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Monday, 27 January 2014

Sweet Marie Slices

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In Canada they have these really tasty candy bars names Sweet Marie's.  They were always my favourite candy bars when I was a child.  Not only were they stogged full of caramel, peanut butter, crispy cereal and salted peanuts . . . not to mention covered in chocolate . . . but they actually named the bars after ME!  (Don't ever tell me any different!)

All in all a very irresistable combination don't you think?

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I don't know if they have anything similar over here, but I suspect they do . . . and I suspect that it is probably the Picnic or the Lion Bars.   Or a cross between the two.

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It's funny how things go . . . how when you can't get something anymore, you kind of crave it.   Things like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese . . . or Velveeta . . . All Dressed Potato Chips . . . Coffee Crisp Candy Bars . . . Lucky Charms Cereal . . . Captain Crunch . . . Sweet Marie's . . .

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And the longer you have to live without them . . . the more you want them.   The more you crave them.   The more you think about, dream about, desire . . . them . . .

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I find myself making lists every time I fly home of things I want to pick up to bring back with me when I go home.   Things like Lipton's Chicken Noodle Soup Mix . . . Cheese Whiz . . . and all of the above . . .

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I think I can cross Sweet Marie Candy Bars off my list now . . . because these tasty bars are almost identical . . .

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They are chock full of crunchy-ness, and chewy-ness, and peanuty-ness, and scrummy-ness . . . with just the right amount of chocolaty-ness to make them incredibly moreish, can't put me down . . . addictive-ness . . .

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The fact that they are named after me  is . . .  just . . . well . . . the icing on a very VERY tasty cake!  In fact the only bad thing I have to say about these is  . . . it's impossible to eat just one.   *naughty girl am I*

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*Sweet Marie Slice*
cuts into 12 squares

Delicious peanut butter squares filled with the crunch of peanuts and crisp rice cereal and topped with melted chocolate.   Scrummy yummy!  

90g of smooth peanut butter (1/2 cup)
175g golden syrup (1/2 cup corn syrup)
100g soft light brown sugar (1/2 cup packed)
1 TBS unsalted butter
50g crisp rice cereal (2 cups)
150g of roasted peanuts (1 cup)
180g of chocolate chips (1 cup)
chocolate sprinkles to decorate  

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LIne an 8 or 9 inch square pan with foil, having enough of an overhang to use as handles when it comes time to lift them out.   Butter the foil and set aside.  (If you use a nine inch pan your squares will not be as thick through, but larger in width, or you can cut them the same size and get more.  It's up to you.)    

Place the peanut butter, golden syrup, brown sugar and butter in a large saucepan.  Cook, stirring constantly, over medium low heat, until the peanut butter and  butter have melted and the mixture begins to bubble.   Remove from the heat and stir in the cereal and peanuts, mixing all in well together.  Spread this mixture into the prepared pan, and press down firmly.  I find using a buttered metal spoon the best way to do this.  The mixture doesn't stick to the spoon and it does a great job of pressing it down.  Immediately, while the mixture is still hot sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over top.   Once they have softened and melted, spread them evenly over top of the crisp rice mixture.    (If you like you can place the pan in a hot oven for a few minutes to facilitate this.)  Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles to decorate and then place the pan in the refrigerator for one hour until the mixture hardens enough to be cut into squares.  When ready, just lift out with the foil and using a sharp knife cut into squares.


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NOTE: for fun today I cut mine with a sharp straight sided metal Heart shaped cookie cutter.  Of course you will not get as many pieces if you do this, but the scraps are great to snack on.  *grin*   AND, the slices look so cute and very Valentiney!

5 comments:

  1. I've always made them with conflakes..much better this way,and the hearts are too cute!

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  2. Thanks Monique, I thought they were cute as hearts! I bet cornflakes would be tasty and crunchy as well! xxoo

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  3. these lok very cute Marie!! and look delicious too!!
    xxxxxxxxx

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  4. These look dangerous. I must try! Muhaha

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  5. Thanks Gloria!

    Colette, they are very dangerous, but sometimes you just got to face danger head on! Go for it girl!

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