Food As A Weapon! Death By Chocolate…mmmmm

chocolateDeath by Chocolate. What an amazing name for an event. It was a local one with chocolate-related  foods created by local chefs. Great fundraiser. But do we really want to die of chocolate? People with food sensitivities and diabetes are facing stuff like this all the time. You can build a very loyal following by serving just the right food to the right person.

We have lots of strategies to use food as a weapon. I think every Mom has used food as bribe to get something from her children and husband. And we all know the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. One of the nicest things a man can say to his partner is: “Your _______ is even better than my Mother makes.”  Sigh – I strive!

“Finish your dinner and you can have dessert.” This is standard in every Mother’s repertoire. And our holiday specials keep them coming back for more. A student of mine brought me some amazing smoked salmon and this close to semester end I was wondering if had something to do with interim reports, too. How about keeping the cookie jar full?

Chocolate essentail vitamenOne of my girls looks in the cookie tin (my Marvin the Martian cookie jay broke, so the cookies are now in a Mr. Christie’s vintage saltine tin) and the fridge as soon as she comes upstairs. Anything in the cookie jar is fair game. But..it does get her into the kitchen where I usually am.

Christmas is coming and I’m trying to think of things to offer as holiday treats that won’t kill my diet. Yesterday we picked up the first of Norm’s Christmas boxes of chocolates. We also found some chocolate covered blueberries. Now they, sound like a new tradition (Yes, that was an oxymoron!). My other daughter said she would make some of her Christmas candy. It’s only white chocolate and Golden Grahams but we eat it like it’s Christmas Crack. Then we found out there are a whole bunch of recipes called Christmas Crack”. I’ll put one in here, too.

We’re not trying to kill anyone at this point but my diet, blood pressure and heart are at risk. Would it be murder????? Thanks for listening. ;D Diane

DEATH BY CHOCOLATE

Ingredients

1 brownie mix (bake in 13×9″ pan)
1/3 cup Kaluha (or really strong coffee)
1 large box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 medium Cool Whip
1 bag chocolate chips
1 bag Skor chips (or…)

Directions

Make pudding & brownies by box directions. In a large glass bowl or trifle bowl, layer 1/2 brownies cut into small pieces sprinkle with 1/2  Kaluha, 1/2 pudding, 1/2 Cool Whip. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and Heath pieces. Repeat for layered effect.

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Any type of candy can be substituted, Crispy Crunch (Butterfingers for Americans) are also good.

Nutrition: 503 calories, 28 grams fat, 67 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein per serving.

CHRISTMAS CRACK

Ingredients
1 sleeve of saltines (also known as soda crackers)
3/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks, salted)
Bag of milk chocolate chips (I used 3/4 a bag)
Crushed pecans/nuts (optional)

Directions
– Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
– Line a raised edge baking sheet in tin foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Line saltines in a single layer side by side.
– Combine brown sugar and butter in a pan for three minutes, bringing it to a boil.
– Once the the boiled mixture is finished, pour it over the saltines. Make sure you coat them as evenly as possible.
– Put in the oven for five minutes and take out when the mixture is bubbly.
– Once out of the oven, the saltines might have shifted. Move them back together with a knife or fork. Wait for 3 minutes for mixture to cool and the crackers are visible.
– Pour chocolate chips over crackers and let them sit to melt. Spread them over the crackers evenly. If you have a hard time melting them, throw the pan back in the oven for a minute or two.
– If you want to add the nuts, sprinkle them over the chocolate and gently press.
– Put the baking sheet in the fridge to harden and set.
– Once hardened, break into little pieces and enjoy!

Store in fridge or in a cool, dry place in an airtight container to avoid getting soggy.

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~ by 1fatgirlshrinking - Diane Kirby on December 2, 2012.

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