This past holiday season I held my first cookie exchange. I was a little nervous, as it was my first time. However, it proved to be quite a success and I am now planning on "Mandy's Annual Cookie Exchange" to join our other holiday traditions.
One of the goodies that my friend Allison brought, though, has proved to become an addiction of mine. If I weren't so weak in the sweets department, it wouldn't be an issue. And this is no ordinary snack. The fact that the recipe really is 'too easy' makes it even more difficult to ignore. I also use the word "recipe" loosely because I'm not sure if something that only has, mainly, two ingredients could be considered a recipe. The funny thing is, I had heard of almond bark. Heck, I had used it quite a few times. Almond bark could almost fall into a category similar to that of bacon. Many times I've heard my husband, Jeff, and several friends (you know who you are, wink) say "Everything is better with bacon", (of course, Jeff says the same thing about cheese too though). This new "recipe" holds true to that for almond bark.
Another great thing about this snack is that it can end the fix of someone who has a sweet tooth, as well as those who prefer a salty snack. As my friend Allison said, "People either love it, or they hate it." I definately fall into the "love it" catagory. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention (and I can't make this stuff up) but this was such a hit with many of the "Exchange" participants, that it caused a shortage of Puff Corn at the local Walgreens, which at the time was the only place here in town you could get it. I'm not kidding, I sadly admit, that I even went so far as to speak with the manager to find out what day of the week the Cheetos guy came to 'replenish' their stock. I can happily say now though, that I have since noticed the local King Soopers now carries it as well. That is, until next Christmas. It was a big hit to those at the exchange and many others have since asked how to make it, so here it is.
Ingredients (a.k.a. "recipe"):
1 4 oz. bag of BUTTER flavored Chester's Puff Corn
1/2 of a package of vanilla almond bark.
Colored Sugar Sprinkles (red & green for Christmas, pink & red for Valentine's Day, you get the idea)
Lay wax paper out on your work surface and dump out and spread the Puff Corn into a single layer. Melt half of the package of almond bark either in the microwave or on the stove top as directed on the package. When melted, drizzle the almond bark onto the Puff Corn and mix up with a spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with colored sugar (don't be chintzy!). There ya have it! When it cools just break it up into bite size pieces!