I don’t think it’s a secret that I’m stupidly obsessed with nostalgia.
If it weren’t for a brief moment of rage that resulted in me torching love letters from an ex-boyfriend over my garbage can while dramatically and sarcastically reading excerpts from his scrawled lies, I probably would have kept them in a trinket box tucked away somewhere to read to future grandchildren. Or, you know, when I’m bored and 21 years old.
Of course, I go through phases in which I’m like, TOTALLYOBSESSED with something for some fleeting moment, then shun it completely or forget about it, and then become reacquainted and OMGFALLINLOVE all over again.
Like how, when I was in the sixth grade, my best friend Katrina and I collected Bonne Bell LipSmackers. I literally would scrounge up $1.60 in change and buttons every morning and beg my grandma to take me to the grocery store so I could buy a new flavor. I had, quite possibly, a hundred all stashed in my desk at school. I would soon forget about the importance of moisturized lips smelling of Dr. Pepper in my teenage years but eventually become reintroduced to the bubblegum one and nosedive into a downward spiral of lip smacker collecting.
Or, say, my love affair with N*Sync. Don’t you dare think that when they sang “bye, bye, bye” that it meant for good. J.T. don’t play like that, honey. I was stupid-possessed by Justin Timberlake’s swoon-y voice and thought that our ten-year age difference was like, totally bearable (I was 10–go figure) and fell in love with the fact that OMIGAWD OUR BIRTHDAY IS EXACTLY ONE WEEK APART!!! because that obviously meant fate was intervening in some weird way.
However, I grew up and said bye, bye, bye to N*Sync my teenage years, deciding to abandon poppy radio songs in favor for music that now–in my professional, adult opinion–was far lamer than Justin’s top ramen hairstyle (angry punk, hellooooooo it’s so scream-y). Aaaaand, not surprisingly, I have reignited a spark that had lay dormant for many years when my brother jokingly played “Tearin’ Up My Heart” one day. I have shamelessly listened to it every day since.
What I’m trying to say is, nostalgia rules. As long as I don’t start collecting slap bracelets and eating PlayDoh, I honestly see my rekindled N*Sync obsession as fun and my love affair with lipgloss as trivial compared to bigger pictures, like say, building a gum statue of a crush in my closet, a la Helga Pataki.
Another nostalgic part of my life? Poptarts. I
was am forever in love with them. I enjoy toasting them til they’re barely browned, then eating all of the crust off before diving into the gooey, piping hot center with the melt-in-your-mouth glaze. Um, hello, tastebud heaven, amiright?
My fave Poptart flavor happens to be Brown Sugar & Cinnamon (only after they discontinued the blueberries ‘n cream flavor with the sprinkles that changed colors in the toaster–holy hell, those were phenom). I knew I wanted to switch it up by throwing my fave Poptarts into some seasonally-flavored fudge. Apple pie sounded good.
And yes, despite N*Sync, you can trust my judgment.
1 can vanilla frosting
2 pkts Duncan Hines Apple Pie Frosting Creations
1 bag cinnamon chips
About 1 box brown sugar cinnamon Poptarts, roughly chopped into bite-sized pieces
1. Line an 8×8″ baking pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Set aside.
2. In a large bowl, melt the cinnamon chips until smooth. While they’re melting, stir both packets of the apple pie flavored frosting creations into the icing.
3. Pour the icing into the melted cinnamon chips; mix to combine. Gently stir in the chopped Poptarts pieces.
4. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Allow it to sit at room temperature for about 1 hour or in the fridge for about 30 minutes to set up before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature, airtight, for a couple days.
I wanted this fudge to focus on the Poptarts, so I cut my chunks a bit larger than you may want yours. My result was a fantastic piece of fudge with a pop of a buttery, pastry surprise inside each and every square. The apple pie flavor from the Duncan Hines packets mixes well with the spicy cinnamon chips, lending a delicious fall fudge flavor in the foreground, with the sweet and cinnamony flavor of the Poptarts acting as sprinkles throughout the fudge. You’ll love this!
Have a wonderful day!