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WHATCHAMACALLIT CANDY BAR, VEGAN VERSION

The Whatchamacallit has been my favorite candy bar since before I can remember. It was my breakfast and lunch all throughout my high school years; it was the only item in the vending machine I really enjoyed. So I got to thinking about this candy – the delicious chocolate, peanut butter, krispies, and caramel, and then I thought how can I make a vegan one… And it hit me! Now this will take a few steps, and it does take a little time, but it’s worth it! I’ll be giving the steps to make 1 candy bar, but feel free to make as many as you’d like.
First get 1 cup of Rice Krispies cereal, and in a bowl, break it up more with your hands to make it more crunchy. You don’t want a powder, but you don’t want the full rice puff. Now add a 1/2 cup of peanut butter and mix together with the rice krispies. Next, form the mixture into the shape of a candy bar, and try to get it as tight together and stuck together as possible. If you need to add more peanut butter to do this, go for it. Once it’s all shaped and firm, place in a freezer.
Now it’s time to make the caramel. In a metal bowl add 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup vegan butter, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Then using heat protective gloves, Bring a pot of water to a boil, and place the sugar butter syrup bowl on top of the boiling pot. Melt all the ingredients together and then add 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Keep mixing together until fully melted and mixed together. 
Now take out the krispie peanut butter bar from the freezer and cover the top of the treat with the caramel sauce. Place back into freezer. Also, save any leftover caramel in the fridge, it can always be reheated and used to make more.
Using the same method as we did to make the caramel, we will melt chocolate. I used dark chocolate vegan friendly chips, and I then added a scoop of vegan butter, just enough to make sure I don’t burn the chocolate. I then melted together in a metal bowl, over a boiling pot of water. Once fully melted and mixed, take out your caramel peanut butter krispie bar, and brush on your liquid chocolate on both sides. Once it’s fully covered, place back in the freezer for about 2 hours. 
After its solidified and cooled, it’s now ready to be fully enjoyed, and truthfully it’s just as good as the real candy bar. This whatchamacallit is a legit whatchamacallit! Peace, Love, Grub. 
   
   Peanut Butter

Rice Krispies

Sugar

Maple Syrup

Vegan Butter

Cornstarch 

Vegan Chocolate Chips

VALENTINES DAY STRAWBERRIES!

Today is Valentine’s Day, and that means love, cards, and most importantly goodies to eat!! Here is a very fast and easy dish to make for your partner, and it’s still pretty romantic. Chocolate covered strawberries!! Now most chocolates are not vegan because they contain milk, however there are vegan chocolates at whole foods and any other local vegan friendly stores. All you’ll need is a few bars of vegan chocolate, and strawberries. First break up the chocolate and place in a pot on your stove under a low fire. Once that melts fully you then take a strawberry and dip the tip into the melted chocolate. Place the berries on a parchment paper covered plate and place in the fridge for a couple hours. Once the chocolate has dried fully on the berry, then they are ready to eat! Light some candles, play some Barry White, and feed your partner some of these treats. If Barry doesn’t get you lucky, these strawberries will! Happy V-Day, and Peace, Love, Grub!






3-5 vegan chocolate bars

Strawberries

Parchment paper (for cooling)

JUNK FOOD!

I love junk food and sweets, and personally, my favorite place to get them is at amusement parks! Funnel cakes & deep fried snacks–they’re so good! I accept that I’m a glutton. However, I don’t enjoy paying a billion dollars for these sweet delicacies–but I always do pay the money to eat them.

Besides the price, the main problems are the only real place to get these are at amusement parks, and they usually have eggs or dairy in the batter. Well, not anymore!!! Junk food vegans rejoice!!! For now, you too can enjoy these treats–at home, anytime you want–and still keep the animals happy!

 What I have here is a basic vegan funnel cake batter recipe, and I use this to make funnel cake, but I also use it as my coating to fry any other thing I please…like Oreos! Yes, I’ll also talk about deep fried Oreos!! And seriously people, you can load the funnel cake with whatever your heart desires!! And you can use this batter to deep fry anything else sweet you might enjoy.

To make this sweet batter of goodness, you’ll need:

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk 

2 Tbsp. sugar 

1 1/4 cups flour 

1/4 tsp. salt 

1 tsp. baking powder 

Once you mix all these ingredients together in a bowl, heat up a frying pan or bowl with vegetable oil. Once that’s hot, you’ll then need a ziplock bag. Put some batter in the bag (not all, because this will be the batter you can use for frying other sweets). Then move liquid to one side of the bag and cut a tiny corner off the other end side of the bag. Now pour the batter from the cut corner into the hot oil, and try to keep your pouring all together so the funnel cake forms together and isn’t hard to get out of the bowl/pan. Once it’s a nice golden brown, you can spoon out with a slotted spoon and place on plates. Top of that funnel cake with whatever you would like: jelly, preserves, jams or any dairy free ice cream you’d like. I personally used natural blackberry jelly and quick vegan caramel sauce and powdered sugar 

(Caramel sauce recipe is full fat coconut milk, vegan butter with organic sugar and organic brown sugar melted and mixed together, and corn starch for thicker sauce) 



Now this was delicious but I needed more junk food; I always need more junk food!! So now, I get to my sweet accidentally vegan Oreo cookies:

I soak the Oreos in the batter, I make sure the cookies are completely covered and I quickly place them in the hot oil. I flip them about 1.5 mins into frying and fry for about another minute or 2, depending on color. Just don’t burn them, unless you like that, then, by all means, burn away and enjoy the crunch! So, take these out and let them cool a bit, and BOOM! You just did the impossible and made Oreos even better! 



Now remember, you can literally coat anything sweet you want with this batter and fry it and enjoy it that much more! Any vegan cookie, or any fruit slice you’d like, the options are pretty endless! Just be safe when working around hot oil; it likes to pop and splat and make a mess and burn you, so try to be safe and clean and watch how hot the oil gets. Also dispose of the oil in a proper way, let it cool and put in the jar again or another container. DO NOT POUR DOWN SINK. Ok that’s my blog today and my safety warnings! Peace, Love, Grub!