The Eat Food NOT Money Cookbook

Chocolate mint sauce

This is a super simple sauce that is excellent over ice cream

What you’ll need:

  • 10 York Peppermint Patties (the candy)
  • 3 – 5 Tbl cream (depending on how thick you want it)

Melt the candies in the top of a double boiler stirring occasionally. Blend in cream when candies are completely melted. Use immediately. Makes enough to cover 6 servings of ice cream (or 4 if you heap it on like I do!)

candy – $1.50
cream – $1.12
Total – $1.72

January 7, 2010 Posted by | -chocolate, -ice cream, -sauces/toppings/marinades/dressings, DELICIOUS DESSERTS | , , , | Leave a comment

Valentine’s Rice Krispie treats

I found this recipe on the Kellogg’s Rice Krispies website. I just had to share it with you. I love Rice Krispie treats and these are just darling for Valentine’s Day.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes • Total Time: 35 minutes • Servings: 12

What you’ll need:

* 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
* 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
* – OR –
* 4 cups miniature marshmallows
* 6 cups Rice Krispies®
* Canned frosting or decorating gel
* Assorted candies

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan lined with foil and coated with cooking spray. Cool.

4. Remove from pan. Remove foil. Decorate with frosting and/or candies. To serve cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 thru 4 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.


  • For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
  • 1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
  • Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
  • Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

butter – $1.75/pound
marshmallows- $1.09
breakfast cereal – $2.50/box
frosting – $1.29
candy coated chocolates – $1.50
Total – $4.51

February 3, 2009 Posted by | -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , | 1 Comment

Cute kid mix

All you have to do is mix this together and you have a kid’s favorite snack just like that!

What you’ll need:

1 c animal crackers
1 c teddy bear shaped chocolate or honey graham crackers
1 c mini pretzel twists
1 c yogurt covered raisins
1 c candy coated chocolates (M&M’s)
1 box ice cream cones, optional

Mix all ingredients except ice cream cones together. You can serve in the ice cream cones for a cute touch at a party. Store in an airtight container for up to a month. Makes 10 servings.

animal crackers – $1.09
graham crackers – $1.09
pretzels – $1.09
raisins – $1.12/box
candy coated chocolates – $1.50
ice cream cones – $1.89
Total – $7.66

December 29, 2008 Posted by | -chocolate, -kids favorites, -party ideas, -super snacks | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Candy cane cake

A beautiful cake.

What you’ll need:

1 box white cake mix and ingredients needed to prepare it
½ tsp red food coloring
½ tsp peppermint extract
1 c powdered sugar
1 Tbl milk or water
½ tsp vanilla
Crushed peppermint candies, if desired

Heat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and flour a fluted tube cake (bundt) pan. Mix cake batter according to package directions. Pour about 2 cups batter into pan. Pour about ¾ c batter into a small bowl. Mix in food coloring and peppermint extract and carefully pour pink batter over white batter in pan. Carefully pour remaining white batter over the top of that. Bake as directed on box or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In a small bowl, mix together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. If necessary, stir in additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time until smooth and spreadable. Spread over top of cake. Immediately sprinkle crushed candy over the icing.

boxed cake mix – $1.29
ingredients to make cake – $1.50
mint extract – $3.12
powdered sugar – $1.69
vanilla – $2.25
peppermint candies – $2.00/big bag
Total – $3.68

December 24, 2008 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -kids favorites, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easy King Cake

King Cake is a traditional cake that is baked every year for Mardi Gras.

What you’ll need:

1 Tbl lemon peel, grated
1 ½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 gumdrop
1 pkg yellow cake mix
1 ½ c powdered sugar
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 Tbl water
3 Tbl sugar, divided
Red, blue, yellow and green food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 13 inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix up the cake batter according to package directions. Stir in the lemon peel, nutmeg and gumdrop. Bake according to cake package directions. Cool completely. In a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, lemon juice and water until it forms a creamy glaze. Spread the glaze over the top of the cooled cake. Put each tablespoon of sugar into individual zip close baggies. Add 1 drop of red and 1 drop of blue to one bag to make purple sugar. Add 2 drops of yellow to another bag of sugar. Add 2 drops of green to another bag. Mix all well in the individual bags. Sprinkle over the top of the glaze to decorate as desired. Makes about 12 slices.

How to…

Add items to your King Cake…

You can add different items to your King Cake to make it more traditional (beans, peas, coins). If you are using any non-edible items press them into the cake after baking but before cooling and decorating.

lemons – $1.99/4
boxed cake mix – $1.29
powdered sugar – $1.69
sugar – $1.99/4 lb bag
Total – $1.75

December 22, 2008 Posted by | -cakes/cupcakes, -how to..., -party ideas, -vote for Foodista contest, DELICIOUS DESSERTS, HOLIDAYS/SPECIAL OCCASIONS, TIPS | , , , , , , | 2 Comments