Fantasy Fudge is freezer friendly

 

Just in case you love fudge or chocolate like my husband does, it’s beneficial to know fudge can be wrapped tightly in foil and frozen for a good while. I secretly saved a third of the fantasy fudge and stowed it away. Tonight, I unwrapped the large chunk of fudge and cut it into bite size portions, like the ones pictured above. It was still frozen while I chopped a small portion with a chef knife and this allowed it  to come to room temperature quicker. We were indulging in homemade fudge within ten minutes. My daughter was indulging within one minute and didn’t care if it was cold.

Items made with milk and butter, marshmallow creme and other goodies do indeed freeze well. Have you checked out the prices for fudge at speciality shops? A whopping $10 to $15 a pound.  Save yourself a bundle and make your own. You could make goodie bags in a flash  for others by having homemade fudge in your freezer. Cut small squares and place in cellophane bags tied with a grosgrain ribbon for any holiday or appreciation gift.  Or you could just save it for yourself and eat it all;)– that’s my husband’s vote right now.

Recipe for Fantasy Fudge

What’s your favorite freezer item to give away?

Chewy Granola Bars-Freezer Snack

I remember when my mom stayed home from work and she would bake my brother and I an afterschool snack. When you opened the door, you knew right away it was chocolate chip cookies. Those were fond memories. Now I have the pleasure of creating memories for my kids with an afterschool snack. Sometimes, I’ll bake cinnamon rolls , brownies or cookies, but today I decided to whip up a batch of chewy granola bars.

I love to make things from scratch because it’s so much healthier and I’m able to control the ingredients. I can use organic or all natural ingredients to make it even healthier, but much lower in cost.

These granola bars are super easy with just a few pantry staples. It almost reminds me of the Cascadian Farms chocolate chip granola bars. I substituted the mini chocolate chips for the raisins because my kids aren’t a huge fan of them. However, you must press these on top of the bars once they are pressed into the pan, otherwise, they melt inside. 

Chewy Granola Bars

2 cups rice cereal

2 cups dry oatmeal

1/2 cup raisins or other dried fruit -

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla

cooking spray

In a large bowl, combine cereal, oats and raisins or chips. In a small pan, mix brown sugar and corn syrup. Heat and stir until boiling. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over cereal mixture and mix well. Press firmly into a 9×13 pan sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1/2 cup chocolate chips on top if desired.  Cool and cut into 15 bars. You can freeze these bars individually and thaw on the day you want to eat. Otherwise, store in an airtight container.

Printable Chewy Granola Bars recipe is linked to It’s a Keeper and Good Cheap Eats

What was your favorite after school snack as a kid?

Naughty or Nice Brownies

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Are you feeling naughty or nice today? Make the nice brownies by adding in white whole wheat flour and less sugar or make the naughty version by keeping the full amount of sugar and throwing in a handful of chocolate chips. Either way is a winner in my book.

We made healthy brownie kabobs by threading brownie bites, strawberries, fresh pineapple and banana on a skewer and the naughty part was the hershey syrup for decoration purposes. My ten year-old daughter loved this recipe. We saw the idea in a Betty Crocker calendar and we adapted it to work for us.

Enjoy the recipe either way you make it. These baked brownies are freezer friendly. Cool the baked brownies and cut into squares. Freeze in snack or quart size bags and pack them for lunch desserts, like my whole wheat chocolate chip cookies.

Naughty or Nice Brownies

  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar or naughty (1 used 1 1/2 cups raw cane sugar plus 1/2 cup chocolate chips)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1  cup flour (1/2 cup white whole wheat plus 1/2 cup unbleached all purpose)
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×13 pan. Combine oil, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs and mix until well combined. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt mixing until just combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake 25 to 30 minutes.

What’s your favorite way to eat a brownie?