Featuring a layer of gooey caramel filling between a graham cracker crust and a generous crumble topping, these Caramel Crumble Bars make for one tasty dessert!
Ah, now this is my favorite time of the year! The weather (in theory) should be cooling off soon. (Well, that is unless you live in the South where cool weather is still 3 months away). The leaves are just thinking about turning colors. And college football is back on television. You guys should know by now that I love my college football! If it weren’t for those pesky errands that pop up on the weekends, then I’d probably watch college football for 12 hours every Saturday. Instead, I only manage to get about 8 hours in instead. Hah…I kid! (Maybe…)
Prior to starting this blog, I worked in higher education administration. More specifically, I worked in academic integrity and then moved over to work in college athletics. As it turns out, I didn’t enjoy working in college athletics as much as I thought I would. I’ll jump into a conversation about higher ed policy (especially pertaining to college athletics) with you any day, but I just didn’t enjoy the reality of what I saw while working in a big-time college athletics program. But that’s ok…because that eventually led me to the world of food blogging. And food blogging is awesome!
Speaking of colleges and higher education, have you guys ever heard of the Beloit Mindset List? Beloit College in Wisconsin releases an updated list every year, and it provides an interesting perspective on the incoming class of freshmen.
For instance, most freshmen heading into college this year were born in 1997. (Seriously…1997!?) Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau and Mother Teresa have never been alive in their lifetimes. Most college freshmen have never licked a postage stamp. Phish Food has always been a Ben & Jerry’s flavor.
Oh, and then there’s my personal favorite. The NCAA has always had a precise means for selecting a college football national champion. (Really? Because last I checked, that “precise means” is still up for serious debate every.single.season.) But I still enjoy checking out the Beloit List every year. It’s some great food for thought on the mindset of college-aged students here in the States.
Speaking of food for thought, how about some food for eating? Like maybe these amazingly tasty Caramel Crumble Bars? I was in the mood for some sort of bar-style dessert the other day, so I decided to create something with a nice layer of crumbly deliciousness on top. And to provide some structure to the bars, I started with a nice thick graham cracker crust. But the real star of these bars? The gooey caramel layer in the center!
Instead of making caramel, I went with a bit of an easier approach. I used Caramel Macchiato creamer from International Delight®. I added a bit of brown sugar and butter and then just let that mixture boil gently until it thickened up a bit. Pour that gooey caramel goodness on top of the graham cracker crust and top it with a generous layer of crumbles…and you end up with one heck of an awesome bar-style dessert!
What are you most excited about for the Fall?
And more importantly, have you ever licked a postage stamp?
This conversation is sponsored by International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.