I’m not trying to rat your kids out or anything (since I am almost positive you probably did the same thing yourselves when you were that age), but you know when you give your kid lunch money every week and think he’s spending it on chicken nuggets or hamburgers in the cafeteria?
Well, you’re wrong.
If he’s like the 45979453745 billion other teenagers in the world, he’s proooobably spending it on Sour Skittles and Mountain Dew, AKA the Infamous Meal of Teenagers.
Meals may vary, as I was not one of the kids who enjoyed Sour Skittles. So if your name was Hayley Parker, you probably fancied eating a package of frosted chocolate donuts and a vanilla Coke on the daily. Or perhaps you were a root beer and Snickers kinda person.
Either way, I’m sorry to burst your little healthy, happy bubble of your child’s eating habits, but basically he’s just at school stuffing his face with heinous amounts of sugar.
And don’t get all mad at them for it, either. If it gets them through their droll algebra 2 class or helps pep them up for a long night of studying chemistry, who cares what they eat? Lemme tell you — you shouldn’t. Because it’s pretty much a scientific fact that kids don’t come racing home to eat kale and sweet potatoes before a cram session. So give them their Snickers and just realize that in a few years, this will all be a distant memory. And also in a few years, your kid won’t have nearly the same metabolism, so eventually your kale and sweet potatoes thing will be their new fave meal.
…Or not, because kale and sweet potatoes could never be chocolate and caramel. Everrrrrrr.
So pinch me if I’m crazy, but I have never been a huge Snickers fan. I know everyone and their mother’s mother’s dog’s cousin loooooves Snickers, but I’ve just never jonesed for it like everyone else does which is strange since I love all the components of a Snickers bar.. just, separated. But when Snickers released their Snickers PB candy bars, thaaaat was a different story.
I LOVE the addition of peanut butter — it truly amps up the saltiness of these traditionally sweet bars, and ups that gooey, sticky factor too (which shouldn’t all candy bars be the epitome of gooey, sticky and awesome?!).
For Candy Bar Week, I wanted to use these fancy, vamped-up Snickers bars somehow.. but when I realized I’ve already burnt everyone out on bars, poke cakes and bark, I figured I’d make something that tasted exactly like the candy without actually containing it. The perfect vessel for this mission? Nutter Butters. And Rolos. And chocolate. And peanuts.
And oh maaah goooooosh. HEAVEN.
- ½ pkg Nutter Butter cookies
- 1 pkg Rolo candies, unwrapped
- 1 pkg chocolate Candiquik or almond bark
- 1 can chopped sundae peanuts
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Gently twist the Nutter Butter cookies to separate the halves from one another. Place the half that is more bare (read: with less of the pb filling) onto the cookie sheet; leave the frosted halves to the side.
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Place two Rolos evenly on top of the unfrosted cookie halves. Put the pan of cookies into the oven and cook for about 4 minutes, or until the Rolos are very shiny but are still maintaining their shape. Remove from the oven.
- Take the frosted half of the cookies and gently sandwich them back together with the Rolo half. Allow the cookies to cool and come to room temperature.
- Melt the chocolate bark according to package directions. Dunk each cookie evenly into the chocolate bark, removing excess chocolate with a fork. Return the foil-lined baking sheet and immediately sprinkle with the chopped sundae peanuts. Serve!
I mean, really… noooo words.
Have a delicious and fantastical day!!