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Copycat Kettle Corn

Copycat Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Welcome to another Food Fight! Fantastical Food Fight is a group of food bloggers who will get a theme or ingredient each month and make some sort of variation for it. It could be traditional or nontraditional and can be found in a cookbook, on a blog, or be a blogger’s own creation! For more details, check out this page.

This week’s theme is Copycat recipes! My kids eat popcorn on the daily almost, so I decided that since our local farmer’s market is closed for the season, I should try to make the delicious and addictive Kettle Corn that they sell- I got this recipe from AllRecipes, and this did not disappoint.

Here’s the simple recipe:

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup vegetable oil

What you do:

And of course you need one medium sized pot with a cover, a lined sheet pan for cooling, and a stove.

Pour the oil into the pot and heat over medium-high heat (5 out of 10). Place 2 kernels in there, and when they pop, you can add the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Cover tightly and shake. Shake constantly until the popping noises slow considerably. Turn off the heat and remove the popcorn to a lined sheet pan. Season with salt to your liking. Let cool a bit, and then serve!

Copycat Kettle Corn

My kids went sort of crazy for this. It IS highly addictive, but if you are like me, and you think it is like popping corn the regular way, it isn’t- you DO have to shake constantly to keep the sugar from burning. And the clean up is a bit sticky, so start early so you are ready to make a second batch…because there will be a second batch- so good!

Here’s the printable recipe:

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Copycat Fairground Kettle Corn #FantasticalFoodFight

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • One medium sized pot with a cover, a lined sheet pan for cooling, and a stove.

Instructions

  1. Pour the oil into the pot and heat over medium-high heat (5 out of 10). Place 2 kernels in there, and when they pop, you can add the rest of the popcorn and the sugar. Cover tightly and shake. Shake constantly until the popping noises slow considerably. Turn off the heat and remove the popcorn to a lined sheet pan. Season with salt to your liking. Let cool a bit, and then serve!
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Copycat Kettle Corn

Chocolate Lover’s Puppy Chow Snack Mix #Choctoberfest

My kids are gonna flip when they see what I made for them today! They freak out over this yummy snack mix- it is so easy and I change it up with the add-ins, like today for the Chocolate Lover’s version of this classic Puppy Chow Snack Mix- also known as Muddy Buddy Mix- though I call an ice cream thingy a muddy-buddy, so to me this is always Puppy Chow Mix!

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Either way, I know you’ve had it, but maybe never made it. Let today be the day you decide to try this- it is so easy! Did I say that already? It is! Now…I have friends with kids that need gluten-fee or peanut-free- this is so adaptable to that!

For allergy substitutions, you can:

  • Substitute soy-nut, sunflower, or cookie butter for the peanut butter
  • Use peanut or dairy-free chocolate chips
  • Use the gluten-free cereal (most rice & corn are already, but certified gluten-free is available!)

See? You can have your Puppy Chow and eat it too! Joy!

Chocolate Lover's Puppy Chow Snack Mix

Chocolate Lover’s Puppy Chow Snack Mix

Adapted from the Chex website recipe

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar (I use Imperial Powdered Sugar)
1/2 cup of baking cocoa
9 cups of any combination of rice, corn or wheat squares cereals (like Chex)
1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup (4 TBSP.) of butter
1/2 cup of peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1 TBSP. pure vanilla extract
Optional toppers: candy coated chocolate candy (like M&M’s), chocolate sprinkles

One 2 gallon zip-top storage bag
parchment or wax paper

What you do:

  • Prepare a rimmed sheet pan, by lining with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
    Prepare a zip-top storage bag. Unzip and add in the 1 1/2 cups of Imperial Powdered Sugar and your 1/2 cup of cocoa. Mix together and set aside.
  • In a small pan, on low heat, slowly melt the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter until smooth when stirred. Turn off the heat. Add the vanilla. Stir.
  • Using a rubber spatula, spoon the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until coated.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared storage bag and close.
  • Shake until totally coated.
  • Spread out on the prepared pan. Shake on the optional items: sprinkles and candy.
  • Let cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

It’s kind of messy, but it comes together super easily!

Chocolate Lover's Puppy Chow Snack Mix

You won’t believe how easy this is. I know- it’s just cereal and peanut butter and sugar…but chocolate. Yes. It works-

Chocolate Lover’s Puppy Chow Snack Mix #Choctoberfest

Chocolate Lover’s Puppy Chow Snack Mix #Choctoberfest

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar (I use Imperial Powdered Sugar)
  • 1/2 cup of baking cocoa
  • 9 cups of any combination of rice, corn or wheat squares cereals (like Chex)
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup (4 TBSP.) of butter
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter (or other nut butter)
  • 1 TBSP. pure vanilla extract
  • Optional toppers: candy coated chocolate candy (like M&M's), chocolate sprinkles
  • One 2 gallon zip-top storage bag
  • parchment or wax paper

Instructions

  1. Prepare a rimmed sheet pan, by lining with wax or parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Prepare a zip-top storage bag. Unzip and add in the 1 1/2 cups of Imperial Powdered Sugar and your 1/2 cup of cocoa. Mix together and set aside.
  3. In a small pan, on low heat, slowly melt the chocolate chips, butter, and peanut butter until smooth when stirred. Turn off the heat. Add the vanilla. Stir.
  4. Using a rubber spatula, spoon the chocolate mixture over the cereal and stir until coated.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the prepared storage bag and close.
  6. Shake until totally coated.
  7. Spread out on the prepared pan. Shake on the optional items: sprinkles and candy.
  8. Let cool. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Chocolate Lover's Puppy Chow Snack Mix

I hope you enjoy!
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Homemade Pretzels with Kids #SundaySupper

This is so fun! Not only do I get to celebrate Octoberfest with delicious beer, I also get to make these fun little homemade pretzels with my kiddos. Winning moments. Sigh. Sip.

Homemade pretzels with kids are so delicious and easy to make too!

Oktoberfest is the longest running beer festival and traveling fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Cities all over the world celebrate Oktoberfest with German-inspired food, fun, and, of course, beer. It is a 16-18 day folk festival running from mid-September to the first weekend in October. Having been held every year, for 206 years, since its start in 1810, Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture (from the SundaySupper blog).

What better snack to go with beer, than pretzels? And how much is making pretzels, like playing with Playdoh? So perfect! And it is really, really, easy. Just add water to the yeast, salt and sugar. Add the flour and mix. Then knead.Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Done. There is no rising. No waiting. No worrying. And to top it all off, then you get to have fun:

Homemade pretzels with kids is so fun and delicious too!

Fun, and get your hands a bit dirty in the meantime:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Brush with egg-wash, sprinkle with coarse salt, and bake. Done in 15 minutes.

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

If you can’t tell, these are Octopuses(?) or Octopie (?)…or just 8 legged pretzel things. And a snake, and a snake baby. And our initials too of course:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Which became mustaches:

Making pretzels with kids is so fun! And delicious!

Because mustaches are funny. And delicious. Actually, they were! Surprisingly so, since this is so easy. Salt is key. I will say that.

Here’s the easiest, most delicious fun we’ve had in 30 minutes or less:

Homemade Baked Pretzels

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 5 large pretzels

This recipe was given to me from my friend Joan, who always made it for her kids. She found it in My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980. Thank you Joan!

Ingredients

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten (reserve)
  • Coarse salt for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415*
  2. In a very large bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the water and stir gently.
  3. Stir in the flour.
  4. Knead on a floured table or board, until the dough is a smooth ball (3-5 minutes).
  5. Shape dough into desired shapes: mustaches, animals (snakes, octopus, fish, bear), or letters.
  6. Brush with the reserved beaten egg.
  7. Sprinkle generously with coarse salt (I use coarse sea salt).
  8. Bake for 15 minutes until light-brown.
  9. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

Notes

Original recipe from My Big Backyard Magazine, circa 1980.

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Enjoy! If you want more snacks to help you celebrate Octoberfest in the most authentic ways, follow along with the rest of the Sunday Supper bloggers, who are making some great food (that may or may not go awesome with beer- just saying, it IS Octoberfest).

Appetizers (Vorspeisen)

Breakfast (Frühstück)

Condiments (Würze)

Dessert (Nachtisch)

Main Dish (Hauptgericht)

Side Dish (Beigabe)

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