The song that goes with this title is by K. D. Lang...remember her? I know it has nothing to do with a food craving, but the song still was on my mind none-the-less...
Anyway, for several weeks now I've been craving something I really shouldn't have. The heart meds I have to take are all named in the vast list of Rx medications that increase blood sugar levels. For this, I am now pre-diabetic. Which means I must watch my sugar intake. For women it's 26 grams per day, but prediabetes cuts that number to 22 grams!! And with the constant craving of something sweet had me torn. Should I? Shouldn't I? Then, to top it off my craving could not be satisfied!! Pearson's Peanut Rolls were NOT to be found in town/stores here and in three other nearby towns. Everywhere I went/stopped, I checked out the candy aisles. No go. I didn't want chocolate, [tho Peter Paul Mounds is my favorite], I wanted the salty sweetness of peanuts and caramel. As a kid, I ate the peanut rolls for a bedtime snack with a glass of milk. Who'd know, as a youngster, they were bad for you --- the bar has 37mg of sugar!!!
After so long of a constant craving, I decided, 'What the heck, I'll make my own....can't be THAT difficult!'
Wrong. Tho, not difficult...a very long, finger scalding adventure I'll probably not do again. Oh, and searching for the bar to purchase online, I read that the Nut Rolls have had a nation-wide recall. Something which I can't remember the 'cause for the company to take them off the store shelves.
Over the weekend, I made my own.
Begin with the ingredients: Salted Peanuts, Caramel squares, Marshmallow Creme, and Confectioner's Sugar. Take the creme and sugar and knead together...
Form into bite-sized 'bars' of nougat and place on wax paper and freeze 'til set. In the meantime, microwave the caramel squares. Dip the frozen nougat into melted caramel...
...roll into crushed salted peanuts. And refreeze 'til set again. Work fast, and after two scalded fingers I finally sprayed my candy tongs with 'non-stick' spray...Duh!! Worked like a charm.
The taste test...perfect! Exactly LIKE the store bought. But, again, way too much work involved. My cravings have been satisfied tho! And the salt intake from the peanuts is not all that good for me either. Now, Bud gets to clean up the leftovers. He can eat anything and blood sugar levels stay 'normal' for him. Lucky guy.