Cheerios Chews

I think most writers insert little snippets of their own lives into their fictional worlds. If you’re reading my work, chances are you’ll stumble across a reference to a casserole, squares or something made with corn syrup. That’s because I grew up eating this stuff. If you don’t believe me, check out my Caker Cooking food blog. And pro tip: corn syrup can also be used to seal driveways.

This is what breakfast looked like growing up.

This is what breakfast looked like growing up.

In my new novel, Break in Case of Emergency, there’s a scene that references a Cheerios Chews recipe, handwritten on an index card. It’s on page 87, if you don’t believe me. 

I know index cards are a thing of the past – along with handwriting – but that’s how most recipes were recorded in my day. (Sometimes, the recipes were delivered on horseback if it was urgent.) When I wrote that scene, I was thinking of my own recipe card for Cheerios Chews, written in my mom’s handwriting.

Those weird symbols are called “handwriting.”

Those weird symbols are called “handwriting.”

If there are any doubts it was written by my mom, look at the way “Cheerios” is spelled. Don’t even get me started on how the woman used to spell “spaghetti.”

If you haven’t heard of Cheerios Chews before, time to get out from under your rock. These little golden nuggets are delicious and stick to your teeth for a solid two hours. Alls you need are three ingredients: caramels, peanut butter and Cheerios. 

Here’s my double-boiler. I made it myself.

Here’s my double-boiler. I made it myself.

The only annoying thing? Peeling the wrappers off 24 caramels. But if you can handle a little hand cramping, you’re good.

In case you can’t read my mom’s handwriting, put 24 unwrapped caramels in a double boiler (or microwave if you’re one of those modern types), along with two tbsps. of water. Melt the caramels, then add ¼ cup peanut butter and mix to combine. Then add 1 1/2 cups of Cheerios.

My kind of hot tub.

My kind of hot tub.

Drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper. These are sticky little suckers, so I gave the waxed paper a squirt of Pam.

This involves some hand-eye coordination.

This involves some hand-eye coordination.

Put an M&M on top if you want a dash of gaiety. Or for a competitive edge at the bake table.

The M&M ups your bake sale selling price from 10 cents to 15.

The M&M ups your bake sale selling price from 10 cents to 15.

Let them cool and then start eating. Just be sure to pace yourself. The only thing worse than hand cramps is stomach cramps. I’m speaking from experience.

Just look at that sheen.

Just look at that sheen.

For more info about Break in Case of Emergency, visit my book page

Cheerio!