As a server working a 12 hour double, I usually get my satisfaction from a fat stack of cash. Tips are supposed to balance out my measly wage, but tonight I left with a wimpy wallet. Such situations encourage some to hit the bottle, but I would rather sneak into the kitchen cabinet for another substance: chocolate. Salivating for the sweet cocoa taste, I reached for a bag of chocolate chips. As I clutched my prize, I felt an unsettling squish. Melted chocolate – of course. Living in a un-air conditioned house had finally revealed its price.
Chocolate cravings were reaching urgent levels; I didn’t have much time. I gripped and ripped the bag of liquefied chocolate, and squeezed it into a saucepot along with a few spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter. Heating it at low, I stirred in several handfuls of the off-brand honey-nut cereal. Once all the cereal was evenly coated, I plopped spoonfuls onto the top of a Tupperware lid covered in tinfoil. Desperate times call for desperate measures, people. Then I stuck the Tupperware tray into the freezer and let the bars chill for about 15-20 minutes (I recommend you let them go longer, but I don’t have that kind of self-control when I’m having a chocolate craving attack).
So the next time the chocolate bug bites, know that you are only three ingredients and 20 minutes away from having a cold, crunchy, chocolaty, peanut butter bliss bar. *Sigh of relief*, “That was easy”.
Honey-Nut Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
1 (12 oz) bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 T peanut butter
About 2-3 cups honey-nut cereal
1. Mix chocolate chips and peanut butter in saucepan over low heat until melted.
2. Add in cereal – make sure that all can be covered by chocolate sauce.
3. Place large spoonfuls on cookie sheet covered in tinfoil/parchment paper/etc., let chill in freezer for about 15-20 minutes.
4. Store in bags or Tupperware in fridge/freezer for as long as you can keep them.
Makes about a dozen decent sized bars.