Assorted Halloween Cupcakes

by Jodie Fitz

1 vanilla boxed cake mix

1 tablespoon green decorating sugar

Orange food coloring

Yellow food coloring

Cupcake liners

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Mix cake batter as directed on the box. Divide batter into thirds.

Fill four lined muffin tin cups with the plain vanilla batter until almost full. 

Stir 1 tablespoon of green decorating sugar into 1/3 of the batter and stir until it turns green. Fill four of the lined muffin tin cups.

Divide the remaining 1/3 of the batter into thirds again. Add yellow food coloring to one portion, orange food coloring to another portion, and stir. Fill the remaining four lined muffin cups with a layer of yellow batter, followed by a layer of orange batter, and finally the remaining vanilla batter, to create a candy corn affect.

Bake 20-25 minutes and let cool completely

Ghost Cupcakes

4 vanilla cupcakes

3.3 oz white chocolate pudding

1 cup milk

4 oz. PICS frozen whipped topping, thawed

8 PICS mini chocolate chips

Stir the pudding and milk together until it thickens. Fold in whipped topping. Put aside enough to frost the top of the four vanilla cupcakes. Place the rest of the mixture into a snap and seal lunch sized bag and clip the corner to create a piping tool.

Use an apple corer (or ??) to create a hollowed center in the cupcakes. Pipe the whipped topping into the center, then frost the cupcakes with the topping put aside. Pipe more whipped topping on top of the cupcakes, like a vanilla ice cream cone, to create ghosts. Add two mini chocolate chips as eyes.

Spider Cupcakes

4 green cupcakes

Green frosting

12 pieces black licorice twists

8 Large candy eyes

Using a star tipped tool, pipe the green frosting in dollops onto cupcakes, creating a bumpy texture.

Add two large candy eyes to each cupcake.

Cut each black licorice twist in half and then carefully score in the middle with a sharp knife so that the twist can be bent to create legs. Push legs into each cupcake.

Candy Corn Critters

4 vanilla cupcakes

4 tablespoons PICS butter, room temperature

2 ½ cups PICS confectioner’s sugar

1 ½ teaspoons PICS vanilla extract

3 tablespoons PICS milk

8 large candy eyes

Candy corn

Using an electric mixer, whip butter, confectioner’s sugar, vanilla extract and milk in a bowl.

Frost cupcakes, add two large candy eyes, and place candy corns on top, creating a  spiked affect.

More on Making These Cupcakes

Swap the Oil:  Use 4 oz. of PICS unsweetened applesauce.

Eliminate the Eggs:  Swap out the eggs with ¼ cup of PICS plain Greek yogurt.

Gluten and Dairy Free Options:  Price Chopper and Market 32 have a variety of alternative cake mix options located in either the baking or allergen friendly aisles.

Make a Whole Dozen:  To make a complete dozen of one of these variations, simply triple the directions for the selected cupcake.

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Halloween is Here!

BOO! Did Halloween sneak up on you too? Halloween has always been one of our favorite holidays. Costumes, candy, jack-o-lanterns, what’s not to love? Growing up trick-or-treating was always a blast, but don’t worry, if you’re too old for trick-or-treating there’s still plenty of ways to have fun on Halloween.

A scary movie marathon is an easy and fun way to get the spook factor in. With all of the streaming services available these days, the options are a plenty. Check out classic scares like The Shining, Scream, or Nightmare on Elm Street. Or more family-friendly options like Halloweentown or Hocus Pocus. Gather your friends, grab some PICS Popcorn and settle in for some frights.

But the pillowcase full of free candy is still missing. Luckily, we have plenty of Halloween-themed recipes to keep the kid in you excited. Check out these fun Halloween Quesadillas or  Halloween Sugar Cookies. Even these Red-Velvet Mummy Cake Pops make for a spooky fun treat! Our Trick-or-Treat Pinterest Board is full of fun ideas such as these. 

Another fun way to get in the spirit of Halloween is through decorations. Whether you’re having a pumpkin carving contest with friends, or simply looking to make your porch more festive, we have all the pumpkins and gourds needed to do so.

At Price Chopper & Market 32 we love Halloween as much as you do! That’s why we provide all the candy, pumpkins, and sweet treats you need to have a spooky great holiday. For all things Halloween stop by your local store or visit our online halloween hub!

Happy Halloween!

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How Do You Like Your Taco?

It’s National Taco Day! Tacos are a classic, go-to meal across the world. When you’re hungry, not sure what to eat, tacos are always a great option. Not only do they have their own national day, they also have their own day of the week – Taco Tuesday! We’re celebrating with some awesome recipes and creative toppings, check it out!

Some of our favorite forms of tacos incorporate seafood. A good fish taco makes for some of the ultimate satisfaction one can find in food. These Fast & Fresh Fish Tacos are fantastic and easy to prepare.  These Grilled Fish Tacos with Cauliflower Tortillas are also great, packed with refreshing ingredients like cherry tomatoes and mangos. Don’t sleep on these Crispy Cornmeal Fish Tacos with Citrus Slaw for a nice twist on your average taco. Of course, there is more variety to seafood. Like with these flavorful General Tso’s Shrimp Tacos or Beer-Poached Mahi Mahi Tacos.

Another classic taco topping is chicken. These Salsa Verde Shredded Chicken Tacos will have you feeling a winner at dinner. If you’re looking to get creative with toppings check out this delightful recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pineapple Tacos. Or mix things up with these ideas for Pulled Chicken Tacos 3-Ways.

If you’re in the mood to stick with fruits and vegetables on taco night, we have you covered. These Grilled Fruit Tacos hit the spot every time. For veggie lovers, Black Bean, Quinoa & Grilled Veggie Tacos are the way to go.

Finally, when you think of a classic taco you think ground beef. That’s why we love these Chipotle Ground Beef Street Tacos for the food truck vibes and flavors. And if you’re looking for some classic taco-style comfort food, these Navajo Tacos are perfect.

No matter how you choose to taco, tonight is the night to do it! Try out any of these amazing recipes for the ultimate National Taco Day dinner. For everything you need to get set up, Price Chopper & Market 32 is your one stop shop for all things tacos.

Happy National Taco Day!

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National Homemade Cookie Day

Break out the baking sheets, today is National Homemade Cookie Day! With the beginning of fall and the weather cooling down, warm, fluffy homemade cookies definitely will have you feeling cozy. Whether you’re baking pre-made dough right in the oven, or working from scratch, we have the recipes for you to celebrate appropriately!

These Pumpkin Cookies with Orange Glaze are a great place to start. Perfect for turning the calendar to October. These guys are full of refreshing orangey flavor and all the pumpkin you need to satisfy your craving for fall flavors.

Feeling festive? Try our these cute and creative Halloween Sugar Cookies. Decorate your sugar cookies with candy corn, gels, edible confetti and more to create your monster lineup of yummy treats.

It’s never too early for these Hot Chocolate Cookies! Great for cooler weather and a must at the holidays, these cookies elevate hot chocolate to a new level.

We love these Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal, & Dried Cherry Cookies. Cherry and chocolate flavor combined with the warmth of oatmeal. Delightful!

These PICS Potato Chip Chocolate Chip Cookies combine two classic snacks into one. Potato chips and chocolate chip cookies. The chocolate of the cookies blends with the saltiness of the potato chips for an awesome flavor adventure.

Celebrate cookies right with one of these excellent recipes. No matter which you chooser, we have all of the neccessary ingredients available at your local Price Chopper & Market 32. Your one stop shop for all things cookies!

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National Coffee Day!

Wake up! September 29th is National Coffee Day and we’re celebrating! Coffee has a surprisingly long history, and in honor of the holiday we’re looking to uncover all of the mysteries surrounding this beloved bean. We did some research and discovered some interesting information that you may not have known before.

It is said that coffee was first discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his goats would become energetic and not sleep at night after they ate the berries from a certain tree. He was curious, and he brought his realization to the abbot of the local monastery. The abbot made himself a drink with these berries and found that it was helpful in keeping him alert during evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery amongst the other monks, and word of these berries moved east to the Arabian Peninsula.

Coffee cultivation and trade began on the Arabian Peninsula, where coffee was regularly enjoyed in homes, and the first coffee houses were created. These early coffee houses became important places to catch up on conversation and current music and news. They began to appear all over cities in the Near East where they were called “qahveh khaneh.” They became an essential spot for the spread of information, and because of this they were known as “Schools of the Wise.”

Europeans who would travel to the Near East would return home with stories of this magical drink, and eventually coffee made its way to Europe. At first, coffee was met with backlash in these European countries being called the “bitter invention of Satan,” and becoming condemned by the local clergy. However, Pope Clement VIII intervened, tasting the drink himself and finding it so satisfying he lifted the ban. Eventually, these same coffee houses became a common theme throughout countries like England, Austria, France, Germany, and Holland. Coffee replaced the popular breakfast drinks at the time, beer and wine, and became a new European morning staple.

But how did coffee make its way to the Americas? Great question! In 1714, the Mayor of Amsterdam presented a coffee plant as a gift to King Louis XIV of France. The King had the young plant grown in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Paris. In 1723, a young naval officer, Gabriel de Clieu obtained a seedling from the plant. On a traitorous journey home, he faced horrendous weather, a saboteur who attempted to destroy the seedling, and even a pirate attack. Yet, he managed to plant the seed in Martinique. This seed began an explosion of coffee trees in the Americas, and it led to the abundance of coffee we have today.

Today, Americans all over the country rely on coffee to power them through their busy day. It’s become a staple drink. But coffee isn’t just used as a beverage, it also makes for a wonderful ingredient in baking and dessert cuisine.

Check out this decadent recipe for Coffee Ricotta Cheesecake!

For more coffee-featured recipes, visit our website!

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8 Ways to Use Peanut Butter

Happy National Peanut Butter Day! Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or anywhere in between we can all celebrate this delicious pantry staple. There are endless ways to implement peanut butter into your diet, but we picked some of our favorites to show how we are celebrating this big day.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins: Bite into these warm, fluffy Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. Great for breakfast or as a treat later on in the day.

PB&J Stuffed French Toast: This peanut butter and jelly stuffed French toast is a filling and delicious way to start the day. You may never look at French toast the same again.

Stuffed French Toast Rolls: We love these Stuffed French Toast Rolls with peanut butter. Peanut butter, banana, and strawberries all packed into yummy French toast. Amazing!

Oatmeal Energy Squares: These Oatmeal Energy Squares are a tasty snack to give you a midday boost. Peanut butter, maple syrup, and blueberries all work together in these yummy squares.

Peanut Butter Dip: Use Greek yogurt, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in this amazing Peanut Butter Dip recipe. It’ time to elevate your peanut butter and apple slices.

Peanut Butter Milk Shakes: Peanut Butter Milk Shakes are easy to make, and they are a delicious way to enjoy peanut butter. Next time you make a shake, throw some peanut butter in for more enhancement.

Creamy Banana & Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl: In need of a good smoothie bowl? This Creamy Bananas & Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Bowl is terrific.

Thai Shrimp Zoodle Bowl: This Thai Shrimp Zoodle Bowl uses peanut butter to make an excellent at home Thai food experience.

We love peanut butter and certainly enjoy all the things that can be made with it. If you’re a peanut butter fan check out some of these recipes for yourself! For all things peanut butter stop by your local Price Chopper & Market, or shop with us online.

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Fun with Pulled Pork!

Did someone say pulled pork? Yes, please! Always mouthwateringly delicious, pulled pork is a go-to when in need of a good barbecue dish. We love it straight out of the crockpot, but its great to mix it up as well. Sandwiches, sliders, grilled cheese, you name it we have a recipe for it. Check out our favorite, fun pulled pork plates!

Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Featuring PICS Boneless Pork Loin, these Chipotle Pulled Pork Sandwiches hit the spot! Add some avocado, pico de gallo, and/or cilantro for the ultimate flavor experience.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders: Break out the Hawaiian rolls for these tasty Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders. Pork, pineapple, and honey-flavored barbecue sauce come together in perfect harmony.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider-Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese: With fall coming up and the weather cooling down, it’s time to implement this Slow Cooker Apple Cider-Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese into your at-home menu.

Instant Pot® IPA-Braised Pulled Pork Tostadas: These tasty tostadas will have you coming back for more! Top with avocado, green cabbage, queso fresco, corn, and radish for the best taste.

Carolina-Style Slow Cooker Pulled Pork: Take your tastebuds on a trip down south with this classic Carolina Pulled Pork recipe.

Slow Cooker Maple Dijon Pulled Pork Melts: Sticking with the slow cooker for these Maple Dijon Pulled Pork Melts. Try these irresistible sandwiches on a baguette and fall in love with flavor.

Asian Pulled Pork Sliders: Add an Asian Chopped Salad Kit and some soy sauce to your pork for these awesome Asian-Style Pulled Pork Sliders. This recipe throws in a nice twist to a classic dish.

Wow, now we’re hungry! If you’re in the mood for pulled pork try out one of these recipes for yourself. Visit your local Price Chopper & Market 32 or shop with us online for all your pulled pork needs.

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New Items: FAGE Total Blended Vanilla Yogurt

NEW FAGE® Total Blended Vanilla Greek yogurt is here! Classic, smooth vanilla blended with FAGE Total’s nonfat Greek yogurt. Taste the rich, creamy perfection of beautifully balanced Greek yogurt.

Available at Price Chopper in 5.3oz size, FAGE Total Blended Vanilla yogurt contains 100% natural ingredients and is Non-GMO Project Verified. Kissed with vanilla, blended to velvety goodness, and packed with protein – enjoy it by the spoonful, or in a parfait with fresh fruit and granola. Try this delicious Strawberry Vanilla Parfait recipe from FAGE.

New Items: FAGE Sour Cream

Discover FAGE Sour Cream. Reawaken old favorites and elevate everyday eats into meals you love. Sour cream so rich, so creamy, and so good, made with all-natural ingredients and Non-GMO Project Verified. Daringly simple. Amazingly delicious.

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8 Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken

At Price Chopper & Market 32 we are rotisserie chicken fanatics! This week we are featuring them and all the awesome dishes you can create using them. If you love rotisserie chicken as much as us, check out this list of recipes to implement your next rotisserie chicken into. You might find a new go-to!

Chicken Cobb Salad Naan Flatbread: This flatbread includes all the great things about cobb salad – bacon, gorgonzola, tomato, hard cooked eggs, add some rosemary-style rotisserie chicken meat and you’re set.

Oven Baked Nashville Hot Chicken Sliders: Nashville Hot Chicken always hits the spot. Try these oven baked sliders using shredded Market 32 rotisserie chicken meat. Yum!

Buffalo-Ranch Chicken Wonton Bites: These tasty wonton bites make for a great appetizer. Celery, blue cheese, buffalo wing sauce and rotisserie chicken meat make them a great choice for football gamedays!

Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich: Kick up the flavor with this Spicy BBQ Chicken Sandwich. Featuring BBQ rotisserie chicken meat, this recipe will have you coming back for more.

Fall Chicken Pot Pie: Fall weather is around the corner and chicken pot pie is one of our favorite cooler weather comfort foods. Try it with rotisserie chicken for a new perspective on pot pie!

Open-Faced Chicken Melt: Try this refreshing Open-Faced Chicken Melt with apple, cheese, chopped rotisserie chicken and more on Charcoal Boule. Makes for a delicious lunch.

Chicken Banh Mi Bowl: Rotisserie chicken in a Banh Mi? Yes, please. Try it out for yourself.

BBQ Chicken, Dried Cherry and Brie Tartlets: Diced BBQ rotisserie chicken makes a great addition to these Dried Cherry and Brie Tartlets. A yummy treat for anytime of the day.

Rotisserie chicken is extremely versatile and can be used in ways you may not have considered. If you are looking to become more creative with your rotisserie chicken, we recommend starting with one of these awesome recipes. Check out our ad this week for whole rotisserie chicken for $6.99.

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Wonderful Waffles

Today is National Waffle Day and we’re excited to break out our best waffle recipes! This classic food is versatile and can be used creatively enough to expand well beyond the boundaries of breakfast. So, although we love our breakfast waffles, we dig some dessert and lunch/dinner recipes as well. Check out some of our favorites, but be warned, you might find yourself waffling over which to make first!

Breakfast Waffle Tacos: Breakfast Waffle Tacos are packed with cheesy scrambled eggs and topped with sausage, guac, salsa, grated cheese, cilantro, jalapeño pesto, and pickled red onions. An epic flavor adventure.

Ham and Cheese Waffles with an Egg: Crack an egg into your waffle iron for perfectly cooked, in-tact sunny-side up eggs. Add some Gruyere and ham for a simple, but delicious breakfast.

Air Fryer Chicken and Waffles: Chicken and waffles are a classic dish. One of the best combinations in the food game. Take advantage of your air fryer for easy, crispy Chicken and Waffles, you can’t go wrong.

Waffled Biscuits and Gravy: Have you ever tired waffling a biscuit? You should! With perfect nooks and crevices for sausage gravy to pool into, you’ll have a more flavorful experience than ever before.

Margherita Pizza Waffles: Easy, cheesy Margherita Pizza Waffles are an excellent way to throw a twist into pizza night.

Hatch Chile & Cheese Cornbread Waffles: Give your waffles a kick with these Hatch Chile & Cheese Cornbread Waffles. Delicious!

Falafel Waffles: Falafels? Waffles? Toss some Mediterranean Salad on your waffles for a flavor experience like never before.  

Cinnamon Waffles with Apple Pecan Topping: We love these Cinnamon Waffles with Apple Pecan Topping, especially during the upcoming Fall season. They make for a great dessert!

Waffles and Caramelized Bananas: Caramelized banana topped waffles with a bit of whip cream and plenty of syrup. Yum!  

Chocolate Waffles: Chocolate waffles are a wonderful dessert option. Rich, chocolaty, and delicious whip these up for a decadent after dinner treat.

Sweet Potato Waffles with Marshmallows: Try sweet potato waffles topped with mini marshmallows for a yummy, cozy flavor combination. Top with maple syrup to finish it off.

Break out the waffle iron and celebrate National Waffle Day the right way. We are going to get cooking a few of these awesome recipes, and we hope you do too! For all your waffling needs visit your local Price Chopper & Market 32 or shop with us online!

 

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