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NYC, Me and RITZ Hazelnut Gelato Sandwiches 
 
Jan. 21, 2014 3:19 am 
Updated: Jan. 26, 2014 2:50 am

As most of you know, I am an Ambassador for Allrecipes.com and supporting member of their community. A couple of months ago, I was chosen with a group of 7 other Awesome Ambassadors to represent  RITZ® Crackers and Allrecipes together for Game Day celebrations #RITZ NY BLITZ with recipes inspired and involving New York. And this was right up my alley with having visited New York City a few years back. And what an awesome trip that was. As the creative juices started flowing from my eating memories there, I found out that 4 restaurants from New York were also asked to be involved in creating recipes and each one of us was paired with one recipe from a restaurant. I'll be adding the link at the bottom of this blog and in the next coming week post more about the recipe in an UPDATE.  But in the meantime check out all 12 recipes created for this promotion at: Allrecipes Ritz Recipes

Now, New York has an amazing vast variety of eateries from many different cultures and mash-up food styles, that just overloaded my senses. It was totally hard to come up with one solid idea for RITZ, so I came up with 4. However I'm sharing the recipe I created for RITZ that they liked and how my trip inspired that recipe.

I had been to NY when I was a small small child, so I don't remember much of it at all. My sister, Mendi, BIL Joe, my oldest daughter Emily (at the time was 13 1/2 yrs old) and I set out on an adventure that was just a BLAST. The trip to NYC was a lot of "1st times" for my daughter. 1st cab ride, 1st time to Central Park, 1st time riding a train down in the subway, 1st time eating Push-Cart food...So it was fun just seeing how Emily would react as well as gawk at all the cool sites. So here's some of a glimpse of what we experienced. I can't add all of the photos but at least here's a taste of what we enjoyed seeing.

Venders everywhere
Venders everywhere
Famous Billboards, can't wait to actually see The Phantom of the Opera!
Famous Billboards, can't wait to actually see The Phantom of the Opera!
Awesome eats & Treats in Time Square
Awesome eats & Treats in Time Square
Oh BOY!! Even though he's a wax figure....he's smokin' HOT!!
Oh BOY!! Even though he's a wax figure....he's smokin' HOT!! And looks sooo REAL!

And this is where my RITZ inspiration came from as we stumbled upon it next to Madame Tussaud's. Screme Gelato Bar the best place I've ever tried Gelato...and boy was it good. Can't tell you how fascinated I was about the weird combinations and what unique flavors they had. The people were super friendly and let you sample just about everything. I fell in love and I mean in LOVE with this place, that we went back the very next day and I got another serving. My favorites were the Rocher, the Cornbread & Peanut Butter Cup Gelatos.

BEST Gelato EVER!!!! Nummy Nummy!!
BEST Gelato EVER!!!! Nummy Nummy!!

 So in honor of Screme, I played around with making a sweet and salty type of treat. And I introduce my RITZ inspired creation.
RITZ Hazelnut Gelato Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS: 1 (14 ounce) container vanilla bean gelato 50 RITZ Crackers 6 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate 3 ounces chopped hazelnuts
INGREDIENTS:
1 (14 ounce) container Vanilla Bean Gelato OR Sea Salted Caramel Gelato
50 RITZ Crackers
6 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
3 ounces chopped hazelnuts

****Now I'll note this here, instead of below. You can use almost any flavor of Gelato that happens to be your favorite. While I like Vanilla Bean, Sea Salted Caramel Gelato is my family's favorite flavor for this recipe. It may not be available in some areas, but my recipe is very flexible.

1.Lay out 3 or 4 RITZ Crackers, salted side down, on a parchment-line baking sheet. Quickly scoop 1 tablespoon gelato onto each cracker. Top each with a RITZ cracker. Press down lightly to flatten gelato to extend to cracker edges; wipe off excess and immediately place in the freezer until frozen solid, about 3 hours. Repeat with remaining crackers and gelato to make 25 sandwiches.
Lay out 3 or 4 RITZ Crackers, salted side down, on a parchment-line baking sheet. Quickly scoop 1 tablespoon gelato onto each cracker. Top each with a RITZ cracker. Press down lightly to flatten gelato to extend to cracker edges; wipe off excess and immediately place in the freezer until frozen solid, about 3 hours. Repeat with remaining crackers and gelato to make 25 sandwiches.
When the sandwiches are frozen, melt chocolate on top of a double boiler. 3.In small batches and working quickly, dip sandwiches halfway into melted chocolate. Immediately dip chocolate half into chopped nuts. Place sandwiches back into the freezer. Freeze 2 to 3 hours to set.
When the sandwiches are frozen, melt chocolate on top of a double boiler.
In small batches and working quickly, dip sandwiches halfway into melted chocolate. Immediately dip chocolate half into chopped nuts. Place sandwiches back into the freezer. Freeze 2 to 3 hours to set.
And here you have the end salty sweet result! This recipe should be done the day before your big #GameDay festivities, only because of the time that is needed to freeze these treats.
And here you have the salty-sweet result! This recipe should be done the day before your big #GameDay festivities, only because of the time that is needed to freeze these treats.

 Now if you love my recipe for RITZ you will totally love the creations my fellow Allstars have made and let me be the 1st to tell you, they are wonderful and I'm NOT just saying that. I have made everyone of their recipes. SO they are truly T&T (tried and true) made recipes. All very creative, simple and delicious. I want y'all to take the time and give them some blog love, as I have linked all their recipes and blogs below. You won't be sorry at all. Check out my update coming on the 27th for my restaurant created recipe by Carnegie Deli  in the meantime called RITZ Pastrami and Corned Beef Mini Sandwich.

Renee Pajestka's - RITZ Cuban Minis & her blog at Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Michele Feuerborn's - RITZ Fried Ravioli & her blog at  Flavor Mosaic
Debbie Hendrix's - RITZ "Everything" Bites with Lox and Schmear & her blog at  Country Girl Gourmet
Shelby Law Ruttan's - RITZ New York-style Mini Crumb Cheesecakes  & her blog at The Life & Loves of Grumpy's Honeybrunch
Lillian Russo's - RITZ Push-Cart Hot Dog Bites & her blog at My Recipe Journey
Marion Meyers' - RITZ Spicy Asian Wings & her blog at Life Tastes Good
Doug Mathews' - RITZ Steakhouse Bites & his blog at Behind The Shades

I participated in a campaign on behalf of RITZ Crackers. I received a 9 boxes of product to help with developing my #GameDay inspired recipe as well as a promotional item as a thank-you for participating in the #RITZNYBLITZ event.

I am an Allrecipes Allstar brand ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on The 7up Experience. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of mis7up@the7upexperience.com.
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Comments
Jan. 21, 2014 4:44 am
The Cuban mini's sure caught my eye. Thanks for all the blog sites, I'll be sure to check them out. Sure has been some Delicious photos being posted using these crackers.
 
mis7up 
Jan. 21, 2014 8:08 am
yes, I agree too, some really awesome photos as I can attest to the delicious-ness to these recipes. It was my goal to try all these new recipes and see for myself and share with others of the wonderful creativity with RITZ's products. It really is hard to say what my absolutely favorite recipe of these 12 are because they are all different. And I love what each one brings to the table. I love Renee's Cuban Mini's how the pork flavor ties in with the cheese, mustard and pickles. I love how Michele's coating brings a nice texture to a fried cheese ravioli. I love the Schmear flavor with the lox and cucumber and a the cracker that gives it that little crunch with Debbie's recipe. I love the hot onion-y compote on top of the hot dog bite in Lillian's recipe with the added zip of hot sauce. And the sweet sauce over the crunchiness that is baked into Marion's chicken wings after they were lightly coated in a RITZ breading and is just lip-smacking. And I love the creativeness and flavors of Doug's creamed spinach with steak topped with that luscious béarnaise sauce for that added umph. I'm surely making all of these again and keeping them in rotation. My family loves having apps and we make apps all the time on weekends. So it's a great mix of a little bit of this and a little bit of that. :-)
 
Jan. 21, 2014 8:38 am
Wow! You are so creative! Amazing!
 
cookin 
Jan. 23, 2014 5:13 pm
Love the photos from NYC and these tasty bites are very tempting can't wait to try. Thanks
 
Jan. 26, 2014 2:50 am
Mauigirl.....looks divine and pretty easy. Will def try this!
 
 
 
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I'm an active mom of 4 and married the love of my life. I'm a full~time certified care giver, part~time food blogger @ http://the7upexperience.com , avid & obsessed novice photographer. I love allrecipes and pretty much an addict. I'm also a new member to Banana Belt Photography Club that's local to my community, and an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador. And have stamped allrecipes on me for life. The site has opened up my eyes to so much more then just recipes. I'm proud to be a member of this site and my love, passion & learning other recipes from other valued members has really broaden my horizens.
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Asian, Mexican, Multi-cultured foods, Low-fat, Low-sugar, Stews, casseroles, slow cooker meals and baking......Everything!!
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Funny but true: Cooking traditions men sit in the recliner and women in the kitchen...lol My family is always in the kitchen. My sister and her family, my parents and my family celebrate Christmas in January. Due to distance and work related jobs. Every year we plan what we are having ahead of time. Our tradition is usually food we've had abroad growing up overseas. Normally with Asia influences. It's always a special treat when we normally don't make the dishes often throughout the year.
My cooking triumphs
Unknown to me when I came up with a chicken and dumpling recipe of my own, my father was floored & delighted and told me it tasted just like his mother's.......My mom dropped her jaw because it was better then her's. It's a staple with my husband and kids.
My cooking tragedies
I had found a recipe for a Pretzel Pie(like Pecan Pie), thought it looked good and I didn't follow the recipe when it said unsalted pretzels. I just grabbed the normal stuff with the salt on it, made the pie, and my dad and husband were painting with thrist. And making weird pickle sour expressions, when I realized the pie was over salted. Oopppss! I never made it again.
 
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