5 Go-To, Easy Snacks For Your Winter Break

5 Go-To, Easy Snacks For Your Winter Break

For the food junkie in you.

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These are 100% my favorite snacks to make at home that truly make me feel happy and at home. Today I wanted to share them with you!

1. Homemade Chex Mix

Heat 1/4 butter, 1/4 cup peanut butter, 2 and 1/4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder until melted and combined.

Pour over 4 cups of Corn Chex, 4 cups Rice Chex, and 1 cup salted peanuts until everything is combined.

Bake at 250, stirring the mix every 15 minutes.

Let it cool completely!

Mix in chocolate chips, m&ms, pretzels; the possibilities are endless.

2. Chocolate Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies

Heat a half cup of butter, half cup of milk, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup peanut butter, and 1/4 cup cocoa powder until melted and combined. Add in a teaspoon of vanilla.

Pour over 3 cups of old-fashioned oats.

Scoop 1 tablespoon (ish) into cookies onto wax paper to cool.

I put these right in the fridge and I think they're best nice and cold.

3. Puppy Chow

Heat 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/4 cup butter, 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla until everything is melted together.

Pour over 9 cups of Chex cereal. I prefer the rice Chex but corn Chex is another option.

Stir everything through until all the cereal of coated.

In a large zip lock bag or a paper grocery bag, add in 1 and a half cups of powdered sugar and your cereal mix. Shake the bag to coat everything and set it aside to cool and dry.

I put it in the fridge right away; I like it super cold!

4. Buffalo Chicken Dip 

Either boil a chicken breast or use some shredded rotisserie chicken, around a cup depending on how much chicken you prefer.

Combine 1/2 cup Franks Red Hot sauce (add as little or as much depending on how spicy you like it), 1 block of cream cheese, 1 cup of ranch or blue cheese dressing, and 1 cup of shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese.

Mix in the shredded chicken and then place in a crockpot or bake at 350 until hot.

I prefer it with tortilla chips but you could do bread crisps, veggies, crackers, whatever you're feeling!

5. M&M Pretzel Bites

Layout a package of square pretzels.

Top each one with a Hershey kiss of your choice - my favorite is the hugs!

Bake at 200 for 3-5 minutes, just until the chocolate is glistening but not yet melting!

Top them with an m&m and let cool.

A lot these recipes take very little time to prepare and are a great option to bring to any holiday party or potluck you have coming up this holiday season.

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Explaining Wawa To Someone Who's Never Heard Of It

An inevitable and surprisingly frequent topic of conversation.

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Those familiar with Wawa will inevitably come to a time when they mention the store and are greeted with blank stares of confusion. Most have at least heard of the store, often in comparison with Sheetz, but trying to actually describe it is a frustrating process which might go something like this:

"What the heck is a Wawa? That doesn't even sound like a real word?"

They have the little picture of a goose in their logo just to help explain this portion, nonverbally.

"Why are you excited about gas station food?"

It's a convenience store with a gas station. Just because it has gas and has largely become known for its sale of gas does not make the gas the main component of the store. Plenty of locations still exist which are solely the market component of Wawa. Also, there are fruit and vegetables in Wawa in comparison to the mostly pre-packaged goods at some gas stations.

"But, still — it can't be that good?"

I can get a kale salad, a hoagie, and a donut all in one place. They don't even have to go together, it's just convenient, wide-ranging in food type, and they're all individually delicious.

"What do you mean they advertise with airplanes?"

It's almost guaranteed sitting on the Jersey Shore beach that you will see planes flying overhead with banners advertising for hoagiefest.

"What the heck is hoagiefest?"

It's a yearly sale featuring annoyingly catchy marketing jingles and overplayed advertisements, but it's also a time for discounted hoagies — so it's worth it. Also, if you call hoagies, subs or sandwiches, or anything else of the sort, you probably had the "What is a Wawa?" conversation with someone.

"Are you from Philadelphia, then?"

Wawa territory is actually decently large, with answers to this question ranging from "Yes," "Not really, but kind of" to "No, Florida."

"Why do you miss it?" (Or "Stop complaining.")

This question (or outright statement) probably followed you complaining about how long it's been since you went there, even if you were just there this morning. In the event that it has been a decent length of time since you made it there, you might just be entering Wawa deprivation.

How is it different from Sheetz?

To quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning "Let me count the ways."

To quote my friends, "It just is!"

"Do you want to go there now?"

Yes! (Time is irrelevant to this answer.)

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