Recipe: Copycat Three Musketeers Candy Bar

Mrs. Fields Secrets Copycat Candy Bar

What’s better than a candy bar? A homemade candy bar, of course! This copycat Three Musketeers recipe is everything you love about the original, but better—soft, pillowy nougat in the center and a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate coating. And the best part? It only takes a few ingredients!

Copycat Three Musketeers Candy Bars

14 ounces marshmallow creme
32 ounces milk chocolate candy wafers
powdered sugar

Directions
Prepare an 8×8 baking dish by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying it with nonstick spray. Follow package directions to melt half of the milk chocolate wafers in the microwave or on a double boiler. While the chocolate is melting, transfer the marshmallow creme to a mixing bowl. Heat it for 20 seconds in the microwave to soften it before pouring the melted chocolate into it and stirring until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish and spread evenly. Transfer the dish to the freezer for roughly 2 hours, or until the nougat has thoroughly hardened.

Prepare a shallow dish with powdered sugar and set aside. Take two large pieces of parchment paper and transfer the frozen nougat onto one, removing the foil. Place a cooling rack over the second piece of parchment. Using a sharp knife, quickly cut the nougat into your preferred size of candy bars, then roll each bar in the powdered sugar, so that it has a fine dusting to keep it from getting sticky. (Brush off excess powdered sugar.) Once all nougat bars are prepared and resting on the parchment, melt the last half of chocolate wafers until thin. Coat the bottom side of each nougat bar with melted chocolate, then arrange them on the cooling rack, with about a half inch space between them. Next, pour the chocolate over the tops of the bars, using your fingers or a small spatula to make sure all the sizes are coated in chocolate and the excess can drip down onto the parchment. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden before serving. To keep firm, store in the fridge or freezer.

Pep Up Your St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day Frosted Basket

Are you feeling lucky? Because we’ve got some incredible St. Patrick’s Day ideas to add some fun to your holiday, whether you’re celebrating with friends or family, adults or kids. Check out these creative ways to make the day amazing.

Gold Party via Oh Happy Day

Throw a Gold Party. We’re over the moon (or rather, over the rainbow) for this incredible gold-themed party featured on Oh Happy Day. Simple, inexpensive and full of wow-factor for kids or adults alike.

Rainbow Rimmed Glasses via Oh My! Creative

Serve Rainbow-Rimmed Drinks. For cocktails or mocktails, this clever (and simple) touch from Oh My! Creative will impress every leprechaun you know.

St. Patrick’s Day Cream Puffs via Mrs. Fields Secrets

Serve Puffs. Filled with cream, your favorite chicken salad or even a meatball, these portable green puffs of pastry are perfect St. Patty’s Day fare.

Temporary Hair Color via SheKnows

Chalk Your Hair. Simple, temporary streaks of color are a fun way to show St. Patty’s Day spirit (and maybe prank your friends) using colored chalk and a hair dryer.

Cheese Soup with Beer Bread via Mrs. Fields Secrets

Bake with Beer. Incorporate beer into your cooking on St. Patrick’s Day for a fun twist that the whole family can enjoy. We love this recipe for Tangy Cheese Soup with Beer Bread, as well as Beer Beignets, Apple Ale Cake, Guiness Brownies and Tailgate Chili.

And, of course, don’t forget the cookies! The quickest, easiest way to create an instant party on St. Patrick’s Day is with a fresh delivery of Mrs. Fields! Browse all of our St. Patrick’s Day items for your gifting ideas you’ll love. (No luck of the Irish required.)

Gifting for Dummies

Mrs. Fields Gifts
Fact: not all thoughtful people are good gift-givers. Gifting seems to be a language that is natural and fluent for some, and totally foreign to others. If you find yourself in the latter group, never fear. We’ve got some solid ways to transform you into a gifting guru.

  • Plan Ahead. This tip almost more than any other will improve your gifting. After all, nothing influences a dummy gift choice like a time crunch. (We’re looking at you, people who buy random gifts at the gas station on the way to the party.) Most of us rely on smart phones these days, so let your phone give you some smart reminders about gifting. Set alerts that give you plenty of time to plan and make or buy a gift, and be sure to set the alert for a time in your week when it won’t be easily dismissed. (Mrs. Fields Tip: We designed our checkout for gifting pros and gifting dummies alike. You can buy your gift anytime, then select the exact date you want it delivered!)
  • Listen for Hints. As birthdays and anniversaries and other gifting occasions draw near, listen for hints and look for clues to give you gifting inspiration. Some people drop hints explicitly (“I could sure use a day at the spa!”) but most of the time it’s a matter of paying attention to the needs and wants of the people you care about. Sometimes the best gifts are ones that fill a need and sometimes they fill a want.
  • Put Yourself in Their Shoes. Think about your giftee and his or her life. Gifting dummies make the mistake of giving gifts that they themselves want, or gifts they want their giftee to want. You’ve got to get out of your own head and into somebody else’s shoes to be a better gift giver.
  • Pick up Gifts Along the Way. Gifting geniuses have a stash of ready-to-go gifts they’ve found throughout the year that they know will be just perfect for someone when the time comes. Keep your eyes peeled for those perfect somethings, buy them, and keep them in a safe place. Your future self will thank you.
  • Homemade is a Homerun. A handmade, homemade gift is always a hit because it shows time and dedication. Think about your skill set and what you might be able to create. (Mrs. Fields Tip: How about making a decadent dessert? We have lots of recipes and how to’s.)
  • Focus on Simple Pleasures. Let’s face it, some people are hard to shop for. Avoid gifts like clothing (that might not fit), books (they might not read), and items that the person might feel obligated to display around their house. Focus on simple pleasures, like food, drink, entertainment and relaxation, and you’re almost sure to give something appreciated. (Mrs. Fields Tip: There’s no more simple pleasure than freshly baked cookies and brownies delivered right to the door!)

Want to give your gifting skills a try? Don’t forget that Employee Appreciation Day is coming up on March 6th and right now, there’s a big sale going on at Mrs. Fields.com. (Use code: MADNESS at checkout.)

Recipe: Rice Krispies S’mores Loaf

Mrs. Fields Rice Krispie Smores

A fun twist on two favorite treats, rice krispies and s’mores, this easy dessert is a hit with kids and adults alike and perfect for things like that upcoming bake sale. Infuse graham cracker crumbs into the cereal and marshmallow mix, then roll melted chocolate and marshmallow creme in the middle for a decadent middle. No campfire required.

Rice Krispies S’mores Loaf

1 package mini marshmallows
1/4 cup butter
5 1/2 cups puffed rice cereal
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 1/2 cups marshmallow creme
6 milk chocolate candy bars

Directions
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet or jelly roll pan with a sheet of parchment paper sprayed generously with nonstick spray. In a large pot over low heat, melt marshmallows and butter together until smooth. Turn heat off and stir in the cereal and graham cracker crumbs until well combined. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking sheet. Spray your hands with nonstick spray and press the cereal to spread evenly in the pan. Next, spread the marshmallow creme over the entire middle of the cereal mixture, leaving about an inch margin around all sides. Break the chocolate bars and spread them out evenly over the marshmallow mixture, then place the pan in the oven for 2-3 minutes, or until the chocolate is melted and spreadable. Spread the melted chocolate evenly over the marshmallow, then begin rolling the sheet onto itself (start with one of the long sides), just as you would a cinnamon roll, pulling the parchment away as you roll. Use your hands to shape it into a loaf, seam-side down, then chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cutting and serving.

Mrs. Fields Rice Krispie Smores

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15 Brilliant Baking Hacks

Mrs. Fields Secrets Baking Hacks

Want to feel like a baking ninja? We’ve got fifteen genius hacks to give you some mad skills.

  1. Drop a piece of eggshell into the mixing bowl? Wet your finger and hold it just above, and the shell will practically  jump onto your finger.
  2. No time to make frosting to decorate a cake? Spread a piece of lace across the top and sprinkle a liberal amount of powdered sugar or cocoa powder on top. Remove the lace and you’ve got a gorgeous, lacy design!
  3. Want to speed up your rising time for doughs? Set your covered bowl on top of an electric heating pad or blanket, set on medium-low.
  4. Whip up a batch of whipped cream by shaking it in a mason jar with a lid. A vigorous shake for about three minutes does the trick!
  5. Most baking recipes call for room-temperature eggs. If you forgot to take the eggs out hours in advance, simply place them in a bowl of warm tap water for about 10 minutes.
  6. Ran out of brown sugar? Make your own by mixing granulated sugar with molasses.
  7. Tired of splatters from your hand mixer? Use a paper plate as a barrier. Simply poke the beaters through the plate and insert them into the mixer to create an effective, disposable shield.
  8. Keep your favorite go-to recipes handy by printing them out and posting them inside a kitchen cupboard door for easy reference.
  9. Before popping cakes into the oven, hold the pan a few inches over the counter top and drop the pan. This will pop any air bubbles for a more dense, moist cake.
  10. Use dental floss to cut smooth, even layers of cake. Wrap a long strand around, cross in the front and pull slowly for a clean cut every time.
  11. Substitute Jell-O for food coloring in frostings. You get color, flavor and structure from the gelatin!
  12. Keep a couple of marshmallows in your brown sugar to keep it from going hard.
  13. Dip cookie cutters into flour before the dough for a no-stick, clean cut over and over.
  14. Get your cupcakes uniform size by using a cookie dough scoop sprayed with nonstick spray.
  15. Create your own colored sprinkles with sugar and food coloring (and this easy tutorial).

Tricks for Making Boxed Cake Mixes Better

Everybody knows that there’s nothing quite like a made-from-scratch cake, but in a pinch, a boxed cake mix can place a very close second with some secret tips and tricks from the experts. Try them on your next cake and see if you can pass it off for the real thing!

  • Substitute melted butter for oil. This will give your cake the deep rich flavor that only butter can supply. In a saucepan on low heat, melt the butter until just liquified, then add it to your mix just like you would vegetable oil.
  • Add extra yolks. After you add the eggs the box recipe calls for, add one or two more yolks to give the cake even more moisture and richness.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the top before baking. The weight of the sugar will keep your cake from baking with a mound in the middle. A nice, even sprinkle right before it goes into the oven will keep it more level.
  • Add a teaspoon of coffee to chocolate cakes. A little bit of straight black coffee or espresso will bring the chocolate flavors to life. You won’t taste coffee, just rich chocolate.
  • Add hot water to chocolate cakes. Instead of using water right from the tap, use hot water to help “wake up” the cocoa in the mix.
  • Add pudding mix and sour cream. One small package of instant pudding mix (choose the flavor depending on your cake) plus one cup of sour cream creates a dense, moist delectable cake.
  • Add citrus zest. A bit of fresh zest from a lemon, orange, or lime gives a perfect, subtle zing to cakes, especially ones that have berries and chocolate.
  • Add vanilla. An extra teaspoon of vanilla is a great way to bring boxed cake flavors to life. (Keep in mind that white cake mixes may be slightly off white with vanilla added.)
  • Add meringue powder. A tablespoon of this powder will give flimsy cakes some strength while still remaining delicate. Perfect for layered cakes and angel food.

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20 Amazing Freezer Hacks

Wrapping up our freezer-friendly series, we’ve got twenty genius hacks to get the most out of your freezer. Everything from green onions to your favorite pair of jeans, it’s time to start using your freezer to the max.

  1. Store ice cream containers inside a Ziploc bag to keep ice cream soft and ready to scoop right out of the freezer.
  2. Place a wet sponge inside a Ziploc bag and freeze it for a handy ice pack that won’t drip or leak as it thaws.
  3. Freeze candles before burning them to get a longer, more even burn.
  4. Pour homemade chicken stock into ice cube trays or muffin tins to make easy anytime-use chicken stock at the ready.
  5. Store water bottles in the freezer. They keep the freezer efficient, plus they can be used as ice packs in a cooler, or a continual sip of ice water on a hot day.
  6. Instead of washing your designer jeans, store them in the freezer for a few days. It kills any germs, plus it restores the “just washed” fit without the wear and tear of a wash cycle.
  7. Have shoes that need to be stretched out? Fill a bag with water and place it into the shoe. As the water freezes, it expands, stretching the shoe.
  8. Use up fresh herbs by chopping them up and placing them into an ice cube tray, then fill with olive oil. Now you’ve got herb-infused olive oil!
  9. Keep half-used bags of veggies from getting lost under piles of food in the freezer by hanging them from the racks with binder clips.
  10. Chill melons in the freezer for a half hour before cutting them for a crisp, sweet bite.
  11. Chop green onions and keep them fresh for up to a month in an empty water bottle in the freezer. Just shake out a sprinkle as needed.
  12. Chill a bottle of beer by wrapping it in a wet paper towel and putting it in the freezer for two minutes.
  13. Always store excess butter in the freezer for ultimate freshness.
  14. Store fresh ginger in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for lasting use. Pull it out and grate it for fresh ginger anytime.
  15. Instead of baking soda, place a box of coffee grounds in the freezer to absorb odors.
  16. Freeze juice boxes for school lunches. It will thaw out by lunchtime and keep the rest of the food cool and fresh.
  17. You can freeze eggs for up to one year in the freezer. Thaw them in the fridge or in cold water.
  18. Get gum out of clothing by freezing it for 24 hours. Gum will chip right off.
  19. Made too many pancakes or waffles? Store them in the freezer and reheat in the toaster.
  20. Wash and freeze grapes for a quick, healthy snack and an ice cube substitute in cocktails.

Do you have a favorite freezer hack? Share your ideas in the comments!

10 Cupcake Toppers That Wow

The only thing more fun than cupcakes are creative cupcake toppers. The right topper turns your dessert into part of the decoration. We’ve searched for our ten favorite ideas to take your toppers over the top.

10. Washi Tape Flags. This idea couldn’t be simpler or easier to execute, but packs a big wow factor. Choose a washi tape you like (there are literally zillions of colors and patterns available at your craft store) and wrap it around a toothpick, then trim it into a flag shape. Easy peasy.

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9. The Pineapple Flower. Believe it or not, this delicate yellow flower is actually a thin slice of fresh pineapple, dried and shaped to look like an exotic blossom.

8. Caramel Spirals. These delicate spirals look like spun gold, but are actually spun caramelized sugar (even better!) and look amazing on top of cupcakes. A few simple ingredients, a little bit of technique, and you’ve got an unforgettable topper.

7. Vintage Book Page Cutouts. The yellowed pages of text can be cut out into any shape for a pretty, interesting display. Make your own, or buy them in bulk.

6. Chocolate Filigree. It’s like a delicate little doodle that looks like lace on top of a cupcake. These are easy to make in large quantities. (Use the same technique to write out words in cursive!)

5. Tiny Edible Books. Fruit leather wrapped around white chocolate makes the happiest little books to top your cupcakes. Make a whole library.

4. Gelatin Bubbles. A great big bubble on top of a cupcake seems an impossibility until you check out this technique. Imagine all the fun colors you could produce.

3. Babyface Toppers. A little bit of scissor-and-glue work and you’ve got highly personalized, highly adorable toppers that are ready to party.

2. Pom Pom Toppers. Cupcakes are for celebration, and so are pom poms. Bright and fun, they will make you want to “rah, rah, rah!”

1. Fondant Gilded Feathers. These feathers are so beautiful, it’s hard to believe they’re edible! This topper takes a bit of time, but the result is beyond extraordinary.

10 Ways to Treat Yourself for Valentine’s Day

Head Over Heels Box

Valentine’s Day is not just for couples, it’s a day for celebrating love and that includes for yourself. So get inspired and show a little love…to you!

  1. Spend a day of indulgence, whether that means sleeping in or meeting friends for a fancy brunch or scheduling a spa treatment. Clear your calendar of obligations, then fill it up with things that make you feel rejuvenated and valued and special.
  2. Take yourself out to a movie. Your choice, your time, your popcorn, your candy. It’s a private little luxury to sit and enjoy a movie all by yourself. Try it.
  3. Volunteer with an organization you care about. Nothing makes you feel quite as good as service, especially to an individual or organization that is meaningful to you. Whether it’s an hour, the whole day day, or a regular commitment, giving a little bit of yourself is valuable to you too.
  4. Learn something new. There’s probably something you’ve always wanted to do, but just haven’t found the time. Get out of your comfort zone and sign up for a workshop, seek out a mentor, or register for a course. It’s never too late to admit to yourself that you’re worth the investment of time.
  5. Get a new haircut. Mix it up with a new cut or color and introduce yourself to the new and improved you.
  6. Set a goal and break it down. Always wanted to travel to Paris? What would it take to get there? Pick a reasonable date and set it, then break down all the little pieces to make it happen.
  7. Treat a random stranger. Want a rush of joy? Pay for someone’s coffee. Add some change to a parking meter. Leave anonymous notes tucked in benches that say things like, “You’re a great person!”
  8. Reread a favorite book. Going back to an old book is like reconnecting with an old friend. You’ll be surprised at things you missed the first time around, how your perspective has changed with time and maturity. You’ll discover a lot about yourself.
  9. Write a list of all the things you love about yourself. Go ahead, don’t be shy. You know you’ve got great teeth, a killer laugh, and an undeniable knack for supporting your friends. Admit it. Write the list and post it somewhere you can review it often.
  10. Gift yourself! Order yourself a thoughtful gift, and have it delivered to you. Be sure to fill out the gift enclosure with something thoughtful like, “You deserve this.” It’s fun and empowering.

Freezer Friendly Burritos

Mrs. Fields Secrets Burritos

Next up in our series of freezer-friendly meals is an easy weeknight dinner idea that can also double as a quick, anytime freezer meal in individual portions. These beef, bean and cheese burritos are so simple and delicious, your whole family will love them. Eat them for dinner, or reheat them for a quick lunch. It’s a go-to recipe that can keep going and going.

Beef Bean & Cheese Burritos

1 lb. ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1 can refried beans
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8-10 flour tortillas

Directions
Brown ground beef and season with taco seasoning. Reduce heat to low and stir in refried beans. Preheat a frying pan or griddle to medium-high heat. Place a generous scoop of the beef and bean mixture in the middle of a tortilla and top with some cheddar cheese. Roll into a burrito, tucking the ends in and place seam-down onto the heated griddle (sprayed first with nonstick spray). Repeat with remaining tortillas and brown on each side until crispy. Serve immediately or wrap in individual pieces of aluminum foil and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat from frozen: warm in the microwave for three minutes on 75% power, flipping over once. Or (for a crisp version), heat in the microwave on high for one minute, then finish heating in a medium heat pan or griddle on all sides until crisp.

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