A Summer Chocolate Swim Party

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With the forecast promising scattered thunderstorms this whole week, we were lucky we got a couple hours of partial sun for some swimming fun. I packed up some of our new favorite TWIX Bites goodies (and a few other healthier options) in our fun new picnic basket for a portable chocolatey party of fun.

Did you know TWIX had babies? The yummy candies now come in bite sized, unwrapped bags which are dangerous for snacking and perfect for baking! I had lots of fun coming up with fun ways to use TWIX Bites in a couple recipes (scroll to the bottom of the post for directions).

I found that for summer, as convenient as paper goods may seem, I really love having some durable plastic plates (and straws!) to haul around. You can reuse them, which is great, and they’ve heavy enough they don’t blow away in the wind (we lost a few striped napkins yesterday ;).

^^I picked everything we needed for these TWIX Bites brownies from Walmart (and Ben ate a whole bag of the TWIX Bites before I got around to baking them…whoops).

^^miss Maddie Elizabeth is getting too big too fast – love this baby girl 
^^The banana bread was the biggest hit – with TWIX Bites chopped up into small pieces it just added a little chocolate caramel umph (recipe at the bottom of the post) 
^^love the cute little straws from “Oh Joy’s” summer collection for Target (i just threw them in the dishwasher after the party to reuse) 
^^chopping up a cucumber and a pepper is an easy (and much cheaper) alternative to a veggie tray

^this face
^^I’m no soda lover so these mini cans of sparkling juice are perfect

^little Tate was fascinated with my Jellies (this inspection lasted at least a minute and a half and then he played catch with Ben using it in the pool for another fifteen minutes)
^photo evidence of the pool/shoe game…who needs beach balls?

^the cutest picnic basket makes for a portable party

Click through for a coupon and the recipes for the caramel brownies, TWIX banana bread, and a little TWIX trifle (the perfect use for the edges of the brownies):

TWIX Caramel Brownies:

Recipe: click here for the homemade caramel brownie recipe (but leave out the pecans).

For the frosting

  • 1 1/2  C Powder Sugar
  • 1/2 C softened butter
  • 2 TBSP caramel sauce
  • 1 TBSP hot water

If you want a thinner frosting, continue adding dashes of water until the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

I love serving brownies in little circles (cut with a juice cup) but it leaves a lot of scraps that we end up just snacking on for a day or two. This trifle is the perfect way to incorporate those brownie scraps (even if they’re a few days old)!

TWIX Caramel Trifle:

What You’ll Need:

  • whipped cream (you could use cool whip) 
  • caramel sauce
  • brownie bits
  • bite size twix 
  • chocolate pudding
What You’ll Do:
  • Layer on the goodness! You can layer them however you like but I started with twix pieces at the bottom, followed by chocolate pudding, brownie bits, whipped cream, more chocolate sauce, more brownie bits, more whipped cream, and topped off with a mini twix and caramel sauce. 

TWIX Banana Bread:

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 stick butter, softened (1/2 C)
  • 1 C white sugar
  • 1 tsp Mexican vanilla (substitute regular if needed)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt 
  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 2 1/2 mashed bananas (1 C)
  • 1/2 C sour cream
  • 1 bag chopped mini Twix 
  • powdered sugar (for the glaze) 

What You’ll Do:

  • Cream butter and sugar. 
  • Add eggs and vanilla. 
  • Stir in salt and baking soda. 
  • Add flour bit by bit until combined. 
  • Fold in mashed bananas, sour cream, and chopped twix. 
  • Bake at 350 for an hour. Check with a fork or toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. If not, cook for another few minutes and check again. 
  • Cool for 10 – 15 minutes in the pan and then remove. 
  • Drizzle with a light glaze (combine a cup of powdered sugar and a teaspoon or so of water, add more water or powdered sugar as necessary). 
  • Enjoy! 
Want to pick up your own bag of Twix Bites (although you’ve been warned – the fact that they’re unwrapped maxes it too easy to eat a full bag)? Click here for a coupon that gets you a dollar off when you buy two 2.83 oz bags of Twix Bites or three dollars off of two 6 oz or larger bags. Or click here for a dollar off of any two Mars bite sized bags of candy, two oz or larger.

^^you can find the bite sized chocolates in the candy aisle (but not next to the wrapped bags)


  1. What a beautiful day! You have a beautiful family. That chocolate party is a wonderful idea! LOVE IT!

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