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Trick or Treat Basket for Mom (with a recipe for PB Caramel Sauce) |

I’ve been a mom for 3 and half years. And out of that time, I’ve been a preschool mom for almost a school year and a half.

Here’s what I’ve learned: having school-aged children puts an entirely different spin on the holiday season. I have only one, small child. So I’m not even dealing with the ordeal of having older (and multiple) children! But (growing up as the oldest in a family of 6 kids) I think I can imagine…

Correct me if I’m wrong here, but once you have school-aged kids, the beginning of the holiday season, October, starts to go something like this:

Pumpkin Patch field trips (requiring parent chaperones, of course)

Hay ride field trips (ditto to the above)

Finding/buying/making Halloween treats for school

Sending Halloween treats to school

Finding/buying/making costumes

Dressing kids up for costume day at school

Fixing said costume after it’s wrecked at school

Finding/buying/making more Halloween treats for parties

Attending/hosting Halloween parties

Finding/buying/making Halloween treats for trick or treating

The Ordeal of actually Trick or Treating and/or handing out candy to Trick or Treaters

Sugar high and/or tummy aches from the Halloween candy binge

Short recovery time before the next holiday…


And all this is followed by some version of a repeat at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. Right?

Trick or Treat Basket for Mom (with a recipe for PB Caramel Sauce) |

Where’s the time for Mom?!? Do we get a moment in there??

PEOPLE Magazine and Hershey’s Dish Candy are not only asking the same questions, but they’re challenging us to find ways to make room for a “Mommy Time Out” during the craziness of Halloween (and, hey, I vote for a repeat during all the other holidays too)!

I thought it would be fun to make a Trick or Treat (ok, it’s just treats!) Basket for Moms. You know, just a little something sweet for a special mom in your life that clearly says, “hey! Take a break!!” I know I enjoy kicking my feet up with a little celeb news-reading and a handful of Reese’s cups (my personal fave Hershey’s dish candy) for a minute or two, so why not give the gift of an indulgent moment to someone else?

After a trip to Target (which is an indulgence in itself for me!), these are the items I included in my basket:

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PEOPLE Magazine (I hear there’s a PEOPLE Catching Fire Magazine Special out there. I couldn’t find it for my basket, but wouldn’t that be so perfect for a Halloween basket this year??)

Trick or Treat Basket for Mom (with a recipe for PB Caramel Sauce) | www.somethingswanky.comA spooky Caramel Chocolate Covered Apple

Trick or Treat Basket for Mom (with a recipe for PB Caramel Sauce) | www.somethingswanky.comA nice, full treat bag full of Reese’s Cup Miniatures!

Trick or Treat Basket for Mom (with a recipe for PB Caramel Sauce) | www.somethingswanky.comA jar of homemade Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce (omg, so easy to make!), see recipe below

As you can see, I also included a few little baker odds and ends, like a bat-shaped cookie cutter, a wooden spoon with some washi, and a stack of Halloween sundae cups! All of this stuff is available at your nearest Target, and (as if you really needed incentive to get over there) I even have a coupon to share with you! While supplies last, you can CLICK HERE to print a PEOPLE Magazine and Hershey’s Dish Candy $2 Off Coupon!

I thought it might also be fun to include a cute little recipe card for using the Hershey’s Dish Candy. Maybe for Reese’s Monster Cookies? Or Reese’s Cup Poke Cake? (#reesesobsessed) You could even use that jar of Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce in the poke cake recipe instead of the sweetened condensed milk!

Oh, right. Let’s get to that recipe: it’s so simple– literally 3 ingredients and about 5 minutes on the stove. Voila, that’s it!

Annnnnnd, be sure to come back tomorrow, because I’m going to show you how to make PB Soft Caramels with this same recipe! Easy and versatile– that’s my kind of a recipe!!

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Easy Peanut Butter Caramel

Yield: 20


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (don't use homemade or natural)
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Gently whisk until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.
  3. Continue to stir until mixture starts to bubble around the edges. Change heat to medium-low, and continue to gently stir for FIVE MINUTES.
  4. Remove from heat immediately at five minutes. Serve warm or let it cool to room temperature and store it in an airtight container (I don't know it's shelf life, but it should be a minimum of 3 weeks). Store at room temperature and heat to serve.