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DIY Patriotic Candy Poppers

A great activity for this patriotic week–everyone is sure to have a blast making these patriotic candy poppers.

What you’ll need:

  • toilet paper tubes
  • scrapbook or cardstock paper
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon/string
  • candy and confetti
  • adhesive-hot glue gun, glue sticks, double stick tap, glue dots or tape runner
  • scissors

Steps:

1.Measure the length of your toilet paper tubes and cut a strip of scrapbook or cardstock paper to wrap around it. Use adhesive to secure.

2. Cut a piece of tissue paper that will fit inside the toilet paper tube–the circumference. Line the bottom inside edge of the tube with adhesive. Press the tissue paper on adhesive all around the inside circumference. This will the be the tail of your popper.

3. Gather the tissue paper together once adhered to tube and tie with ribbon or string. Cut off excess tissue paper. You only need a few inches of tissue paper below where the ribbon/string is tied.

4. Cut a large half circle out of scrapbook/cardstock paper and roll into a cone. Trim to desired length.

5. Fill tubes with candy and confetti. Line the top edge of toilet paper tube with adhesive and secure cone top onto the tube.

6. When you are ready to celebrate hold the toilet paper tube and pull the tied tissue paper section and POP to get your sweet surprise!

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

Fruit Sparklers

watermelon and blueberry star shaped skewers

These fruit sparklers are sure to be the star of your 4th of July festivities. They’re easy to make, and even easier to enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 whole watermelon

16 oz fresh blueberries

Skewers

Instructions:

Slice watermelon into 1 inch thick, vertical slices. Then use a small star shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes. This is possible to achieve from making a star out of a knife, which we wish you luck on this endeavor!

Add about 10 blueberries onto your skewers, and leave a bit of room at the bottom for room to hold.

Add your watermelon star to the top of the skewer and your fruit sparklers are ready to go. Cover and refrigerate for a later snack. Enjoy!

Father’s Day Food Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is this Sunday so it is time to decide how you are going to celebrate the men in your life. We all know that the way to any man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not get a gift that will have his heart and his stomach smiling? We have put together a list of 15 ways you and your kids can show love this Father’s Day with food.

  • Soda: You’re the best POP!
  • Nuts: We are NUTS about you Dad!
  • Fresh Baked Muffins: We would be MUFFIN without you Dad!
  • Popcorn: To the best POP in the world!
  • Swedish Fish: You’re a CATCH! Happy Father’s Day!
  • Reeses Pieces: We love you to PIECES Dad!
  • Kit Kat: Take a break today Dad! You deserve it!
  • Donuts: Donut you know? You’re an awesome Dad!
  • Pops Basket (include Corn Pops, Pop-Tarts, Popcorn, Pop Rocks, Poppyseed muffins, Quaker Popped Chips: Happy POPS Day!
  • Fruit Basket: We are BANANAS about you Dad!
  • Pizza: Any way you slice it…you’re the best Dad!
  • Peanut M&Ms: To my slightly nutty but sweet Dad!
  • Ice Cream: Dad, you’re the COOLest!
  • Fresh Baked Cookies: Dad, you’re one smart COOKIE!
  • Chocolate Covered Cinnamon Bears: We love you BEAR-Y much!

Apple Dips

Dip it real good with these candy inspired apple dips.

Peanut Butter Cup Apple Dip

Peanut Butter Apple Dip with Peanut Butter Candies and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup butter, softened

¼ cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup peanut butter cups, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix butter and cream cheese until smooth and well combined

Add in brown sugar, peanut butter and vanilla extract

Fold in chopped peanut butter cups

Serve dip right away or keep in refrigerator. Allow dip to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving if refrigerated.

Caramel Apple Candy Dip

Apple Dip with Chocolate and Peanut Candy and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 tablespoons caramel syrup, divided

6 fun size caramel, nougat, and peanut candies, chopped

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, mix cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons caramel syrup until well combined

Fold in half of the chopped Snickers.

Top with remaining Snicker pieces and drizzle on the remaining 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup.

Serve dip right away or refrigerate.

Caramel Apple Toffee Dip

Caramel Apple Dip with Toffee Crumbles and Apple Slices

Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese, softened

½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk

½ tablespoon vanilla extract

3 toffee candy bars, crushed

3 tablespoons caramel sauce

Sliced apples for dipping

Directions

In large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth, add in powdered sugar and beat until well combined.

Mix in milk and vanilla.

Fold in crushed toffee candy bars and then drizzle caramel sauce on top.

Serve right away or refrigerate.

Food Club Edible Cookie Dough

The best thing about cookies is that the dough is as good as the cookie! Make this edible cookie dough with your pantry staples for a quick and delicious dessert.

Ingredients:

1 cup Food Club brown sugar

1/4 cup Food Club sugar

1 cup Food Club butter, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

2 cups Food Club flour

2 tsp. Food Club milk

1 cup Food Club chocolate chips

Instructions:

In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla extract salt and mix well.

Measure out your flour and heat in the microwave for 1 minute or until it reaches 166 degrees.

Mix the flour into the dough mixture until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Serve chilled or room temp and enjoy!



Potato Packets

These potato packets make a great meal or side dish that you can customize for any pallet. Heat them up in the BBQ or oven and top with your favorite toppings.

Ingredients:

1 russet potato

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tsp. olive oil

1 square foot aluminum foil

Toppings may include cheese, buffalo sauce, sour cream, bbq sauce, chives, chili and more!

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 375 degrees or preheat your grill. Wash and dry the potatoes and slice evenly- about 1/2 inch.

Spread out your aluminum foil and lightly grease it. Add your potatoes, drizzle lightly with olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Wrap your potatoes and give them a good shake so that everything is well coated.

Bake in the oven for about 45 minutes. Once they are done, they should be tender. Top with your favorite topping and enjoy!

Puffy Paint Activity

Making puffy paint is a simple way to do arts and crafts with the whole family. Using ingredients from your pantry, make any assortment of colors and start painting the day away!

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

Assorted food coloring

Instructions:

Add flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Add 1 tsp. of water at a time until you get a thin paste. Split mixture into bowls and dye each bowl with whatever color you please. Load into squeeze bottles, paint bottles, or brushes.

Food Club Tuna Melt

Elevate your classic tuna Sandwich easily for a twist on a lunch favorite. Find our recommended additions below.

Ingredients:

2 slices of your favorite bread

1 can Food Club Tuna

1/4 cup Food Club Mayonnaise

1 tbs. Lemon Juice

Salt & Pepper to taste

Handful of sprouts

Freshly cut tomato

Instructions:

Start toasting 2 slices of bread in the toaster or in a pan. In a medium bowl, mix tuna, mayo, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Once your toast has finished, layer tomato, tuna mixture and sprouts on top for the ultimate tuna sandwich.

We’re in this together.

Dear valued guest,

As a local grocer, we know you place significant faith in us, and we do not take your commitment lightly. We want to share the steps we’ve taken to help prevent community spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19 and make sure you have a way to contact us as we work through this situation together. We have:

Reviewed all cleaning and sanitizing procedures across our stores and have increased the frequency and diligence placed into these efforts, including adding an hourly cleaning checklist to verify every department is being cleaned and approved, including disinfecting our check stands and carts after each use. 

Encourage senior, immune compromised and disabled guests to shop between 7am and 9am for a less busy store experience.

Instructed checkers and front end teams to sanitize whenever they interact with cash or checks. 

Introduced COVID-19 emergency leave policy or the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to assist team members if they get sick or need to care for a family member who gets sick during the pandemic.   

Those with special consideration are encouraged to shop between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM. 

Introduced safety shields at our check stands and pharmacies to help encourage better social distancing. 

Installed floor graphics to help shoppers maintain the recommended six feet of distance while in line. 

Installed signage, like symptoms of COVID-19 and social distancing. 

Center for Disease Controls educational materials in all restrooms and breakrooms focused on proper social distancing and hand washing, as well as trained our team on the CDC’s recommendations on prevention. 

Added in-store signage to communicate COVID-19 symptoms. 

We offer curbside and delivery options through our email. 

Honor our Neighborhood Heroes

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During this challenging time, individuals have come together to help, and we want to recognize their great efforts.

Visit: www.afstores.com/neighborhoodto nominate your neighborhood heroes to receive a $100 gift card.

Promotion ends 4/29/2020.