Irish Creme Parfaits

Good morning!  Are you a morning coffee drinker?  How do you take it … black, cream and sugar?  My hubby likes really strong coffee … Starbucks order is … brew of the day, no room for cream.  He says that I like a little coffee added to my milk (please don’t forget the sweetener!).  Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a skinny vanilla latte … is there?

Today, I made a dessert for you … Irish Creme Parfaits for St. Patrick’s Day, in Irish coffee cups that normally don’t get used in my house.  These cups sit in the cupboard, collecting dust (I washed them for this), just waiting to finally get used!

Irish Creme Parfaits

The cups came from a Princess House party back in the 80′s … it seemed like somebody I knew was always having a Tupperware or Princess House party and I’d always buy something.  We are not really a crystal and china kind of family … love the way it looks, but never use it.  I try to practice … why have it, if you don’t use it, but am guilty of keeping stuff that doesn’t get used!  Since the crystal sat in the cabinet collecting dust, several years ago, I gave away almost all of it to people who do use it … except these Irish Coffee Cups, because I knew that I would use them … just didn’t realize that it would be for dessert and not coffee!

Irish Cream Ovation Parfait

This pretty layered dessert is very similar to Eclair Cake and can be made for adults with Baileys or kiddie friendly without alcohol.  If you don’t have Irish Coffee Cups sitting in your cabinet … use any clear glasses … Mason jars would be adorable!  I used three graham cracker squares and about one half cup pudding mixture for each serving, creating six servings.  You can adjust the recipe to make larger or smaller servings.

Irish Creme Parfaits

  • 18 chocolate graham cracker squares (9 sheets)
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounce) or (1 ounce if sugar-free)
  • 1-1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme (original or any flavor you choose)*
  • 8 ounces heavy cream (whipped with 1/4 cup powdered sugar), divided (or 8 ounce tub Cool Whip)
  • green food coloring
  • 12 Ovation Irish Creme chocolate sticks
  • 6 – 8 ounce glasses, cups or jars
  1. Whip heavy cream with sugar until stiff peaks form and put back in the refrigerator.
  2. Make pudding mixture … In a medium mixing bowl, whisk pudding mix, Baileys, a few drops of green coloring and milk for 2 minutes.  Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream or Cool Whip, save the remaining for garnish.  Optional step … Put pudding mixture into a gallon size ziptop bag, zip it up and cut a corner for easy piping.
  3. Break 1 graham cracker square into small pieces and place in the bottom of each glass/cup.
  4. Pipe or carefully spoon a small amount (about 1/4 cup) of pudding mixture on top of crumbled graham crackers.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4, then step 3 for final layer.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or two. (The longer it sits, the softer the graham crackers)
  7. Remove from fridge, garnish with whipped cream and two Ovation Irish Creme sticks!

*  To make an alcohol free version – Increase milk to 1-3/4 cups and omit Baileys.  Add some mint flavoring if desired!

Irish Creme Parfait Baileys

Looks pretty fancy … especially with the chocolate sticks!

I think that I may start using these pretty cups for my morning coffee.  Right now this is how I roll …

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I use the same polka dot mug (it has a chip on the bottom) every morning with my version of a latte … named it the poorman’s latte, microwave 1/2 mug of 1% milk, add coffee and 1 packet of Stevia … easy peasy!  I am drinking a cup as I am typing … my way to start the day!

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Chocolate and Vanilla Eclair Cake

Yesterday I shared my second Éclair Cake.   This is my first one …

Eclair cake

I added those fancy chocolate curls just to fancy up one of the easiest desserts ever!

Do you remember that old TV commercial for Rice Krispies, where the mom made easy peasy Rice Krispie Treats and she threw some flour on her face so that it looked like she had been working hard?   I felt like I should throw some flour on my face!  This was just too easy to make … it tastes good too ;)

I used instant pudding mix and canned frosting … you could always make homemade pudding and frosting!

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Chocolate and Vanilla Éclair Cake

    • 27 Chocolate Graham cracker squares
    • 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix (3.4 ounce) or (1 ounce if sugar-free)
    • 1-3/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
    • 1 cup Cool Whip
    • 1 cup canned chocolate frosting
    • Fancy chocolate curls (optional)
    1. Spray an 8″ x 8″ pan with non stick spray.  Place 9 graham cracker squares, with sides touching, in bottom of pan. (Crackers will not cover bottom completely)
    2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk.  Fold in Cool Whip.
    3. Gently spread one half of pudding mixture over layer of graham crackers.
    4. Place 9 graham cracker squares on pudding mixture.
    5. Spread remaining pudding mixture over graham crackers.
    6. Place remaining 9 graham cracker square on pudding mixture.
    7. Place frosting in a microwave safe container and microwave for 20 seconds, stir and microwave again for a few seconds if necessary.  Pour frosting over graham crackers and spread to cover.
    8. Chill for several hours.  Cut into 9 squares.  Garnish with chocolate curls if desired.

Opinion time – The chocolate graham crackers seemed to stay crisper longer.  This made Son #3 happy … he likes crisp.  My husband is from the south … his sisters make banana pudding with Nilla Wafers … éclair cake reminds me of this.  Do you like your Nilla Wafers crispy or soft?

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Candy Corn – ish Eclair Cake

Éclair Cake … where do I begin?  I have obviously have been in the dark … maybe living in a bubble or under a rock.  Éclair cake or icebox cake made with graham crackers has been around for some time … but it’s a recent discovery to me!

First there was this recipe from Jocelyn at Inside BruCruew Life that caught my eye … then I found this recipe at Southern Living Magazine.  I had to make an Éclair Cake!

This is the second Éclair Cake that I have made …

Candy corn inspired halloween eclair cake

I will share my first Éclair Cake with you tomorrow and share some info about the differences I found … just couldn’t wait to share the Candy Corn-esque one!  It’s colored like candy corn and cheesecake flavored.

Candy Corn – Halloween Éclair Cake

  • 27 Graham cracker squares
  • 1 box instant cheesecake pudding mix (3.4 ounce) or (1 ounce if sugar free)
  • 1-3/4 cups milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup Cool Whip
  • Americolor Egg Yellow gel paste coloring
  • Americolor Orange gel paste coloring
  • 1-1/4 cups cream cheese icing (I used homemade)
  • Candy corn for garnish (optional)
  1. Spray an 8″ x 8″ pan with non stick spray.  Place 9 graham cracker squares, with sides touching, in bottom of pan. (Crackers will not cover bottom completely)
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk pudding mix and milk.  Mix in  a few drops of yellow coloring until desired color is reached.  Fold in Cool Whip.
  3. Gently spread one half of pudding mixture over layer of graham crackers.
  4. Place 9 graham cracker squares on yellow pudding mixture.
  5. Mix in a few drops of orange coloring until desires color is reached.  Spread over graham crackers.
  6. Place remaining 9 graham cracker square on orange pudding mixture.
  7. Place frosting in a microwave safe container and microwave for 20 seconds, stir and microwave again if necessary.  Pour frosting over graham crackers and spread to cover.
  8. Chill for several hours.  Cut into 9 squares.  Garnish with candy corn if desired.

Candy corn no bake icebox cake

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Summer – Part 3 …Tiki Huts and my contribution to Shark Week

Do you remember Summer – Parts 1 and 2, we sailed to the sweet place of Sugar Island

Candy pretzel palm trees

It only makes sense that lodging on Sugar Island would be in Tiki Huts made from candy …

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Would you prefer to stay in one of those exotic fancy dancy huts that is perched above the water …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Tiki Huts

I have never stayed in a hut, have you?  Do they have modern plumbing … like bathrooms?

This what you will need to build your own candy hut …

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  • Reese’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips
  • Graham Crackers
  • White Candy Coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar
  • Blue Piping Gel
  • Candy flower sprinkles
  • Small paint brush (food safe)

To make the Tiki Huts …

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  1. Melt about half of the bag of PB chips in the microwave.  Mine was very thick and I added some paramount crystals (you could also use vegetable oil or shortening).  Place a dot of melted PB chips on one Mini PB cup (small side up).
  2. Place a Kiss on top of Mini  PB cup, let it sit a moment to harden up.
  3. Use the paint brush to cover the Kiss with the melted PB chips and chill or let harden.  I like the brush strokes, it creates texture!

To make the graham crackers island and water, follow the same steps as when we made sailboats and palm trees …

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar, add a Tiki Hut (or 2), add a few flowers, let harden!

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  • Smear melted white candy on graham cracker, chill for a few minutes, smear blue piping gel, add a Tiki Hut (or 2, or 3)!

Oh … my contribution to Shark Week …

 

As you can see from the photo above … these are shark free waters!   This is a shark free blog … as I mentioned in the past … Jaws scared me for life ;)

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Lemon Meringue Vanilla S’mores

Celebrate S’mores Day with these …

Lemon Meringue Vanilla S'mores

A bag of Lemon Meringue Marshmallows have been in my cupboard just waiting for a reason to be opened.  Today was the day … in honor of S’mores Day, August 10!

These s’mores are a definitely not your typical ones … they are not only lemon, but I used Vanilla CandiQuik too!  That’s right lemon marshmallows and white chocolate/candy coating on graham crackers … yum!

There is one more thing that I should mention … they are so easy peasy to make.  You could actually get everything assembled several days in advance!  No campfire is necessary … they are toasted in the oven … literally in a minute!

I do love traditional s’mores … but it nice to mix things up once in while.  The marshmallows have a nice tart lemon flavor that is balanced by the sweet smooth vanilla flavor from the CandiQuik … of course the graham crackers are crunchy, just like they should be!  Make them … I promise that you will be happy :)

White chocolate lemon s'mores

You will need just three ingredients …

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  1. Melt the candy coating according to package directions.
  2. Spread the candy on each graham cracker. (You will need 2 graham crackers to make 1 s’more)
  3. Place 4 lemon marshmallows in the melted candy on one half of the graham crackers. Chill for a few minutes or let stand until candy has hardened.  (at this point you could place everything in an air tight container and store it at room temperature for a few days)

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  1. Turn the oven broiler on and let it heat up.
  2. Place the graham crackers with marshmallows on a foil lined (for easy clean up) tray.  Keep the graham crackers with candy only aside.
  3. Place the tray under the broiler and watch it constantly … this toasty brown color happened in 1 minute!!!
  4. Remove the tray from the oven and place a candy coated graham cracker on top and press it down to attach and make the marshmallows squish a little ;)

Happy S'mores Day

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Summer – Part 2 … Tropical Island

Summer continued …

The S.S. Sweet Sailboat has reached its destination and I didn’t fall overboard once!

Candy pretzel palm trees

Yeah, I know it’s kind of silly … Sugar Island!  That’s what I do … make sweet and silly stuff :)

To make 12 islands, you will need …

  • 12 square graham crackers
  • 12 short (3″) pretzel rods (such as Snyder’s)
  • 4 ounces melted white candy coating (such as CandiQuik)
  • Cinnamon Sugar (1/2 cup sugar + 1 teaspoon cinnamon)
  • 12 small green Laffy Taffy candies (you may be able to use 6 – see #1 below)

Let’s get started …

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  1. Get pretzels ready … no broken ones ;)
  2. I cut each piece of taffy into 5 pieces and formed each piece into leaf/triangle shapes.  I believe it works better if you cut smaller pieces (about 10 pieces per candy) and flatten them out … which will result in thinner leaves.
  3. Arrange the leaves on one end of the pretzel … you will need to press the taffy to make it stick to the pretzel.

Now for the sandy island …

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  1. Make the sand – Mix 1/2 cup granulated sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  2. Spread some melted white candy over a graham cracker.
  3. Cover the melted candy with the sugar mixture and chill for a few minutes.
  4. Pour excess sugar mixture back into the bowl.
  5. While the graham cracker is still cold – attach palm tree by dipping base into melted candy, hold in place, sprinkle more sugar on melted candy … hold still until palm tree is attached.  Shake extra sugar back into bowl.

Summer – Part 1… Sailboats

Has summer just begun … or is it just about over?

I feel like summer just began, but wait … Target has eliminated the patio furniture and brought in school supplies and Michael’s has started stocking Halloween stuff … the weather is telling me it’s still summer ;)

I’ll try to  make this short and sweet … summer ideas have been filling my head … today I’m sharing the first.  I’ll keep sharing until my brain is empty or until everyone tells me to stop!

Candy Sailboat

Do you like to go on cruises?  I have never been on a cruise for several reasons … one is that I’m truly afraid of falling overboard … that’s probably why I had to have a life-preserver on my marshmallow sailboat … another one is that “Jaws” has scarred me for life!  I have been on boats, but never so far away from land that I can’t see it.  I do want to go on an Alaskan cruise … maybe I can handle it without an anxiety attack!

This is what you will need to make 12 sailboats on a graham cracker ocean …

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First make the sailboats …

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  1. Cover your working surface with wax paper or parchment.  Cut the straws in half.
  2. Use the edible marker to draw lines on the smooth side of LifeSavers (omit this step if you want plain life preservers).
  3. Use a serrated knife dipped in water to cut the JumboMallows into 4 half circles (boat hull).
  4. Cut each StackerMallows into 2 triangles, using the same method.
  5. Melt the CandiQuik.  Reserve 4 ounces (1/4) melted candy white (to be used later) … color the remaining candy as desired (I did 4 ounces each, blue, yellow and orange).  Dip tip of paper straw into colored candy and insert into top of boat hull, let dry.
  6. Dip boat hull into colored melted candy, cover marshmallow completely and tap off excess candy.  (Insert lollipop stick if you are making pops)  Place LifeSaver on boat and chill for a few minutes.
  7. Attach StackerMallow sails by using a little water on the edge of the marshmallow (cut edge facing out) and attaching to paper straw (about 1/2″ from top) … allow to dry.
  8. Use a little water to attach licorice flag to the top of the straw … allow to dry.

Sweet Boat Pop

Let’s make the water …

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  1. Color about 1/4 to 1/2 cup piping gel blue.
  2. Spread a light layer of white melted candy on a graham cracker square.
  3. Lay sailboat on melted white candy and allow to dry or chill for a few minutes.
  4. Use a small spreader or spatula to smear blue icing over the white candy.  Note:  the piping gel will stay gooey and really looks wet … like water should look!

Marshmallow Sailboat

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