Awaiting Payday, Bargain Candy Treats
Why is it that the benefits of payday seem to disappear much sooner than the next payday appears? Even with the close call on making ends meet, looking around the cupboard we can still find the means to prepare a treat for the family without a trip to the store.
Candied Cracker Treats
*Enough of your favorite crackers to line a vegetable oil sprayed 9×13-inch baking pan. (The buttery type or even the standby plain cracker will do)
*3/4 cup butter, margarine won’t do it!
*2 packed cups of dark brown sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 cup of milk chocolate chips. (You can get creative and use white chips or even a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt together the butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for three minutes, stir in the vanilla extract, and then pour over crackers. Bake for 5 minutes and turn off the oven.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers. Return to the still-warm oven and let stand about five minutes or until the chocolate chips are spreadable. Smooth evenly over the crackers. Cool thoroughly and break into pieces.
Ideas to ponder:
-You could generously scatter colorful sprinkles over the chocolate before it hardens.
-Randomly scatter two kinds of chips over the crackers and when you spread it out, do it in swirls to form a pattern.
-Chopped nuts are always a nice touch to add after you spread out the chocolate.
-Instead of chocolate chips, place peppermint patties on the cracker surface and then spread out when softened.