Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Three-Eyed Zebras

I decided to forgo the traditional 7MSN Easter gala this year. All the cleaning, shopping and cooking would have taken up time I could otherwise be riding Lucy. Instead, after my untraditional Sunday service, I went on a trail ride with my neighbors.

Being a holiday, I felt compelled to bring along a trail snack to make our ride festive. So I made these treats, which I call Three-Eyed Zebras.

What else would you call them? Turns out they're not the best treats to take along in your saddle bag since they get a little gooey when the weather is warm, but I gotta tell you – these things are to die for. They're the perfect combination of salty and sweet, and they're ridiculously easy to make.

Here's the recipe:
1. Buy a bag of pretzels, a bag of Hershey's Striped Kisses, and a bag of M&Ms.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Place pretzels on parchment paper.
4. Place one Kiss in each hole of the pretzel.
5. Bake for 5 minutes at 200 degrees.
6. Remove from oven and place one M&M on top of each Kiss.
7. Place baking sheet in refrigerator or freezer until the chocolate hardens.
8. Store in covered container in refrigerator.

The hardest thing about making these? Unwrapping the Kisses. Gets a little boring after awhile. But so worth it.

Anyway, off we went on our trail ride, with a stash of Three-Eyed Zebras in my saddle bag. This was Lucy's first adventure with the neighbor's horses, but it was like we'd all been riding together for years. Have I mentioned lately what an incredible donkey Miss Lucy is? She spooks at nothing and takes everything in stride. Here, let me show you one short video. This is the part where my young neighbor decides her horse needs a drink of water so we head over to the windmill ... where there happened to be a hundred or so cows milling around and making a lot of noise.

We hung out at the windmill for awhile, then headed to a shady spot to eat our Three-Eyed Zebras. Life just doesn't get any better than that.


  1. Sounds like an enjoyable ride and Lucy sounds like she's simply THE best!

    The 'three-eyed Zebras' sounds ooooh sooo yummy ... gonna try them this week end.

  2. Looks like fun! Lucy is such a cool donkey, I bet she's a ball to have around.

  3. Envy! (mostly the trail ride, but the 3-eyed zebras, too)

  4. I think my new goal will be to be more like Miss Lucy. "WWLD?"

  5. Oh, boy, the sights and sounds of the Wild West!

    I'm so glad you explained those mysterious zebras, which were keeping me up nights after yesterday's post.

  6. I love the soundtrack!!!! Mooooooooooooooooooooo

  7. Ah, was wondering what a 3-eyed Zebra was. Thanks.

    Yes, I think I can agree whole heartedly that Luc is an incredible donkey. I can't believe she just listened to the cattle and held her ground. Did she get a 3EZ as a reward?

  8. Estella from Co.4/27/11, 7:50 AM

    Going to share the snack with a group of people at a clinic this week end..thank you for sharing. YES, I KNOW THAT MISS LUCY IS THE BEST and I'm so glad you LOVE her. Hugs and Kisses to the kids

  9. What a neat snack! Thanks for the recipe. So glad to see you riding again and Lucy is the best! :)

  10. Ms. Lucy is wonderful! Great recipe Linda and the name is quite easy to remember too.

  11. Love the view of life through Lucy's ears.

  12. OMG, what a racket! *smile* Lucy continues to amaze. She's bullet proof. Love her to bits.

  13. we have none of the three ingredients needed for your recipe where i live: (


  14. I'm in love with Lucy.

  15. Saw your top picture on my blog sidebar this morning and my mouth instantly began to water.
    Ahhhh...wonderful memories of fun (and delicious) times! :-)

    Everybody: Make these zebra treats! They are absolutely AMAZING!!!

  16. Thanks for the recipe... easy peasy, my kind of baking.. LOL


  17. How I love Lucy's intelligent, alert but calm, ears!!!

    Nancy in Iowa

  18. Love those ears! Sitting on top of that bright and intelligent face!

  19. If Lucy was not used to being around cows and calves before...
    she is now! I have those M & M's. I made Rice Krispies' Easter eggs. Thanks for the new snack recipe!

  20. seriously? what's not to love about those treats :) and even I could make them!

  21. I love watching Lucy's ears. It's almost as if you were riding a jack rabbit!
    Mmmmm... 3-eyed zebras look pretty darn tasty!

  22. Yum...I stash that recipe away, thanks!

    Lucy's ears say it all...not a snoozer, she.

  23. Carson, thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made it for a going away party we are attending. I only regret not getting more than one bag of striped hershey kisses. My husband called them "freaky-eyed zebras" haha.

    Love your blog!