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This could very well be the worst picture on my blog….but let me explain!!

I’m down to the wire here. It is the last day of the year, and I am completing a recipe from the last cookbook I have to post about. The good thing is that I have completed it, and my one and only New Year’s Resolution is completed. The bad news is, I kind of took the easy way out. I’ll admit that I found one of the easiest recipes in the book to make. And I made them this morning. Then I was out, running errands. My husband stopped at home and ate them all except for this one lonely bar!! At least I only made half a batch! So I went to take a picture, and knew that with the one little bar, a good picture probably wasn’t going to happen anyway, so I just snapped a shot or two and called it good. The important part was finishing the Project!!

These really are super simple. But I’m actually a believer that most of the recipes in these Top Secret Recipe books aren’t rocket science. Most of them, like this one, I could have come up with on my own, but they are still fun to look through.

Here’s to a wonderful 2008 – it sure has been a great year, hasn’t it!?! And I’m sure that 2009 will be even better. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday!

100 Grand Bars
adapted from More Top Secret Recipes

Makes 30 small candy bars

30 unwrapped caramels, at room temperature
12 ounce bag of milk chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vegetable shortening
3/4 cup Rice Krispies

Flatten each of the caramels to about 1/4 inch thick. If they are too hard, microwave them for 5-10 seconds to soften them up enough to flatten.

In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening and microwave on half power until melted, about 2 minutes. Make sure and stir every 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add the Rice Krispies and stir together.

Cover each of the caramels with the chocolate mixture. I found that it was easiest to do with my hands. Place each bar on a sheet of waxed paper. Allow to firm up for 1 to 2 hours.

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37 Responses to Knock-Off 100 Grand Bar

  1. Abby says:

    Happy New Year! Your 2009 is going to be FABULOUS.

  2. Paula says:

    Ha! I love it! My hubby would have done the exact same thing! I happen to have all the ingredients on hand, and as a double bonus, this is a gluten free recipe for all those who can’t have some of the traditional sweets due to wheat ingredients! YUM! Happy New Year!

  3. Kevin says:

    Happy new year!

  4. Bellini Valli says:

    You did it Deborah and ended the year with a tasty treat as well as accomplished your goal. Roll on 2009!!!!!

  5. Megan says:

    Congrats on finishing the project and with such a tasty looking treat. I know they’re good if your hubby ate them all but one. 🙂
    Happy New Year Deborah!

  6. Melanie says:

    That’s funny because I saw the picture and thought “that looks like a professional picture from a cookbook” – it really does to me. I don’t know why. Anyway, the treats sound yummy! Good luck with 2009 – if I remember right you should be ready to have a baby soon. Best of luck!

  7. Crazy Lady says:

    Yahoo you finished! What is your goal for 2009

  8. breadchick says:

    These were some of my favorite candy bars growing up. I’ll definitely have to give them a try.

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  9. sunita says:

    Happy new year to you and yours, dear Deb 🙂

  10. Colloquial Cook says:

    Haha, fab! That’s also part of what cooking is about… dealing with the hungry masses! I think you did really well with your ambitious project!

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    LOL! I bet those bars were delicious!

    Happy new Year!



  12. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    Happy New Year Deborah. I hope 2009 gives you many happy times filled with love, laughter and of course the odd proud parent moment! 😉

  13. Gretchen Noelle says:

    I actually really like the shot. Good for you for finishing your project! That is certainly an accomplishment!

  14. Audrey says:

    Happy New Year!! Hoping to see many more recipes in ’09!

  15. Patsyk says:

    I just received a copy of one of those copycat cookbooks! Congrats on finishing your project! I really should work harder at using each of my cookbooks more during this year. You found some great recipes this past year.

    Happy New Year!

  16. glamah16 says:

    Happy New Year.

  17. Grace says:

    that sounds like a 100 grand bar to me, and i’d definitely eat it. tis no surprise there was only one left. 🙂
    happy 2009!

  18. kristina says:

    Congratulations on finishing the cookbook project! That’s so fantastic. You’ve inspired me to try to do the same in 2009. I only hope I’ll be as successful as you! Happy New Year! K x

  19. Aimée says:

    Happy New Year! Congrats on finishing your project, that’s great.

  20. ashley says:

    congrats on a successful cookbook project for 2008! can’t wait to see what you’ve got for us in 2009!

  21. Mary says:

    Congratulations on finishing your project! (the bars look delicious too!)

  22. Dawn says:

    Finishing a project is most important. How did they taste? I loved those bars, haven’t had one in ages.
    Happy New Year to you!

  23. Joy the Baker says:

    You completed you New Year’s resolution! That’s crazy amazing! Fantastic!! Don’t even think twice about “taking the easy way out” because you totally completed your goal. Bravo! Well done! Happy New Year!

  24. Mary says:

    Congratulations on finishing your project. No small accomplishment.

  25. Katie B. says:

    Happy New Year!! Yanno – if your resolution had been easy, sure, you would have finished much earlier – but would it have been as much fun!!

    Your bars look terrific – not surprised your husband ate all but one! 🙂

  26. Ann says:

    I just happened in through a series of clicks on blogs and THIS IS AMAZING. What an undertaking you started and WOW.. You finished it!

    I’ll be coming back to see what you plan in 2009!~ann

  27. eatme_delicious says:

    Yum simple and delicious! Happy new year. =)

  28. Sophie says:

    Hey, but you did finish the project :D! …And I don’t think that pic is bad, it has a minimalist laid-back look, I like it. Hope you’re having a great New Year so far :).

  29. Ingrid says:

    Congrats on your New Year’s resolution for 2008! I’m hoping to be able to say the same at the end of this new year!

    Happy 2009, I’m certain it’s going to be a good one for ya!! Lots of first with a new baby!

  30. Darius T. Williams says:

    It’s still a great pic – really it is…I bet it tastes fantastic!


  31. Peabody says:

    Works for me!

  32. Maria says:

    congrats on finishing your project! Happy new year!

  33. Shelby aka HoneyB says:

    works for me too! I love those 1000 Grand bars!

  34. KJ says:

    Congratulations – that’s a huge achievement!! And Happy New Year. Wishing you a great year.

  35. Gigi says:

    Happy New Year! Congrats on completing the project!

  36. michelle says:

    this is hilarious

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