Monday, 24 September 2012

Eat More..More...More....

When I was growing up, chocolate bars fell into three categories: old person, quality and quantity.

I wouldn’t touch an old person chocolate bar unless I was suffering from extremely low blood sugar. These included Big Turk, Coffee Crisp, Cadbury Fruit & Nut, York Peppermint Patty and Lowry’s Cherry Blossom.

Quality bars were on the small side and more about overall taste satisfaction. But since I didn't give a crap about quality, I usually bypassed these bars, as well. Quality chocolate bars included Snickers, Mars, Crispy Crunch, Skor and Caramilk.

The quantity category bars, however, were all about how much sugar bang you could get for your buck. These bars were about the satisfaction of walking out of the convenience store with a chocolate two-by-four in your hand. Needless to say, quantity bars reigned supreme for me. These included Mr. Big, Oh Henry, Sweet Marie and Eat-More.

Eat-More was a good choice when I was looking to spend a chunk of my Saturday afternoon gnawing on something. This homemade version tastes pretty close to the original. In fact, many taste testers told me it was better − after they finished chewing, that is.

This recipe comes from a Best of Bridge cookbook, a successful Canadian cookbook series.

¾ cup honey
1 cup peanut butter
10 regular-sized marshmallows
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanuts
3 cups Rice Krispies

In a large pot, bring honey and peanut butter to a boil over medium heat. Stir constantly. Add
marshmallows and chocolate chips, stirring until melted. Remove from heat and stir in peanuts and Rice
Krispies. Press into a 9” x 13” pan. Cool and be ready to eat…more!

Source: That’s Trump: More Recipes from The Best of Bridge

16 comments:

  1. Gotta admit, those bars look dang good. What's the texture like? Looks sort of chewy and toffeeish to me.
    What's Bridge? A place? Like oh, say, STEPFORD??
    Lol'ed at "chocolate 2X4."

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    1. Chewy and toffeeish are the right adjectives, Veg-o-matic. Give yourself at least 15 minutes of chewing time. You'll get a few strange looks due to the brown trickle of drool on your chin, but who cares?
      I think Bridge is a card game and these women were friends and exchanged recipes and then published a series of cookbooks and are now rich enough to pay other people to play cards for them. I have a hunch at least one of them is named Shirley.

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    2. From the front:
      Sam
      Carol, Shirley
      Val, Bettye, and Other Carol.

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  2. Dear Brian: Oh dear, I used to eat Big Turk when I was a kid and still fancy a Coffee Crisp every now and then. Does that mean I am old? Am I suffering from bar-confusion? Does any of this matter?

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    1. Melanie, you must've been the only kid in the school yard with a Big Turk. It doesn't make you old now, so long as you promise to spend your remaining adult years exclusively eating Mr. Big bars.

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  3. York Peppermint Patties are great. Not as good as the Junior Mint, but good nonetheless. Is a Cadbury Fruit & Nut like a Chunky Bar? Because the fruit and nut sounds goooooood to me.

    Yes, it looks like a Holly Hobby convention. Also, I think that there needs to be a Linda in that group. I think that I need to start playing bridge and bring back bridge parties. Wouldn't that be fabulously retro?

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    1. Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars are hideous things which should be banned. All those nuts and fruit prevent more chocolate from being in the bar. It's criminal. If you form a Bridge club, I'll bring my plaid dress and crab dip.

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  4. I am with Melanie. LOVE the Big Turk. Coffee Crisp not so much (not enought chocolate maybe) but Peppermint Patty?? Love! Best treat ever.

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    1. What is going on with all you Big Turk lovers? Chocolate-coated red gelatin is just wrong.

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  5. I am clutching my pearls. I've always loved Coffee Crisp! I've never even had a Big Turk as they looked gross. My favourite quantity bar was Wunderbar. So good.

    Also, if those women had longer hair, less makeup, and were about two decades younger, I'd swear they were sister wives. Keep sweet, indeed.

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    1. I agree - Wunderbar is a good one. Thank god someone agrees with me about Big Turks. I was starting to feel outnumbered.

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    2. Sister wives get old too....quickly.

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  6. I just ate a Big Turk to remind myself how much I don't like them. It's still sticking to my teeth.

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  7. Perhaps it was the lo-cal feature of this (pink gelatin, not red)chocolate bar that has put you off over the years. It can never lay claim to being Caker food and I think genetically your whole being just recoiled in horror.

    Straight from the mouth of Mr + Mrs. W. Pedia "Big Turk is a chocolate bar manufactured by Nestlé Canada, that consists of pink Turkish delight coated in milk chocolate. The 60-gram bar contains 4 grams of fat, which is advertised as 60% less fat than the average chocolate bar. This is one of the key selling points of the bar.

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    1. Melanie, I'm glad that the Big Turk is low fat. At least it has something going for it. That said, you could dip an Airwick gel air freshener in chocolate and call that low fat, too.

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