Costco Addictions and Carmelita Bars
Some people refer to Costco as the hundred dollar store. You can’t walk in without spending at least a hundred dollars. That may be one reason to watch yourself as you enter those huge overhead doors, but there are other dangers lurking just inside that you may not have thought about before… addictions my friends, Costco Addictions. This is my very short story about Costco addictions and Carmelita Bars. There is also a great recipe at the end.
My story starts out like thousands or probably millions of people around the world. I innocently entered the huge warehouse full of wonder one Saturday morning. It was probably just after 9:30 am, because that is when you need to get to Costco to avoid the biggest crowds. Anyway, I was walking down the isles taking my time doing the sampling thing. You know a taste of this, a taste of that. I’ve known college students who go to Costco for lunch, not to buy a hot dog or a slice of pizza, but for their samples. Anyway that is how it begins.
They Get You Hooked!
They get you hooked by offering you a free sample. You tell yourself that just a little this one time won’t hurt you. You’ve always been a little curious, so you give it a try. But of course, once you’ve tried it you’re hooked. You have to have more.
OK so maybe this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes the sample isn’t all that good. Sometimes, and this is what happens most of the time, one bite tastes really good at the store but when you serve it at home you find that it isn’t all that wonderful. But what happens when it is just as wonderful at home as it was in the store?
The Problem of Withdrawal!
The problem with Costco is that you never know if they will have the same product the next time you come in. That Saturday I sampled some Carmelita Bars. They were really tasty so I bought a box. I have learned to buy only one box to try at home because as previously mentioned, sometimes the results at home aren’t as yummy, but these were to die for. It was a quick addiction and I had to have more. I went back to the store the very next week but they were gone. There was no sign of them. I was more than a little ticked. How could they do that to me.
You Can Do It!
I went home deciding that I would find more of them on line, but I couldn’t find them. I went to my local grocery store, again not on the shelf. What was I going to do? I calmed myself down and thought to myself that perhaps I could actually bake them from scratch. What a novel idea. So again I went online, but the results were not what I was looking for. The recipes all involved a two step baking process, but the mix had done it all in one baking process. Let’s face it, I’m a little lazy with it comes to baking. I read several more recipes and deduced that I could do it my way. So to make a long story short, I now have incredible Oatmeal Carmelita Bars that are probably healthier than the mix and taste just as yummy. I am now enjoying my life, free from any Costco addictions. Even if they started carrying the mix again I now have my very own recipe.
Dawn’s Oatmeal Carmelita Bars – Enjoy!
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup quick rolled oatmeal
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter (A little softened, but not too much)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (It’s also yummy to use half white chocolate chips)
- 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
- 2 Tablespoons flour
Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, soda and salt. Mix well with a spoon. Add butter and mix with a pastry blender or your hands until the butter is well mixed in and makes a nice crumbly mixture. Add chocolate chips and continue mixing with a spoon.
Grease a 9 inch square pan. Using a little more than half of the crumb mixture, press it into the bottom of the pan.
Pour the caramel into a small bowl and mix in 2 Tablespoons of flour with a spoon until it is well blended. Drizzle the caramel over the pressed crumb mixture with a spoon. Do not spread the caramel, it will completely cover the pan on it’s own. Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture on top.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until they turn a light golden brown. Cool your Carmelita Bars for at least 1/2 hour before serving. For easy cutting let them cool completely.
I love them warm and gooey with a little Costco ice cream on top. (Costco should be paying me, don’t you think, but they’re not.)