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How to Make Chocolate-covered Cheetos Ice Cream

I recently purchased an ice cream maker. Be afraid. Be intrigued. Be ready to run out and buy one of your very own. That way you can make Chocolate-Covered Cheetos Ice Cream. You’re Welcome.

I know what you’re probably thinking, “Becky, you sure know how to rock a polar bear hat/scarf/mittens combo.” Thank you, and I know, right! But you’re probably also thinking, “Wouldn’t the Cheetos get soggy?” Not if you dip them in chocolate first! The coating creates a buffer around the Cheetos to help them maintain maximum crispiness for as long as this ice cream lasts (which won’t be long). I used the Simple Vanilla Ice Cream recipe that came with my Cuisinart Ice Cream and Sorbet Maker (which, in and of itself, is an amazing ice cream and a perfect base for all kinds of crazy mix-ins).

Chocolate-Covered Cheetos Ice Cream

Ingredients

  • 1c Cheetos, chopped into pieces (around the size of an M&M or even as big as a Peanut M&M)
  • chocolate baking bark
  • 1c  whole milk
  • ¾c sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2c heavy cream
  • 1T vanilla

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk milk, sugar and salt until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in the heavy cream and vanilla.
  3. Cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours, or overnight.
  4. In the meantime, melt baking bark and coat chopped up Cheetos in chocolate (accidental alliteration!) so no orange is showing.
  5. Turn on the ice cream maker; pour the mixture into the frozen freezer bowl and let mix until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. About 5 minutes before the ice cream is ready, pour in the Cheetos.
  7. Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours before serving.

Have you seen that commercial with the taste buds who are chanting “Snickers Ice Cream!”? Well, when you try this Chocolate-Covered Cheetos Ice Cream, your mouth with be saying, “Snick-who?”

I cannot wait to get back into the kitchen and try out other ice cream recipes. And I’ll be sure to fill you in (Ow! Ow!) when I hit frozen dairy dessert gold.

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Entire Tray of Veggies Covered in Chocolate, Because This is America

This is the perfect Independence — or any other — Day recipe for those of you who can’t decide whether you want to make an appetizer or dessert to take to that blazingly-hot cook out.

It’s a desstizer. It’s an appessert. It’s a chocolate-covered veggie tray! Significantly easier than the labor-intensive cake balls that you were considering, but also significantly less of a cop out than that bag of chips you had your eye on.

The variety of veggie is up to you and your local grocer. I snagged a pre-made tray (no shame in my game) because not only did it have veggies, it had cheese and bits of meat too. Deluxe!

Chocolate-Covered Veggie Tray

Ingredients

  • Pre-made veggie tray, or an assortment of vegetables (e.g., carrots, broccoli, peppers, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes)
  • Bits of cheese and meat (optional)
  • Chocolate and white baking bark
  • Ranch dressing (not optional!)

Directions

  1. Coat your assortment of veggies (and meats and cheese if you want to roll hard like that) with the chocolate of your choice.
  2. Let chill and display in a pretty way.

A few pointers: Don’t use celery. I actually tossed the celery from my tray and added in sliced peppers instead. Cheese = white chocolate. Meat = chocolate. Veggies = why not do a mix?

And yes, I highly recommend dipping all of your chocolate-covered treats in Ranch dressing. Why? Because you can. God. Bless. America.

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Strawberry Toaster Strudel® Truffles

How do you feel about Toaster Strudels®? Personally, I think there is way too high a pastry-to-fruit ratio, and all I really want to do is toss the strudel and squeeze the icing packet directly into my face. I prefer Pop Tarts because I like my toaster pastries like I like my men: cold, fruity, and covered in sprinkles.

However, it seems that a great many people enjoy a nice toasty strudel in the morning, so who am I to judge? And actually, when making the truffles, I solved the not-enough-fruit issue (and I totally consumed some “leftover” icing), so everything worked out quite nicely.

Strawberry Toaster Strudel Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury® Strawberry Toaster Strudel® Pastries (includes 6 pastries and 6 packets of icing)
  • 1/2c strawberry jam
  • white chocolate baking bark

Directions

  1. Bake strudels as directed and let cool.
  2. Process into crumbs in food processor.
  3. Add icing and jam, and process until smooth.
  4. Scoop into 2t balls and chill in fridge.
  5. Melt baking bark and coat balls; return to fridge until set.

So at first I just mashed up the strudel and the icing—I could barely taste the fruit. Adding a 1/2c of the strawberry jam was the perfect solution, and bonus: it didn’t hide the flavor of the pastry or the icing (yes, I could definitely taste each of them separately).  When you can’t decide if you want breakfast for dessert or dessert for breakfast, these truffles are definitely the answer.

Bee tee dubs, the “When pizza’s on a bagel, you can eat pizza anytime” Bagel Bites jingle is stuck in my head, and now it’s stuck in yours. You’re welcome.

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Chocolate Covered Lance® Toastchee® Sandwich Crackers

Do you have Lance in your pants? If so, remove them and cover them in chocolate. If not, go purchase some Lance sandwich crackers, put them in your pants (because apparently it’s required), remove them, and then cover them in chocolate. There are a number of varieties to choose from, but Toastchee sandwich crackers (peanut butter-filled cheese crackers) are probably the most popular—and, let’s not lie, the best tasting.

Chocolate Covered Lance Toastchee Sandwich Crackers 

I’m sure you know how it goes, but just in case: melt chocolate, dip crackers, chill in fridge to set. Boo-yah Grandma. Boo. Yah.

Have you ever had a Nutty Bar? Awesome,right? Well, the texture is basically the same… these are just thinner. And the flavor is very similar… these are just cheesier, which is definitely, definitely a good thing. Definitely.

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Chocolate Covered Pizza Rolls

Did you make a resolution to eat healthier in 2012? Not me. In fact, I’ve resolved to eat equally as much, if not more, ridiculously-bad-for-you goodies as I ate last year. And I started with these scrumptious, chocolate-covered puffs of “pizza in a golden crust” (Totino’s words, not mine).

Chocolate Covered Pizza Rolls

Ingredients

  • chocolate baking bark
  • your favorite variety of Totino’s Pizza Rolls (I used pepperoni)

Directions

  1. Follow the directions on the back of the pizza roll box. (I totally microwaved mine, but feel free to put them in the oven/toaster oven).
  2. Let the rolls cool completely.
  3. Melt your baking bark, coat the pizza rolls, and chill in fridge until set.

Easy as pie, pizza pie….in roll form and covered in chocolate.

My testers were a little unsure of what to think when it came to the taste, but overall they gave these treats a thumbs up. (And yes, I totally removed the pizza part and just ate the chocolate-covered breaded part…awesome).

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Chocolate-covered Kickin’ Cheddar Ritz Bitz

Some people with a whimsical view of the world believe that everything should be covered in chocolate and hot sauce. Our recipe contributor Becky is one of those whimsical souls, and we definitely can’t knock her enthusiasm for chocolate-covered experiments. This time around, she’s dipped Kickin’ Cheddar Ritz Bits, in chocolate and white chocolate baking bark.  The white chocolate pieces let the spiciness shine, while the regular chocolate pieces are more prominently chocolate.

 

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Chocolate-covered Fruit By the Foot

Fruit snacks covered in chocolate, it’s actually not as weird as it sounds. This snack comes from our friend Becky’s kitchen, an experiment that follows up her last fruit-snack and chocolate creation in the form of Chocolate-covered Gushers. Don’t let the novelty of the title throw you off, the flavors are there and the portability of the finished product (put them a plastic sandwich bag!) really comes together nicely. (Recipe @ CerealBaker)

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Chocolate-covered Honey Mustard and Onion Pretzels

As our friend Becky mentions, pretzels are indeed one of the more tame and common items that can be covered in chocolate. Similarly, there are a few varieties of pretzel flavors that often get overlooked in the chocolate coating process, and today, one of those did not get the glance over. Introducing — chocolate-covered honey mustard and onion pretzels. Imagine Snyder’s of Hanover Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Pieces, covered in chocolate melting bark and chilled to perfection. I now have breakfast, lunch and second lunch.