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Campfire Chunks

October 31, 2016

It might be fall but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a little piece of summer – right from your own kitchen.  Every fall I feel a little bummed that I have to give up the burgers and smores so this year I decided to try and stretch one of these summer delights out a bit further.  Hence, Campfire Chunks became a reality in my kitchen.  Now, they have a few other ingredients besides the basic Marshmallo, chocolate bar and Graham Crackers but you will get the gist.

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I started thinking about this because my husband and I are going to be spending Christmas with all of our kids and grand kids this year so I have been prepping some fun and easy recipes for the holidays to make with all my kiddos.  I thought it would be fun to throw a few new recipes into the mix because the little ones will have no idea what  is old and what is new so why not create some of my own favorites with them.  We will be doing all those delicious holiday recipes the everyone loves but I thought it would be pretty fun to have a summer treat during the holidays this year.  Is that weird?

Everyone should have great memories of  working in the kitchen with their grandma and what a fun way to emblazon some fun ones with my little ones then with a crazy recipe or two of my own?  Some of the recipes we prepare will be healthy but there are a few that are not quite so good for you.  But I’m talking about food for the holidays so I think we can overlook the fat and sugar for a few weeks.  Right?!!  Campfire Chunks are going to be the perfect start to our holiday fun.

Here is what you do:

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Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 X 9 glass baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.

The first ingredient for this recipe is ground up Mini-Pretzels.  I measure 3 cups of Mini-Pretzels into my food processor and grind them until they are powdery but still have some chunk in them.  You can grind them up completely but I like the chunks of Pretzel.  If you are doing this with kids, just put your Pretzels into a large zipper bag and crush them with a rolling pin.  This is a great job  for the kiddos.

Put your 1 1/2 Cups of Pretzels crumbs to a medium bowl and add 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar and 6 tablespoons of melted Butter to the bowl of Pretzel crumbs and mix until well combined.  Pour the mixture into your 9 X 9 baking dish and press the mixture into the bottom.

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The hardest part of this recipe is unwrapping all the Mini-Snickers bars.  Let one of the smaller kids do this so that they feel important but make sure you watch them.  I’m sure you know how irresistable Snickers bars are so you should keep your eye on them to make sure they all make it to the baking dish!  Layer the Snickers bars as evenly as possible over your Pretzel mixture.

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Sprinkle your 1 Cup of Marshmallows all over the candy bar and Pretzel  mixture and then add the 1/2 Cup of Peanuts over top of the Marshmallows.  This is so simple, folks!

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Now this part just makes my mouth water.  You are going to pour 1/2 of a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk all over the ingredients you just added.  I use a spoon to slowly drizzle it all over so that I get an even coating over everything.  This takes a while but it is totally worth it and since this is just a dump recipe, you can handle it.

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The last step is to place a layer of Mini-Pretzels all over the top of your dish.  I covered the top with Pretzels but then decided it was too many so I just went with the recipe in a put 1/2 Cup on top which was about 10 Mini-Pretzels.  I like Pretzels so I thought I would add more but when I looked at it, it just looked like too much.  Cook for 32-35 minutes.

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Oh my gosh!  Doesn’t this look delicious?  When you bake this concoction the Marshmallow, Snickers bar and Sweetened Condensed Milk melts down onto your crust and creates this sweet piece of heaven.

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Ooey, gooey sweetness with a Peanut crunch on top of a salty crust.   Heaven for any winter or holiday night!  Let your Campfire Chunks cool completely before cutting into chunks.  Look at how everything melts down

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Seriously, if you don’t want some of this, you are nuts!  Give this sweet recipe a try and let me know what you think.  By the way, I made these for my Sunday School class and they devoured them!

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From Becky

Campfire Chunks
Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup crushed Pretzel crumbs (about 3 cups mini pretzels)
  • ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter, melted
  • 1 (11.5-ounce) bag Snickers ® minis, unwrapped
  • 1 cup Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ cup cocktail Peanuts
  • ½ can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ⅓ cup Mini Pretzels
Instructions
  1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9-inch square glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl stir your Pretzel crumbs, Granulated Sugar, and melted Butter. Press the mixture into an even layer on the bottom of the glass baking dish.
  3. Layer the Snickers bars, Marshmallows, and Peanuts on top of the crust. Drizzle the ½ can of Sweetened Condensed Milk on top of the Candy, Marshmallow and Peanut ingredients by spoonful so that it covers everything evenly. Press pretzels on top of the Marshmallows.
  4. Bake for 32-35 minutes, or until center is set. Put the baking dish on a wire rack and cool completely before cutting and removing the bars from the pan.

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