Back of the Box Desserts

August 10, 2012

Most people are scared to make dessert for me. When I offer to bring dessert to a dinner party there is usually a sigh of relief over the phone from the hostess. I am happy to make something as I don’t want him or her to feel intimidated. That’s not what a party is about. What they don’t know is you could give me a couple of cookies and I’d be perfectly happy. When I go to a friend’s for dinner it’s for getting together and having fun. I am not going to be a dessert snob. I am way pickier about my own desserts than others. Great dessert is a bonus but it is hardly necessary.

This past month I have caught up with old friends from high school and even grammar school. Funny enough I discovered the people who have known me the longest aren’t petrified to make me dessert. Maybe it’s because they knew me before dessert making entered my life.

Two of the most recent desserts I was served were Cherries Jubilee and Chocolate Wafer Cake. The Cherries Jubilee was fabulous because of the generous amount of premium rum and the cherry chunk ice cream bought from the local creamery near where I was visiting. Who says ice cream has to be store bought?

The Chocolate Wafer cake is also called Chocolate Refrigerator Cake. Most of you have seen this cake. It’s been around for decades. Famous Nabisco Chocolate Wafers are layered vertically between whipped cream. It sits in the fridge for a couple of hours before eating so the wafers can soak up the cream and get a bit soft. It’s to die for. The recipe is on the back of the box. Granted, if you are a purist, it’s best not to read the ingredient label. I tried for many years to recreate these wafers with natural ingredients but I could never get it quite the same. I gave up and figured I would just go to the store and buy them. What’s a few preservatives between friends?

This recipe on the back of The Nabisco Famous Chocolate Wafer package got me thinking about other recipes on the back of boxes. Recipes which are actually pretty good.

The oatmeal cookies on the Quaker Oatmeal Canister; the butter cream on the C&H Powdered Sugar box; Chex mix on the Chex cereal box; biscuits from the Bisquick box; sour cream dip from the Lipton Onion Soup mix.

We may have all tweaked them but they all tasted pretty good the first time. What back of the box recipes do you like?

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