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Friday, December 19, 2014

Gluten Free Triple Layer Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cake & Giveaway

To be kind to our gluten free guests at our Christmas eve party, I made this luxurious 
Triple Layer Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cake on a Krusteaz Gluten Free Double Chocolate Brownie crust as part of a bake off challenge sponsored by Krusteaz. 

Gluten Free Triple Layer Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cake | http://www.hungryhappenings.com

I figured just because someone has to live on a gluten free diet doesn't mean they can't indulge in an over the top dessert at the holidays. If you came to one of my parties and saw all the amazing desserts I serve and weren't able to enjoy any of them, that would be pretty depressing. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chocolate Penguin Truffles with White Chocolate Amaretto Raisin Ganache

Today I'm going to share two different ways to decorate these Chocolate Penguin Truffles with White Chocolate Amaretto Raisin Ganache. One is easy, the other a bit more challenging. Both were made as part of a sponsored post for California Raisins. 

Chocolate Penguin Truffles with White Chocolate Amaretto Raisin Ganache decorated two ways. This version is decorated using modeling chocolate. http://www.hungryhappenings.com

For those of you who follow Hungry Happenings on a regular basis, you are probably seeing a pattern. I tend to grab hold of an idea and run with it in a lot of different directions. This is my third egg shaped chocolate truffle turned into an animal. I couldn't resist. 

Each time I've made one, I've tried something new. Today's truffles started out with a tiny little dried fruit, the raisin. I paired California Golden Raisins with Amaretto, white chocolate and cinnamon to make a truly spectacular ganache filling for in my truffles. If you are a raisin fan, you will absolutely love the filling in these chocolates. 
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowflake Filled Snowman Cookies

I sent some snow in the form of these sweet Snowflake Filled Snowman Cookies
to Los Angeles last week. Do you suppose anyone there felt a chill in the air
when these little guys arrived?

Snowflake Filled Snowman Cookies are decorated with White Candy Melts and Snowflake Sprinkles from http://www.hungryhappenings.com

As part of the Sweet Treat Team, brand ambassadors for Wilton, I was given the opportunity to be a Secret Santa to another blogger and was asked to create some cookies that I thought would be appropriate for her. Today, I can reveal that I was Secret Santa to Ericka from Nibbles and Feasts.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Give Extra, Get Extra Chocolate Making Party for Extra Sweet Friends

Joy filled my house this week as a group of my closest and most amazing friends gathered for a party where I thanked them for all the sweet things they do for me. We spent the afternoon crafting Chocolate Boxes filled with Extra Sweet Treats including Extra Gum as part of a Give Extra, Get Extra event sponsored by #CollectiveBias and Extra Gum.  #ExtraGumMoments

Chocolate Boxes filled with Extra Sweet Treats | http://www.hungryhappenings.com

Each year I host a huge Halloween party and couldn't do it without the help of some fantastic friends. They cook, bake, decorate, paint, build props, run games, greet guests, and more. They even stick around to help clean up, and believe me when I say 80-100 guests can make an incredible mess. 

I could not pull off such an amazing party without their help. 
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cocoa Almond Nougatine Cups filled with White Chocolate Cherry Mousse

If you enjoy crunchy and creamy textures in your dessert you'll love these Cocoa Almond Nougatine Cups filled with White Chocolate Cherry Mousse that I made using Planter's Seasonal Nuts as part of a #GoNutsForNuts campaign for #CollectiveBias.

Cocoa Almond Nougatine Cups filled with White Chocolate Cherry Mousse | hungryhappenings.com

Each little dessert is completely edible. The bowl is made of a crispy crunchy almond nougatine, which is somewhat like a nut brittle, only really thin and not quite as hard. The nougatine is filled with Planter's Cocoa Almonds, so not only is it nutty, but it's chocolaty too. It's wonderful all on it's own, but when it's topped with a luxuriously creamy white chocolate cherry mousse, it's a-mazing!
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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Coconut Icicle Cake

Please don't adjust your set, it's Saturday and I'm here, Kim, The Partiologist!  Because of a schedule conflict, I'm here today to share a super cool cake with you.  It's cool because it's dripping with icicles and not really too hard to make.  I knew you would like the not hard part.  Now you can enjoy a winter wonderland indoors with this Coconut Icicle Cake!

Coconut Icicle Cake - See how to transform homemade coconut cake with coconut buttercream into this winter wonderland by The Partiologist for HungryHappenings.com

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Fried Pepperoni Ravioli and Pepperoni Polka Dot Bread Recipes

While my brother and nephew were in town recently, I hosted a movie night for my family and served Fried Pepperoni Ravioli and Pepperoni Polka Dot Bread made using Hormel Pepperoni as part of a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias. #PepItUp 


If you open my pantry on any given day you will find packages of Hormel Pepperoni piled in the corner. My husband snacks on pepperoni like most people snack on chips. So when I was offered an opportunity to host a party and serve some fun pepperoni filled dishes, he was excited.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Triple Chocolate Truffle Christmas Mice made with Silk Cashew Milk

I had a chance recently to try the new Silk Cashew Milk which I used to make the ganache that is inside these adorable Triple Chocolate Christmas Truffle Mice
as part of a sponsored post for Tap Influence. #SilkCashew


Until this week, I had never tried making chocolate ganache for truffles using a nut milk and have to say I was absolutely amazed by the results. The chocolate ganache was just as creamy and full of chocolate flavor as the ganache I usually make using heavy whipping cream. I was truly stunned when I tasted it. I could not tell the difference.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mini Cheesecake Snowmen

I made a batch of these Mini Cheesecake Snowmen for my cheesecake loving family over Thanksgiving weekend and served them for dessert. I wanted to get a few projects created ahead of time because I knew I had a jam packed schedule this month and no one complained about having snowmen invade Thanksgiving.

Mini Cheesecake Snowmen taste way better than snow. | HungryHappenings

Then a few days later I saw another blogger post a similar idea.

I was tempted to just not post these, but felt compelled to do so considering something that happened to me earlier this week. 
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Monday, December 8, 2014

Chocolate Christmas Tart Infused with Salted Caramel Tea

One of my best friends is stopping by for lunch this week and I'm going to serve her a festive 
Chocolate Christmas Tart Infused with Salted Caramel Tea 
that I created using Bigelow Tea for a sponsored post by #CollectiveBias. #AmericasTea 


She is a huge tea fan. She collects tea cups and tea pots and drinks tea every day. So, when I was given an opportunity to do some baking using Bigelow holiday teas, I thought it was a great chance to make something she'd love and serve it at our lunch. She is also a huge fan of chocolate and caramel, so when I found Bigelow's Salted Caramel Tea, I knew it would be perfect in a chocolate tart. 
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