My blogger friend, Betsy, from Java Cupcake is a military wife (and amazing food blogger) and for her husband’s recent deployment, she had the great idea to round up a bunch of bakers to send boxes to his platoon and bring a little sugar and a little bit of home to places that feel very much not like home. You can find the other posts here. This month, I had the pleasure of packaging up some treats to send down range and decided that a Super Bowl theme would bring the most of America to not-America. I’m a huge fan of supporting the troops and am so grateful for what they do. Thank you!
I sent two boxes: one for Broncos fans and one for Seahawks fans. Spoiler alert: they’re the same, just with different packaging… With help from Husband, I picked the best football-watching and American treats to send: peanut butter dark chocolate popcorn, peanut butter nutella rice krispie treats, peanut butter m&m cookies, and our newest obsession, cake batter fudge! I also threw in some Starbucks Via packets because coffee is always a hot commodity.
I wanted to cut all of the rice krispie treats into footballs (because, come on, how cute are these?!) but they just wouldn’t fit properly in the box (sorry, guys!) so had to do squares instead. For the cake batter fudge, I used sprinkles from the corresponding teams’ colors. These treats made for a super fun box and would also make for a super fun Super Bowl party…
And I caught a cookie thief in action! It’d bet the farm that he’s also the same one who left fingerprints on my football-shaped treats (which were the only ones I saved for the photos). Either him or another snack thief whose name I shall not mention but that starts with “H” and rhymes with “busband”…
And here are the recipes:
peanut butter nutella rice krispie treats
recipe from my mama (who I’d bet my socks got it from the Rice Krispie box)
3 Tbsp butter
1 (10oz) pkg mini marshmallows
1 C peanut butter
5 1/2 C Rice Krispies
3/4 C Nutella
3/4 C dark chocolate chips
1. In saucepan, melt butter and marshmallows over med-low heat together until smooth. Stir in peanut butter.
2. Put Rice Krispies in a large bowl and stir in mixture until well-combined.
3. Press evenly into a greased 9×13 pan.
4. In small saucepan over med-low heat, stir together chocolate chips and Nutella until creamy. Spread over the Rice Krispies.
5. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, slice into bars, and serve. Or cut into footballs and decorate with royal icing.
peanut butter dark chocolate kettle corn
2 bags kettle corn, popped
1/2 C chocolate chips, melted
1/3 C peanut butter chips, melted
1. Spread kettle corn onto a sheet of waxed paper so that none of the pieces are on top of one another.
2. Drizzle melted chocolate and peanut butter over popcorn.
3. Voila! So easy!
peanut butter m&m cookies
as in, regular cookies with peanut butter m&ms, not peanut butter cookies with regular m&ms
recipe can be found here, I just subbed the more delicious m&ms for the regular ones.
and our newest favorite treat:
I wanted to try to make these my own, but this recipe is just WAY. TOO. GOOD. Like, seriously. I did make a few accidental tweaks – like assuming that 2 C of cake mix is a whole box (it’s not-oops) and dumped the whole thing in. I compensated by adding and additional 3 Tbsp butter and 2 Tbsp milk and it totally worked but I’m not sure it would work again. You have been warned. But give it a shot and let me know if it works for you. They’re perfect for parties since you can festivize (Yes, that’s a word. I think.) them with any kind of sprinkles. You should make these immediately. And then make another batch because you’re going to need them.
cake batter fudge
recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction
2 C + 2 Tbsp white cake mix
2 C powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 C butter, cut into 4 pieces
1/4 C milk
2/3 C white chocolate chips
1/2 C sprinkles of your choice
1. Mix together cake mix, powdered sugar, and white chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl.
2. Add milk and butter (do not stir them in) and microwave for 2 minutes. Once done, immediately begin mixing everything together until the everything is all melted and smooth. The batter will be really thick.
3. Fold in sprinkles.
3. Press into greased 8×8 pan and refrigerate for at least an hour. Slice into squares and serve. Or don’t bother serving and just eat the whole pan. It’s seriously so hard not to. Like, seriously.
If you’re interested in sending treats to troops (or shipping anything, for that matter), here are my tips:
Put everything into boxes. Like boxes inside boxes. You can find all sorts of bakery boxes at a craft store and they’re brilliant for keeping everything where it needs to be and helps cookies stay in one piece. Although, let’s be honest, cookie crumbs are better than no cookies at all.
Use USPS flat-rate shipping boxes. They are absolutely one of my top 10 favorite inventions of all time.
Be aware of what you’re packing. Things in a box all start to taste a bit like each other – especially things with strong flavors like peanut butter or mint. Hence, all of my recipes for this box contained peanut butter since whatever didn’t would taste like peanut butter anyway. Also, summer is really hot so anything melt-y will be even melt-y-er.
Complete your customs form online before you go to the Post Office. Here are some really easy instructions.
If you’re itching to send treats to a soldier (or airman or marine or sailor), please let myself or Betsy know and we’ll hook you up!