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RECIPE: Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches on a Stick

August 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dippin’ Stix are manufactured in Minnesota and the world-renowned Minnesota State Fair starts today. The MN State Fair is famous for food “on-a-stick” such as “Cheese-on-a-stick” or “Walleye-on-a-stick” and even a Minnesota classic “Hotdish-on-a-stick,” so we thought it would be fun to do our own version of something-on-a-stick to celebrate our great state fair!

What You’ll Need:
5 trays of Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Peanut Butter
6 slices of bread
Toothpicks
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1. Spread the peanut butter on to each slice of bread. Determine how large you want your sandwiches to be and slice the bread & apples accordingly. We ended up cutting our bread into diagonal quarters and leaving the apple slices intact.
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2. Assemble the sandwiches and stick a toothpick through to hold together. Enjoy these tasty little Sandwiches-on-a-Stick!
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Simplifying, Self Esteem, and Healthy Snacks Have a Lot in Common – Dippin’ Stix Can Help

August 17th, 2015 · No Comments

We’ve all read or heard the ongoing news and reports about the obesity rate in the nation, the need for increasing self-esteem in our youth and young adults, and simplifying our lives to decrease stress. Have you ever wondered what these have in common? Simplifying our lives will decrease the amount of daily stress we endure, which in turn will have us snacking less, losing weight, feeling better, increasing our self-esteem, and eating much, much healthier. Many a healthy snack can be found at Dippin’ Stix. 

 

Researchers have proven over and over again that stress causes one to eat more food at a sitting and snack more often. Many of these snacks are unhealthy, high in calories and fat, and quite costly. Having a fresh snack that also fits into the healthy category is quite difficult to find, let alone a snack that is convenient for our on-the-go society.

 

Life is complicated, and being overweight makes it even more difficult with a culture and media that judge and perceive people who are thin are more successful and socially valuable. With that being said, only you can determine your value. You have the power to choose whether to live a healthy life through diet, exercise, and a strong positive attitude. No one can take that choice away from you.

 

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of single serve snacks with premium dips. Our healthy and nutritious offerings include peeled baby carrots, fresh-sliced apples, and crisp celery sticks.  They’re convenient and ready to eat, and the single serve portions are perfect for the young and the old, lunches, school, sporting events, traveling, or for a mid-afternoon snack.

 

Make your choice to simplify your life, decrease the amount of stress you endure, eat healthy, feel better, and have fun, all while increasing your self-esteem. Simplifying, self-esteem, and healthy snacks do have something in common.  Together they work to make your life a whole lot better, all while having fun and enjoying who we are in a perfectly healthy sort of way! Visit our website to learn more and find a store near you!

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RECIPE: Creamsicle Fruit Dip

August 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember the ice cream trucks that sold those amazingly delicious orange creamsicle treats? Well get ready to re-live that experience as a fruit dip! We couldn’t believe the nostalgia and taste when we tried this recipe. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need:
3 trays of Dippin’ Stix Apples with Yogurt Fruit Dip
2/3 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1.5 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate
1 tsp. honey
Orange food coloring
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1. Mix all ingredients except the apples & food coloring in a medium bowl.
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2. Add 5 drops of orange food coloring and stir until well mixed.

3. Serve with fruit and be amazed!
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Reichel Foods is Hiring!

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Reichel Foods is hiring Food Production, Sanitation, and Distribution Center/Warehouse employees at Reichel Foods Inc., Rochester, MN area. To apply go to http://corpmgmtgroup.com, call CMG at (507)923-4955, or apply in person at 3707 Commercial Drive SW Rochester, MN (Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 4:00).

 

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RECIPE: Roasted Carrot & Spinach Salad

July 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Today is National Fresh Spinach Day & we’ve got a fantastic recipe to accompany a fresh spinach salad.

What You’ll Need:
6 trays Dippin’ Stix Baby Carrots with Ranch Dip
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Olive Oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2-4 cups fresh spinach
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1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Chop carrots & combine with almonds, garlic, and olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Stir to coat. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
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3. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until carrots are tender, not mushy.
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4. Allow to cool to room temperature.

5. Mix together honey & vinegar, drizzle over cooled carrots. Add in cranberries.
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6. Serve over a bed of fresh spinach.
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Eat your colors & enjoy!

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RECIPE: Caramel Apple Pecan Pie Smoothie

July 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Today is Pecan Pie Day! We’re putting a spin on Pecan Pie & turning it into a smoothie. Check out the recipe below.

What You’ll Need:
2 trays Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel
1 cup apple juice
3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
Chopped Pecans
Whipped Cream
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1. Blend apple cider, vanilla ice cream and caramel topping together.
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2. Pour in a large mason jar or in several smaller cups. Serve with whipped cream on top. Top with chopped pecans.
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RECIPE: Apple Caramel Nut Cookie Cup

July 9th, 2015 · No Comments

–It’s National Sugar Cookie Day and we’ve got a delicious recipe for Dippin’ Stix Apple Caramel & Peanuts.

What You’ll Need:
Cookie Cups
3/4 cups butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch

Cinnamon Apples
5 trays Dippin’ Stix Apples, Caramel & Peanuts
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
(Reserve the caramel & peanuts)
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1. Coat the cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray & preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Cream butter & sugars together for 5-7 minutes, until fluffy.

3. Add the egg & vanilla and beat until well combined.
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4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
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5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
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6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. If the centers aren’t cupped enough to add filling, use the end of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a tablespoon to press the center down a bit.

8. While the cookie cups are cooling, combine apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
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9. Add butter and cook apples for about 10-15 minutes, or until at preferred softness.
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10. Top cookie cups with caramel/peanut from the trays and then with the apple mixture.
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Cookie cups can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature for 2-3 days. Best served warm. After they’ve cooled, they can be warmed up in microwave for 5-10 seconds.

Enjoy!

 

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RECIPE: Apple American Flag

July 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Happy Birthday America! Bring Dippin’ Stix to your celebration and put a festive spin on it! Create this easy & fun to make Apple American Flag.

What You’ll Need:
5 pack of Dippin’ Stix Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel
Blueberries
Toothpicks
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1. Place blueberries on 5 toothpicks. Alternate 3 apples per toothpick (skin down, skin up, skin down) to create the rows of the flag.2

2. Serve up these bite size snacks with the caramel from the Dippin’ Stix trays.

Happy 4th of July!

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Healthy Summertime Snacks Can Help Fight Obesity

July 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

When you think of summertime snacks, do frosty milk shakes, ice cream cones, and a quick burger and fries from the local fast food chain come to mind? In the busy world in which we live, time is always something we seem to fall short of, and anything we can do to make our lives easier is always welcomed. We know that cones and shakes are not the best choice in the list of snacking options, but have you ever seriously thought of trying to adopt some healthful snacking and eating habits to work toward a healthier lifestyle? Besides, eating healthier doesn’t have to mean eating expensive, flavorless stuff you distaste. Dippin’ Stix has a wide variety of nutritional and deliciously satisfying offerings that will defeat any summertime “snack-attack!”

Granted, ice cream and milk shakes will definitely help to cool us off, and a burger and fries will hold us over. But what about our health and the health of our children? Our nation is experiencing soaring obesity rates, and an ever-increasing number of Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes. It’s time that we start developing some healthy eating habits and become a role model with our eating behaviors and snack choices. A lack of structure in schedules and meals during the summer months can lead to larger caloric intake and excessive snacking. The importance of low calorie foods and snacks with good nutritional value should be a higher priority for everyone, particularly parents.

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of healthy, nutritional snacks that everyone, at any age, can enjoy. Our single serve packages are perfect for lunches, traveling, sporting events, or just for a snack on the go. Apples, carrots, and celery, along with peanut butter, ranch dressing, and other delightful toppings will keep you begging for more, but that’s okay, because they are healthy, full of nutrients, convenient, and quick. Pick up some Dippin’ Stix today to kick start a healthier lifestyle. Become that role model for co-workers, friends, and family today! Pledge to do your part to stomp out obesity in America one snack at a time. Dippin’ Stix is America’s choice for healthy and nutritious snacks for everyone, no matter your age or gender.

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RECIPE: Apple Blender Waffles

June 29th, 2015 · No Comments

It’s National Waffle Iron Day! Waffle irons originated in Belgium during the 14th century. These early contraptions consisted of two metal plates hinged together. The plates were then attached to a long pole, which allowed the cook to hold the iron over an open fire. In 1869, a man named Cornelius Swarthout patented the first American waffle iron. This device was designed for cooking waffles over the burner of a wood or gas stove. Fifty years later, General Electric began producing the first electric waffle irons for everyday use.

If you’ve got a waffle iron at home, here’s an easy & delicious recipe to try!

What You’ll Need:
2 Trays Dippin’ Stix Apples & Peanut Butter with Chocolate Chips
1 cup oats
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 tsp. baking powder
2 Tbsp. oil
2 Tbsp. sugar
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1. Put all ingredients into a blender (except for the peanut butter/chocolate chips from the Dippin’ Stix trays). Blend until thoroughly combined.
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2. Pour about 1/2 cup of waffle mixture onto a pre-heated waffle iron and cook.
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3. Serve topped with the saved peanut butter & chocolate chips!
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