On mine and Chris’s first date, Chris and I “argued” (I’m using that term very loosely) over who had the better set of grandparents. I had never met someone who raved about their grandparents as much as I do. After about eight months of dating, I got to meet Chris’s twins, and shortly thereafter, I got to meet his parents and the rest of his family. I finally got to see what he was talking about. His entire family is wonderful and reminds me very much of my own family: Lots of hugs, tons of laughter. And his grandparents definitely give my grandparents a run for their money. I can genuinely say they are two of the sweetest, most positive, most kind people I’ve ever met.
A few months later, we went back to his family’s home for Thanksgiving. As one would expect, there was a ton of food. Amongst the dessert items, there were these ridiculously stupid-good bars. It was like a brownie, a marshmallow, and a Nestle Crunch bar all got together and had a baby. Chris and I unabashedly stuffed ourselves with these bars. When we asked, in between mouthfuls, who made these glorious little pieces of heaven, we were told that Hope, Chris’s grandmother, had made them. We, of course, told her how much we couldn’t stop eating them, and she said she would give us the recipe.
I love how it’s typed out, on this cute little card. I also LOVE the word “Deluxe” and the fact that it’s used in the title makes me love it, and Grandma Graeff, all the more. It’s pretty dear to both Chris and I, and ever since we got it, it has sat on a shelf where we can always see it, propped up against a couple books. Just the sight of this card brings a smile to my face, though we have never actually made the recipe until now.
I wanted to not only make an even more super “deluxe” vegan version, but I also wanted my gluten-free friends to partake, and since I figured there would be plenty of sugar from the chocolate chips and the Dandies, I wanted the base to be refined sugar-free. They turned out so well. So, so, so, so very well! With the first taste, I was taken right back to the last time I ate them, and had to remind myself that I needed to not eat 17 of them right then.
grandma graeff’s deluxe chocolate
I know this another “Grandma’s Cooking” post, but seriously, grandmas are just the best chefs. And they send hand-written recipes or recipes typed out on cute index cards, which makes cooking those recipes even more fun. I hope you give these super deluxe bars a try!
Do you have any favorite recipes, passed down from your grandmother, or someone else in your family?
Photography by Chris Miller