I don't know about you, but my love affair with the classic combination began with the Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme candy bar. When I was younger, my dad would take my brother and I to see a movie almost every Friday night. Lucky for us, Kmart was located next to the theater and sold almost every candy imaginable for a dollar or less, including Hershey's bars, Wonder Balls, Reese's Pieces, Sno-Caps and Ring Pops.
After choosing one candy each, my brother and I would run to the ICEE machine and make a complete mess while creating the perfect swirly mixture of flavors. (Coca-Cola and Red Cherry for the win!)
Good times. Good times.
Anyway, an intense craving for anything cookies and cream hit me hard Friday afternoon, but I knew eating a bar of chocolate probably wasn't the best idea if I didn't want to feel nauseous for the rest of the day. Determined not give in to the craving, I put on my thinking cap and scoured the kitchen for a way to recreate the flavor in a healthier way. Here's what I came up with.
Cookies and Cream Protein Poppers
These little poppers are just that - perfect for "popping" in your mouth to refuel from a workout, enjoy after a meal, or give you just enough energy to survive the mid-afternoon slump.
I froze my bites for three hours in a large plastic container and then placed them in the fridge for quick access. Needless to say, it wasn't long before my brother came home from work and popped a few balls in his mouth. According to him, the poppers taste like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins
Note to self: Always ask Tyler to taste-test my recipes because his descriptions are far more entertaining than my own.
Click here to see the recipe for these easy energy bites on my Spark Recipes page, which includes the prep time, ingredients, steps and nutrition info.
- What was your favorite candy as a kid?
- What's your favorite Munchkin flavor?
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