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Bar in a Jar

I adapted a recipe from an old campfire cookbook for this Christmas season using ingredients from Chocolaterie StamStam Dark Chocolate Drops and chopped Stam Stroopwafels became the gooey basis for an updated classic version of S’mores.  I called them Sta’mores and the replacement of the graham cracker contingent with Chocolaterie Stam stroopwafels was an easy and delicious personalization.

And, of course it has marshmallows and Stam Dark Chocolate Drops.  This holiday, we decided to feature this in our corporate stores as a cookie in a Mason jar. Our chocolate production elves have been busy filling quart jars with the ingredients to make this humble and kid-friendly concoction.  So easy, that all one does is spray a non-stick baking pan with cooking spray, dump the jar’s contents into the pan, and add ¼ cup of melted butter, stir until coated.  Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 or 15 minutes.

If you want to fill your own Mason jar, I’ve included the recipe below:

bars in a jar

Sta’mores in a Jar

In one quart jar layer in the following order

1 ½ cups Stam Stroopwafels, chopped
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups Stam dark chocolate drops

The volume may seem to be more than the jar can take however by sliding a dinner knife down the sides you  and lightly packing on the top you will be able to close the jar and place the decorative square and hangtag.

Here’s the recipe to finish to baking the Sta’mores

Chocolaterie Stam Sta’mores Bars
A campfire classic but with a Stam Twist  

Servings: 12 squares
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 12 min

Ingredients:

Sta’mores in a Jar

1 ½ cups Stam Stroopwafels, chopped
1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
1 ½ cups Stam dark chocolate drops
½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup melted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  Prepare a 9” square baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Mix chopped Chocolaterie Stam Stroopwafel cookies, miniature marshmallows, Chocolaterie Stam dark chocolate drops, and brown sugar along with ¼ cup melted butter into the prepared baking dish and press firmly. Bake for 12 minutes at 350º F. Remove from oven and cool completely. Cut in to bars.

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Can’t hold a candle to us!

As I wax lyrical (pun intended) about myself and my relationship to my family’s chocolate, it occurs to me at one time in my upbringing my Cousin Ginger would always make Christmas candies as a present.  It was always a special gift given with love, always appreciated, and it was often made with old fashioned ingredients.  Intuitively, you would think that with a classic, original recipe, it would be wholesome and without any artificial additives.  How untrue!

Cousin’s “go to” in this case was to make chocolate fudge with food grade paraffin.  I’ve a copy of one of her favorite recipes below:

Martha Washington Chocolates
(Makes about 5 lbs)

Melt 1/4 lb. of butter or oleo and add 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 1 can coconut, 1 pt. chopped fine pecans.

Mix together, roll into small balls and dip in chocolate mix.

Chocolate Mix

Mix 12 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate with 1 bar (1/4 lb) of paraffin (melt over low heat or double boiler). Stick toothpick in balls, dip into chocolate mix.  Drop on wax paper to cool.

Horrors!  Carnauba wax is used in so many things from make-up to caramel apples.

Buyers beware!

At Chocolaterie Stam, you can be assured that no wax has ever come close to our chocolate.  Even as we have followed the family’s tried and true, we never come across using paraffin as an ingredient.

Stam Chocolate Christmas Store display

Stam Chocolate Christmas Store display

My warm and fuzzy memories of my cousin’s Christmas gift, always reminds me that she did her best with what she was given.  It was from her hands and heart.

But still…  My gift to you is our guarantee that no wax, or paraffin, will ever be in Stam Chocolate.  In fact, no one can ever hold a candle to us!