Review: Classic Snacks Made From Scratch

by Erin

Browsing through your favorite food blogs, I am sure you have run across homemade versions of things you hadn’t thought of making yourself before. And now there’s an entire cookbook dedicated to homemade Goldfish, Twinkies, Oreos, Fruit Roll-Ups, or Pop-Tarts and more from scratch, called “Classic Snacks Made from Scratch”. And the best part about making your favorite snacks at home is that their are better for you than the originals since there are no additives or preservatives.

Fun fact I learned from this cookbook – did you know that Twinkies used to be banana flavored (and hence their shape)? They changed to vanilla during WWII because bananas were rationed. There’s your new knowledge for the day.

Classic Snacks

I was most intrigued by the homemade Cheetos, but I couldn’t find the powdered cheese required to make them. So instead, the first thing I had to make was the homemade Nutter Butters. Initially I thought I would have to buy peanut shell shaped cookie cutters but these cookies were easily shaped by simply pinching the dough on either side. But the best part was that they tasted just like the real thing, and my labmates inhaled them before I knew that happened! The only thing they were missing was ridges on the cookies, which resulted in my thinking these looked little little butts haha.

Nutter Butters

Next I tried the Strawberry Fruit Roll-Ups. You definitely need to make these when you can be home for about 6 hours because they have to dry up in the oven for 4-5 hours after cooking down the liquid on the stove top. But don’t worry, they are totally worth the wait. I was even tempted to cut little shapes out of them to reenact the real experience! I do think I could’ve cooked mine a little less, so the next batch I make I will have to adjust accordingly.

Fruit Roll Ups

I enjoyed creating homemade treats from this cookbook at home, and I look forward to making some of the other recipes. The directions were easy to follow and the recipes are accompanied by colorful pictures. I think I want to try the animal crackers or strawberry shortcake ice cream bars next!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this cookbook from Beth Cook Publicity. I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One year ago: Carrot Cake Waffles

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Alex April 9, 2013 - 7:07 pm

What a fun book!! I would love to make the Chee-tos!

Emily @ Life on Food April 9, 2013 - 4:11 pm

What a great cookbook. I would be the shinning star for my husband with those Ho Ho cupcakes.

Joanne April 6, 2013 - 7:47 am

This is such a fun cookbook!! And all the treats are super impressive because I’m sure they taste BETTER than the storebought counterpart!

JanetFCTC April 5, 2013 - 5:49 pm

I’m going to have to look for this book. It sounds neat. And I believe you can get the powdered cheese on the King Arthur Flour website :-)

Mr. & Mrs. P April 5, 2013 - 9:43 am

The fruit roll ups looks like the real deal!! lol Bet they are better though!!


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