Monday 28 January 2013

Yum Yum Bars

Maybe I’m out of step with the times, but it seems like the idea of having company over is becoming a thing of the past. When was the last time you heard someone say, “I had company last night?” For me, it’s a statement as rare as “That Kardashian episode went deep” or “Wow, your muumuu is really slimming.”

So when I had the opportunity to entertain company last week, I jumped at the chance. I dusted off the tea mugs, plugged in the electric fireplace and Mother even put on a fresh housecoat. I decided to take a chance on a new caker recipe and told my guest that if she gave it the thumbs up, I’d put it on the blog.

Well, you’re reading this, so that means Yum Yum Bars were tasty as all-get-out. These squares combine melted caramel, salted nuts and chocolate. If you’re not already onboard, time to check your pulse. The only downside? Unwrapping 50 caramels. I lost two Lee Press On nails in the process.

Karen, it was a pleasure meeting you. And thanks for the company.

¾ cup butter, melted
1 package chocolate cake mix
2/3 cup evaporated milk
6-ounce package chocolate chips
1 cup nuts
50 caramels
1/3 cup evaporated milk

Mix first 3 ingredients together. Put ½ mixture in 9” x 13” pan. Bake for 6 minutes. (See note) Remove from oven and cool a little before spreading chocolate chips and nuts on top of baked mixture. Melt caramels in evaporated milk, pour over baked mixture. Put other ½ of cake mixture on top. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 350°. Do not cut right away. Better undercooked.

Source: Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church 75th Anniversary Cookbook


  1. ooh, these sound really, really good.

    My first Caker Cooking experiment was a resounding success!

    Viva Cheez Whiz ! Jx

    1. Congratulations on losing your Cheez Whiz virginity! This is a very big moment in any non-caker's life. Do yourself a favour and spread it on some celery before it's all gone. Oh, and toast. You won't regret it.

    2. Cheez Whiz on toast-highly restorative powers! Even I became a convert. Lisa.

    3. Speaking of restorative powers, Cheez Whiz also makes an effective - and tasty! - toothpaste.

  2. Those look ah-mazing! Somehow, I've missed your last five or six posts. Do not trust Google Reader, I guess!

    1. Google Reader is obviously run by non-cakers, Eartha.