My oldest kids are coming to the end of their semester at college and are under stress as they finish projects and prepare for finals. They haven’t been very good company. At all! Some people living with them would even describe them as grumpy. It is at times like this that I completely understand sending kids thousands of miles away to attend college.
I can’t make their projects and finals go away, but I can try to sweeten them up a little with some candy. And if it doesn’t work, I can take the candy and go hide in my room with a good book and a cup of tea until finals are over.
I am still working on clearing out the pantry ahead of our move which has forced me to improvise on several occasions. I wanted to make something with peanuts and chocolate – two proven mood improvers, but I was out of peanuts, so I modified my Peanut Butter Bark recipe to include pretzels.
- 1 package peanut butter chips
- 1 tablespoons shortening
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup of crushed pretzels (I used Glutino pretzels to make this gluten-free)
- Cover a cookie sheet with foil.
- Melt the peanut butter chips and shortening according to package directions. Once melted stir in ½ cup of the pretzels.
- Melt the chocolate chips according to package directions. Once melted stir in ½ cup of the pretzels.
- Alternate spooning the melted chocolate chips and melted peanut butter chips on to the cookie sheet. Then use a spatula to semi blend the two and spread it evenly over the foil.
- Let sit for 2 hours to firm up or put it in the freezer for 30 minutes. Break into pieces.
My daughter declared this candy her new favorite, but I have found that starving, stressed college students are very generous food critics…which is why I let them live at home while going to college.