A Treat for Your Sweetheart

This Valentine's Day, why
not treat your sweetie
to a double dose of
chocolate goodness?...

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Go Bananas at Snack Time!

February is National Banana Month,
so why not celebrate with a fun after-
school (or after-work!) snack! This
treat combines the best of all worlds...

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Get Healthy on Game Day

Best game day snacks - namely,
guacamole and chips! But if you'd
like to try something a little different,
and a little more healthy...

read more

A Treat for Your Sweetheart

This Valentine's Day, why not treat your sweetie to a double dose of chocolate goodness? This sweet, velvety treat combines the steaminess of hot chocolate with the cool silkiness of chocolate ice cream. And the best part is, it is appropriate for Valentines of all ages - making it the perfect, family-friendly indulgence. This recipe comes courtesy of the California Dairy Board.

Hot Cocoa Sundae

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup whipping cream, divided
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 8 scoops (1/3 cup each) mint chocolate chip or chocolate chip ice cream (about 1/2 pint, total)

Directions:

In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, mix cocoa powder and sugar.

Over medium-high heat, gradually whisk milk and 1/2 cup of the whipping cream until smooth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer gently 25 to 35 minutes until cocoa is reduced to slightly less than one cup; stir often and adjust heat as needed, being careful not to boil.

Meanwhile, whip remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream and the sour cream to form soft peaks; refrigerate.

Remove cocoa mixture from heat and immediately add the chopped chocolate; stir until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

Spoon 2 tablespoons hot cocoa mixture into each of the four 8-ounce, straight-sided glasses.

Top each with a scoop of ice cream and 2 tablespoons of whipped cream; repeat layer once, ending with whipped cream.

Serve immediately with spoons.

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Get Healthy on Game Day

It's no coincidence that the biggest football game of the year takes place during National Avocado Month! Avocados are at the heart of some of the best game day snacks - namely, guacamole and chips! But if you'd like to try something a little different, and a little more healthy, whip up these healthy little bites. With just a bit of cream, they taste decadent but are still waistline friendly - sure to be a touchdown with your friends! Recipe courtesy of the California Avocado Board.

Avocado Shrimp Club Bites

Ingredients:

  • 32 Fresh California Avocados
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 tsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 Serrano Peppers
  • 1/2 Baguette
  • 2 oz. Olive Oil
  • 1/3 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/3 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 6 Shrimp (Poached)
  • 1 Roma Tomato (Sliced)
  • 2 Strips of Bacon

Directions:

De-seed Serrano pepper and finely dice. Peel and de-seed avocados and place in a blender or food processor with Serrano pepper, heavy cream, and lemon juice and blend until smooth and well incorporated. Slice baguette in 1/4" slices and brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then grill until lightly toasted. Spread baguette slices with a light layer of avocado mousse, top with Roma tomato slice, poached shrimp, a dollop of avocado mousse, and bacon slice.

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Go Bananas at Snack Time!

February is National Banana Month, so why not celebrate with a fun after-school (or after-work!) snack! This treat combines the best of all worlds -- sweet, salty, crunchy, smooth... Whip it up this afternoon! Recipe courtesy of Chiquita Bananas.

Ba-Nano Bites

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup low-fat Yogurt, honey or plain
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat Peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup Pretzels, crushed (about 20 mini pretzels)
  • 1 Chiquita Banana
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter

Directions:

Combine yogurt and peanut butter in a medium sized bowl. Set crushed pretzels in a separate bowl. Peel banana and slice into 3/4-inch discs. Dip each banana disc in peanut butter/yogurt mixture then roll in crushed pretzels and set aside on a plate. Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Ensure pan is evenly coated. Use tongs to transfer banana discs to pan. Fry each side approximately 45 seconds until golden and crunchy.

Serve hot and enjoy!

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