Monday, September 16, 2013

Old Fashioned Scotcharoos

Let me introduce you to a childhood favorite!   However, I have a love hate relationship with the MEMORIES these little sweet treats bring up! 

Let me explain....

Growing up Catholic, but not attending a Catholic school, we had to attend CCD every Wednesday after school.  I swear at 3..err 29, I still get butterflies on Wednesdays!  I would get off the school bus at the high school, and walk to St. Mary's Catholic School, a school in fact where I would later teach music!  Anyway, Sr. Michaeline was my teacher for several years.  (oh yea me)  Our parents had to take turns sending treats.  I always asked my mom to make scotcharoos.  Well, the LAST time I ever took them, in the 3rd grade, I was SO excited.  My mom had let me cut different shapes with cookie cutters.  I had decided exactly what shape each classmate would get.  I got to CCD, and the helper was there and told me to go ahead and hand each friend the ones I made for them.  She said I could "show everyone what shape they were getting".  So as I proudly trotted around that classroom the STAR shaped one changed my life forever.  I had a complete Mary Catherine Gallagher moment.  I proudly held it in the air, and as I put it down, Sister Michaeline walked in and gave me the look of DEATH.  I got nervous because she was not a nice woman by far and I was afraid the giggles and fun would upset her.  I went to put it down and knocked over the cup of red koolaid over with one of the points of the star.  Uh-huh.  Did I mention it was the last time I took them?  She handed the rest out to who she wanted to have them and made me stand in front of the class and tell them I was clumsy and made them all stand in a circle around me while I scrubbed it off the floor.  Nice lady, eh?  

Do you need a tissue?!?! HA HA!!

I have one thing to say to Sister Michaeline..........BLESS YOU.

So now, I share with you, one of my very favorite childhood treats, complete with that "Catholic School" smell!

Oh yea, if you thought for a minute these are healthy, click off now.  In fact if you are diabetic, take your meds before you even read.  K?  K.

1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups rice krispies

Combine syrup and sugar in a saucepan.  Cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it boils.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.  Add rice krispies when it is all combined.  Pour into a buttered 9x13 pan and press into the pan evenly and firmly. 

1 10-12oz pkg milk chocolate chips
1 10-12oz pkg butterscotch chips

Melt in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time.  When all chips are melted and you have stirred to combine completely spread over the top of the scotcharoos evenly. 

Refrigerate until the topping is hardened!  Cut into squares, or any shape, EXCEPT stars!

Your "I swear I am not scarred for life" Chefwannabe


  1. omg you are way too funny; reminds me of when i was in kindergarden and i was swinging my coat around to put on and knocked off most of the xmas ornamets on the tree ... all i remember is screaming from the teacher and my parents and me crying nonstop; don't remember her name but i sure don't swing my coat on anymore, especially around a xmas tree lol

  2. Sister Michaeline smacked Jim in first grade because he made his "e" funny. He had missed school on the day they learned how to properly write an e so he just winged it. Obviously, it was wrong. He went home and told his folks, "Sister thumped me!" He hated every moment of each and every school year after that. :(

    1. She choked my sister Peg. Ugh....why was she ever allowed to teach?!? Poor Jimmy! :(

  3. ... I used to get the knuckle rap for writing left handed, until Mom read Sister Mary Richard the riot act .....

  4. What size bags chocolate & butterscotch chips?

    1. Oh goodness!! Thank you for asking, I will put that info in the recipe, but it is the standard 10-12oz size! Thanks for stopping by!