Thursday, October 27, 2011

PrettyHappyFunnyReal- Peanutbutter Candy a la My Hippy Mom

My parents were hippies- sort of. My dad was a Chicano-wannabe in a jellyroll, beatnik-type who strolled the streets of Pacific Palisades saying "Elvis stole music from the black man!" (truer words were never spoken- love you, Dad!). My mom graduated high school the last year that girls would set their curls in a flip and wear tailored skirts to class. By the time I came along in 1971, my mother had long, straight hair parted down the middle and an affinity for exotic health food like yogurt, whole grains and carob.

We didn't eat junk food as kids, so any treats like Panda licorice, maple sugar Santas, rice paper covered Japanese jelly candies were well-remembered and enjoyed. The following recipe is one of my favorites- and I don't really go wild for peanut butter.

Priest's Wife's 'Madeleines' -or- Mom's Peanut Butter Candy
1 cup  real peanut butter
1 cup non fat dry milk
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp almond extract

Mix all ingredients well. Using wax paper, shape into a log. Wrap in wax paper and freeze. When firm, slice and serve 

This candy is my 'pretty, happy, funny, real' for Thursday. My mom was really pretty as she made this for us. We kids were so happy when she made it for us. It might be funny for kids to be excited over 'healthy' candy, but we were. And my real? My mom lives so far away, I'll have to make the candy myself....miss you, Mom!


  1. Love you honey. Now I'm gonna get Mom to make some peanut butter candy.

  2. That actually sounds good - especially for my pb loving husband. So are your parents still crunchy? :)

  3. What a sweet memory! And thank you for sharing the recipe-- it will be the perfect afternoon treat for my little ones. Visiting from the link up!

  4. That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, the recipe and the memories!

  5. Awww. Your Dad commented, I love that.

    And yeah, I grew up the same way, the same year. But I have to say, I love health food because of it, and for that I'm very grateful.

  6. Misty- they are 'sorta crunchy' but my mom hasn't made her own yogurt in years (and now I want to start)

    Justamouse- even though I can eat what I want, there is nothing like Panda licorice...yummmm...real food is just better- except I never really liked carob, maybe I should try again

  7. Very touching to see a note from your dad.

  8. Well, you can consider my "Beatles Birthday" (64th) given. Thank you for still needing me (for recipes) and feeding me (with love).

    Only your brother ending up loving carob. But, things and tastes change, yours could.

    Thanks again for the birthday gift.


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