Butterfly Fever: Chocolate Pretzel Butterflies

Guys, I’ve got butterfly fever!

Last week at Scarlet’s birthday party, she got a card and a butterfly balloon from her friend. The card said that her gift was on its way and that the balloon was just a hint. Days later, we got a bunch of monarch butterfly chrysalises, a butterfly habitat, and caterpillars/eggs. It’s been fascinating to watch! Cassidy went away for four days to see Phish in NYC and I was single-handedly taking care of two kids, one dog, one cat, 11 chickens (although they mostly take care of themselves at this point), and then the butterfly chrysalises and baby caterpillars. What a weekend! I swear I only developed one twitch. Two?

I hadn’t wanted to pay so much attention to the caterpillars/butterflies, and definitely not enough to make the cat jealous enough to try to eat them and frame the dog, (don’t worry – they’re all fine) but they’re just so.. delicate. They’re so alive.

This Monday morning was SUCH a Monday morning. Cassidy was home after four days away, but we all overslept. Then I was figuring out over-scheduling problems for the week, where Des’ new shoes were (under the slide, obvs), how to work full time and care for Des, and also how to keep these delicate, fine creatures alive and thriving. There was an empty car seat box on the lawn, filled with the last of our five-point latch car seats.. SOB), and we are out of so many groceries, it’s embarrassing. It must have looked like a hot mess, after returning from four days away, but mainly – we held it together.

We held THEM together.

And now I’m trying to breathe. The first butterfly hatched without us, and the second one hatched overnight. When Des and I came home after dropping Scarlet off (AND figuring out the over-scheduling problems), we watched the third butterfly hatch together. Ah, peace. Then we missed the fourth while running around, but the fifth hatching looks imminent. The sixth one looks like it might not be meant to be, but I’m keeping hope alive. I REALLY want Scarlet to see one already!

I dropped Des off at a play date, in a town I’m obsessed with for its restaurants, and then I sat down to a breve latte and a slice of quiche. With home renovations, travel, the BIG KINDERGARTEN, and a potential job change looming closer, I’m losing it a little. So I’m focusing on the butterflies. Their every movement. Their every color. Their gentle tickle. Just them.

Just me.

These treats are not only adorable, but tasty too! Just a few ingredients and easy to make. Great for end of summer parties, and back to school too! #recipe

Chocolate Pretzel Butterflies

Ingredients

1 pkg. Pretzel Sticks
1 pkg. Pretzel Twists
1 Wilton Candy Melts, White
1 pkg. Sixlets Candy
Rope Black Licorice

Directions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between times, until melted.
  2. Cut the licorice into about ¼ inch pieces.
  3. Dip pretzel sticks into the chocolate until all coated except about ½ inch that you’re holding, and lay on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  4. Let these set and harden just about halfway, and then press on 5 colored Sixlets for the body and 1 White Sixlet for the head. Place 2 licorice pieces at the top of the pretzel behind the white head to look like antennas.
  5. Now dip the twist pretzels into the chocolate and fully coat them. Place 2 of these on each pretzel stick, one on each side, making sure they are firmly against it.
  6. Let these set so the chocolate hardens, then gently pull off the parchment to serve.


Enjoy!

These treats are not only adorable, but tasty too! Just a few ingredients and easy to make. Great for end of summer parties, and back to school too! #recipe

FatterBoy Time: Sprinkled FatBoy Ice Cream Sandwiches

This post is sponsored by FatBoy, however, all content and opinions are 100% my own.

Turn your favorite FatBoy Ice Cream Sandwiches into FatterBoys - by adding yummy rainbow sprinkles! #recipe #ad #youdeserveit #oldschoolcool #fatboyicecream

Boy, do I have a TREAT for you today! Consider this your Easy & Special Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe Alert.

FatBoy has been a favorite brand in this household for as long as I can remember. There are ice cream sandwiches, and then there are FatBoy ice cream sandwiches. They are the original “old school cool.” Also, they have HISTORY! FatBoy has been around for a long time – since 1925 – and they have been putting other ice cream sandwiches to shame for decades. It’s because they’re “ginormous” and even Des uses that name to describe them. You see why they’re called “FatBoy, right?”

Now, have you ever heard of a “FatterBoy?” Bear with me, because if this is your first time hearing about FatBoys, you’re in for a treat, two times over! FatterBoys are somewhat amazing. You see, FatBoy ice cream sandwiches are amazing in their own right, right? Right. Well FatterBoys are what you make when you take your FatBoy ice cream sandwiches to the next level. Make no mistake – FatBoys stand tall and proud (and thick) all on their own, but sometimes it’s fun to experiment.

This is my way to make easy and special ice cream sandwiches. As you probably know, we have birthday central all summer long around here. The best thing I do, according to my kids, is to go to Sam’s Club for a few boxes of FatBoy ice cream sandwiches and then take them to the next level. The best news is that kids can help. All you do is buy your favorite sprinkles (rainbow for us), put a pile of your sprinkles on a flat surface, and then dip all four sides of your ice cream sandwiches into the sprinkles. This favorite party recipe only takes two ingredients, and it’s the epitome of summer fun!

Whether you’re planning a party, a play date, a movie night, or anything else under the sun, try my easy recipe!

I’m drooling while looking at these photos.

So let’s talk more about FatBoy! They’re All-American (since 1925), nostalgic and incredibly versatile, as you can see above. In their case, Fat is a compliment to them because their real, delicious ice cream is too big to big contained in a skinny ice cream sandwich or a flimsy scoop! It’s been their name for over 90 years, and they aren’t changing it! Also, the bigger the ice cream, the more smiles, right? So this is all about more “bang for your buck.” There’s a lot of ice cream in that box!

Not only that, there’s a Fat lineup of flavors, including S’mores, cookies and cream, mint chocolate chip, and even a stereotype-busting original vanilla flavor too. I’ve had it a lot – there’s nothing “boring” about this vanilla ice cream!

So what do you think? Are you ready to explore FatBoy? What would you do to make a FatterBoy? Are sprinkles king for you, or would you try something else? There are a lot of options! You could dip the sides in chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips. Or all of the above! You could dip your entire FatBoy into chocolate, and make it into an ice cream cake. The options are endless and amazing, but I’m partial to my own way of using sprinkles to dress them up into party treats!

FatBoy ice cream sandwiches are available at Sam’s Club, Associated Food Stores, and more. To find a store that carries FatBoy Ice Cream Sandwiches near you visit the store locator here to check. And be sure you check for promotions here!

Enjoy!