Chedz Chocolate Pecan Dates Eggs – Courtesy of Susan Hall

If you LOVE dates, you will love them with Chedz, chocolate and pecans.  Try these “eggs” for different occasions such as Easter.  You can mix up the sprinkles to your liking with coconut, nuts, sprinkles and whatever you can dream up!  Your guests will find a delicious surprise in every bite!

 

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Chedz Chocolate Dates Pecan Eggs - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Select 6 short Chedz sticks from the bag. Use the Medjool Dates as a length reference.
  2. Cut each Medjool Dates lengthwise and take out the pit. Do not cut all the way through the dates.
  3. Smear almond butter inside each Medjool Date.
  4. Stuff 1 pecan half in each date.
  5. Stuff 1 Chedz sticks in each date.
  6. Carefully close the dates together and form an egg like shape by trying to seal the top together as closely as possibly. It is ok if the Chedz sticks breaks inside.
  7. Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwavable safe bowl and microwave on high for about 1 minute 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. If the chocolate chips have not fully melted, put back in the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds, watching to ensure that it does not burn.
  8. Dip each date in the chocolate, allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl, then carefully place the date on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Sprinkle the tops of the dates with preferred toppings to taste.
  10. Put the dates in the refrigerator to allow chocolate to set up. Serve when ready. The Chedz may get mushy in the refrigerator for an extended amount of time so it is recommended that the chocolates are consumed timely. But, you shouldn't have any problems making these treats disappear quickly! :)
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Chedz Jalapeños Rings & Cheese Crisps – Courtesy of Susan Hall

This is a recipe that you can make and have 2 different types of appetizers at one time!  If you want to bring the Chedz heat up an extra notch and you like jalapeños, definitely try this!

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Chedz Jalapeños & Cheese Crisps - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Preheat oven to 450 F degrees.
  2. Crush Chedz into fine crumbs by using a rolling pin, food processor or Magic Bullet.
  3. Slice your jalapeno into thin slices or rings. Cut out seeds if you don't want them spicy.
  4. Toss jalapeno slices or rings with olive oil, Chedz crumbs, and your choice of spices: onion powder, garlic powder and/or salt,
  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until jalapeno slices are crispy.
  6. Remove jalapenos from the oven and let cool.
  7. Lower oven temperature to 400 F degrees. Place the jalapenos slices on another plate or tray. Re-line your baking tray with parchment paper.
  8. Cut choice of cheese slices in half.
  9. Place 12 half slices of cheese on the parchment paper. Put one slice of jalapenos ring on the edge of the half cheese slice. See pic.
  10. Fold over the half cheese slice to cover the jalapenos ring. See pic. You will have some left over jalapenos rings that can be used as a crunchy appetizer, in addition to the cheese crisps to add variety.
  11. Bake for about 10-20 minutes or until cheese is crispy. Provolone and Havarti a little longer to bake. Be sure to check after 5 minutes so they don't burn. Remove from oven, let cool, then season with salt if desired. Serve with your favorite sauce.
Recipe Notes

Recipe inspired by: http://www.cottercrunch.com/gluten-free-low-carb-baked-jalapeno-cheese-crisps/

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Chedz Peanut Butter Chocolate Sticks – Courtesy of Susan Hall

Chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination and they are superb with Chedz sticks.  They are quick and easy to make when you have a craving for something sweet.  These may also remind you of your favorite chocolate Halloween candies.  Make them to find out which one(s) they remind you of! 🙂

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Chedz Peanut Butter Chocolate Sticks - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Spread peanut butter on each Chedz sticks (as thick or thin as you prefer) and put on plate that can go in the refrigerator or freezer.
  2. Put in refrigerator for 20 minutes to 1 hour (depends on how cold your refrigerator is. You can also put the sticks in the freezer for faster process.
  3. Once the peanut butter has harden enough to dip in chocolate, take out. Line a plate or small pan with parchment paper.
  4. Put 3-4 ounces of chocolate chips in a microwaveable bowl and 1/2 TSP of coconut oil. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir and microwave in increments of 30 seconds until melted; watch carefully so it does not burn. Approximate time is 1 minute 30 seconds.
  5. Dip each stick in chocolate, remove excess chocolate and place on parchment paper until completed.
  6. Put the sticks in the refrigerator for the chocolate to harden (about 30 minutes to 1 hour). Store in airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Chedz Cheese and Ham Sandwiches – Courtesy of Grant Hall

We love this kid and appetizer friendly recipe that our oldest son, Grant, created.  He is excited to take these little sandwiches to school and make them on his own.

Watch Grant’s instructional video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxAgQzDNG4g

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Chedz Cheese and Ham Sandwiches - Courtesy of Grant Hall
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  • 12 Sticks Chedz (Any Flavor) More or less depending on number of desired sandwiches
  • 12 Pieces Cheese Any flavor cut into quarters
  • 12 Pieces Ham Or preferred meats such as turkey cut into similar quarters as cheese
  • Optional Toothpicks Use if preferred
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  • 12 Sticks Chedz (Any Flavor) More or less depending on number of desired sandwiches
  • 12 Pieces Cheese Any flavor cut into quarters
  • 12 Pieces Ham Or preferred meats such as turkey cut into similar quarters as cheese
  • Optional Toothpicks Use if preferred
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  1. Cut cheese into 4 quarters to equal 24 pieces (if making 12 sandwiches); more or less if preferred.
  2. Cut ham or desired meat into similar quarter pieces to equal 12; more or less if preferred.
  3. To assemble: place piece of cheese on the bottom, add meat, add Chedz sticks, add cheese. Insert toothpick if using. Repeat for the remainder 11 sandwiches or desired number.
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Chedz Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches – Courtesy of Parker Hall

Here is a kid-friendly recipe that our youngest son created and kids can make this on their own!  If there are peanut allergies, omit the peanut butter or use a substitute.  Watch Parker’s instructional video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwPCGxOC5js

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Chedz Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches - Courtesy of Parker Hall
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  1. Pair similar size Chedz sticks on a plate or surface. Put the bumpy sides together and the smooth sides on the bottom and top.
  2. Smear peanut butter on one stick (on the bumpy side) and jelly on the other stick. Put sticks together. Repeat for next 11 sandwiches (more or less as needed).
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Chedz Cheese Football – Courtesy of Susan Hall

We discovered how easy it is to make a cheese football decorated with Chedz sticks.  This recipe uses the similar base recipe as the Mini Chedz Cheese Ball recipe on this sight.  Any cheese ball recipe will work.  Follow the instructions to decorate the football.  Putting the Chedz sticks on the cheese football was almost like completing a puzzle.  It was fun to find the right size sticks (Chedz sticks vary in sizes) to decorate the cheese ball.  Try it yourself!

 

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Chedz Cheese Football - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl with an electric mixer until completely blended.
  2. Place the cheese mixture in the refrigerator to harden to make it easier to roll up into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Take the cheese mixture out of the refrigerator and place the cheese mixture onto a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper and form it into the shape of a football.
  4. Decorate the cheese football with the Chedz sticks (this is the fun part!) until cheese is fully covered.
  5. To add "laces", take a slice of mozzarella cheese or any preferred white cheese (even a stick of string cheese will work) and cut it into thin slices. Cut one long slice for the center of the football and smaller slices for the laces. Place the long slice horizontally along the center of the football, then arrange the small slices horizontally on top.
  6. Add the remaining Chedz around the football on the serving platter so guests can use those for dipping.
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Chedz Mini Cheese Balls – Courtesy of Susan Hall

Wouldn’t it be fun for your guests to have their own mini cheese balls with Chedz to dip them in?  If so, be sure to try out this recipe.  Similar to our other recipes, you can adapt this to your own taste (roll the cheese balls in whatever ingredient you LOVE) and make your own beautiful presentation for any season.

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Chedz Mini Cheese Balls - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Mix cream cheese, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, salt and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl with an electric mixer until completely blended.
  2. Place the cheese mixture in the refrigerator to harden to make it easier to roll up into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Take the cheese mixture out of the refrigerator and using a tablespoon, scoop out portion of cheese and roll into a ball. Put on parchment paper or serving platter. Roll until complete. You will get approximately 12-13 tablespoon size cheese balls.
  4. Put out the assorted rolling ingredients in separate bowls: bacon bits, chopped fresh parsley, chopped nuts, Chedz crumbs. Roll each cheese ball in the desired ingredients.
  5. When completed with rolling, place a Chedz stick in the middle tops of each ball. You will need to re-shape the ball once you insert the Chedz stick. Serve with additional Chedz for dipping!
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Chedz Smokies – Courtesy of Susan Hall

Serve these easy to make Chedz Smokies at a party, Super Bowl or game day and they will surely go fast!  Guests will love the surprise Chedz crunch in the middle!  It just takes a few ingredients to whip these up just in time for your event.  The recipe is easy to double or triple!

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Chedz Smokies - Courtesy of Susan Hall
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  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 puff pastry dough sheet (has 3 panels) flat.
  4. Cut the 3 panels down each seam so that you will have 3 separate sheets.
  5. Cut each panel into 4 pieces (about 2 x 3). In total, you will have 12 pieces of dough after cutting the 3 panels into four pieces.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and salt for egg wash.
  7. Take each Lit’l Smokies® and slit it down the middle lengthwise (far enough to insert a stick of Chedz in the middle). Insert 1 stick of Chedz in the middle of the Lit’l Smokies®. See pic.
  8. Roll each Chedz Lit’l Smokies® in 1 puff pastry piece. Add shredded cheddar cheese on top of Smokies if preferred or omit. Seal with some egg wash. Repeat until finished.
  9. Place pastry-wrapped Chedz Smokies on parchment-lined baking sheets (seems down) and lightly brush with remaining egg wash. Sprinkle with poppy seeds (optional). Please note: Ensure that seems are secure with egg wash as it will puff up and tear during baking if not secure.
  10. Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top of Chedz Smokies (about 1/4 cup).
  11. Bake until puffed and golden, about 10-12 minutes. Watch carefully after 10 minutes to ensure tops do not burn.
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Turkey Chili Recipe with Chedz – Courtesy of Natalie Craig

This divine turkey chili recipe with Chedz is great after Thanksgiving leftovers, cold days and on game days.  You can also substitute chicken.  Chedz goes well crumbled on top of chilis and soups or add the sticks directly on top!  In either form, it makes chilis and soups more exciting to the palette!

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Turkey Chili Recipe - Courtesy of Natalie Craig
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  1. Cook onion and peppers in oil until soft, 5-10 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, salt, cumin, coriander and oregano. Stir and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. If making with cooked turkey, go to the next step. If using uncooked chicken, add broth, chicken and beans to pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer. Simmer until chicken is cooked through (15-20 mins). Remove chicken to cool, then shred using 2 forks.
  3. Add turkey (or chicken) to heated broth and stir in salsa verde, lime juice and cilantro. Heat through.
  4. Right before serving, add Chedz crumbs or sticks on top and enjoy!
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Chedz Turkey Cheese Ball

Want to add a festive appetizer for Thanksgiving?  Try our simple Chedz Turkey Cheese Ball recipe.  Kids can have fun decorating the cheese ball.  This cheese ball was inspired by the following recipe on All Recipe Cheese Ball 1.

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  1. Chop pecans (you can also put in food processor). Toast chopped pecans in oven at 275 degrees for about 10 minutes watching it closely so it doesn't burn. Set aside for later.
  2. Crush Chedz into crumbs (you can also put in food processor). Set aside for later.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together cream cheese, Cheddar cheese, and dressing mix. You can also mix in a food processor.
  4. Form into one large ball or two smaller balls.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  6. Take the cheese ball out of refrigerator and shape. Roll in the chopped pecans. Then roll in the Chedz crumbs.
  7. Decorate the cheese ball. -Put the pretzel twist in the ball as the neck -Using spare cream cheese, dip chocolate chip pieces to make the eyes -Using spare cream cheese, dip candy corn to make the beak -Using the Chedz sticks, make the feathers -Using the thin pretzel sticks, add the additional feathers ENJOY!
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