20 months of regular baking. Over 70 recipes tested. Countless pounds of butter, cups of sugar, vats of flour and we come to this.
THIS. The somewhat humble Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bar.
Let me tell you a little story. For four years my office was next to a little lunch place in Downtown Kansas City. This little place served a heavenly confection called the Chocolate Oat Caramel Bar. They were so good but so rich. My co-worker and I split one after lunch at least two days a week. Then my office moved and I had to learn to live with (sub par) lunch hour that didn’t include my beloved bar. BUT as luck would have it, one year later my husband took a job in the building next door to my old building. One day I found an excuse to visit him but, let’s be honest, I was after that bar.
HORROR. Apparently, the woman who made them had the nerve to quit and…take the recipe with her. People, I searched. I googled. I perused countless blogs. Every chocolate caramel bar out there looked nothing like that bar.
Until. Until this week. Now, this is not an exact replica. But it is close. So close I could probably get 99.999% of the way there on my own. I started by splitting the batch and making half without peanuts and raisins. I preferred that one. Next time, I will make the oatmeal part thinner and omit the peanuts from that part. Caramel was in the name of the other bar but it wasn’t a discernible layer. Probably mixed into the chocolate. I just may have to quit TWD to perfect this….
Oh, the family loved it as well. Will said it was the best bar ever and Jamie gave an intentionally over the top response after I outed him for his “fine” responses.
Next week: something about bananas…assuming I able to move forward with other recipes. HUGE thanks to Lillian of Confectiona’s Realm for choosing this. The full recipe is there.