I am a huge lover of books.
My love of books began as a small child and lasted all through my teenage years and now as an adult.
When I was about 10 or 11, I was completely obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club. Especially the mystery series. Remember when Claudia kept getting all those prank calls? I was totally on the edge of my seat.
The beginning of every book would start out with a rundown of all the characters. Kristy…..Mary Anne….I would skim right through those two (BORING…except for when Mary Anne got together with Logan, that was a high point). Claudia and Stacey were usually saved for last, and I would read and reread their descriptions every time. Stacey…with her perfect blonde hair and New York ways…she was way too sophisticated for Stoneybrook, that’s for sure. And…Claudia. She was my fave all the way. Now, I should disclose the fact that as a kid, I was a Mary Anne. But I would never admit that to myself. It was just too painful. I had to be a Claudia.
As impressed as I was by Claudia’s funky wardrobe and matching accessories, it was her junk food stash that really reeled me in. Every book would describe the junk food hidden throughout Claudia’s bedroom. Twizzlers in the sock drawer, Cheetos in the nightstand, a bag of M&M’s under her mattress. I was amazed at the sheer amount of junk she both accumulated and successfully hid from her mother. Seriously, I was lucky if I had a stray tic tac laying on my bedroom carpet somewhere.
I never did fulfill my childhood dreams of having my own Babysitting Club….or having accessories that matched every outfit as perfect as Claudia’s……but as an adult, I have accumulated my very own secret junk food stash. I just love watching my kids faces when they walk up on me watching tv and eating a Fun Dip. “No fair…where did you get that??” they usually say. And I do often share, but I keep the location of my goodies a secret.
I have to….kids eat everything.
This pie is wonderful for using up any candy bars you may have in your junk food stash. The original recipe called for a bag of toffee bar pieces, but any chopped up candy bar would be delicious mixed in. The filling is not too rich, and this is the perfect dessert for a hot day.
(From Best of Taste of Home 2010 Collectors Edition)
3 oz cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup half and half cream
1 carton (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 package (8 oz) milk chocolate English toffee bits, divided
1 graham cracker crust (9 inches)
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Beat in cream until blended. Fold in whipped topping and 1 cup toffee bits.
Spoon into crust; sprinkle with the remaining toffee bits. Cover and freeze overnight. Remove from freezer 10 minutes before serving.
Channel your inner Claudia and make this delicious pie with your favorite candy bars soon!!