Nutella Four Ways

Few things in this world are better than Nutella. The chocolaty, sweet hazelnut spread is a beloved European import and has swept the hearts of millions stateside. What doesn’t it go with?! We’d gladly have a spoonful for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

February 5 marks World Nutella Day and February 14 rings in yet another Valentine’s Day, aka the biggest day of the year for chocolate.

All the signs are there – February is the month to go nutty for Nutella.

Make these decadent treats for friends and family or show your Valentine how much you care with Nutella!

Double Nutella Trufflestruffles

These truffles are so good; you may not want to give them out as gifts. Go for it   – keep them all to yourself!

Ingredients

  • 24 Oreo cookies
  • 6 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • ½ cup of Nutella (plus 1 tbsp. for coating)
  • 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  • Place Oreos into a plastic gallon bag. Press out air and seal the bag. With a rolling pin, crush the cookies into extremely fine crumbs. Don’t be afraid to use your muscles!
  • In a large mixing bowl, place cream cheese and allow it to soften slightly. Then add ½ cup of Nutella. Combine with a hand mixer until the mixture is smooth.
  • Add cookie crumbs to the Nutella and cream cheese mixture. Blend with hand mixer until completely combined.
  • With your hands, roll the mixture into one inch balls to form truffles. If the mixture is too messy to roll, place it in a refrigerator and chill for 15 minutes before rolling. Place onto to a tray lined with parchment paper. After the truffles are rolled, place the tray in the freezer and chill for 15 minutes.
  • Before the truffles are almost done freezing, start prepping the chocolate chips for coating. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate chips, remaining Nutella, and vegetable oil. Place the bowl into the microwave for 30 seconds. Take the bowl out of the microwave using an oven mitt and stir the mixture with a spatula. Use caution as the bowl may be hot. Continue this process until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Be careful not to overcook the chocolate.
  • Take the truffles out of the freezer and dip into the melted chocolate to coat. Use a spoon to help coat the truffle entirely. Once covered, place the truffle onto the parchment paper lined tray. Continue until each truffle is covered. Before the chocolate coating starts to set, decorate with festive sprinkles.
  • Place the tray of truffles back into the fridge or freezer to set chocolate. Serve once set or chill overnight.

Nutty Nutella Granolagranola

Granola is healthy, right? Then you shouldn’t feel too bad about snacking on this sweet mix!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup, almonds chopped
  • 1/2 cup Nutella
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable or coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 275 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine oats and chopped almonds.
  • In another microwave safe bowl, combine Nutella, oil, and honey. Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir the mixture until smooth. Add mixture to oats and stir to combine.
  • Pour mixture onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper and spread evenly. Bake for 40 minutes, making sure to stir halfway through the cooking time.
  • After baking, place granola tray in an area to cool for 20 minutes. Don’t touch the granola until it’s done cooling. Once cooled, add chocolate chips and raisins to the mix. Store in an air-tight container.

Nutella Hot Chocolate for Twohotchoc

Get cozy with your Valentine over mugs of this incredibly rich and easy Nutella drink!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 tbsp. Nutella
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Directions

  • Combine milk and Nutella in a saucepan.
  • Simmer over medium heat while whisking the mixture smooth.
  • Once heated and smooth pour evenly into two mugs. Top with whipped cream.

Nutella Stuffed Crescent Rollscrescentrolls

These Pinterest all-stars are addictive and reminiscent of Nutella-filled French croissants. You’ll be grabbing for these one right after another.

Ingredients

  • 1 package crescent rolls
  • 1 jar Nutella
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Open package of crescent rolls over a cutting board workstation and separate the pre-cut triangles of dough.
  • Place about a 1/2 tbsp. of Nutella on the wide end of each dough triangle. If you’d like to add almonds, sprinkle a pinch on top of the Nutella.
  • Roll each triangle into a role starting with the wide, Nutella-covered end. Roll slowly from the wide end to the small end. Make sure the Nutella mixture doesn’t run out of the sides.
  • Place the rolls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 12 minutes.
  • Allow crescent rolls to cool and then top with powdered sugar.

Craving more? Snack on other recipes from our blog! If Nutella isn’t your thing, you’ll be sure to find something that satisfies your palate. Our bakery offers ready-made cookies, cakes, pies and more!

Give Your Football Watch Party an Oklahoma Twist

February 5 is drawing near. It’s the biggest night in football, commercials and snacking. As the pros run drills, you’re prepping big time for the ultimate championship watch party. Leave the sweat to the competing teams. We’ve got your menu planned.

These recipes back flavor. Represented are smoky, Atlanta BBQ and classic Beantown favorites. While Oklahoma doesn’t have a representing pro football team, these recipes include all-star Oklahoma products.

Before you get into cooking mode, draw out your game plan. Make sure the basics are covered and stop by Homeland to pick up deli trays full of your favorite fruits, veggies, cheese and cold cuts. Make it a perfect touchdown and grab pies, cakes and cookies from the bakery.

No matter the outcome of the game, you’ll be the winner of the watch party with these recipes. MVP status? We’d say so.

Bacon_Wrapped_Sausage_100-460-400Bacon Wrapped Sausage Bites

This tasty sausage bite recipe comes from our friends at the Made in Oklahoma Coalition. MIO is an Oklahoma based group that promotes brand awareness and consumer loyalty for Oklahoma food products. This recipe showcases Okie brands at their absolute tastiest.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Set oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cut sausage into fourths and cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each piece of sausage with a bacon half. Secure with tooth pick.
  • Sprinkle Head Country Seasoning on top of sausages.
  • Cover a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper. Place sausages on sheet and bake for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly and arrange on serving tray. Pour syrup, mustard and BBQ sauce into separate bowls for dipping.

Oklahoma Muffin-Top Sliders with Cola pulled pork

Each bite is sweet and savory when you bake a Shawnee Mills Mexican Corn Muffin and top it with cola pulled pork. Simply pick up the mix, add milk and an egg before baking and you’ll have the perfect kickoff to a game day treat.

Serve the pulled pork on top of the cornbread muffins to have an Oklahoma twist on an Atlanta-style barbecue favorite the Atlanta Falcons would be proud of. Garnish the top with some ready-made coleslaw to deepen the southern tradition.

Ingredients

  • Pork roast (4-5 pound shoulder or butt)
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced, dehydrated
  • 2 tsp. onions, minced, dehydrated
  • 14 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground
  • 14 tsp. cayenne pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp. liquid smoke
  • 1 liter Coca-Cola
  • 1 20 ounce bottle Head Country BBQ Sauce 

Directions

  • Bake Shawnee Mill Mexican Corn Muffins according to package instructions. Set muffins aside.
  • Place pork in a slow-cooker. Season with garlic, onion, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Add liquid smoke and pour in Coca-Cola until it reaches the top of the roast.
  • Set slow cooker on low heat and cook for eight hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove roast from slow-cooker to a platter. Remove any bones and trim all fat. With a fork, begin “pulling” pork apart into thin shreds. Add barbecue sauce and fold into meat. Finish by spooning meat on top of cornbread muffins. Serve with coleslaw side or topping.

Boston Bake Beans Okie Style

Beans, beans, the magical and beloved fruit. Take a hint from the New England Patriots and serve Boston baked beans to your guests, albeit with a little more Oklahoma flair. Siekle’s Oklahoma Gold Old Style Mustard will give the beans a bright, tangy flavor while Bar-S Thin Sliced Bacon adds smoky goodness.

Ingredients

Directions

  • Soak navy beans overnight in a large pot or bowl with enough water to cover the beans entirely. Drain beans in the morning.
  • In a bowl, combine brown sugar, molasses and Dijon mustard with hot water.
  • Slice bacon into one inch pieces. Place half of the bacon into the bottom of a slow-cooker. Then lay half of the beans over the bacon and add chopped onion. Repeat layer by topping with the remaining bacon and beans.
  • Pour in the, mustard and water mixture, molasses and brown sugar over all the ingredients.
  • Set slow cooker on low for seven to eight hours. Allow guests to serve themselves buffet style.

SpicyOklahomaCaviar-460-400Spicy Oklahoma Caviar

Get fresh and fancy by serving ‘Okie’ caviar. This dish is yet another one of MIO’s great Oklahoma-centric recipes! Check out their entire recipe catalogue if you’re hungry for more state-made products.

Ingredients

  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 cans black eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can hominy, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup Head Country Garden Rich Salsa
  • Salt and pepper for seasoning

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover with lid or foil and chill overnight or for several hours.
  • Serve to guest with corn chips or tortilla chip! It’s also great as a side.

Want more recipes for game day? Check out our cheese and veggie platter how-to articles!

Wedding Cakes and Homeland: The Perfect Match

Jennifer slowly spins the cake on her turntable, smoothing bright white icing onto the sides of the vanilla layers.

“Most of the time it’s just a gentle touch,” she said as she finished icing the wedding cake.

Simple is in this year, said Jennifer Akers, assistant manager and head cake decorator at the Homeland Store at 9552 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City. Couples are opting for rustic, basic looks. One popular order is for a simple, tiered cake topped with colorful fresh flowers added on the day of the ceremony.

“The more basic, clean, rustic look is what people are looking for,” Jennifer said.

Homeland Wedding Cake from Homeland Stores on Vimeo.

Homeland Stores offers wedding cake services at 10 locations throughout Oklahoma.

“I love the creativity and fun part of the job,” Jennifer said. “You see the end result. It starts so basic and then it turns into something amazing.”

Wedding Cake Price Tags

The average American wedding costs $32,641, according to a recent national survey. The cake alone costs brides and grooms an average of a whopping $575, and that price tag is rising. But couples need more affordable options that don’t sacrifice quality, taste or beauty. That’s why Oklahoma couples trust Homeland.

“We want to offer something other than just your basic, run-of-the-mill sheet cake,” said Ashlee Trotter, spokeswoman for Homeland. “We want to take it to the next step, where it’s personalized. We want to give the customer empowerment to make a one-of-kind cake that’s specific to their party theme.”

Homeland Wedding Cakes

Wedding cake services are offered at 12 Homeland locations:

  • Ardmore — 205 N. Commerce Street
  • Edmond — 1151 N. Bryant Avenue
  • Muskogee — 2410 Chandler Road
  • Norman — 2600 N. Robinson and 1251 Alameda Street
  • Oklahoma City — 7001 NW 122, 9335 N. May Avenue, and 10700 S. Pennsylvania
  • Pryor — 925 S. Mill Street
  • Yukon – 2400 S. Cornwell
  • Clinton – 1200 Gary Blvd.
  • Duncan – 1401 Beech Ave

Other Cake Services

You can order pre-designed cakes on our site, and you can also build your own custom creation. We offer a variety of cake options at nearly every Homeland store.

If you’re planning a wedding and are in search of a beautiful, delicious cake that won’t break the bank, contact one of the 12 Homeland locations listed above.