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Easter Snack: Toasted Coconut Hopcorn! {Recipe}

What could be more fun than a sweet, salty, crunchy, coconutty popcorn treat? For this year’s Easter snack at daycare, we’re making HOPcorn!

And, as always, it’s 100% free of artificial food dyes. Happy snacking!

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Toasted Coconut Hopcorn

  • 7 cups air-popped popcorn (or 2 bags if using microwave popcorn)
  • 1 generous pinch sea salt
  • 12 oz. white chocolate, chopped for melting (We love Callebaut!)
  • juice of one carrot
  • 2 cups coconut, lightly toasted
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) SunMaid Strawberry Greek Yogurt Raisins
  • 1 bag (5 oz.) Simply Balanced Blueberry Greek Yogurt Raisins (Find them at Target!)

After popcorn is popped, spread it out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the coconut. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (if using microwave, melt in 30 second intervals to prevent scorching.) Once melted, drizzle half of popcorn mixture with white chocolate using a spoon or piping bag.

Add just a touch of sea salt to the whole sheet. Sprinkle with more coconut and both types of raisin while chocolate is still wet. (You may not use all the raisins. 2 whole bags is a lot.)

Add carrot juice little by little to remaining white chocolate until you reach your desired shade of orange. Again, drizzle chocolate over popcorn mixture using a spoon or piping bag. Top with any remaining coconut.

Once dry, break up into pieces. Enjoy!

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Lunchbox Tips {featuring Philadelphia Soft Cream Cheese Spread} #Cbias #SpreadTheFlavor

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop about Philadelphia soft cream cheese spread has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.

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Easy lunchbox ideas that include lots of fresh fruits and veggies are a mom’s best friend, especially if they don’t require any heating up at lunchtime. The obvious go-to solution is a wrap or roll-up. They’re easy for little hands to pick up and eat, and they’re just plain fun when cut into swirly spirals.

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Dye-free Spring Petits Fours (with icing recipe) @Microgreens

This post about dye-free sprinkles was brought to you by Fresh Origins, who supplied a product sample to facilitate my review. I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own and honest. 

Easter is almost here, which means that jellybeans, marshmallows and a rainbow of other candies are also making their way to children’s baskets everywhere. What’s a dye-free family to do? I wasn’t sure quite how we were going to approach Easter this year, and then I found Fresh Origins and their beautiful dye-free flower, fruit and herb crystals. As soon as I saw the beautiful spring colors, I knew. This year, we’ll be filling the baskets with garden toys and some very special handmade treats: petits fours!

Dye-free Spring Petits Fours

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Nocciolata Organic Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Hey, you with the toast. What are you gonna put on there? What if I said you could have creamy chocolate and dreamy hazelnuts…and it’s all organic? Continue reading

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10 Creative Ways to Use Peeps #Peepsonality

This post about Easter crafts featuring Peeps was brought to you by…Peeps! I received samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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You might be surprised to see Peeps popping up here on my page. Yes, we’re a dye-free household, but there’s no denying that some foods – especially seasonal ones – can have tons of nostalgic value. Nothing reminds me of my Dad and my childhood Easter celebrations more than a pack of brightly colored marshmallow Peeps, and honestly it just wouldn’t be Easter without them! So, what do we do? We get crafty!

Peeps Crafts Easter #Peepsonality

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