Sunday, August 30, 2009

Home Made Star Crunch

Home Made Star CrunchLittle Debbie Star Crunch are quite possibly my favorite junk food from childhood. 

Last week, I went for home made.  I found two recipes online, both of which looked close, but not quite right in the soft-but-chewy caramel department.

Here’s my recipe.  Yield 12-16, depending on size.

  • 1/2 bag caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/2 bag marshmallows (about 12)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Milk or water, as needed
  • Rice Krispies (enough, maybe 1/4 box)
  1. Melt camels and 1 tablespoon butter in a double boiler until you can stir them with a spatula.  Add vanilla and salt.
  2. Add marshmallows to caramel mixture, and allow to melt.  Fold gently with spatula to maintain fluffiness.
  3. Fold in as many Rice Krispies as the caramel-marshmallow mixture can adequately coat.  Remove from heat.
  4. Spray your hands with Pam and prepare yourself to ignore the pain of handling something hot.  Working quickly, form the mixture into little pucks, and place on wax paper to set. 
  5. Melt the chocolate chips and remaining butter in the double boiler until it is thin enough to coat a spoon.  Add milk (or water if you happen to be out of milk, like I was) one or two teaspoons at a time if the chocolate is too think.
  6. Using chopsticks, dip the carmel-krispie centers into the chocolate one-at-a-time.  Set on wax paper elevated on a cooling rack.  Cool until chocolate is firm.

I like to eat them slightly cooler than room temperature, kind of like if they spent the morning in your lunch box next to an ice pack.  This effect can be simulated by refrigerating the Star Crunch, then pulling them out 20-30 minutes before you want to eat one.

10 comments:

  1. Awesome! Thank you for this recipe. I've been looking for ways to veganize starcrunch (my all time favorite little debbie) and this homemade recipe was just what I needed. They look delicious!

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  2. Marshmallows aren't vegan, they aren't even vegetarian. There's gelatin in them. Also, make sure the choc. chips don't use milk and/or eggs.

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  3. I reccomend using 1 tablespoon of apple juice to the recipe, makes it taste more realistic

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  4. How do you melt a camel?

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  5. You melt the caramel and chocolate in a double boiler. You can either use an actual double boiler apparatus or make the equivalent with a pot and a bowl, which is what I do. See this site for easy instructions: http://unsophisticook.com/make-a-double-boiler-quick-tip/

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  6. What about the chocolate cookie part?

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  7. I think it would just be easier and cheaper just to buy them!

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  8. Ummmm...why is there no raisin in this recipe? All it is is raisin, choc. Rice cereal, and a bit of caramel.

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    1. There are no raisins in a Star Crunch...

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  9. Adding water (or milk) to melted chocolate will cause it to seize up and be useless...thin the chocolate with solid vegetable shortening (if you can't use butter).

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