Thursday, July 31, 2008

Give Away Winners and Honey Graham S'more Bars

Congratulations to all the winners of our first give away. How I wish I was Prudence Pound Foolish and give a gift to everyone. Let's do it again soon.

I loved reading your responses. It seems that most of us started off our kitchen careers with chocolate chip cookies, scrambled eggs, pudding, or chocolate cake. I could survive for days on such good food. One reader's first meal was a Thanksgiving dinner, another a chocolate candy pie for the neighbor's party that bit the dust on their front walkway. With varying degrees of initial success, it's good to know that we've all made our ways back into the kitchen.
I used a random integer website to determine the winners. While I know many of my readers personally, the computer chose four readers that I don't know from Adam. I'm glad! And don't worry, Mom. Even though you didn't win, I'll buy you the Ina Garten anyway.
#65 Amber (egg salad for 4 H) wins the Ina Garten cookbook, #129 Steph (classic chocolate chip cookies) wins Dorie Greenspan's, #79 The Begleys (snickerdoodles) win the coffecake pan, and #88 The Boudins (banana and chocolate shake) win the Bundt pan with tunnel insert. Email me at vsmylroie@aol.com within the week to claim your prize.
For the rest of us, I'm sharing my version of the classic indoor smore's recipe from Golden Grahams cereal. I just can't leave recipes alone, but I think you'll appreciate my tinkering on this one.They're so easy, it's almost silly. Even though we often make real smore's around the firepit, I still can't resist these ooey gooey bars, crunchy with graham cereal, silky with milk chocolate, and gooey with bits of marshmallow. The secret is to freeze some extra marshmallows and then toss them in with the cereal. Make a batch for a potluck and watch them disappear.

Milk Chocolate and Honey Graham Smore's

Estimated Cost: $4.00

Notes: These are yummy enough that I have to make them at least once a summer. Even if we make lots of the real smores. I don't mean to sound like a 1950's radio announcer but "Kids love'um!"

1/3 cup honey

2 tablespoons butter

6 ounces milk chocolate bars, such as Hershey

1 and 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows, plus 1 cup frozen miniature marshmallows

1 teaspoon vanilla

5 cups golden grahams cereal, slightly crushed

Grease an 8 inch by 8 inch square baking dish. In a medium saucepan, bring honey and butter to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in 1 and 1/2 cups marshmallows and chocolate and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, golden grahams, and frozen marshmallows. Stir just until combined and press into baking dish. Press mixture flat with slightly wet fingers. Cut into bars and serve.

You can also make this in a microwave. Just melt first ingredients in a microwaveable bowl and add in the frozen marshmallows, cereal, and vanilla.

Coming Tomorrow:

Pioneer Grub

Beans and Cornbread

26 comments:

Mandy said...

I love this no-bake dessert with honey and chocolate! Perfect for a hot Texas afternoon.

Sharon said...

Though I'm not a winner, I still love ya! :) These are one of my favorite easy treats.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I can melt stuff in the microwave for sure. This is a treat I can definitely make. ...about the shopping bags, it seems anything goes.

Aggie said...

Congrats to the winners! Yay! (bummer for me...lol)

My kids will love this dessert!!! (and so will I!)

Mary Ann said...

I am interested in trying your version of this recipe because when I made the one on the back of the box it disappeared within moments. Looks like it is time for a taste test! I am sure you will win. I am so sad that I didn't win :( jk oh well, I will probably buy that cookbook anyway, that is my weakness. I have way too many. Anyway, this is getting really long but to answer your question- I served an LDS mission in Estonia and also spent a few weeks in Latvia, and Lithuania, so that was the reference to Eastern Europe pastries the other day.

Catherine said...

I remember these from when we were younger, but I've never tried them myself. I can't wait to try yours!

Jenny said...

Congrats to your winners! I am a huge fan of cereal treats, it looks great!

Michal said...

i'm bummed i didn't win the ina garten book. i guess i'll just have to buy it myself. sigh.

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Yay! to the winners, I only wish I could have been one of them! O well next time right?!?!?

Yummy looking s'mores bars!

Anna M. said...

Congratlations to the winners! And, thanks for posting the smore's bars...I remember eating them years ago, but have never been able to find a recipe, so thanks again! =)

Lainee said...

Well darn! I wanted to be a winner :) Oh well, guess I will just have to make myself your treat instead! My kids will love them!

taffi said...

Prudy, do you read your readers' minds? I was just thinking last night that I needed to find some sort of S'mores Bar recipe for a Cub Scout activity next week, once we realized our original plan of having the Cubs make s'mores wasn't going to work. Thank you, dahhling!

Janna said...

This looks so wonderful! YUM!

gigi said...

Congratulations to all the winners! It's fun to be a winner. This looks just like a great recipe to take to my Sunday School class. Easy and quick.

No, with Harry's foot situation I won't be coming to Utah this year. Maybe next year. I'll let you know when we make plans.

Dawn said...

Those do look really yummy. Never would have thought at how cheap it is. I get requests from hubbys's work to make treats and lately the heat has me unmotivated to do so. I think these would be easy in the heat. Thanks for sharing that!

gigi said...

Yes, I have had the grandkids and no vaccuum at the same time! Thank you for asking. But #2 daughter in law lived with us for a year after she married my #2 son. After their home was built and they moved, that is what she missed the most, Mr. Oreck. So she borrowed mine until she persuaded my son to buy her her own. So now... guess who's borrowing hers??? Pay back does come in handy some times. And they live only about a half mile from me so it's been convient. Thank goodness. Savannah is 70 miles north of us and I just haven't had the time to go get it. My Brother lives there and he's the one that took it up there for me and dropped it off and he'll bring it back to me when it's done. I know that was just TMI, sorry!

Sara said...

I'm with you on these...I love them! they have the perfect crunch to them. I don't know if I have ever made them, but I just might have to now that I see them on your blog and am craving them now!

Aunt Spicy said...

So much for the diet! Thanks a lot!

Jeena said...

Oooh so tempting!!!!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Im back from my vacation and you've been busy! Congratulations for your 100th post! Great giveaway, sorry I missed it... I think I would love that ice-cream down there and these bars... Amazing! I love those cereals!

Kevin said...

Those smor bars look so good!

Bridgett said...

Congratulations to all the winners!! This looks like a simple and delicious treat...I think my kids would love these. So would mommy!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got to make this. I used to inhale that cereal. I just inhaled a pan of rice krispie treats last week, now it's their turn!

I better get back on the treadmill stat!

Marie said...

Congrats to all your lucky winners Erin! I love Honey Graham S'more bars and we can get those here too! yayy!

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