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Look who's getting cozy this holiday season! We played matchmaker in our kitchen, and the results are delicious... 
Swiss Miss Sensible Sweets Diet Hot Cocoa + T. Marzetti Light Caramel Apple Dip

PER SERVING (6 oz. prepared cocoa with 1 tbsp. dip): 75 calories, 0.75g fat, 197mg sodium, 17g carbs, 1g fiber, 9g sugars, 2.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Pop-up shocker! A Tall Salted Caramel Signature Hot Chocolate at Starbucks (made with fat-free milk and NO whipped cream!) contains 400 calories and 15g fat. ACK! We have to admit, however, that caramel and cocoa make one steamy couple. Luckily, you can enjoy the combination without spending a ridiculous amount of calories and fat. Just whip up a cup of our favorite cocoa according to the package directions (with 6 oz. water), and stir in a tablespoon of the gooey caramel. So good and SO low in calories! 

 

Athens Mini Fillo Shells + Snickers

PER SERVING (2 Snickers-filled shells): 83 calories, 3.75g fat, 43mg sodium, 11g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 6g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Yup, you read that right. We're actually advocating the purchase of a Snickers bar. But don't bite straight into it. Instead, get the standard 2.1-oz. bar and slice it in half lengthwise. Then cut each half into 5 "nuggets". Set out 10 of those frozen fillo shells and pop a chocolate nugget into each one. Place them on a baking sheet, bake in the oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees, and then let those babies cool. Now you've got yourself 10 itty-bitty Snickers pies! And they are INSANELY DELICIOUS. Chew two of 'em for less than 100 calories. We recommend whipping up a few batches of these treats for an upcoming New Year's bash. Trust us, they'll be gone long before midnight.

 

Jell-O Sugar Free Vanilla Pudding Snack + Ginger Snaps

PER SERVING (1 pudding snack with 2 cookies): 120 calories, 2g fat, 285mg sodium, 24.5g carbs, 0g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

Forget plum pudding... we're all about ginger-cookie-infused pudding snacks! Simply spoon your vanilla pudding into a cute dessert dish, crush up a couple of ginger snaps (placing them in a baggie and smashing 'em with a rolling pin or can does the trick), and then sprinkle the cookie crumbs on top. Yum! This is a far better way to get your gingerbread fix than, say, devouring the roof off a gingerbread house. Mmmm, ginger snaps and pudding. Here's to the happy (and yummy) couple!

 

Too-Good-To-Deny Pumpkin Pie + Breyers Double Churn Free Creamy Vanilla Fat Free Ice Cream

PER SERVING (1 slice of pie + 1/2 cup ice cream): 223 calories, 3.25g fat, 286mg sodium, 49g carbs, 12g fiber, 20g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 6*

Yowza. These two have been checking each other out since the pie was first developed back in '07! And while our pumpkin pie has been pretty exclusive with whipped cream for a while now, it's almost 2009 and time for that pie to play the field. So enjoy a slice of it topped with a scoop of Breyers' creamy frozen vanilla goodness. So good it'll make your head spin!

 


  Tasty trios! Couples are cool, but so are 3-ingredient recipes! Check out the first HG cookbook (in stores and online) for around a dozen terrific triplets. A few of our favorites? The Blueberry Mango Madness Smoothie (page 24), Cheesy Dog Tortilla Roll-Ups (page 151), Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge (page 171), and Upside-Down Chocolate Cream Pie (page 183). Who said recipes need a ton of ingredients? :)
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Today, December 11th, is National Noodle Ring Day. Celebrate by tying a piece of Tofu Shirataki around the finger of the person you love... Tee hee.
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  *The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.