“You are under the influence.”

WOW!!  What are you talking about, Grandma Pat?

Start over.  This post should have a subtitle, like a best selling book.  It should say, “Success with the saltine toffee thingies”.  You’ll have to look at the August 28 post to see where this saga began.  And you’ll have to be aware of the struggle I’ve had trying to get chocolate on top of this saltine toffee thingy.

I decided to try a chocolate ganache topping to get the chocolate to stick and look pretty.  So here’s a recipe for the chocolate ganache.


2 1/4 cups mini chocolate chips

1 1/4 cups heavy cream

1 egg yolk, optional


Place the chocolate chips into a bowl.  Bring the cream to a boil.  Just as the cream starts to boil remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate chips.  Stir to melt the chocolate chips.  Add the egg yolk if so inclined.

Full disclosure – this is from a recipe for chocolate tart created by Chef Wave, author of the critically acclaimed cookbook, “It Takes More Than a Chef”.

At this point I spooned some of this chocolate ganache onto some already prepared saltine toffee thingies.

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So far, so good.  But then two little facts reared their ugly heads.  First, these had to be refrigerated in order for the chocolate to set.  Second, the chocolate would not get hard and therefore were not a good candidate for a lunch box.  What to do?

I went out for tea with my friend, Bonnie, which consisted of a cup of decaf and a piece of caramel apple pie with ice cream.  My interpretation of tea.  As we headed back I asked Bonnie if she’d step into my kitchen, taste one of these creations, and let me know if she though they tasted chocolaty enough.  She said she probably wouldn’t be of much help etc.

Bonnie tasted one of the squares and said, “There is nothing wrong with these,” using her I’m-in-love-with-these voice.  “But now with this softish chocolate topping,” I said, “I won’t be able to put these into my husband’s lunch.

“Why don’t you just make sandwiches out of them.”  Duh! I thought.


Sometimes it simply takes another set of eyes.  Sandwiches made.  A delicious solution. Life is good!

Loveya – The Grandma


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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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