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1 1 lb. - Box of Ritz crackers
1 1 lb. - Box of Domino Confectioners sugar
1 12 oz. - Bag of Nestlé ® Toll House ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 mug - Hot BLACK (no sugar, no milk/cream) coffee
The way I remember it is that this recipe came from Grammie Stevens. I think it must have been on a one of the product wrappers--you will see why when you read the ingredients.
- Here's a good job for the kids, do not open the box of crackers, put it on the floor, and let them walk on it. Keep in mind, you do not want the crackers to be crumbs, just cracked up in pieces. Put the crackers into a medium sized bowl.
- Gently stir in the Confectioner's sugar. Be careful to do this gently or you will have a powdered face. :)
- Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, being careful not to burn them! Meanwhile, make the nice hot mug of coffee--instant or decaf are fine.
- Gently pour the coffee into the cracker mixture just until moist, but not saturated.
- Into the above mixture, stir in the melted morsels.
- Pour entire mixture into an 9" x 13" baking pan. Chill in refrigerator or freezer.
- Cut into 1-2" square pieces when set to hard and store in air-tight container in refrigerator or freezer. Serve with whipped cream. Yummy!
Brands: IMOHO, this does not taste nearly as good if you don't use Ritz crackers and the Nestlé ® Toll House ® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. The other brands just don't cut it. Also, I have used the low-salt crackers and they are OK, but there is something about the salt on the crackers that can't be beat in the recipe.
Baking NOT: Yes, this is a no-bake recipe and resembles fudge in taste.
Coffee: It is OK if you do not use the entire mug. It is important that the coffee is hot and that you don't pour in too much. If you pour in too much and make the crackers soggy, your cake will be soggy as well. For instance, in moister weather, you may use less coffee. You want the cake to be stiff, not soggy.
One of my family friends made this when they were young and apparently, they never got the instructions because they baked and burned it. Another family friend made it and she had gotten the recipe, but told my sister she was not allowed to make it again because it was too dry and her mother would not let her do it because it used too much coffee. As it would turn out she'd used a cup of coffee grounds, so there was no liquid in it. Ugh! So, it's important to read and understand the diredtions!