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Strawberry M&M® Cheesecake Truffles

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Everything you love about cheesecake all rolled up into a ball and dipped in chocolate and made special with M&M’s® Strawberry. What more could you ask for this Valentine’s Day?

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After the flurry of the fall and winter holidays you might think that it’s all over until next time. But before we brought in the new year, Valentine’s Day was already on the horizon. Not to mention other holidays and events such as football playoffs, Mardi Gras, and a little more down the roas is St. Patrick’s Day. If we are gonna be cooped up inside, we may as well have fun with it, right?

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Even as a kid I loved celebrating every holiday. From decorating holiday themed sugar cookies, handing out little gifts to my friends, and sometimes actually having themed parties (IDK how I convinced my parents to support my holiday-obsession). But who am I kidding, even as an adult I love holidays. In fact I may still hand out those boxed Valentine’s Day cards to my friends and coworkers along with a little treat. As I’ve said before, holidays are my thing.

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Another reason to love the holidays is all the themed food items that are available. This year I hunted down the M&M’s® Strawberry at Walmart and ended up snagging some cute American Greetings® Valentine’s Day cards and a DOVE® Valentine’s Day tin. Collectively, I sensed the making of an awesome Valentine’s Day present.

M&Ms® Strawberry

Of course being a food blogger I couldn’t just bring the bags of M&M’s® Strawberry home and eat them straight out of the bag. Okay maybe I ate a few while I was creating these truffles but ultimately they were chopped up and turned into these wonderful strawberry cheesecake truffles! Originally I had intended to coat them in white chocolate, thinking that the M&M’s® Strawberry were white chocolate based. After sampling a handful few, they are milk chocolate inside with a strawberry flavored candy coating. Instead of chocolate covered strawberries, think strawberry covered chocolate.

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But the best part (as with most things) is what lies within. Cream cheese is blended with chopped strawberries, chopped M&M’s® Strawberry, graham crackers, and a little powdered sugar resulting in a filling that tastes just like fresh cheesecake but without all the hassle of a spring form pan. After rolling into balls and chilling, they were dipped into melted milk chocolate and topped with graham cracker crumbs or a single M&M’s®. Who wants to be my Valentine??

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Want to make these truffles for your Valentine? Save $1.00 on ANY TWO (2) M&M’s® Brand Chocolate Candies, 8oz or larger. Click HERE to get the coupon. If you have any other fun Valentine’s Day ideas for the M&M’s® Strawberry please do tell! I have another bag waiting for a purpose in life.

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STRAWBERRY M&M® CHEESECAKE TRUFFLES

Makes 3 dozen

Ingredients:

FILLING

8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1 cup + 2 Tbsp graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp chopped M&M’s® Strawberry

3 Tbsp finely chopped strawberries

COATING

12 oz. milk chocolate, chips or chopped

Graham cracker crumbs or whole M&M’s® Strawberry, for decoration

Directions:

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment, or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, and vanilla until smooth. Fold in the chopped M&M’s® and strawberries until distributed.
  3. Scoop about 2 teaspoons of filling at a time and roll balls. Place on prepared baking sheet. Place in fridge or freezer to chill until firm.
  4. To melt the chocolate, place a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Coat truffles one at a time using two forks, and tap off excess before returning to baking sheet. Top with more graham cracker crumbs or M&M’s®, if desired. Return to the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

Source: Adapted from Annie’s Eats.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Saturdays is in honor of my alma mater Ohio State and the best treat ever, buckeye candies, because nothing beats peanut butter and chocolate. But the most common treat involving this combination comes in the form of Reese’s peanut butter cups. Several years ago they came out with an inside-out variety that I quickly became fond of. Unfortunately for me they stopped making them as quickly as they appeared. Thankfully the internet is full of recipes and I stumbled upon a slightly healthier version make with coconut oil and dates. Now I will feel less guilty about how many I eat while stress-eating during today’s football game.

Why all the stress? Today’s football game between Ohio State and Michigan State may end up being the biggest game of the season. The winner will take the lead in the East Division and will likely go on to the Big Ten Conference championship. In other words I will be glued to the TV cheering on the Buckeyes!

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Last but not least, the icing on the cake for today is my arrival in Seattle! I am visiting my friend Chip who recently moved there and then the next couple days I am going hog wild with Peabody (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody) and Kita (Pass the Sushi/Girl Carnivore)! It shall be full of deliciousness and merriment. And for a fun story for how this trip came to be, check out Peabody’s post.

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Homemade Peanut Butter Goo Goo Clusters

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Buckeye Granola BItes

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While I will wear some orange to join in the spirit of the day, I may layer some Ohio state gear in there as well since both games are at the same time. With highs barely reaching 60 today (wasn’t it 80 on yesterday?) no one can blame me for layering. Besides, I plan on bringing these granola bites along just in case they need persuasion. They resemble buckeye candies but are healthier (even more than my healthier buckeyes), made with oats, peanuts, dates (or raisins), and honey.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Yogurt Covered Pretzels

It’s another #PBChocSat and #10DaysofTailgate mash up! And yet again another pretzel combination. I did not do that on purpose but evidently I have been craving the sweet and salty combo of peanut butter, pretzels, and chocolate. Thankfully that goes well with tailgating.

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