Twink's Treats: Retro Treats Can’t Be Beat!
Retro – you hear that word a lot lately. Retro is defined as “imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past.” Retro furniture from the 60’s and 70’s is now prominent in upscale furniture stores, and cost a lot more than what my parents had back in the real day. They were more contemporary in their style of furniture than a lot of their peers, especially my mother, She grew up on a farm in rural North Carolina amidst lots of handmade and antique furniture and loved the clean, simple lines of the contemporary style. She also made treats then that we loved called “Scotcheroos”. Our friends loved them, too, and she became known as “The Scotcheroo Lady”. In fact, my younger sister, Tracy, would take these to elementary school and sell them to her friends (unbeknownst to my mother)!
When both my sister and I married and had children (Chris, Lyndsay and Tyler), Mother made these for them and anytime she didn’t have any on hand, they were so disappointed. Although they are now grown, I still make them for the “kids” and they dive into them just like we did and they did when they were young. I plan to continue the tradition with my granddaughter, too. Sometimes you just need a retro treat, to take you back to some great memories.
These are not at all low calorie – but they are addictive! Here’s my mother’s version:
1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup (I use Karo)
6 cups toasted rice cereal (Rice Krispies)
1 2/3 cups semisweet morsels (I use Nestle)
1 cup butterscotch morsels (I use Nestle)
Coat 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray. In Dutch oven or stockpot, melt peanut butter, sugar and corn syrup over medium heat, stirring until melted. Remove from heat, and stir in cereal, mixing until blended. Pat mixture into baking dish. In microwave proof dish, melt chocolate and butterscotch morsels in microwave, stirring every 45 seconds until smooth. Immediately pour over cereal mixture, spreading to cover. Refrigerate about 20 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars. Enjoy.
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