Treat Yourself

Treat YourselfThere are some snacks that we all get nostalgic for. There are a few special dishes that your mom or grandmother probably made, but most of those snacks are packaged snacks that we enjoyed as kids. Whether you had them in your lunch every day or only had one as a treat (or at a friend’s house) once in a while, these snacks still inspire memories of recess, summer camp and lazy weekends. These days, you might not browse through the packaged snack aisle quite as much as you used to, but you definitley recognize those distinctive treats that you loved growning up. Treat Yourself: 70 Classic Snacks You Loved as a Kid (and Still Love Today) is packed with recipes for these very same treats, so you can make them yourself at home and relive some of those old memories.

The cookbook is divided up into chapters by treat type. There are sandwich cookies, snack cakes, candies, frozen desserts and even savory snacks, though the focus is firmly in the sweet treat camp. You almost don’t need to read the names of the recipes to recognize Hostess-style cupcakes and Thin Mint taste-a-likes from their photos, which are included alongside the recipes, but flipping through the book’s pages just might jog your memory with some treats that you haven’t thought about in a while, such as Fannie May Mint Meltaways. The recipes are very detailed and clearly written, so that you treats will turn out as close to the originals as possible – albeit with natural ingredients that you already have in your kitchen and no preservatives. The recipes range from short and sweet to fairly complex, but only because some of those classic snacks involve multiple components and it is worth taking a few minutes to put your version together properly.

It’s a lot of fun to flip through this book, just looking at the photos and reading short blurbs about the treats. It will definitely bring back memories, and you’ll find that you have bookmarked quite a few of the recipes even before you get to the end, so you just have to decide what you want to eat first before you start baking.

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