Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chocolate Candy Slice

This is a recipe I unearthed from my mother's recipe box. I was hosting an open house a while ago and wanted to make some squares that didn't require a lot of time or effort. This recipe fits the criteria.

Whip this slice up in 10 or 15 minutes, pop it in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour and you've got a rich (I mean sugar high for a week) treat.

Like a lot of recipes I post, this one takes me back to the basement of our small town Manitoba church. The social life of the church revolved around the UCW (United Church Women) and food. You could generally find this slice on a dainty tray casually rubbing shoulders with the peanut butter/caramel/marshamallow squares and the cherry marshmallow bars (two other favourites you'll see in future posts).

In those days no one was aware of peanut or gluten allergies. Life is a little different today so you'll find two versions of the recipe posted below. One is the original version in all it's nut-filled, anaphylactic glory. The other is a version I've adapted to eliminate the potential allergens of peanut butter, coconut, walnuts and gluten.

Here's the easy, no-bake blast from church teas past.

CHOCOLATE CANDY SLICE (The Unadulterated Version)

Melt in a double boiler:
1 pkg (300 g) butterscotch chips
1 pkg (350 g) chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup peanut butter
(If you don't have a double boiler use very low heat on your stove top).

Stir in:
1 cup coconut
3/4 cup walnuts
1 package mini marshmallows (you can use coloured or plain - it's up to you)

Pour into a 9" x 13" pan. Chill

CHOCOLATE CANDY SLICE (The Allergy Free Version)

Melt in a double boiler:
1 to 1 1/2 pkg butterscotch chips
1 1/2 pkg chocolate chips
1 cup butter or margarine
(If you don't have a double boiler use very low heat on your stove top).

Stir in:
1 cup Rice Krispie cereal
1 pkg mini marshmallows (coloured or plain - you decide)

Pour into a 9" x 13" pan. Chill.

CELIAC NOTE: Rice Krispies may still be a problem for those with Celiac disease as they contain barley. You can generally find gluten free rice cereal in the organic aisle or at a specialty food store.

PEANUT NOTE:  Check the packages of butterscotch and chocolate chips closely - the package of butterscotch chips I used still had the "may contain peanuts" note at the end of the ingredient list.

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