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Inspiration Challenge: October {Junk Food} & A Giveaway

Sunday I mentioned that I had exciting news to share. Well we’re back! Or I should say Inspiration Challenges are back! Stephanie of Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies and myself got to talking about how much we missed our challenges. They gave us something to look forward to each month and motivated us to want to create more.

This time around we wanted to challenge ourselves to create not only decorated cookies but cakes, cupcakes, recipes and crafts. The challenges will be for a year just like last time. I will host a link-up on my blog for you to link anything you’ve created for the theme. I hope you’ll join us for every challenge. Don’t over think them. Just have fun.


This month’s theme of “Junk Food” was my pick. After all the stress from my blog migration, and needing to get another injection in my wrist, I opted to go with a recipe. Sometimes you just need something sinful to snack on. Halloween is right around the corner so I wanted to make something that would work great for a Halloween party. So without further ado I give you Halloween Trash.

Halloween Trash

Halloween Trash


  • 1 1/2 cups Cheerios
  • 1 1/2 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups Corn Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups pretzels*
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn
  • 18 oz almond bark


  1. Combine all ingredients except almond bark in a large bowl.
  2. Melt almond bark as directed on package and pour over mixture. Mix well by folding until well coated.
  3. Spread evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Keep in a cool place until it sets up.
  4. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.


*I used the square pretzels and snapped them in pieces after I measured them.

I removed the brown M&M's to keep it colorful.

I didn't want too much coating so I only used 18 ounces of almond bark but feel free to use more if you want a heavier coating.

Such a simple recipe that can be adapted with any of your favorite cereals or candies. My husband took this to work earlier this week and the guys loved it. They said it was a great combo of salty & sweet.


Next month our theme is Lazy Sunday Mornings. Now don’t get all panicky on us. Think about what a lazy Sunday morning means to you. What do you do? What do you eat? Create away.

To kick off this year’s challenge Stephanie and I are both having giveaways. You may enter my giveaway for a $25 Amazon gift card below. Then visit’s Stephanie’s Facebook page to enter her giveaway for some fun goodies. Good luck!

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Now let’s head on over to Stephanie’s blog and see what she created. I can’t wait to see. Then come back and link-up your creations.

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Inspiration Challenges are a collaboration between myself and Stephanie of Ellie’s Bite’s Decorated Cookies. There are twelve challenges in a year each with a unique theme. We challenge not only ourselves but you to come up with decorated cookies, cakes, cupcakes, recipes and crafts for each theme. A link-up will be hosted on my site for the duration of the month for you to share what you’ve created for the challenge. We hope that you’ll join in on the fun and can’t wait to see what you’ve created. Let your imagination guide you and inspire you. 

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  1. Oh…I am loving this Halloween Trash…it looks so yummy..and since it has cereal in it…it is totally healthy right?

    My favorite Junk Food?

    Nutella…Reese’s Peanut butter cups…M &M…Puppy Chow…Cheddar and Sour Cream Chips…Dark Chocolate…Frozen Waffles…um…is that enough…I am kinda sorta a junk food addict.

    Welcome back…I am so excited about the Inspiration Challenges!
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  2. This looks soooo good! And so doable. The kids are going to LOVE dumping everything into a bowl and mixing it up. What a great “junk food”!

    • Thanks Stephanie. I had to go easy this month since my wrist is a mess. I should be good to go for next month.

  3. Melody James {Sweet Ivy Confections} says:

    My favorite junk food…Lays potato chips and homemade french onion dip!
    I can’t wait to try this recipe…it looks amazing!m

    • Thanks Melody. Chips and dip are always a great junk food. I’ve been know to empty a bag of chips and a container of dip in one sitting. LOL!

  4. Another fun year of challenges!! So glad you all have decided to do this again. Favorite chunk food? Biscotti Spread on ANYTHING!!!!
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  5. So tell us, what did you do with the brown M&Ms? Hahaha!

    Since I can only handle 5 or 6 candy corn a day, I would sub them with more chocolate. Yummmm!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Thanks Nikki. Ha ha! They are not going to waste that’s for sure 😉

      More chocolate is never a bad thing.

  6. LisaMarie Jenssen says:

    Oh, this is going to be a blast! My favorite junk food is my homemade chocolate covered orange peels. I have to keep it quiet that I am making them or friends and family (and co-workers) beg for a baggie! I love to have them in the fridge. I console myself by saying they are ‘fruit’ (cooked in sugar and orange juice – LOL)…

  7. Claudia Rivera says:

    My favorite junk food is nachos loaded with jalapenos.

  8. Love the “Trash”!

    Favorite junk food? Chips and any dip! Guacamole, salsa, bean dip, anything!
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  9. This is a hard question cause I have so many favorite junk foods… one of my favorite sweets is cookies… anything cookies… on the savory side, who can resist a large platter of nachos, full of gooey cheese, etc… or hamburger sliders. YUM!

    Thanks for your wonderful blog and all the great tutorials.

  10. Favorite junk food would have to be snickers candy bars.

  11. This time of year, it’s candy corn!! During the summer, it’s root beer floats!
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  12. Dorene Ghiglia says:


  13. Would make a great gift idea for anyone, put in a cute pumpkin bowl and give to a friend,

  14. My favorite junk food is potato chips. Any kind, any flavor will do for me! Love this mix. I am making it tomorrow. Thanks!
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  15. I have GOT to try this recipe for our adult Halloween party this year! It looks so yummy & fun! 🙂

  16. Michelelynne says:

    My favorite junk food? Sugar Babies. LOVE them!

  17. Right now I have been loving Cheetos. Yes, I love artificial orange colored things. But, I got through phases. My last phase was kettle potato chips!
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  18. Can I just roll naked in this? Yes, I said that outloud.
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  19. I really like Nachos, Buttery Popcorn, and Sour Cream and Onion Chips with French Onion Dip.
    Hillary recently posted…The Joy of Her HeartMy Profile

  20. My favorite junk food is any snack mix with Chex cereals! Regular Chex Mix, Puppy Chow, any form of “Trash” mix, you name it, I like it!

  21. I love potato chips

  22. Last year, I made a little treat that was pretzels with a chocolate kiss , melted a bit in the oven with a candy corn on top. Salty, sweet, chocolate… awesome

  23. What a great giveaway! And, I love these munchies! Pinned!
    My most favorite junk food is drinking the sweetened condensed milk straight out of the can….with a big straw. I know, terrible! (=
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  24. Favorite junk food is candy but what I nibble on most is my sugar cookies. They are a yummy short bread type of sugar cookie.

  25. ikkinlala says:

    My favourite junk food is chocolate covered pretzels.

  26. My favorite junk food is probably chips!

  27. this looks so yummy, have to make this for the grandkids. thanks

  28. I actually adore white trash or even M&Ms by themselves.

  29. How fun is this! I not a fan of candy corn but could eat m&m’s by the bag {and I mean the sam’s club size}. 🙂 Great post for a “junk food” challenge. Wanted to let you know I am featuring you over at Show Stopper Saturdays!

  30. Hello! This sounds so good. I have been chosen to make goodie bags for this year’s halloween party. I just have a question about this particular recipe. What is the serving size?


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