May 30, 2010

Kit Kat Bars

These were good the night we made them, but were even better the next day! The Ritz Crackers surprised me, but they turned out yummy!

Kit Kat Bars

Ritz Crackers
1 1/2 C. graham crackers, crushed
3/4 C. brown sugar
1 C. white sugar
3/4 C. butter or margarine
1/3 C. milk
1 C. butterscotch chips
1 C. semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 C. peanut butter

Put Graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, white sugar, butter and milk into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Put a layer of ritz crackers in a 9x13 pan and pour 1/2 of the mixture over it. Put another layer of ritz crackers and pour the remaining mixture. Add one last row of crackers.
Melt, over low heat, the butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. When melted, spread evenly over the top. When cool, cut into desired bars or squares.


If you've been to Wendy's, you know what I'm talking about. Here's the recipe to make your own at home, anytime.

1 c. Milk
1/2 C. Nestle's Quik
3 C. softened vanilla ice cream (place in refrigerator for 1 hour)

Blend milk and Quik for 10 seconds on high speed. "Pulse" in the ice cream until barely mixed.

May 28, 2010

3 Musketeers

These took time to make, but were SO worth it! They will definately be made again at our house! You will need a candy thermometer and a good mixer for this recipe!

3 Musketeers Bars

3 Cups granulated sugar
3/4 Cup light corn syrup
3/4 Cup water
1/8 tsp. salt
3 Egg whites
1/3 C. semisweet chocolate chips
24 oz. Milk chocolate chips (2 bags)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Heat, stirring, to boiling, then continue to cook using a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. Beat the egg whites (Do not use a plastic bowl!) until they are stiff and form peaks. When the sugar solution comes to 270 degrees, or the soft-crack stage, remove from the heat and pour the mixture in thin streams into the egg whites, blending completely with a mixer set on low speed.
Continue to mix until the candy begins to harden to the consistency of dough. This may take as long as 20 minutes! At this point add the semisweet chocolate chips. Remember that the candy must already be at the consistency of dough when you add the chocolate; the nougat will thicken no more after the chocolate is added.
When the chocolate is thoroughly blended and the nougat has thickened, press it into a greased 9x9 pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Cut the candy in half down the middle of the pan. Then cut across into 7 segments to create a total of 14 bars. (we ended up cutting those even smaller because they were so rich!)
Melt the milk chocolate chips in the microwave for 2 minutes on HALF power, stirring halfway through the heating time. Melt completely, but be careful not to overheat. Resting a bar on a fork, or using your fingers, dip each bar into the chocolate to coat completely and place on wax paper. Cool until firm at room temperature, 1-2 hours.

Tulip Tye-Die Kit

What better way to start summer vacation than Tye-dying shirts? I have never made one before and wanted to try. I bought a "Tulip Tie-Dye Kit" at Walmart for about $10.00, and some plain white shirts( $2-3 each). We did this outside to minimize the mess! We had so much fun doing this project!
The kit said it would Dye up to 8 shirts, and we did 7! The kit came with 3 colors, rubber bands, plastic gloves and instructions that shows you how to do many different kinds of shirts. We really enjoyed this project, It was pretty GROOVY!