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Salted Caramel Tart

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A dense, dark chocolate tart covered in creamy, salted caramel sauce. Salty, sweet, and rich dessert flavors!!!!

This recipe is a combination of some of my favorite elements from other desserts. The chocolate tart is the perfect base for just about any topping. You can adjust it from dark to milk chocolate just by swapping out the type of chocolate you add. The caramel sauce is my go-to sauce for so many recipes. It’s not from-scratch, but it is honestly better (and soooo much easier)!

Salted Caramel Tart

That caramel layer does firm up after being chilled- but I wanted to cut into this right away- so these pictures show it in all of the gooey happiness that happens just after baking. Yum!

Here’s how we made this tart: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS:

  • One refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 10 oz. bag of dark chocolate chips
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 5 tablespoons of powdered sugar
  • 32 Kraft Caramels (unwrapped)
  • 1 can (14oz) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt (to taste)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray a 9 inch tart pan with cooking spray and line with pie crust.  Poke holes into bottom with fork and set on a cookie sheet.
  • Melt dark chocolate chips.  Allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • In a separate bowl combine eggs, cream, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  • Add cream mixture to chocolate and blend well.  Pour into crust and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until center is set.
  • While tart is baking, make caramel sauce by placing caramels, condensed milk and butter into a medium saucepan.
  • Heat over medium/high heat, stirring constantly, until melted and smooth (about 6 minutes).
  • Allow caramel to cool in pan a bit, and add salt, mixing well to combine.
  • Once tart has been removed from the oven and allowed to cool, pour caramel over the top until entire crust is filled (YUM!!!)

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  • Chill, and drizzle with a little chocolate sauce- if you want- for decoration 🙂
  • Remove sides from pan, serve and enjoy!!!!

Salted Caramel Tart!

My thoughts: Straight up delicious. The sweet caramel has a little bite of salt and that dark chocolate tart is the perfect balance to the sweet. I love the textures of this dessert. The chocolate is so dense and creamy, and the caramel is so soft. This is just “one of those” desserts. The kind you think about long after the last bite. This tart was given away last weekend to friends, and these pictures are killing me… I wish I had another piece right now…! Enjoy this one, friends!!!  ~r

Salted Caramel Tart!

More caramel happiness here at Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Caramel Ritz CookiesCaramel Gelato!!!Alfajores-- yummy dulce de leche filling!Marshmallow Turtle Pops!

Apple Oreo Pops!

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These adorable Oreo pops are a perfect back-to-school treat. Add hearts to send a little love in the lunchbox- or some worms to get a few giggles!

I hate to even say the words….but fall is coming. I love summer so much, that when I start to see school busses out on the roads I just cringe. Fall has some pretty fun foods though….! One of our family-favorites is apples. I grew up in Michigan, and we have the best fall apples. I loved trips to the orchard to get cider and doughnuts- and these little Oreo pops are perfect to kick off the fall season.

Apple Oreo Pops!

You can make them with hearts and tie them up in cello bags to send a little love…

Apple Oreo Pops with worms!

Or you can add a few caramel worms to your apples to give them an extra “Ewwww” feel- maybe for Halloween?? 🙂

Either way, these are an easy and fun fall treat that keeps for weeks when wrapped up in a cello bag.

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe here)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 24 pops)

  • One box of Double Stuf Oreos
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 2 bags of Wilton’s Candy Melts in red, yellow or green
  • About 5 tootsie rolls
  • About 1/4 cup of fondant, colored green (you can make a small batch of this or just purchase a box of Wilton’s)
  • leaf cookie or fondant cutter
  • Heart sprinkles (as desired to decorate)
  • 5-10 Kraft caramels to make worms if desired.

DIRECTIONS:

(if you have never made an Oreo Pop before, our how-to is here)

  • Twist apart all of your Oreos.
  • Melt a small amount of candy melts (<1/4 cup) in the microwave in 3o second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Dip the end of a lollipop stick into the melts, and press into white filling of Oreo. Place other half of cookie back on top and press together.
  • Place Oreo and stick on a cookie sheet. Repeat this process with remaining Oreos, and then freeze all Oreos until firm (10-15 minutes).
  • While Oreos chill, make stems, leaves and decorations.
  • Make stems by rolling tootsie rolls out and cutting into short pieces.
  • Take colored fondant and roll it out. Use leaf-shaped cutter to cut out 24 leaves.

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  • If you want wormy apples, simply unwrap a caramel, roll it out into a thin rope using clean hands, and press little lines in it using a small knife or toothpick. Cut them into little pieces to add as if they are crawling out of each apple.

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  • Melt one bag of Candy Melts using method from above.
  • Once Oreos are chilled, hold with stick and dip into Candy Melts until completely coated.
  • Tap on side of bowl to get excess off, and drag across lip of bowl to scrape excess off back of cookie.
  • Set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Immediately set a tootsie roll stem on the top, along with a leaf.
  • Add any other decorations (hearts? worms…?)
  • Melt and use second bag of Candy Melts when you are finished with the first one.
  • Allow Oreos to harden up (at least an hour) before tying each one up in a bag (or putting them in an air-tight container for storage).
  • Enjoy!

 

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My thoughts: You just can’t go wrong with Oreo Pops. They are one of my favorite things to make because you have fun treats handy for awhile afterward!  These are pretty easy- you might hesitate a little with using fondant if you have never used it before- but you should just give it a try! I don’t cover cakes in it or anything crazy- but I like it for little decorations here and there. My recipe and some tips are here. Otherwise just buy a box of the white fondant! It doesn’t taste as good, but for the little bit you are adding here, it doesn’t matter. I really hope you get a chance to try these! Happy almost-fall to you! ~r

More apple-y ideas here on Easybaked: (click on the photo to see the recipe)

Apple Cupcakes!Inside-out Caramel Apple!!Caramel Apple CupcakesGreen Apple Truffles

Iced Mocha Pops!

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Stir this delicious frozen pop into your coffee, and you have an instant, creamy iced peppermint mocha! 

The heat of summer is here, and I find myself craving iced coffee drinks in yummy flavors. These easy-to-make frozen pops can be stored in your freezer and pulled out any time you have a craving for something a little more fun than just plain coffee!

I made mine with peppermint syrup- but you could certainly make yours with your favorite flavor! Don’t skimp on the chocolate- I used Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce and it is to die for!!  Seriously. Use it.

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Aren’t they so fun?!? And the smiles when you serve these….. love it!

Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS (makes 10 pops)

  • 3 cups of whole milk (if you can get it in your part of the world, Fairlife ultra-filtered milk is SO worth trying. It is unbelievably creamy. I’ve never had milk this good…)
  • 2/3 cup Torani Dark Chocolate Sauce (plus a little to drizzle on top, if desired)
  • 3/4 cup Torani Peppermint Syrup (or whatever flavor you love!)
  • Pink food coloring (if desired- match the color to the flavor you use– you can have several flavors in your freezer and know which is which!)
  • Whipped Cream (to top, if desired)
  • 8 oz. of brewed coffee for each serving
  • Crushed ice

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 2 cups of milk in the microwave or on the stove until warm (not hot).
  • Add Dark Chocolate Sauce and mix until well-combined.
  • Set 10 (3 oz.) paper cups on a small baking sheet and pour Dark Chocolate milk mixture into each cup. Fill them about 2/3 full.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours. Press a wooden dowel into each one (the pointed end helps with this) and re-freeze.
  • Mix peppermint syrup with remaining 1 cup of milk and pour all but about 1/3 cup into each cup, leaving a little room on the top of each pop to add some PINK peppermint milk.
  • Freeze for 3-4 hours (keep unused peppermint milk covered in fridge until you need it).
  • Add pink food coloring to remaining peppermint milk, and pour a little on top of each pop.
  • Freeze overnight.
  • The next day, clip the top of the cup with a scissors and tear away the paper cup. Place uncovered pop on a paper plate or parchment paper in the freezer.

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  • To serve immediately, in a 12-14 oz. cup, brew 8 oz. of strong coffee. I used my Keurig with a dark blend.
  • Place pop into coffee and stir until dissolved. Add a little crushed ice to chill completely and top with whipped cream and chocolate drizzles if desired.

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  • To have a mocha-on-demand, place these little pops into cake-pop cello bags and tie them shut. Keep these frozen for up to a month. When you are craving an iced mocha, simply make coffee and add a pop!
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: Ah….these are so yummy! I love the deep chocolate taste and how it blends with the coffee. I made some with caramel syrup too, and I can’t wait to try others! Give yourself a day to make them, since they have to freeze in stages. I started my first batch in the afternoon and finally put them in to freeze overnight at 10pm! So plan ahead and start them early.

These are so cute in little cello bags with ties- a perfect addition to a coffee bar- just be sure to keep them on ice! Enjoy!!  ~r

Iced Peppermint Mocha Pops

Other coffee themed desserts here on Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Espresso Cookies 6Mocha cupcakes in edible fondant mugMocha Caramel Cream Cupcakes!Spiced Mocha and Tim Tam Slams!

Key Lime Layer Cookies

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Layers of cookie, key lime pie filling, and white chocolate make these an irresistibly refreshing summer treat!

So. You know those new “healthier” Oreo Thins cookies? I found a way to make them unhealthy. Still a reasonable indulgence, but not the super-low calorie tiny sliver of a cookie they were created to be.

I present: Key Lime Layer Cookies!!!!

Key Lime Cookies

Creamy Key Lime filling sandwiched between two Oreo Thins and dipped in white chocolate. YUM!!! These are incredibly easy to put together and such a delicious, creative, and beautiful treat!

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Here’s how we made them: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes 20 cookies)

  • 3/4 cup of key lime juice (I squeezed ’em!)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package of Oreo Thins in vanilla
  • 1 bag of Wilton’s Candy Melts in white
  • Colored sugar (if desired for decorating)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Combine lime juice, condensed milk and egg together in a small mixing bowl.
  • Pour into a small baking dish and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Spoon into a cool bowl and chill in freezer for 30 minutes to cool.
  • While cooling, set 1/2 box of vanilla Oreo Thins out on a baking sheet that will fit into your freezer.
  • After lime filling is chilled, stir and spoon into a large zip-top bag. Clip a corner off and pipe filling on top of each Oreo- not quite going to the edges.
  • Gently set an Oreo Thin on top of the filling. Don’t press too hard or the filling will come out on the edges. Use up all the cookies in the box.

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  • Gently slide this baking sheet into the freezer and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Melt Wilton’s Candy Melts in microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between until smooth.
  • Take chilled cookie and place it into melted chocolate. Quickly spoon over the top and sides.
  • Lift the cookie with a fork and tap on side of bowl until excess drips away. Slide bottom edge of cookie along side of bowl to get rid of excess on bottom and set on parchment paper to harden.
  • Repeat with remaining cookies. You may want to keep cookies in freezer before dipping, and only take maybe 4 or 5 out at a time to work on.
  • Decorate as desired. If you want sugar sprinkles, add these before the candy melts harden back up. 
  • Enjoy!

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My thoughts: These are easy and fun to make, and they keep for up to a week in the fridge! You will have a little pie filling left at the end, but you could get a little more white chocolate and a few more cookies to use it up -if you want. I’d guess you would have enough filling for another 8-10 cookies. Another helpful hint- make sure these are cold when you dip them, and don’t linger and let them sit for a long time in that melted chocolate. Sprinkle sugar on top while they are still melted. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!!  ~r

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Other key lime desserts here on Easybaked: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Key Lime PieKey Lime CakeKey Lime Cupcakes!Key Lime Tartlets

Baked Alaska Cookies!

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These dark chocolate cookies are topped with a scoop of ice cream and a cloud of toasted meringue~ a cookie sized Baked Alaska! So fun!

Baked Alaska is a dessert that is dear to my heart. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mom, sis-in-law and I have celebrated our (nearly-Christmas) birthdays with this dessert. At Christmas, the ice cream of choice is peppermint stick. I made these with Mocha Chip ice cream. Pick your favorite ice cream flavor, and give these sweet mini desserts a try!

Baked Alaska Cookies!!

Oh- and remember that hot fudge sauce I shared here a few days ago? Well…put that to good use here:

Baked Alaska Cookies!

Here is how we made these: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: (makes about 18-22 desserts)

Cookies:

  • 1 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 gallon of ice cream

Meringue topping:

  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar

DIRECTIONS: (note: you will need a Kitchen Torch to toast the tops of these)

Cookies:

  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  • Add butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa together in  large mixing bowl.
  • Blend on medium speed with a mixer until smooth.
  • Gradually add dry ingredients and mix until smooth (use clean hands at the end, to knead into a soft ball of dough)
  • Roll out cookie dough on floured counter, using a floured rolling pin.
  • Cut into 2 1/2″ circles and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.  
  • Bake for 8 to 11 minutes until the edges are firm.
  • Gently slide parchment paper off of cookie sheet and onto a flat surface. Cool. 
  • Place cookies back on cooled cookie sheets and freeze them to get them cold while you make meringue.

Meringue topping: (Don’t be afraid- this is easy! It just takes some quality time with your mixer.)

  • Place egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar in a medium heat-proof bowl that will set on the top of a sauce pan of boiling water without touching the water.  (I had to experiment a bit to find a good fit)
  • Bring water to a boil in the saucepan and set the bowl on top.
  • Whisk ingredients together for about 3-4 minutes.  Sugar will be dissolved and egg whites should be heated to about 145F degrees.
  • Remove bowl from top of sauce pan and beat on low until the mixture thickens a little, then beat on high for about 10 minutes.  The meringue will become the most beautiful, white, glossy mixture.  It should form stiff peaks before you stop beating it.
  • Spoon all that wonderful glossy white yumminess into a bag fitted with a decorating tip.

Assembly of dessert:

  • Assemble one dessert at a time, and then pop it into the freezer immediately.
  • Take a cold cookie, use a small cookie scoop or melon baller and place a scoop of ice cream in the center of the cookie.  Pipe meringue all around it, being careful to seal up all the ice cream at the bottom and them working your way up to a swirled top!

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  • Immediately toast this meringue with a Kitchen Torch to firm up the outside of the meringue and then FREEZE!
  • Serve frozen with a little bit of hot fudge on top.
  • Enjoy!!!!

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My thoughts: **Smile** I loved these…. oh my. SO much! I made a mistake with the ice cream by using yogurt instead- it was softer than ice cream and harder to assemble- so use ice cream! I tried to take a picture of the inside and is was so soft that as soon as I cut into it, it fell apart into a pile of yummy frozen yogurt..that’s why there are no pictures of the insides 🙂 These were well-loved by everyone who tried them- including me!  Enjoy!!!  ~r

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Other mini desserts to try: (click on a photo to be taken to a recipe)

Turtle Cookie CupButterscotch Ice cream towers!!!!S'mores Pie!!!Marshmallow Turtle Pops!

Hot Fudge Sauce

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The dark cocoa flavor of this hot fudge is the perfect topping to any dessert. Never use store-bought sauce again!

This hot fudge is a preview to my next recipe. You will need hot fudge sauce for what is coming this weekend on Easybaked! Whenever I have a dessert that needs a spoonful of hot fudge on top, this is my go-to recipe. It has hardly any ingredients, and it is easy to make, store, and reheat.

Here’s how to make it: (printable recipe)

INGREDIENTS: makes about 2 cups of sauce.

  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (use dark chocolate chips for less sweet sauce,  and milk chocolate chips for more)
  • 2 Tablespoons of butter
  • 1 can (14 oz.) of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a small saucepan, melt chips, butter, condensed milk and water together. Stir until completely smooth.
  • Add vanilla and mix well.
  • Serve warm, or place in an airtight container (or one of these cute jars) -in the fridge for 2-3 days, reheating as needed.
  • ENJOY!!!

Hot Fudge Sauce 2My thoughts: This is my stand-by recipe for hot fudge. I got it from my friend Monica about 20 years ago, and it has stood the test of time – and topped a lot of yummy things over the years!  Stay tuned for a deliciously fun treat to serve with this— coming this weekend!  ~r

Things that need hot fudge on top: (click on a photo to see the recipe)

Fried Ice creamCreamy classic cheesecakeIce cream pie!!!!YUM!!!!!!

Ice Cream Punch Pops!

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Add ginger ale to this cute frozen pop and you’ll have a cup of creamy, fruity, ice cream punch!  A perfect summer treat!

So I have this incredible punch recipe. It is soooooo yummy! I’ve made it for all sorts of parties, showers, picnics, and receptions. I’ve been asked for my recipe so many times that I’m actually surprised I haven’t added it here on Easybaked yet!

Last week I was craving it. I was headed to the pool and thinking about a cup of this creamy summer happiness- but you know punch…you have to throw all the ingredients into a big bowl and it is delicious for maybe an hour- and then it melts and you can’t save it for later. So I sat by the pool and thought about how to make punch in single servings, and these little ice cream punch pops came into being!

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Aren’t they CUTE? I wrapped mine up in cello bags and tied them with ribbons. When anyone wants  cup of punch, all I need is some ginger ale to pour over the top. Stir….. and….

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YUM! Punch in whatever fruit flavor you choose! One cup at a time!

These are fun and fairly easy to put together- they just take some freezer time. Make sure you have some freezer space available- and you need some height- so you can fit them in with those straws poking out of the top. Once they are made, you can place them in cake pop bags and tie them with cute ribbons. This makes storage in the freezer easier and keeps them fresh longer.

Here’s how I put these cute little pops together: (if you prefer a big bowl of punch, put all the ingredients in a punch bowl- but use a little less ginger ale).

INGREDIENTS: (makes 20 pops)

  • 24-30 oz of pineapple juice
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream
  • 1 quart of fruit sherbet- any flavor (I used 3 flavors and only used 1/3 of each quart)
  • 2 liters of ginger ale at room temperature
  • 6-7 strawberries, sliced 
  • 20 (3 oz) paper cups and 20 straws

DIRECTIONS:

  • In 20 small (3 oz) paper cups, measure about 1/8 cup of pineapple juice and add a slice of strawberry
  • Freeze until hard (4-6 hours)

Note: I did this on a small cookie sheet so that I could pop them all into and out of the freezer at once.

  • Scoop ice cream into a large zip top bag and microwave in 10 second increments until soft-serve consistency. Mix bag by squeezing. (Tip: wear gloves to keep your hands warm!)
  • Clip a corner off this bag and squeeze the softened ice cream over frozen juice, leaving room at the top for a layer of sherbet (you will add about twice as much ice cream as sherbet, and use almost all of the ½ gallon)
  • Slide a straw into the center of each cup and re-freeze until ice cream layer is hard (2-3 hours)
  • Scoop sherbet into a large zip-top bag and microwave/squeeze until a soft-serve consistency (this melts faster than ice cream, so be cautious)
  • Clip a corner off this bag and squeeze the softened sherbet over the top of the frozen ice cream. Tap each cup against the counter to flatten the sherbet out a little bit on top.
  • Re-freeze overnight (10-12 hours)

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  • To remove them from the cup, snip a tiny cut into one of the cup’s edges and tear the cup away.
  • Set the pop on a small cookie sheet that has been covered with parchment paper and keep frozen until use.

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  • If you want to place them in individual bags, keep them frozen, and one at a time, slide into a bag, tie shut and refreeze.

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  • To serve these cute little pops, simply place one in a glass that holds at least 12 ounces, and pour room temperature ginger ale over the top- just until the pop is covered. 
  • Stir your punch with the straw until it has melted into a cold frothy ice cream treat!

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My thoughts: I love these! They taste exactly like my favorite punch and I love that I can have a cup of it whenever a craving strikes. I had a party a couple of days ago, and the guests enjoyed choosing a flavor (I made raspberry, lime and orange), and making their own punch! It’s just plain fun. 🙂

Oh- and don’t you love the glasses?!? I’m CRAZY about them! Bring me sunshine!!!!  I found them on Amazon while looking for something entirely different- and knew they would make perfect little punch glasses! They are actually intended to be candle holders- so if you use them you will have to wash by hand. I love them so much I will happily wash by hand every time! They are especially cheery with juice at breakfast! Click on the photo below if you want your own: 

I hope you get a chance to try these fun little punch pops- they really are one of my favorite ideas in awhile 🙂  ~r

Other frozen summer treats here on Easybaked:

Creamy Mango Pops!Frosty Almond Joy Cups!Raspberry Lemon Cream Cups!!!Heath Bar Ice Cream Dessert3

 

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