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Brand Name Candy Bar Recipes

I admit that as an adult, the sweets that I love and crave have not changed, but I have steadily become more adept taste-wise to the chemical junk that is in many name brand sweets that I love. This is why my sister, Bonnie, now makes her own peanut butter eggs, “Cadbury” eggs and more at home each Easter. Her sweets are all-natural and taste is not sacrificed in the slightest bit. In fact, the taste is better, because you lose that latent chemical taste, which I have only picked up on as an adult. I have learned through these brand name candy bar recipes that you do not have to sacrifice taste in any of the sweets you love. If it can be made in a factory, it can be made in a kitchen (just better). So, if you want some classic Hostess or Hershey sweets minus the junk, try some of these recipes from around the web.

Twix Bars

diy twix candy barsThere are several recipes for homemade Twix bars floating around the web such as this and this. Just choose your favorite and change it up to your liking. These shortbread cookies laden with caramel and covered in chocolate are irresistible, so bake wisely.

 

Butterfinger Bars

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You can make a batch of Butterfingers with three simple ingredients using this recipe or you can go a bit more high brow for a more nuanced flavor using a recipe such as this. It is up to you. For more Butterfinger variations, such as Crunchy Butterfingers and vegan, gluten-free Butterfinger candy bars, check out this collection.

 

Kit Kat Bars

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There are several homemade Kit Kat recipes that just tell you to cover wafer cookies in chocolate….but those are just wafer cookies covered in chocolate – not Kit Kats! Kit Kat bars have filling – and not wafer cream filling. They may be delicious, but do not lie and call them Kit Kats. That is why you must try a homemade Kit Kat recipe that does it well, such as this one. You can use crackers or wafers – the texture is up to you, but filling is just right. For a vegan peanut butter version, try this recipe.

 

Snickers Bars

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When I was kid, Snickers were my favorite candy bar. The firm nougat topped with chewy caramel and mixed with salty peanuts was the perfect chocolate bar. The fun has been brought back in adulthood with homemade recipes. I personally love this one, but you can also make Snickers squares with recipes such as this and this.

 

Almond Joy Bars

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Coconut and almond are usually staples in the diets of healthy adults and they also make for great candy. Fortunately, they can easily be turned into all-natural treats. Follow this recipe for a simple and delicious natural take on Almond Joy candy bars.

 

Peppermint Patties

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My boyfriend is a Peppermint Patty fiend. I have yet to make a homemade version of them, but when I do, I will be using this recipe.

 

Milky Way Bars

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These homemade Milky Way candy bars do not look much different from the store brand, but the taste is much better and you have heard of all of the ingredients.

 

3 Musketeers Bars

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It is easy to make a chocolatey whipped nougat that mimics a 3 Musketeers bar at home. Try this simple 3 ingredient recipe to get your nougat fix.

 

Mounds Bars

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If you want some coconut without the nuts, forget the Almond Joy recipe and try this homemade Mounds candy bar recipe.

 

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

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I love Reese’s more than any other candy bar, but as an adult, I find that they are too sweet and leave a chemical aftertaste. Fortunately, there are many homemade recipes that vary in complexity and ingredients. For a crunchy version, try this recipe. For a natural version full of healthy seeds, try this one. My personal favorite recipe is this one, because it calls for dates. Peanut butter and dates go surprisingly well together!

 

Tootsie Rolls

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Tootsie Rolls are far easier to make than I thought. If you want something simple, try this four-ingredient recipe. For recipes that require a few more ingredients and have a bit more complex flavors, try this or this.

The best part about making your own candy is that you can play with the candy. You can exchange milk chocolate for dark chocolate or white chocolate. You can mix in sea salt or pretzels to get the right amount of salt and crunchiness. You can customize your favorite sweets just the way you want using these brand name candy bar recipes.


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Wedding Photo Musts: The Flower Girl and Ring Bearer

As you can see from our previous posts on wedding photos, they are quite important for the bride and groom as well as the many people that helped make their wedding special. You must get photos of all of these special people, such as the parents of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, grandparents, college friends, the relatives that traveled across the country and so many more. However, you cannot overlook the cutest photos of the day: the wedding photos of the flower girl and ring bearer. Without a doubt, these will be the cutest photos of the wedding. I am sorry to burst the bubble for the bride and groom, but it is the truth. And, these wedding photos of the flower girl and ring bearer will be lovely mementos to look back on when they have grown up and have weddings of their own. They will not stay small forever, so be sure to take plenty of photos of ring bearer and flower girl.

The best part is that there are countless ways to capture these little ones. You can gather the flower girls with the bridesmaids acting as one of the girls. Or, you can capture a tender moment of the flower girl alone with the bride. The ring bearer also looks adorable when he is hanging out as one of the boys with the groom and his groomsmen and a photo of him putting on his tie or “shaving” with the men will never get old. If you have having trouble finding something cute and creative, try one of these photo ideas.

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For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

the bridesmaids

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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LushDecor.com $200 Gift Card Giveaway!

It is that wonderful time again, dear readers, when we try to make your week a little brighter by rewarding you with a giveaway, just because you are kind enough to come check out our blog. We cannot say how much we appreciate our readers, so we have teamed up with Lush Decor to offer you a $200 gift card to their lovely website. If you have not yet heard about Lush Decor, it is a lovely online store, which has mastered shabby chic decor home decor at a reasonable price. They offer bedding, curtains, showers curtains and more in many other styles as well. Regardless of what style you choose, each item has a homey feel that every woman will love. I love this website not only because everything is beautiful in numerous ways, but also because the products are useful.

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I have found blackout curtains here that are more beautiful than most other curtains that are only used for decor; and they were under $50.

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Comforters, quilts, throw blankets, pillows and more are also available at discounted prices.

Available for our readers alone, you can use the promo code LOVELUSH1 for an additional 10% off your order. The best part is that this code never expires! You can use it every single time you place an order with Lush Decor.

Now, onto the giveaway! One lucky reader will win a coupon code worth $200 LushDecor.com for you to shop to your heart’s content. Now, go peruse their site and pick out what items you would like to get!

  • Giveaway will be open for entry until 11:59 PM PST on 02/10/2015
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Good luck to everyone in our $200 gift card giveaway and thank you for reading Inspiring Pretty!

 

 

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DIY Storage Ideas

Many people make New Year resolutions. Most people resolve to lose weight or to improve themselves in some way. I, on the other hand, am resolved to cut down on unnecessary items and also to organize my belongings in a simple and stylish way. I have organized my things before, but I am never happy with the results. My past DIY storage ideas have either not been practical or I have found them to be eyesores in my home. It is difficult to find a balance between appearance, practicality and price. However, given the limited amount of space in my small apartment, it is absolutely essential that I find storage and organization solutions that will work for the foreseen future. To that end, I have found of the handiest DIY storage ideas to myself and you de-clutter the home in fashionable and it was only right to share them with our lovely readers.

If you do not have a closet, it can be very difficult to hang up your button-up shirts, belts, ties and dresses in a way that is not embarrassing to bring people into your bedroom. Fortunately, there are a few stylish ways to display your DIY closet. You can buy a few racks, which can be mounted on the wall. Just make sure the design meshes with your other organizational materials.

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Or, you can buy a clothes rack online or from a used clothing store and spray paint in order to make it prettier.

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You can also create your own rack and suspend it from the ceiling using wire or chain.

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Every woman is aware of how much room shoes can consume in a closet. So, when you are without a closet, use a ladder to make shoes easily accessible while keeping them against the wall and out of the way.

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If you do not have room for a dresser and do not wish to hang up all of your clothes, try to utilize that space that usually goes unseen and unused. You can store your folded clothes and belongings in stylish baskets, boxes or buckets underneath your bed.

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Or, you can build or buy a bed frame that accommodates storing clothing within the frame. The bonus of this one is that it keeps your belongings completely out of sight.

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If you do not closet doors or dresser drawers to keep your clothing, but you just d not feel comfortable having your belongings out in plain view, try using a curtain.

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As I said above, the main key to fitting all of your belongings into a small space in a stylish way is by using the underutilized areas. This definitely includes the walls and high up areas. Buy or build shelves, which you can hang high on the wall and store items that you will not regularly need.

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If you are on the top bunk, create storage area with shelves for your water, phone and books.

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If you do decide to buy a storage cabinet, get the most out of it by creating your own storage boxes. Many storage cabinets come for a closet area, which can easily be used to store baskets and boxes. Just use brackets to hold them into place.

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Hope these DIY storage ideas help you have a more stylish and organized home for the new year. If you have any tips of your own, let us know below.


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Wedding Photo Musts: The Bridesmaids

So many elements of weddings focus on the bride and groom – and rightfully so – but this may put you at risk of leaving your closest friends out of many of your wedding photos. This simply will not do when it comes to your best girlfriends – your bridesmaids. After all, they are the women who are so dear to you that you asked them to stand by your side as you made lifelong vows to the love your life. You will want more than the formal post-wedding ceremony wedding party photos to remember them at your big day. You must capture the fun moments, the sweet times, their quirky personalities and above all, your relationships with each one of them. Bridesmaid photos must be unique, because they are.

Make sure your photographer takes bridesmaid photos during special “bridesmaid” moments. Snap photos of bridesmaids as they help you get put on your wedding dress, pray for you, initiate the flower girl into the female comrade, stand beside you at the aisle and watch your first dance with your husband.

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Be sure to also take photos that highlight your relationships with each one of your bridesmaids. This may be done through funny bridesmaid photos that show off their sense humor individually or touching photos that feature how you know your bridesmaids.

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There is no right or wrong way to do it. Just be sure the love is present if your bridesmaid photos, because that is what will last for the years to come as you look back on your wedding photos – well that and the fashion of the day.

 

For more wedding photo musts, check out:

the groom’s first look

the father of the bride’s first look

the blindfolded kiss before the ceremony

the bride’s something blue

the bride and groom holding hands before the ceremony

the first kiss as husband and wife

wedding photos with grandparents

the wedding ceremony recessional

 

Photos @ Style Me Pretty ~ The Wedding Chicks ~ Green Wedding Shoes ~ Bridal Guide ~ Ruffled ~ Pinterest


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Meghan - January 12, 2015 - 12:16 am

Useful information, I can’t say nothing but thank you.

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