The holidays are coming!! And nothing says ‘I love you’, ‘thank you’, etc.. like a pound of chocolate!! Am I right!? But who has the time to make homemade chocolates? And even if you did, who has the talent? Mrs. Cavanaugh!
Time was when Marie Cavanaugh spent hours in her South Dakota farmhouse each Christmas season making pecan rolls and homemade chocolates for holiday gifting.
“It started when my aunt sent her pecan-rolls recipe,” Mrs. Cavanaugh recalled. “I gave the recipe my own touch and started making the yummy specialties. Then I began dipping chocolates. Our friends and neighbors loved these treats, encouraging me to start a candy business. Finally, I decided it might be a good idea.'”
Her husband George and children Carla, Lorraine, Calvin, Colene and Genise rallied, helping Mrs. Cavanaugh fill demands for her homemade sweets.
…In 1972, the family moved to Utah, leaving good friends and their beloved cattle ranch.
“It was a difficult decision, especially for George,” Mrs. Cavanaugh said. “He was excited about making our new venture, which we chose to call Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Candies, a great success. We felt Utah was blessed with good chocolates and that we would enjoy – and could compete with – those who pride themselves on making excellent chocolates.”
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I initially introduced the 30 days of gratitude to my family in hopes of teaching my children the importance of appreciation through simple acts of kindness each day. However, what was meant to be something minute has evolved into so much more. The acts of kindness have fostered quality time with loved ones, comforting conversations with friends and acquaintances, and magnificent memories.
Rice Krispies Treats, the treats that keep on giving….
Monday afternoon I found myself pressed for time, as usual. So I threw the kiddos pajamas, diapers, cups, box of Rice Krispies, bag of marshmallows, stick of butter, wooden sticks, bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips, sprinkles, wax paper, and my book for book club into a laundry basket. I put this kiddos in the car, picked up my daughter from school and headed to my mother’s. We have dinner at my mom’s on Mondays; it has slowly become a tradition in our family, which works out great to because I have book club every other Monday. So, we got to my moms and I started making Rice Krispies for my preschoolers snack box and the bake sale the next day to raise money for Special Olympics. I formed them into balls and placed them on wooden sticks, way easy. Then my mom got home from work and she started helping me melt the chocolate while we enjoyed conversation about our day. We had the perfect consistency and started dipping the treats in the chocolate at which point the kiddos wanted to get involved too, so each took turns sprinkling the sprinkles on the freshly dipped Rice Krispies treat. Half way through we realized we were not going to have enough chocolate for all the treats. Just then, as if on queue, my father came home from work and made a b-line for their leftover Halloween candy. BINGO! My father and mother began unwrapping Nestle crunch bars like it was their job while I stirred the chocolate and the kiddos stood by with sprinkles in hand. It had become a family affair, no longer was it just a task to check off, it had transformed into a family memory.
After book club my father helped me wrap the dozens of Rice Krispies Treats and we placed the necessary amount in my preschooler’s snack box and the rest were ready for the bake sale the next day.
The next day we dropped off the snack box, along with my preschool, at school. When we picked him up the teacher said the Rice Krispies Treats on a stick were a hit. Thanks goodness, I was a little concerned since we invented the last batch via Halloween Candy. I was also a little concerned that the teacher might be upset with our choice of snack given that it was picture day (looking back, it was a bad choice on my part but he was so excited to take in somthing on a stick).
After I picked him up from school we were off to vote. He had some leftover Rice Krispies Treats on a stick and asked if he could give them to people inside. I thought it was such a kind gesture. So we headed inside to vote and he passed out Rice Krispies Treats on a stick to the individuals volunteering. Our neighbor happened to be volunteering at the time and my son made certain he received two.
After we voted it was time to drop off the initial Rice Krispies Treats on a stick for the bake sale to support the Special Olympics. We dropped off our Treats, the kiddos each picked out another baked-good, and we donated to the cause. I am not sure who purchased the Rice Krispies Treats that we had made the Monday night at my moms but I do know that those Treats brought about much happiness and illustrated our gratitude towards our family, friends, and neighbors.
Recipe for Nestle Crunch Rice Krispies treats on a stick
3 tablespoons butter melted
1 bag of large marshmallows
4 cups Love
6 Cups Rice Krispies Cereal
½ cup gratitude
Package of wooden sticks
1 tablespoon of panic (when you realize you are running out of chocolate chips)
1 cup relief (when you realize there is Halloween candy, Nestle crunch to the rescue!)
1 bag of fun sized Nestle crunch bars
In a large sauce pan melt butter and add marshmallows. Stir constantly till both have melted, remove from heat, and add Rice Krispies. Spray measuring cup and/or spoon with cooking spray and divide into portion sizes. Spray hands with cooking spray and form the portions into balls. Place wooden stick into the ball and let cool for 15 minutes. While the Krispies treats are cooling you can begin to melt the Crunch bars. You will want to use a double boiler so that the chocolate doesn’t burn. Once the bars are melted grab a treat, holding it by the stick, and quickly dip it in the chocolate and then sit it on wax paper or foil to cool.
Please note: if you leave the treat in the chocolate to long it will melt the marshmallows again. To expedite the process you can place them in the refrigerator for a little while till the chocolate cools.