19 Ways to Take Advantage of National Junk Food Day


We need to find a new name for junk food, don’t we?

Is this the healthiest stuff you’ll ever eat? No, of course not.

But is it junk?!? Pishaw!

The following recipes are all tasty treats that you totally deserve to enjoy after a long day of work… or dealing with family members… or for any reason, really.

Junk food? More like awesome food!

  1. M&M Brownies Recipe
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    • Hello, Food Fanatic fans! I’m back with another easy chocolate recipe for you. I’m really digging being the resident chocolate addict. It’s a pretty cool gig. My family and friends always ask me why I’m always in such a good mood. I usually tell them when you love your job it makes your life so much happier. …
  2. Chocolate Caramel Candy Recipe
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    • Making candy is a year round treat for me and my family. I love to make homemade caramel every Christmas, and use some of that caramel to make turtles. However, sometimes during the year, while I crave those turtles, I just don’t have an hour to make caramel. I want to be sitting outside reading …
  3. Boozy Cadbury Creme Egg Milkshake Recipe
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    • When I was a kid the Cadbury Crème Eggs belonged to my dad. He almost always tried to steal them from my Easter basket and would then hoard them like a squirrel saving acorns for the winter. I was always onto him, but honestly I didn’t mind. I would just steal his Reese’s peanut butter …
  4. Oreo Cookie Balls Recipe
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    • Sometimes it takes me a while to catch up with trends. I probably shouldn’t admit that I’ve never made Cake Pops or Push-Up Cakes, and don’t even get me started on the Macaron debacle! So, it should come as no surprise that I’m just now getting around to making Oreo Cookie Balls for the first time. …
  5. Malt Ball Fudge Recipe
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    • I think I’ve decided that making fudge is one of my most favorite things to do! And it’s seriously so easy too. I don’t use a candy thermometer for this recipe, it’s seriously fool proof! This Malt ball fudge comes together in no time at all. My girls were sitting eating breakfast, and the idea …
  6. Heath Bar Cookies Recipe
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    • Growing up, Heath Bars were a staple item in our home. My dad is a self-professed chocolate and toffee lover; so naturally, Heath Bars are pretty much his favorite thing – ever. I wasn’t so fond of them when I was a kid, so they’d stay out in the open unlike the Nerds and Taffy …
  7. Chocolate Rum Balls Recipe
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    • I have been so busy this month! I had all these plans for recipes all month long and the past couple weeks have been way too busy with other things going on in my life to be able to share all what I wanted to make and blog about. Looks like I might be saving …
  8. Cotton Candy Layer Cake Recipe
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    • I have heard rumors that cotton candy is meant for children, but I have difficulty believing this to be true. Because eating cotton candy is equivalent to eating heaping spoonfuls of straight up sugar. And while I’m sure that is a delightful experience, it is not very socially acceptable. And certainly isn’t conducive to good …
  9. Candy Apples Recipe
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    • Today I’m stepping out of my “chocolate fanatic” box to share some Candy Apples. If you’re going to take a break from chocolate, I think candy is the perfect way to do that. Step away from one sugary treat right towards another sugary treat. Seems about right for a gal like me. This week Food Fanatic is having …
  10. Pumpkin Snickers Cupcakes Recipe
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    • I’m not sure if you know this about me, but I’m pretty much a candy expert. If there was ever such a thing as a PHD in candy, I’d have all the fancy degrees hanging on my office wall. It wouldn’t be unusual for me to get an urgent phone call at 3 am and have to …
  11. Homemade Nestle Crunch Recipe
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    • I’m a big fan of melting chocolate chips and adding stuff, because it’s easy to do and tastes awesome. Case in point, bacon chocolate pops. Candy bars fall into this category of melting chocolate chips and adding stuff. In the time it takes you to get to the store and back, you can make your own copycat Nestle …
  12. Valentine’s Day Chocolate Bark Recipe
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    • There is no good way to do this, so I’m just going to come out and say it. I do not enjoy classroom holiday parties. I realize that there are mothers who thrive in this type of environment. I know this because I see these moms, patiently handing out cupcakes, setting them on paper napkins laid …
  13. Peanut Butter Swirled Brownies Recipe
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    • Now here’s something I’ve wanted to do forever. I keep meaning to make brownies with a peanut butter swirl on top, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet. There’s always so many other peanut butter recipes I want to try. I finally made a version of peanut butter swirl brownies, and they could not be easier or …
  14. Spring Chick Cupcakes Recipe
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    • Although I am thrilled by the arrival of spring, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t mourning the passing of a snow-less winter. How are people expected to live without a single snowy day, that’s what I want to know? A snowy day is the national holiday of readers and bakers across the …
  15. Mexican Coconut Candy Recipe
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    • There’s a few different variations on Mexican coconut candy. I’ve seen a really pretty version that is striped and tri-colored – green, white, and red – not unlike the stripes on a Mexican flag. It’s a very neat candy to look at, but it’s a bit labor-intensive to make. Another variation on Mexican coconut candy is called …
  16. Rocky Road Clusters Recipe
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    • There are two things I’m totally digging right now: Both of which are not very friendly to my waistline! But a craving is a craving! And since I haven’t yet figured out how to make a fun candy recipe with cheese… we’ll talk about food covered in chocolate instead! A few weeks ago I was looking for an easy …
  17. Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Cups Recipe
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    • These peanut butter cup brownie cups were supposed to be a gift to my neighbors as a thank you for the fresh eggs they regularly drop off. They didn’t make it. They had no chance of lasting that long. Look at them though. It’s plain to see why. I really believed that I was going to take these to …
  18. Almond Joy Recipe
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    • Chocolate, coconut, and almonds. It’s a classic combination that so many of us love. In fact, my only complaint about Almond Joys is that you only get two tiny bars in the standard package. I mean… what is that about?? I want to know who thought that was a good idea. Who sat there and said, ‘why …
  19. Cookies and Cream Fudge Recipe
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    • I have always been the neighbor or family member who brings fudge to every holiday get together. Christmas? Everyone’s doing it, totally normal! Valentine’s Day? Well, chocolate is a perfectly acceptable gift to give! Easter? As long as the fudge has PEEPS in it, why not?! Fourth of July? Yeah, that might be pushing it. …
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