When I was a teenager, I used to babysit for a family down the street that had a candy drawer. It was, just as it sounds, an entire drawer full of candy. After dinner, if it was a weekend, the kids could each pick one item out of the drawer. And once they went to bed I would settle on the couch with a selection of licorice, gummy worms, and various chocolatey treats and devour them until my teeth ached.
I remember this particularly because back at my house, we definitely did not have a candy drawer. To be fair, I probably didn’t have enough self control to have a drawer of candy, and we did have a cookie jar filled with homemade goodness, but as everyone knows, cookies aren’t candy.
Whether it was the lack of a dedicated drawer or my naturally ravenous sweet tooth, I have great nostalgia for candy. Most of it centres around the following:
- The obvious annual Halloween bonanza.
- The customary giddy anticipation of corner store candy purchases where I could spend my allowance however I wanted (generally a box of nerds, a ring pop, or a lick-a-stick because they lasted the longest and I have long been a girl who values a good deal).
- Skittles. My Dad would occasionally come home with a coveted package of these shiny fruity wonders. I associated Skittles so closely with being a “Dad candy” that I was actually surprised years later when I realized that anyone could just walk into a grocery store and buy them.
- And finally, the eatmore bar. At some point in my later childhood, after she went back to work full time and we started packing our own lunches, my mom began buying bulk packs of eatmore bars. Usually we had granola bars, but when the eatmores were in the house, each of us kids were allowed half of one in our lunch. It was the ultimate treat: soft and chewy, salty sweet, peanuty goodness, and it’s something I’ve missed since we headed down the zero waste path and stopped buying things like plastic wrapped candy bars. (I told you I was nostalgic about this stuff)
Anyway, today I unexpectedly discovered that my Whitewater cookbook had a recipe for eatmore bars in it. Even after all my do-it-yourselfing it never even occurred to me that I could MAKE them. And now, after all of 5 minutes, I have a whole pan of candy bars in the house.
If only I could figure out how to make skittles, I’d be set. . .
PS-If you want to try eatmore bars for yourself, there’s a similar recipe here
6 responses to “More Things I Never Thought I Would Make: Eatmore Bars”
Thanks for the link – might have to try that one 🙂
viv in nz
I’ve seen Skittles in the bulk food section…
seems like you had exceptional parents
our relatives always brought candy and pop for us
my mother was an extraordinary baker, so we had desserts,cakes, cookies, pies, daily and weekly with no limit to how much we could eat
your dentist said in the film you have good teeth
no one in our family have/had good teeth
There are many recipies for alternates to brand candy online
This Xmas, I was craving peppermint patties, as a child we always had these at Christmas, and part of the joy was the packaging of the wafers
I madeup my own recipe,because I can’t tolerate the sweetness in candy and desserts anymore, so I make things much less sweet.
I used some buttermilk powder,peppermint oil,which I buy in bulk because it is supposed to repel rodents,and makes the entrance, exits to my house smell nice,when the mint has gone to rest for the winter
and to the milk powder I added some condensed milk,dried chopped small pieces of fruit and cranberries,then dipped them in Callebault chocolate, melted with a bit of veg shortening
Sent them in my little parcel to daughter in Montreal who opened the presents over the phone, which is now how we pass Xmas,and we both giggled at her ecstasy as she ate her peppermint pattie
I find that there are many old faves we can update
One of the things I love about cooking and baking is knowing all the ingredients. I might have to try this recipe to see if the kids would eat it. I’m always on the look out for picky picky kids kid-friendly recipes. Thank you!
Heartwarming story. I bet I could eat a whole drawer of eatmore bars
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