You don't have to spend a lot to feed your guests when you're entertaining. You’ve already spent enough money on gifts and decorations so why not find a way to save some money instead of spending more? CVS now has a snack lines called the Gold Emblem snacks that offer a huge variety of snacks that are party perfect and ready to go in an instant. Not to mention they're super affordable therefore giving your wallet a rest. Also they're an easy alternative to use in some recipes.
In the CVS Gold Emblem snack line you will find an array of peanuts, walnuts, cashews, pistachios and almonds in many different flavors you're sure to find one r two to please your guests. Also consider making a spicy holiday cheeseball using CVS Gold Emblem Habanero BBQ Almonds. (recipe below).
Baking is a huge part of Christmas, so why not let CVS do the baking for you? CVS Gold Emblem offers a selection of cookies and crackers that include cheese and wheat snack crackers and Lemon Shortbread and Absolutely Divine White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies. If you love gingersnaps, make sure you pick ups some of CVS Gold Emblem Gingersnaps that are the perfect blend of ginger, brown sugar and molasses. Make sure to leave Santa some of these! For a festive twist dip your gingersnaps halfway into white chocolate and cover with red and green sugar.
An old fashion tradition is making popcorn garlands to hang on your tree. You can spend your time popping bags of popcorn in your microwave that has a tendency to burn or hours trying to pop popcorn the old fashion way on your stove or you can save time and money with CVS Gold Emblem Air Popped Popcorn. Watch out though! This popcorn is so good you may find yourself eating it instead of stringing it up.
What goes better together than pretzels and peanut butter? Nothing...absolutely nothing! With CVS Gold Emblem Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets your guests will love the crunch mix of salty and sweet all in one bite. If you're making bonbons or candies for your party, try something different use these peanut butter pretzel nuggets and make bonbons with them (recipe below).
Once you're done setting out you snacks and treats for this year's holiday party, don't forget to have plenty of CVS Total Home Premium Dinner Napkins and Decorated Paper Plates. The napkins are thick and sturdy. Guaranteed to take a beating whether its cleaning up a spilled mess or holding lots of snacks these napkins will hold up to the abuse of your guests. The CVS Decorated Paper Plates are super strong compared to regular paper plates and are grease resistant so your guests don’t have to worry about placing their plates on their laps and finding grease all over their clothes.
The Complete CVS Gold Emblem and Total Home line can be found online at http://www.cvs.com or at your local CVS store. Locally there are 12 CVS locations to choose from here in Evansville, IN. To find the one nearest to you just visit CVS and click on store locator.
Recipe for Spicy Cheeseball
2 8oz boxes of cream cheese
10oz can of white chicken meat
1 envelope of fiesta ranch dip
½ cup of mayonnaise
¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup chopped CVS Gold Emblem Habanero BBQ almonds
Let the cream cheese come to room temperature and mix the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Mold into ball shape and coat the outside with Habanero BBQ almonds. Refrigerate until ready to eat. Serve with CVS Gold Emblem Baked Wheat Snack Crackers.
Recipe for Peanut Butter and Pretzel Bonbons
½ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 cup of toffee candy bits
1 ½ lbs of semisweet chocolate
4 tablespoons of vegetable shortening
3 cups of CVS Gold Emblem Peanut Butter Pretzel Nuggets (crushed)
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of chocolate sprinkles for coating
In a large bowl, mix together butter and sugar on medium until light and fluffy. Beat in peanut butter. Add crushed peanut butter pretzel nuggets and toffee.
Cover and refrigerate the mix for 2-3 hours. Using a teaspoon take a heaping spoonful and roll into a ball. Place on parchment paper line baking sheet and refrigerate again for 30 minutes.
Take your semisweet chocolate and melt with with vegetable shortening. Don't let it scorch! Stir until smooth.
Quickly dip the bonbons into your melted chocolate. Work quickly so your melted chocolate doesn't get stiff. Either rest your covered bonbon on a fork so the excess chocolate melts away or place on parchment paper. Before the chocolate completely dries roll around in the chocolate sprinkles.
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