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Gooey Neapolitan Bars

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When I was a little kid, I always got pretty stoked for Valentine’s Day.

There was something about picking out the perfect box of Valentine’s cards at the grocery store, filling them out individually with every kid’s name, and attaching some kind of candy to the greeting.

Similarly, I’d be equally stoked to make my “Valentine’s mailbox” which I’d decorate with a ton of brightly colored hearts and stars and things as to attract a simple-minded child’s attention and perhaps they’d drop a few extra Conversation hearts my way.

In first grade, I remember staying up super late one night, drawing everyone in my class a picture in addition to their personalized Valentine’s and candy. I wanted to do this because I wanted to attract the attention of the boy I liked: Robert.

Robert looked like the brother of Zach Morris and had a cutie comb-over in our class photo. I totaaaallly drooled over him, but my BFF Emma also had a crush on Robert, and frankly, I thought Robert liked Emma more because Emma had this shampoo that smelled OMGSOGOOD and I can still remember the distinct flowery, fruity scent which worries me that I may be a stalker. But that’s besides the point.

Emma was blonde and pretty and had yummy shampoo, all of the things a young first grade desperately wished she had to secure the love interest of Robert. But perhaps if Robert saw that I dedicated my evening to drawing everyone in class a personalized picture–and the fact that I gave Robert a big special Valentine–he’d surely choose me over Emma and her intoxicating shampoo.

Anyway, long story short, he did enjoy my special Valentine and he gave me a special, big Valentine, too(!!) with extra candy (!!) which pretty much meant we were soulmates. However, he also gave Emma a special Valentine with extra candy, which may suggest that, like most boys, Robert has no idea what he wants and wanted to play both of us because boys can be cruel like that and you should never pit friends against one another, especially if one friend is already insecure about her normal-smelling hair.

And in the end, Emma kind of got Robert, until he moved away after first grade. Emma is now married to a guy that isn’t Robert, and when I was feeling particularly stalkerish one night, I found Robert on Facebook and he kind of looks like a tool. I’m guessing he probably played a bunch of girls with extra special Valentine’s. Emma and I just had the privilege of being his firsts while he was still cute and didn’t look like a rhino. Sigh.

DSC_0310Anyway, for Valentine’s Day, I decided to make some super simple-yet extra special Neapolitan bars that will woo your Valentine and make them feel extra-special. I promise you don’t need fancy shampoo, either!!

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Gooey Neapolitan Bars
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Recipe type: Bars
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Serves: 12
 
Ooey, gooey and reminiscent of that awesome ice cream — I LOVE these bars!
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg strawberry cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 cup miniature marshmallows
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup Valentine Sixlets candy, optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13×9 inch pan with foil, extending the sides of the foil over the edges of the pan. Mist the foil lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs + oil until well blended. Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Quickly spread the mallows evenly over the bars. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another 5-6 minutes or until the marshmallows are puffy and are juuuust beginning to brown a bit on the tops (you don’t want them to start toasting). Remove from the oven and immediately sprinkle both chips and the Sixlets candies evenly on top of the gooey marshmallows.
  4. Allow the bars to cool in the pan completely before cutting into bars. I used a dampened knife to help me cut through the ultra-gooey marshmallow. These bars keep when covered at room temperature, for a couple of days.

 

DSC_0311I am a HUGE Neapolitan fan! The ice cream takes me back to my childhood and eating it at my grandpa and grandma’s house in those brick cartons. I have always loved the strawberry flavor the most, so I enjoyed that the strawberry was the base flavor of these bars. It doesn’t overpower the vanilla and chocolate; in fact, the addition of the sprinkles on top are just the perfect bite of semi-sweet chocolate and white chocolate to merry harmoniously with the strawberry brownie base. Plus, the marshmallows are SO gooey. I die for gooey marshmallows, y’all.

Have a great day!!

xo, Hayley

 

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Comments

  1. I love everything Neapolian! The best of all three worlds which were my favorite ice cream flavors as a kid ;)

  2. These look SO DELICIOUS that I am reblogging! I am going to make these to take into work for VDay!

  3. Reblogged this on Shake Bake and Party and commented:
    YUM!!

  4. Haha – I love your story! Ah, young love. The bars look pretty amazing too :)

  5. “Looked like the brother of Zach Morris” hahahahahaaaa

  6. I loved Valentine’s Day back in elementary school! I loved passing out all the love notes and getting my own. I hope they still do that. And I love anything neapolitan. It reminds me of astronaut ice cream which I still love to this day.

  7. Any dessert with gooey in the name and I am in!! These are so adorable, Hayley!!

  8. hey man, it’s hard to compete with fancy shampoo. No competition when it comes to these bars though – ooey gooey marshmallow magic! agh. I wish I could’ve just eaten these for breakfast this morning. Then I would’ve had my sugar rush for the entire day :D

  9. Hayley! I’m a huge neapolitan fan too! I remember eating the ice cream on a huge cone with my dad on warm summer nights and it would melt down my hands. I haven’t had it in SO long though! this is quite the recipe miss hayley and the best use of strawberry cake mix I’ve ever seen. I seriously can’t get over how creative you always are girl!!

  10. Love that you took neapolitan flavors and put them in a gooey bar!

  11. The bars look so puffy and fluffy and I love strawberry cake mix. Yes, I do. The flavor is just so nostalgic!

  12. Catherine M. says:

    Wow! I will definitely make these. I love Neopolitan ice cream, too…it reminds me of my grandmother, who raised me. Thanks for dreaming these up!

  13. Neapolitan Ice cream is the best! These bars look so delicious. I love strawberry cake mix! It’s the best!!!

  14. Such a creative idea! I love it! The fluffy marshmallow is probably my favorite part. I seriously want to devour one of these bars right this second.

  15. Dude, these look amazing! Those marshmallows on top – oh god I would pick those off first! That’s the only way to eat them, right?

  16. First things first – I LOVE the new site design (I’ve obviously been away for too long!)

    Second – Your Valentine story is the most adorable thing ever! I remember behaving almost exactly like that in at least one year of elementary school (ok lets be honest..probably every year…)

    And these bars…OMG! I’m eating lunch right now and seriously want to throw my salad across the room in protest that I do not have on of these in front of me!

  17. I’ve never seen anything like these before! Too good…the bars and your story about Robert:)

  18. too good…these bars and your story about Robert:)

  19. too good…the neapolitan bars and your story about Robert:)

  20. First, I totally laughed out loud at the elementary school story. And I’m glad Emma ended up with a guy who doesn’t look like a rhino. I’m glad you didn’t either, for that matter.

    Second, these are totally yum. Neapolitan is the shiz.

  21. I totally did the first grade picture drawing for valentines. Awwww. And now I’ll go make one of these and dream of the past.

  22. Doodle’s fave ice cream is Neopolitan, so he’d probably do a double-flip if I made him these bars. They look so soft and gooey and awesome. How do you come up with this creative stuff day in and day out? You are a rockstar.

  23. Could you…Mix caramel into devil’s food cake batter, top with marshmallows and sprinkle with white chips and peanuts for a rocky road bar? As long as we’re in the theme of delicious ice cream :)

    • Giiiiirl, I think you’re well on your way to becoming a food blogger yourself! That sounds super yum. What I would do is do the devil’s food cake base (cake + 2 eggs + 1/2 cup oil) and pour it into the pan, bake, and at the end (when you put the mallows on top), sprinkle on some Caramel bits (in the candy aisle), chips, peanuts and marshmallows and bake for the remaining 5-6 mins or so. That way it all gets super ooey and gooey!! (And plz don’t hate me if I take this idea–I promise I’ll credit your genius!!)

      • Yes!! Let your genius do the work, please! Though if I do it before you, I’ll repost and let you know. Can’t wait for you to blog it and show us some pretty pics…I love your work – all you do is golden!

  24. Love these bars – so simple, but oh, so perfect! :)

  25. Ha! I loved doing Valentines. These bars ROCK girl! LOVE them.

  26. I still LOVE valentine’s day – I’d love to pass out old-school paper cards in homemade envelopes that we’d hang off of our desks

  27. I love all things Neapolitan too! These look scrumptious!

  28. Back for Seconds says:

    I totally want to make these. They look perfectly gooey and delish!
    I always loves Zach Morris…. ;)

  29. I like your style, Angela…I like your style. Valerie RAVING VIOLET Gilbert

  30. I made these earlier with my son. He is taking them to his babysitter tomorrow.
    Of course I had to cut into them to try before sending them. OMG!!! Is it creepy to say I love you! So delicious! Good thing I bought 2 boxes of strawberry cake mix so I can make another one to bring in to work tomorrow!!!

    • Yay!! So glad they turned out. And not creepy, because I love you too ;) only if you save me a bar!! Haha.

      • My coworkers loved them! So did the kids and sitter and her family. Huge hit!
        Not surprising since I have made a few of your recipes before and they are always a hit. I’ll save you a bar if you come here (MA) and shovel snow this weekend hahahaaha!

  31. I made these for my coworkers today. Yummy!

  32. I made these to take into work yesterday and I have to say, you are a freaking genius! They were AWESOME! Everyone loved them!

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