you can't patent a fragrance, many scents are duplicated without a distinguishable note, so nobody will ever be the wiser.</p> <h2>3. Chocolate</h2> <p>Have a hankering for authentic and oh-so-creamy Belgian, Swiss, or maybe even Peruvian chocolate? Join the club &mdash; literally. With a subscription club, you can sign up to have some of the world's best chocolate shipped directly to your door. Tiered subscription levels will determine how much life-enhancing chocolate you'll receive, but you can be sure that it's sourced from only the best makers. Award-winning chocolate club <a href="http://cocoarunners.com/">Cocoa Runners</a>, for instance, partners with more than 45 global chocolatiers to bring its subscribers a new experience each month at a fraction of what it would cost if you cultivated the bars yourself.</p> <h2>4. Caviar</h2> <p>If there's one single dish that says &quot;I'm in the money,&quot; it's caviar. But these unfertilized fish eggs &mdash; most commonly harvested from sturgeon, salmon, and whitefish &mdash; will put a pounding on your pocket if you don't know where to look. Which, thankfully, is not very far.</p> <p>According to The Kitchn, there's plenty of <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/choose-local-sustainable-cavia-71731">local, sustainable caviar</a> produced in the United States that is exponentially cheaper than what comes directly from elsewhere. And when you buy home-harvested caviar, you're not only cutting the cost of this commodity for yourself, but also reducing your carbon footprint since no roe (fancy term for fish eggs) will have to be flown halfway across the world to get to your table.</p> <h2>5. Coffee</h2> <p>As a cost-saving measure on your daily routine, my Wise Bread colleagues and I are often recommending that you reduce your trips to your local café for those cups of joe to go. But if you must get your fix, at least try to talk your way into free or discounted java drinks. Reddit offers several helpful tips for shaving <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Frugal/comments/efxps/starbucks_hacks/">money off your Starbucks bill</a>, in particular.</p> <p>Real Simple also weighs in on how to buck the system with <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/money/saving/cheaper-coffee">tips from an anonymous barista</a> who's blowing the whistle on bloated café prices. &quot;You can assemble your own iced latte, at a huge discount, by ordering a shot or two of espresso poured over ice and topping it off with the free milk on the condiment bar,&quot; the source dishes. &quot;Or if you and a friend want an iced tea, place an order for a single cup straight-up. Many shops make their tea double strength and dilute it with water before serving. So you can just divide the tea between two glasses and add water and ice yourself. Voilà! Half-price drinks.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Cigars</h2> <p>Like wine, there's no shortage of online cigar shops and outlets offering discounted cigars. <a href="http://www.cigarsinternational.com/">Cigars International</a> is one of the most prominent cigar sellers on the Internet, and it offers reviews for many of its favorite budget cigars. Blind Man's Puff, a blog dedicated to cigars mentions that you can <a href="http://www.blindmanspuff.com/tips-tricks-best-budget-cigars/">score cigars even cheaper</a> than what discount sites are offering. For instance, Cigars International has a sister site called <a href="http://www.cigarbid.com/?">Cigar Bid</a> where individual sticks can be purchased for about $2 less.</p> <h2>7. Designer Clothing</h2> <p>When you want to strut runway looks but lack the cash to pull it off full-price, you'll have to be resourceful. Luckily, there are many ways to cop discounted designer duds these days, including shopping at flash-sale sites like <a href="http://www.gilt.com/">Gilt</a> or <a href="https://www.hautelook.com/">HauteLook</a>; haggling on off-season pieces in store; buying secondhand; swapping with friends; renting designer goods and clothing; and checking closeout websites, like <a href="http://www.nordstromrack.com">Nordstrom Rack</a> and <a href="http://www.6pm.com">6pm.com</a>.</p> <p>Personally, I love visiting warehouse sales &mdash; both generic and name brand &mdash; to stock up on statement-piece wardrobe items. I once scored a $10 admission ticket on Groupon to a warehouse sale in Brooklyn, N.Y., where you could fill up a brown paper bag to the brim. I'm no stranger to Barney's legendary warehouse sale, where I've snagged $250 pairs of jeans for about $25. My pro tip for the latter is to wait until the tail end of the sale. The pickings may be slim, but the discount will bottom out at around 80% to 90% off, whereas when the sale first starts you're only shaving off between 30% and 50%. Your choice on whether you want the pick of the litter or serious savings.</p> <h2>8. Luxury Cars</h2> <p>One of the major problems with luxury cars &mdash; and cars, in general &mdash; is that they immediately lose major value as soon as they exit the lot. Despite this well-known fact, however, plenty of us pine for luxury cars to serve as &mdash; let's be honest &mdash; nothing more than a status symbol.</p> <p>One huge way to save a bundle on a luxury car is to consider the spectrum of luxury cars. Prices vary, and you don't have to spend $75,000 on a Jaguar XJ if a Jaguar XF at $50,000 still suits your fancy. Keep in mind, too, that &quot;luxury&quot; doesn't have to mean typically high-end brands like Jaguar, Tesla, or Porsche. More affordable carmakers offer luxury options, including Hyundai, Lincoln, and Acura.</p> <p>Another means of adding a luxury car to your fleet (or just your single-car garage) is to shop for certified pre-owned vehicles &mdash; used cars &mdash; that will save you a bundle on overall cost. While you may be able to afford the luxury vehicle at the drastically reduced price, however, it's important to consider the cost of repairs to a luxury vehicle (they're not cheaper), and there's a higher probability that your used vehicle will experience at least a couple issue during its lifetime with you.</p> <p>Outside of buying a luxury vehicle to own, you can do a one-shot rental for an event to which you want to show up in style. Or, if you simply have the need for speed in a luxury car, you can schedule a driving experience with companies like <a href="http://cloud9exotics.com/">Cloud 9 Exotics</a>, which specialize in putting regular people behind the wheels of dream sports cars &mdash; I burned rubber in a Lamborghini recently &mdash; for a few laps around a track.</p> <p><em>Do you have cheaper ways to get some of your favorite indulgences? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheap-ways-to-get-these-8-expensive-indulgences">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-is-gasoline-so-cheap-a-cost-comparison-of-40-common-household-liquids">Why is Gasoline So Cheap? A Cost Comparison of 40 Common Household Liquids</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-that-are-actually-cheaper-at-whole-foods">6 Foods That Are Actually Cheaper At Whole Foods</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thrifting-the-perfect-designer-wardrobe">Thrifting the Perfect Designer Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/access-ebays-hidden-auctions">Access Ebay&#039;s hidden auctions</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping bargains cheap indulgences saving money treats Fri, 19 Jun 2015 15:00:17 +0000 Mikey Rox 1457046 at http://www.wisebread.com 14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/party_snacks_000049131346.jpg" alt="Snack foods that you can make at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the easiest ways to save money at the grocery store is to shop the perimeter. Not only does avoiding all those packaged foods cost less, but it also keeps your health in check. Let's be real, though, some of those snack foods are absolutely delicious. So, why not try making a few of your favorites at home? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-grocery-items-you-should-make-at-home-and-5-to-buy?ref=seealso">35 Grocery Items You Should Make at Home</a>)</p> <h2>1. Fruit Leather</h2> <p>Whipping up fresh <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/07/healthy-homemade-mango-fruit-roll-ups-recipe/">fruit roll-ups</a> is much easier than you might imagine. You'll puree fruit in a food processor until it's smooth. Then you'll spread it onto silicone baking mats and bake for three to four hours at 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Place wax paper on the baked fruit, then slice into long rectangles and roll.</p> <h2>2. Trail Mix</h2> <p>There are many trail mix recipes on the web. This <a href="http://www.lovebakesgoodcakes.com/2014/08/sweet-salty-trail-mix-snacktoschool.html">sweet and salty mix</a> is one of my favorites because it contains healthy nuts, sunflower kernels, and tempting chocolate candy. Simply stir together a few cups of each ingredient and store in an airtight container.</p> <h2>3. Potato Chips</h2> <p>You can even make your own <a href="http://steamykitchen.com/70-light-as-air-potato-chips.html">potato chips</a> at home. Use a mandolin on its lowest setting to slice red potatoes about an hour before cooking them. Then heat canola oil in a skillet to around 375 degrees Fahrenheit, fry, and sprinkle with salt before serving.</p> <h2>4. Veggie Chips</h2> <p>Or try these <a href="http://www.superhealthykids.com/root-veggie-chip/">root veggie chips</a> for a twist on the classic crisp. Slice anything from sweet potatoes to yucca to beets with your mandolin &mdash; a bit thicker than you did in the potato chip recipe. Toss in olive oil, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.</p> <h2>5. Chocolate Bar</h2> <p>I've seen so many fancy chocolate bars at the store lately, and they're all super expensive. Make your own at home with this <a href="http://www.flourishingfoodie.com/2014/12/homemade-chocolate-bars-for-holiday.html">chocolate bar tutorial</a>. You'll need chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, and whatever else you like with your sweets. Melt chocolate, then pour it into a shallow loaf pan. Top with toppings and let set.</p> <h2>6. Graham Crackers</h2> <p>Elevate your s'mores with these homemade <a href="http://www.browneyedbaker.com/homemade-graham-crackers-recipe/">graham crackers</a>. All it takes is a base of all-purpose and graham flour to get the right taste and texture. After everything is mixed, you'll roll out the dough and cut into squares before baking to a golden brown.</p> <h2>7. Cheese Crackers</h2> <p>These copycat <a href="http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2011/09/homemade-goldfish-crackers/">Goldfish crackers</a> are a hit with both kids and adults &mdash; and they only contain four ingredients. Pulse together cheese, butter, flour, salt, and a little water in your food processor. Then use a homemade cutout to shape your crackers before baking.</p> <h2>8. Pita Chips</h2> <p>Want something crunchy to snack on? Try baking up these <a href="http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/06/pita-chips.html">pita chips</a>. The recipe is so easy. Cut up store-bought pitas into wedges, place on a baking sheet, and drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes and enjoy with hummus and other dips.</p> <h2>9. Tortilla Chips</h2> <p>This same method can be applied to <a href="http://lovegrowswild.com/2014/05/baked-tortilla-chips/">tortilla chips</a> as well. Slice white corn tortillas into wedges, brush with oil, and add salt. Then bake 15 minutes until crisp. These taste way better than the kind you buy in the bag.</p> <h2>10. Fruit Snacks</h2> <p>Banish packaged fruit snacks from the pantry and make your own <a href="http://blog.landofnod.com/honest-to-nod/2014/08/kelsey-nixon-diy-fruit-snacks.html">DIY fruit snacks</a> instead. Just mix together fruit juice, gelatin, and a bit of honey before pouring into candy molds. Chill to set.</p> <h2>11. Pop-Tarts</h2> <p>Strawberry Pop-Tarts are one of my guilty pleasures. Good news: You can make healthier <a href="http://www.cookingclassy.com/2014/05/homemade-pop-tarts/">homemade Pop-Tarts</a> in your own kitchen. Just mix together a basic pastry crust, fill it with strawberry preserves, and bake. Then top with an icing made of powdered sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla extract. Sprinkles are optional but highly recommended.</p> <h2>12. Cheese Puffs</h2> <p>I would have never imagined I could make <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/crunchy-cheese-puffs">DIY Cheetos</a>. Yet, here I am with a recipe to share. The process is a little tricky. Once you mix together the dough, you'll steam it and then dehydrate for up to 10 hours. Make a big batch: You can store in an airtight container for up to three months.</p> <h2>13. Fig Bars</h2> <p>Everyone loves sweet, chewy <a href="http://www.cupcakeproject.com/2013/07/homemade-paleo-diet-fig-newtons-gluten-free-and-dairy-free.html">Fig Newtons</a>. The filling is a natural combination of black figs, applesauce, agave, and cinnamon. Better yet, this recipe is suitable for those of you following the Paleo diet. Score!</p> <h2>14. Energy Bars</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.theyummylife.com/Homemade_KIND_Bars">high-protein nutrition bars</a> taste a lot like the KIND bars all my health-conscious friends are toting around town. With eight different variations on the nut-and-dried fruit theme, there's something for everyone. I can't wait to try the dark chocolate and sea salt version. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheaper-and-healthier-20-tasty-energy-bars-you-can-make-at-home?ref=seealso">20 Tasty Energy Bars You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p><em>What are you favorite snacks and goodies? Have you tried making them at home?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-creative-delicious-things-you-can-make-in-a-blender">15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-and-easy-ways-to-enjoy-canned-peaches">15 Delicious and Easy Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-easy-and-delicious-granola-recipes">20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-allergy-free-snacks-that-are-safe-for-almost-everybody">10 Allergy-Free Snacks That Are Safe for Almost Everybody</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Homemade recipes snacks treats Thu, 28 May 2015 15:00:08 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1432563 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000043316482_Large.jpg" alt="cake in a mug" title="cake in a mug" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Think your microwave is only for heating and reheating? Think again. You can bake up a number of warm, gooey treats in individual portions to suit your diet and your on-the-go lifestyle. Once you get the hang of this new style of micro-baking, you won't soon forget it. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-things-you-can-microwave-besides-food?ref=seealso">8 Things You Can Microwave Besides Food</a>)</p> <p>Check out these amazingly easy recipes, most of which come together in less than five minutes.</p> <h2>1. Chocolate Brownie I</h2> <p>Mix batter in a mug to make these delicious <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/brownie_in_a_mug/">microwave brownies</a>. All the ingredients are the same as what's in your regular batch &mdash; flour, sugar, cocoa powder, etc. &mdash; but the serving size is sweetly single.</p> <h2>2. Chocolate Brownie II</h2> <p>If you have dietary restrictions, this <a href="http://petiteallergytreats.blogspot.com/2014/05/brownie-in-mug-gluten-free-and-vegan.html">gluten-free vegan brownie</a> recipe will change your life. I like how the author places a muffin liner in her mug for easy cleanup. Those of you without avocado on hand can easily substitute coconut, canola, or even olive oil in its place.</p> <h2>3. Blondies</h2> <p>These decadent <a href="http://poorcouplesfoodguide.com/2014/08/06/recipe-microwave-mug-blondie/">two-minute blondies</a> come together in a pinch. Microwave them in either a mug or ramekin for best results. And make them fancy by adding peanuts, caramel, and chocolate chips for a melted turtle crunch topping.</p> <h2>4. Oatmeal Muffins</h2> <p>I first fell in love with microwave baking with this <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2011/06/hearty-pecan-chip-micro-muffins.html">pecan-chip muffin</a> recipe. Over time I learned to use the base ingredients (flour, oats, banana, milk, baking powder, and oil) with a variety of add-ins in equal ratio for a different muffin each morning.</p> <h2>5. Blueberry Muffins</h2> <p>I was always afraid that if I used fruit, my muffins might explode into a juicy mess. Not with this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=975928">blueberry flax micro-muffin</a> recipe. If you're not keen on using standard pancake syrup, try agave nectar, honey, or real maple syrup. The orange zest is sure to take this one over the edge into favorite breakfast territory.</p> <h2>6. Chocolate Cake</h2> <p>You can have your cake and microwave it, too. This <a href="http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/the-moistest-chocolate-mug-cake/">chocolate mug cake</a> takes a mere minute to rise and set. The center is undeniably fudge-filled. Top with a dollop of Nutella for extra goodness.</p> <h2>7. Vanilla Cake</h2> <p>Bake up a batch of <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/microwave-cake/">vanilla microwave cakes</a> and wow your friends with your skills. Spray ramekins with cooking spray so nothing sticks and fill each half full to avoid spill-over. Then cover with plastic wrap and leave room for a little steam to escape. Cook one minute. Done!</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Chip Cookies</h2> <p>Yes, you can also bake <a href="http://www.sweetestkitchen.com/2013/06/microwave-chocolate-chip-cookie-in-a-mug/">chocolate chip cookies</a> in a microwave. The best part? When you're done cooking, you can top the warm cookie in the mug with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. A single-serve treat in one handy dish.</p> <h2>9. Peanut Butter Cookies</h2> <p>The same goes for <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/10/peanut-butter-cookie-in-cup/">peanut butter cookies</a>. (Are you pinching yourself yet?) This recipe gets its unique flavor from dark brown sugar, so don't skimp on this ingredient. And follow the instructions carefully &mdash; you only add the yolk of the egg &mdash; save the whites for a lean omelette.</p> <h2>10. Fruit Cobbler</h2> <p>A box of baking mix can yield endless desserts in your kitchen. Try whipping up this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/build-your-own-microwave-mug-cobbler/8bb858a3-9ed8-4b38-98cd-d5a3d34aa21d">microwave cobbler</a> with any fruit you have on hand. You first mix the fruit with sugar on the bottom of the mug before topping with the Bisquick topping.</p> <p><em>Do you use your microwave for more than popping popcorn? What are your favorite recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-incredible-microwave-baked-desserts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-simple-swaps-will-make-your-baking-so-much-better">These 10 Simple Swaps Will Make Your Baking So Much Better</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-bonkers-candy-corn-recipes">20 Bonkers Candy Corn Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-easy-and-impressive-frozen-puff-pastry-recipes">30 Easy and Impressive Frozen Puff Pastry Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts">15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking desserts easy desserts microwave treats Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:00:09 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1282529 at http://www.wisebread.com The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-ice-cream-481884595-small.jpg" alt="homemade ice cream" title="homemade ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="137" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that it's officially summer, my tastebuds have decided they'd like to cool off for a while. So, rather than making all my standard baked desserts, I like to try my hand at ice cream and frozen yogurt recipes. Something about the chill makes these treats feel healthier, but if I'm not careful, I can consume way too much heavy cream and sugar. Those ingredients aren't exactly a bikini body's best friend. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuff-we-love-make-delicious-ice-cream-with-the-lello-gelato-junior?ref=seealso">Stuff We Love: Make Delicious Ice Cream With the Lello Gelato Junior</a>)</p> <p>Here are 16 frozen delights that feature whole foods and lighter ingredients. Enjoy!</p> <h2>1. Classic Chocolate</h2> <p>This no-churn <a href="http://vegan-magic.blogspot.com/2012/07/no-churn-coconut-chocolate-ice-cream.html">Chocolate Ice Cream</a> uses full fat coconut milk as a base and agave as a sweetener. After combining all the ingredients, a few hours of chilling time is all you need before attacking the bowl with a spoon.</p> <h2>2. Simple Vanilla</h2> <p>Dust off your ice cream maker for this <a href="http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2011/12/07/four-ingredient-ice-cream/">4-Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream</a> recipe. You can use two cups of your milk of choice, including non-dairy creamer or even coconut milk. Then add some sweetener and vanilla extract and follow your machine's freezing instructions.</p> <h2>3. Banana Whip</h2> <p>One of the healthiest and easiest &quot;ice cream&quot; recipes around involves nothing more than <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/ultimate-vegan-ice-cream.html">frozen bananas</a> blended together in a food processor. You can add peanut butter, cocoa powder, or any other flavors to your taste.</p> <h2>4. Cherry Froyo</h2> <p>I picked cherries at a neighbor's tree as the base for this pleasantly tart <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2013/07/tart-cherry-frozen-yogurt.html">Cherry Frozen Yogurt</a>. Combine cherries and sugar on the stove and let cool. Next add the yogurt and coconut milk and chill for three hours. Then follow the instructions on your ice cream maker to make the magic happen. I think this recipe would also work well with other fruits or even chopped rhubarb.</p> <h2>5. Green Cream</h2> <p>This deliciously green <a href="http://www.nutritionistinthekitch.com/2013/06/27/healthy-almond-pistachio-frozen-yogurt-no-ice-cream-machine-needed/">Almond Pistachio Froyo</a> has a secret up its sleeve. Not only can you make it without an ice cream maker, but there's an added dose of spinach and avocado that the author claims is undetectable.</p> <h2>6. Rainbow Sorbet</h2> <p>No special tools needed for these vibrant <a href="http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/07/summer-sorbets-cool-creamy-easy.html">fruit sorbets</a>. Each is sweetened naturally with banana and a little maple syrup or agave nectar. Whether you like blueberry, strawberry, pineapple, or mango, you can enjoy them frozen all summer long with a quick pulse of your blender.</p> <h2>7. Cookie Dough Paleo</h2> <p>Simply stir almond-based chocolate chip cookie dough into homemade vanilla ice cream for this delightful <a href="http://deliciouslyorganic.net/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-ice-cream-grain-free-gluten-free/">Paleo dessert</a>. Those of you with nut allergies can substitute your favorite nut-free cookie dough.</p> <h2>8. Chocolate Peanut Butter</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/07/10/chocolate-peanut-butter-frozen-greek-yogurt-soft-serve-style/">Greek yogurt soft serve</a> recipe combines the best of chocolate and peanut butter. The author divulges that the trick to getting this consistency at home is serving directly from the ice cream maker sans added chill time.</p> <h2>9. Vegan Fudgesicles</h2> <p>I can't wait to try my hand at these <a href="http://slowclubcookery.blogspot.com/2013/06/homemade-vegan-fudgesicles.html?m=1">Vegan Fudgesicles</a>. You need a can of coconut milk, some cocoa powder, sweetener, vanilla, sea salt, and &mdash; of course &mdash; a popsicle mold.</p> <h2>10. Jungle Pops</h2> <p>Slice any fruit you fancy and pop them into popsicle molds. Fill the empty spaces with coconut water and let freeze overnight. Not only are these <a href="http://thenerdswife.com/2014/02/bare-necessities-fresh-fruit-pops.html">Jungle Pops</a> a quick fix, they are also undeniably good for you.</p> <h2>11. Avocado Cream</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/recipes-view.php?title=avocado-ice-cream&amp;home=1">Avocado Ice Cream</a> is full of good fats. Once you've made a zesty syrup of lemon and lime and let it cool, you just blend together with the avocado flesh and some whole milk. Use an ice cream maker for the rest or whip by hand and set in the freezer.</p> <h2>12. Blueberry Chocolate</h2> <p>As another great coconut milk-based recipe, this <a href="http://www.henryhappened.com/blueberry-chocolate-chunk-vegan-ice-cream.html#_a5y_p=1838791">Blueberry Chocolate Ice Cream</a> is also highly adaptable. Use whatever fruit you have on hand or is in season and combine with bittersweet chocolate chunks.</p> <h2>13. Dark Chocolate</h2> <p>If you love the idea of avocado ice cream but need more convincing, try this <a href="http://spoonopolis.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/chocolate-avacado-vegan-ice-cream/">Chocolate Avocado Ice Cream</a> recipe. The green flesh is blended with raw honey, as well as carob and cocoa powders to make a dark treat you'd never suspect is full of nutrients.</p> <h2>14. Peanut Butter Hemp</h2> <p>This <a href="http://marmaladeandmileposts.com/archives/25863">Peanut Butter Ice Cream</a> recipe cuts the heavy cream a bit by using hemp milk in its base. Hemp milk is high in plant-based protein and essential fats, so it's a great substitute. For an extra punch of staying power, add a scoop of protein powder.</p> <h2>15. Banana Bonbons</h2> <p>If you want the most taste with the least effort, <a href="http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2010/06/frozen-banana-bites.html">Frozen Banana Bites</a> are what you're after. Cut bananas into chunks and freeze with a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter on top. You can dip them into any toppings you like &mdash; from nuts to crushed cookies. Then chill until frozen.</p> <h2>16. Ice Cream Pops</h2> <p>Ok, so this specific combination might not be the healthiest, but it's the concept of these <a href="http://chefthisup.com/recipe/9934/peanut-butter-ice-cream-pops/">Ice Cream Pops</a> that intrigues me. The idea is to take your favorite ice cream (think sorbet or frozen yogurt, too) and then layer it with toppings and other flavors for a unique treat. I'd use whole fruit, nuts or nut butter, and maybe some chocolate chips for my own mix.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite homemade frozen treat? Please share a scoop in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-homemade-treats-your-valentine-will-love">15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-liqueurs-to-bottle-now-for-tasty-holiday-gifts">10 Homemade Liqueurs to Bottle for Tasty Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert frozen yogurt Homemade ice cream treats Tue, 01 Jul 2014 11:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1150363 at http://www.wisebread.com Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-86505747.jpg" alt="ice cream" title="ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In today's age of calorie counts on menus, attempts to ban &quot;big&quot; sodas, and constant chatter about nutritious school meals, it may seem that something as indulgent as ice cream would have no place in a healthy diet. Depending on where you buy it, the stuff packs &mdash; on average &mdash; 140 to 230 calories per tiny half cup. Most of us eat far more than that in a single sitting. Gourmet dips like Haagen-Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter only make matters worse, giving eaters a whopping 360 calories per serving. Add in toppings, and it's easy to see why this frozen food gets a bad rap. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/need-a-cheap-cool-dessert-make-your-own-shaved-ice?ref=seealso">Need a Cheap Dessert? Make Delicious Shaved Ice!</a>)</p> <p>Despite the damage a scoop or two can do to a calorie budget, however, there are so many reasons to ignore the nutritional label and give yourself permission to serve a bowl now and again. By picking a simple ice cream, void of extra candies and syrups, it's possible to enjoy the following benefits without guilt.</p> <h2>1. It Provides Calcium and Other Good Stuff</h2> <p>This is one #1 cited reason ice cream eaters give for why it's good for you. Ice cream actually does contain the needed nutrient, provided it is a real ice cream (not made from tofu, almond milk, or other non-dairy sources.) It seems that it usually doesn't matter if it's a true &quot;cream.&quot; Many items on the market are more of an &quot;ice milk,&quot; which is essentially skim milk made into dessert. Ice milk generally has about a third less of the calcium as the same amount of milk (<a href="http://www.ucsfhealth.org/education/calcium_content_of_selected_foods/">200 mg versus 300 mg</a>) (about 10% of the daily requirement, per serving). You will also enjoy protein and riboflavin with your sweet treat!</p> <p>A serving of ice milk also provides about 10% of your <a href="http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutritious-things-ice-cream-3919.html">daily requirement of vitamin A</a> and some vitamin D, as well.</p> <h2>2. It Makes You Happy</h2> <p>While I'm not advocating emotional eating, there is truth to the fact that many people associate ice cream with simpler times, childhood, and celebrations. Allowing yourself a reasonable portion of the frozen stuff may bring about a gratification that you won't find in some lower-calorie frozen options, and being satisfied has its perks. Ice cream eaten after a long day of work or a hot day outside can elicit an almost &quot;high&quot; that can be very beneficial for people. Especially when enjoyed with children!</p> <h2>3. It Feeds a Craving</h2> <p>If you're like me, craving ice cream isn't negotiable. Especially during my pregnancies, eating it was going to happen. Eating it first ended the craving. Eating three other things before the ice cream in hopes of healthier satisfaction inevitably led me to eating those three things and the ice cream. I would have saved calories to just eat the ice cream in the first place. If you're finding yourself unable to resist the ice cream jones, it's not that big of deal to go for it. Just stick to a single serving, and you'll be fine.</p> <h2>4. It Can Burn Calories</h2> <p>Grabbing a pint out of the freezer is not hard work, at all, and that is not what I'm referring to. If you happen to have an old-fashioned ice cream machine (one that you crank), however, you'll find it rewarding to make your own ice cream with fresh ingredients in your own kitchen. The process is a bit grueling, but you can build up a few muscles in the making. Homemade ice cream is more delicious, and I guarantee you'll think long and hard about when you'll next want a batch whipped up to enjoy! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats?ref=seealso">10 Ways to Make Your Own Frozen Treats</a>)</p> <p>To get you started, here's a <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/serious-vanilla-ice-cream-recipe2.html">recipe for vanilla ice cream</a> that I've used in an ice cream machine (so no calorie burn) and hand crank machines seem to have slipped in quality (at least according to Amazon's reviewers), so you may be better off buying used. Too much work? Try an <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S5XYI2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000S5XYI2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">ice cream ball</a>, instead. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-ice-cream-makers?ref=seealso">The 5 Best Ice Cream Makers</a>)</p> <h2>5. It's a Time Out</h2> <p>Have you ever had an ice cream headache? The notorious brain-splitting pain usually only occurs from eating ice cream too fast. If you have small children, you've likely witnessed how quickly they train themselves to slow down while gobbling ice cream. Because of its head-freezing nature, ice cream is a dish best savored. The act of eating ice cream is a deliberate one that, for many, requires you to take a few extra breaths and really enjoy the moment. Eating ice cream is hard to do in the car or at your desk, as well, making it the &quot;official&quot; food for avoiding multitasking and living life for a bit.</p> <p>Oh, and brain freeze? Scientists think they've <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/05/130522095335.htm">figured out the cause</a>. All that cold stuff in the back of your throat causes some big arteries that send blood to your brain to rapidly dilate then contract. The brain interprets this as pain &mdash; that searing headache. To reduce your suffering, slow down your ice cream intake. You can also jam your tongue against the roof of your mouth to warm it up, or drink something room temperature to do the same.</p> <p>In a world where people take many things too seriously, it's a relief to know that this classic dish (made famous in the 4th century by the Romans) is still around. While many will try to limit, ban, or otherwise tamper with an already perfect food, the best reason to stop feeling guilty and have yourself a scoop is this: Because you can. Unless you are suffering from a serious health problem, a bowl of yummy Rocky Road won't kill you. And not having a good reason is kind of what eating ice cream is about!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite reason to eat a bowl (or cone) of ice cream? Please share a bite in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-unexpected-uses-for-avocados">6 Unexpected Uses for Avocados</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-reasons-to-stop-eating-sugar-forever">12 Reasons to Stop Eating Sugar Forever</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-cheap-food">The High Cost of Cheap Food</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Health and Beauty breaks dessert ice cream treats Mon, 12 May 2014 08:36:15 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1138610 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-and-festive-fourth-of-july-treats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-fun-and-festive-fourth-of-july-treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3690569506_6fd8ff961d_z-1.jpg" alt="Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats" title="Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on Fourth of July treats, creating new routines, and tips for eating healthy on a budget.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/5-festive-fourth-of-july-treats">5 Fun and Festive Fourth of July Treats</a>&nbsp;&mdash; This Fourth of July, make a flag cookie pizza or Fourth of July strawberries. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2012/07/01/creating-new-routines/">Creating New Routines</a> &mdash; One of the best ways to get better finances is to create new routines. To be successful when creating new routines, be mindful of everything you do. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://ptmoney.com/healthy-eating-on-a-budget/">5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget</a>&nbsp;&mdash; Want to eat healthy on a budget? Consider making your own convenience food. [PT Money]</p> <p><a href="http://www.carefulcents.com/moving-on-a-budget/">7 Tips to Make Moving on a Budget Quick and Easy</a> &mdash; Make moving on a budget quick and easy by using colored labels for each box. [Careful Cents]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moolanomy.com/6122/save-up-an-emergency-fund-kmulligan/">Save Up an Emergency Fund</a> &mdash; It is a good idea to have three to six months of money saved up in an emergency fund. [Moolanomy]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/July-4-2012-Sales-23795476">12 Fourth Of July Discounts To Help You Celebrate Independence Day</a>&nbsp;&mdash; This Independence Day, consider checking out Ann Taylor's semiannual sale where you can get up to 70% off regular prices. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyning.com/money-beliefs/7-money-mindset-myths-that-are-keeping-you-poor/">7 Money Mindset Myths That Are Keeping You Poor</a> &mdash; Don't fall victim to the money mindset that if you earn more money you can spend more. [MoneyNing]</p> <p><a href="http://www.consumerismcommentary.com/convince-yourself-to-increase-retirement/">5 Ways to Convince Yourself to Increase Your Retirement Savings</a> &mdash; Are you having trouble convincing yourself to increase your retirement savings? If so, tell yourself that your actions now will prevent you from being a burden on others in the future. [Consumerism Commentary]</p> <p><a href="http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/9-new-and-affordable-ways-get-fit-home">9 New and Affordable Ways to Get Fit at Home</a> &mdash; Get fit at home by buying used equipment from gyms. [Shape]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thedigeratilife.com/blog/whole-life-insurance-term-life-insurance/">Comparing Whole Life Insurance vs. Term Life Insurance</a> &mdash; Did you know that whole life insurance can be included in your net worth because it acts as a savings account? [The Digerati Life]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-fun-and-festive-fourth-of-july-treats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-sweet-16-delicious-and-healthy-frozen-yogurt-and-ice-cream-recipes">The Sweet 16: Delicious and Healthy Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-never-feel-guilty-about-eating-ice-cream">Why You Should Never Feel Guilty About Eating Ice Cream</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-popular-snacks-you-can-make-at-home">14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-fourth-of-july-party-ideas">Frugal Fourth of July Party Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink 4th of July best money tips treats Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:48:24 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 938216 at http://www.wisebread.com Chill Out With These 6 Simple DIY Freezer Treats http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/summer-5084516-small.jpg" alt="frozen fruit bar" title="frozen fruit bar" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="158" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's getting to be unbearably hot in many areas of the country, and frozen treats are a healthy way to cool off. With ice cream bars running $5 a small box locally, I went on a search to find inexpensive, alternative recipes to feed our family. What I found were six surprisingly easy ways to stock my freezer on the cheap! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-cheap-summer-foods-to-jazz-up-your-menus">5 Cheap Summer Foods to Jazz Up Your Menus</a>)</p> <h2>Frozen Fruit Bars</h2> <p>These are my favorite, and unfortunately, they are the most costly of all my freezer-case passions. Choosing bars that are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list">organically-grown</a> or with no sugar will cost you more, so why not make them yourself? Here is a super recipe from <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=218">SparkPeople</a> to get you started (you can omit the sugar, add 100% fruit juice to help in the blending process, or substitute organic fruit.) Sticking to one or two kinds of fruit keep them simple and yummy!</p> <ul> <li>Blend 2 cups cut-up summer fruit (strawberries, peaches, watermelon, etc.) in a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-blenders">blender</a> until smooth.</li> <li>Add 1-2 tablespoons water (or juice), if necessary. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Cover and blend until well mixed.</li> <li>Pour into molds and freeze until solid.</li> </ul> <h2>Pudding Pops</h2> <p>Bill Cosby earned my respect, not for his TV sitcom (which <em>was</em> good), but for his delicious endorsement of what I consider the most amazing treats on the planet &mdash; the <a href="http://www.nutcan.com/article/Get_me_A_JellO_Pudding_Pop.php">Jello Pudding Pop</a>. If you can't find the new version (made by Popsicle) in a store near you, here's the next, best homemade thing:</p> <p>Grab a pack of those individual puddings that you can stick in a kid's lunchbox. Carefully slice an opening in the foil lid of the pudding, and insert a wooden popsicle stick (sold at grocers and craft stores.) Freeze and eat! For under a buck for a pack of 4, that's a cheap knock-off! (And, yes, I've heard that the original pudding pops <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudding_Pops">never really had pudding in them</a>&hellip;my kids won't know the difference.)</p> <h2>Frozen Yogurt Bars</h2> <p>These really are as simple as they sound. Simply scoop your favorite yogurt into your mold, and allow to freeze. I prefer the kind that is all-natural and without artificial sweeteners (they freeze better and don't taste bitter). A good organic like <a href="http://www.yobabyyogurt.com/">Yo Baby</a> could be served in the original single-serve container, much like the pudding pops idea (just pop a stick in and freeze.)</p> <h2>Ice-Cream Bars</h2> <p>This is a little repetitive, but allowing a container of your favorite ice cream to soften will make it easy to scoop into a frozen mold. After it freezes, you can dip it into melted chocolate or roll into nuts to refreeze before eating. It may not be a <em>true</em> money-saver, but for those of us with portion-control issues (especially concerning ice-cream), this could be a life-saver.</p> <h2>Popsicles</h2> <p>Freezing your kid's favorite juice into a mold is the easiest way yet to cool off with a treat. I love to sneak in a veggie serving or two by using a juice that contains carrots (we like <a href="http://www.juicyjuice.com/Products/HarvestSurprise.aspx">Juicy Juice's Harvest Surprise Juice</a>). Try to avoid juices that contain more sugar than juice, and it'll count as a fruit serving, too!</p> <h2>Frozen Bananas</h2> <p>These are killer! Dip a whole, peeled banana (or half them for smaller kids) into a melted chocolate dip. Roll in crushed or chopped nuts and insert a stick. Place on waxed paper. Freeze and eat! (These are best if eaten soon after frozen, but if you won't be using them up right away, take the already frozen bananas and place them in a freezer bag. They're good for up to a week.)</p> <p>I'm sure there are other ways to make frozen treats that involve more work or more expensive ingredients, but I like to keep things cheap and simple. We use small paper cups for our molds, but if you don't want any additional waste, you can use reusable plastic molds (we tried it, but the sticks never made it back from the play yard.)</p> <p>Stay cool!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chill-out-with-these-6-simple-diy-freezer-treats">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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