*Sigh.* It’s been so rainy the last few days. So rainy, in fact, that I wrecked my car. It was just getting dark, and I was driving along the river on my commute home. With a light rain falling, I didn’t even see the giant boulder of shale in the road until it was too late to miss it. Blew out 2 tires and busted up 2 wheels, but that was it, so I have no reason to be anything but thankful, really. So, since I’m stranded at home with no car today, what better thing to make for the kiddos’ rainy day after school snack than some puddles! And by puddles, I mean Sea Salt Caramel GORP Puddles! (Snack bites, actually, but aren’t puddles so much more fun!?)
- 1 bag Hershey's Kitchens Sea Salt Caramel chips
- 1½ cups mixed raisins, peanuts, and/or assorted seeds, nuts and dried fruit
- Place chips in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Heat in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth and melted. (Do not overheat. Chips will not reach a fully melted liquid state like most chocolate chips. Once smooth, stop heating.)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop melted chips into a freezer bag, snip off the end, and pipe into small circles on sheet, approx. 1 tablespoon each. Top each with a spoonful of mixed nuts and raisins, pressing lightly to stick. Allow to dry for 30 minutes.
Sea Salt Caramel GORP Puddles
These creamy, salty and sweet snacks are so easy to make with the new sea salt caramel chips from Hershey’s Kitchens. As a Sweetest Moms Ambassador, I occasionally get a surprise in the mail from my friends at Chocolate World. These chips were in my last sweet mail delivery, and they are heavenly. I find that caramel flavor things can be a little too…something…for me (too sweet? too caramel-y?) but these aren’t. They touch of sea salt is perfectly balanced, and I could eat them by the handful.
I won’t, but I could.
If you have kids like mine, that prefer caramel over chocolate (can you imagine?!) these little bark-like bites are a great way to get Good ol’ Raisins and Peanuts (GORP) into those little bellies, and they are a perfect little dye-free sweet treat for lunch boxes, too. As the holidays approach, make a batch or two for gifting! Dried cranberries, like we used, can really give them a holiday touch. Stack them up in a mason jar and tie with twine and a handmade gift tag for a charming gift that will only take a few short minutes to put together. Who doesn’t love a food gift, after all?
Many thanks to Hershey’s Kitchens for the sea salt caramel chips, and for the endless inspiration for the holidays and all year long!