Have you ever found yourself going to a gathering and being thrilled that so-n-so is going to be there because they always bring that fabulous appetizer, casserole, dessert, etc? You know, that one item you only get to enjoy when you are with so-n-so because you are either (a) too lazy to attack the recipe in your own kitchen or (b) they are too selfish to share their delicious family recipe. Or, worse. (c) They don't even have a recipe. They just throw it together in the dark and magic happens. Magic that is way too many calories to count but far too yummy to pass up.
When I was a brand new bride and the kitchen was a whole new place for me to explore, I spent my free time impressing my new husband with endless batches of Hamburger Helper. Yes, I did. And, he LOVED the stuff. No, really. He did. (Yes, I said DID.) He had NEVER had Hamburger Helper before he married me. His mother is a fabulous cook and she never stooped so low as to take advantage of the 5 boxes for $10 sale. Nope. She walked right by.
Not me. I knew a good bargain when I saw one. After Nurse Boy sung the praises of all that was Hamburger Helper, we ate it SEVERAL times a week. I mean, who was I to argue with Nurse Boy's taste buds?
After one year of trying every kind of Hamburger Helper imaginable and mixing things up with ground beef, ground turkey, and going all crazy with ground chicken every now and again, Nurse Boy put his fork down one evening and said, "I am done. I don't care if I ever see another box of Hamburger Helper again."
Truth be told, I was done 6 months before that. But, it was easy. And, cheap. But, mostly easy.
We haven't had it since. I don't imagine my boys with taste that stuff until they get hitched.
So, after one year of marriage, I finally decided that I needed to cook. My friend Peggy was one of my amazing coworkers who was single and who was always whipping up something exciting in her kitchen. She always showed up to our teacher potlucks with a fresh batch of Scotch-A-Roos. I always knew those treats would be waiting for me during those special gatherings. Peggy fed my addiction. Peggy was my so-n-so who always showed up with such-n-such. They are exactly what I imagine heaven tasting like. Surely, heaven is filled with Scotch-A-Roos that won't go straight to your waist!
Once I left that position, I made Scotch-A-Roos my such-n-such that I bring to events. Nurse Boy's coworkers beg me for them. They call me with their requests and even let me know when their birthday is coming up on the calendar. My friends smile when I show up with them. My kids' teachers thank me for them and tell their husbands they aren't sharing. And, I am pretty sure they (Scotch-A-Roos) are the only reason that my coworkers put up with me.
All of that to say: Meet Your New Addiction!
You will need:
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1. Heat sugar, corn syrup, and peanut butter in a sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil, stirring often. Let boil and continue stirring for about one minute.
2. Pour over rice krispies and mix well.
3. Press into a 13x9 pan.
4. Melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips in the microwave. Mix well and spread over the top of the rice krispy mixture.
Healthy? No. Heavenly? YES!
You are welcome.