Homemade Cheese Crackers and Real Snacks Cookbook

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I think I’m one of the few that wasn’t completely crushed to hear the possibility of Hostess disappearing forever.

Luckily I received this book:


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A whole book of recipes for snacks that usually come in boxes and bags. Only these recipes use ingredients you can pronounce and most of which are probably in your pantry. The author also uses many whole grain flours and natural sweeteners.

Sound too good to be true?

Homemade Cheese Crackers - www.PerrysPlate.com

Well, the Cheese Crackers (Cheez-It copycat) were a hit with us. The whole batch was gone in one afternoon. They had that crispy, fried cheese taste like those browned bits on the outside of a grilled cheese.

I have to admit, I liked them better than the artificial-tasting store-bought version. And the fact that I was able to use spelt flour and real cheese (instead of cheese powder) was a bonus.
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This book is full of recipes for classic store-bought snacks, including the iconic Hostess chocolate cupcake. It would be a stretch to call these “healthy”, but making snacks from scratch is a big step in the right direction!

Review copy provided by Sasquatch Books. All comments and opinions are 100% my own.

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Cheesy Squares

Yield: 70 crackers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: About 40 minutes

Ingredients:

4 ounces grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup whole-grain spelt flour or white whole wheat flour
1/4 cup all-purpose or white spelt flour
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons milk, plus more for brushing

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment and set aside.

Combine the cheese, butter, flours, onion powder, salt, and 2 Tablespoons of milk into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade. Pulse to form a ball, 1 to 2 minutes. If the dough appears oily from the cheese, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface. Roll out the dough until it is 1/8 to 1/16 inch thick. Brush the dough with the milk. Using a pastry wheel or knife, cut the dough into 1-by-1 squares. Prick the center of each cracker with the blunt end of a skewer. Place the crackers on the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 1/2 inch between crackers.

Bake until crackers are just slightly brown on the edges, about 15 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through baking. (If you want more of that "fried cheese" taste, leave them in another 5 minutes or so.) The crackers will crisp up as they cool. Let them cool completely on a wire rack.

Nat's Notes:
1. I used 1/2 cup spelt flour and 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour.
2. I used buttermilk because we don't usually have regular milk.
3. I used regular, salted butter and then reduced the salt to a pinch.
4. The original baking time was 10 minutes. I thought they needed at least 15, if not 20.

2012 by Lara Ferroni. All rights reserved. (Slightly adapted and) Excerpted from REAL SNACKS: MAKE YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TREATS WITHOUT ALL THE JUNK by permission of Sasquatch Books.

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187 Responses to “Homemade Cheese Crackers and Real Snacks Cookbook”

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 2, 2013 @ 5:45 am

    I’m sure it was a different recipe but when I made cheese crackers they disappeared in our home too! So good and surprisingly simple. Hmm my favorite childhood snack… fruit roll-ups… still are but homemade now :)

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    Diane — January 2, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    Hostess Ding Dongs! Loved opening that foil wrapper!

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    Jennifer — January 2, 2013 @ 6:03 am

    Pickles. Dill. Plus juice.

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    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — January 2, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    Homemade cheese crackers are just the best, aren’t they? I hope you had a great holiday! Happy New Year!

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    Ryann — January 2, 2013 @ 6:07 am

    I loved frozen grapes. Still do:)

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    dtr3 — January 2, 2013 @ 6:31 am

    Cookies!

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    Jenny — January 2, 2013 @ 6:34 am

    I used to eat a lot of the Kudos brand granola bars. I have yet to attempt homemade granola bars, but this cookbook looks inspiring!

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    Angie — January 2, 2013 @ 7:00 am

    Most definitely cheez-its! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Julie — January 2, 2013 @ 7:07 am

    Actually my favorite snack from my childhood is still my favorite snack – apple slices with creamy peanutbutter. But I still love cinnamon Teddy Grahams, and yes I still play with my food when I eat them.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 2, 2013 @ 7:24 am

    Natalie! Cheese crackers are my favorite snack EVER. The homemade version are just evil. Because they’re impossible to stop eating. Seriously. When I make these, I eat them until I feel sick and then there are only 9 left, which I ask my husband to add. It’s terrible. Love love love homemade cheese crackers. And I always get so sad when I realize I’ve just eaten 200 grams of cheddar. By myself. So I started making them only when I had to bring something to a party. But it didn’t matter. I ate them all anyway and made something else afterwards.

    My parents live in the US. Does that count? :) And as for favorite childhood snack, I’m going to have to go with sugar free trailmix.

    That was a lie. CHEEZ-ITS! :D

    • Sonia! The Healthy Foodie replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 6:20 am

      Erin, you crack me up! You’re just so funny! Strange how we’re all so different. I never really cared much for Cheez-its. But don’t ever leave me alone with a bag of M&Ms…

      Natalie, does this book have a recipe to recreate M&Ms at home? Cuz these were definitely my favorite childhood snack, or treat.

      Sadly, there’s just no way that they could ever be made healthy… so they’re pretty much off limits to me. I’ll only have them once in a blue moon, but I think it makes them that much better!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — January 2, 2013 @ 7:38 am

    So fabulous. These look awesome!

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    Karly — January 2, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    I’ve been meaning to make some cheese crackers. I’ve never tried it and they sound so yummy and fun to make!

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    Maureen — January 2, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    I loved frozen grapes and I still do.
    but when it comes to other items i loved Ho Hos

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    Deana K — January 2, 2013 @ 8:32 am

    BBQ Fritos, I don’t think they make that flavor anymore :(

    • Gwen replied: — January 3rd, 2013 @ 5:52 am

      Deanna, they do still make them. I buy them every now and then. I love them too!

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    Katie Lafferty — January 2, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I loved penny candy…You cannot buy candy for a penny now. Happy New Year.

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    ellen — January 2, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Goldfish for me. I bet these are much better tasting though! Looks like a fun cookbook!

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    Shaina — January 2, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    I think my favorite snack has to be chips and salsa. It doesn’t matter what kind of chip or what kind of salsa, as long as it is called that!

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    Sarah Junsay :) — January 2, 2013 @ 9:04 am

    NAT!!! Happy New Year my buddy! This book sounds awesome (and with Gluten-Free options too!) If I don’t win (which face it—my odds are slim with all the many loving fans you have) I think I’ll buy one! My favorite snack as a kid was ice cream, and cookies. We had that every day. Ice cream…mmmmm….I want some now! Love ya! :)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — January 2, 2013 @ 9:30 am

    My favourite childhood snack was a variety of things on a little platter that my mom would make up for me. She would put fruit, cheese and crackers, and other healthy things and arrange the snacks into a picture. It was fun! I was always into healthy snacks since I didn’t have a sweet tooth (still don’t).

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    Tam — January 2, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Wow! I love the cheese crackers. Can’t wait to make them. I’d love to try the Hostess cupcake recipe as well.

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    aleisha z. coleman — January 2, 2013 @ 9:51 am

    I love (what you don’t have at your house) “kid food”: goldfish crackers, frozen grapes, pb&j, cheese sticks, kraft macaroni and cheese, cheez its, but…I never like hostess cupcakes of any kind, either:)

  22. 22

    Mary Beth — January 2, 2013 @ 9:53 am

    My favorite childhood snack was cinnamon toast.

  23. 23

    Marti — January 2, 2013 @ 9:55 am

    Until I was about 16 Pop Tarts were a staple of my breakfast rotation, which really only consisted of a rotation of Pop Tarts…

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    Sara L. — January 2, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    My favorite snack as a kid was tortilla chips with shredded cheese melted on them — my version of “nachos” as a kid.

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    Jill B. — January 2, 2013 @ 10:09 am

    I loved the planters cheese balls . . . I would go as far as pulling a chair over to the cabinets, then climbing on the countertops to reach the cabinet that housed all of that “orange fingers” goodness. Yummers!!

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    Sheri — January 2, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    Those hostess cupcakes and the raspberry zingers were always favorites of mine.

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    Carly — January 2, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    I loved Oatmeal Creme Pies, so yummy, but oh so bad. I’ve been wanting to make them from scratch.

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    Akaemi Nicole Ferris — January 2, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    Goldfish crackers!

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    Jenni — January 2, 2013 @ 10:55 am

    I know it’s already been said, but cheese crackers were a special treat when I was a kid and were always a favorite. My Mom only bought them for our long car-rides to Grandma’s and they were the best part of the trip for me.

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    Amanda — January 2, 2013 @ 11:00 am

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Little Debbie chocolate creme pies…yum!

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    Baxter — January 2, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Peanut butter straight from the jar.

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    Ann — January 2, 2013 @ 11:25 am

    Twinkies….it may sound cliche but its true. I didn’t get them very often and I haven’t had one in years but getting one back in the day was like winning the lunch lottery. And all the cool kids always seemed to have them.

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    Andrea — January 2, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    Hostess cupcakes were my favorite– it makes me cringe just to write that.

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    Gina N. — January 2, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    I’ve always loved the salty savory types of treats. Chips and salsa have always been a favorite for me. But an all-time favorite since I was a kid has been Cheez-Its! I remember my mom always buying them and I’d sometimes sneak a few extra.

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    Hilary — January 2, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    Kudos granola bars were always a treat for us!

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    India — January 2, 2013 @ 12:10 pm

    This is a great idea for a book! Mine was graham crackers with peanut butter. I was sad to find out the name brand ones have partially hydrogenated oils in them, then Trader Joes came to the rescue. :)

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    Renee Craig — January 2, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    Love them all. Sweet and salty. This is a great book idea. Can’t wait to try the cracker recipe. My granddaughter loves fishes. This will be a great alternative for her.

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    Sare — January 2, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    My favorite when I was a kid was just crunchy Peanut butter (a big glopping spoon full) and I would dip it in milk…weird huh? I haven’t done that in a looooong time.

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    Lauren — January 2, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

    I’d have to say nothing beats the classic oreo :-)

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    Tracy O — January 2, 2013 @ 1:33 pm

    I loved FiddleFaddle as a kid or if we didn’t have that (which we usually did) I loved sneaking a handful of chocolate chips and a handful of walnuts and popping them in my mouth…love that combination and found myself craving it as an adult too (my hubby thought I was nuts)

    This book sounds great – thanks for the chance!

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    Fern — January 2, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Hostess cupcakes, until I found out they used lard :(

  42. 42

    Meryl — January 2, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

    Lucky Cakes. (they only lasted a short time – they were delicious)!

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    Louis — January 2, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Graham crackers.

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    gwen — January 2, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I loved Nutty Bars! And potato chips. Well, I still really love potato chips. ;)

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    Emily — January 2, 2013 @ 2:55 pm

    Swiss Cake Rolls! I love them right out of the freezer.

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    Brynn McC — January 2, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

    Oh my gosh, this looks awesome! These were a special treat when I went to my grandparents’ house, but I loved the Circus Animal frosted animal crackers! Yum!

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    Sarah L — January 2, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    Animal crackers were my favorite snack.

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    Cindy Newell — January 2, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Extra pie pastry cut into rectangles and baked with shredded cheese on top! Mom made extra pie pastry so we could have these after school!

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    Jill — January 2, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Gosh, I have so many favorites. Is that sad? Time for a change, I think! Anyways, Oatmeal Cream Pies, Oreos, Wheat Thins….

    I have been making homemade crackers for awhile now, and I love them! They’re a little bit of work, but so good and so worth it!

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    AmyG — January 2, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Love me some goldfish & cheese-its growing up!

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    Erica — January 2, 2013 @ 4:31 pm

    peanut butter and saltines

  52. 52

    Caroline — January 2, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    Growing up, I like all things fake cheese: cheese balls, cheese curls, cheese crackers, etc.

  53. 53

    Elizabeth — January 2, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    Cherry poptarts!! LOVED them

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    Joanne — January 2, 2013 @ 5:13 pm

    I was overwhelmed with happiness when Hostess closed it’s doors! And I can’t believe I”ve never heard of this book! I’m all for everything homemade, all the time. :)

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    Susana I. — January 2, 2013 @ 5:42 pm

    Caramel popcorn and onion ring puffs.

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    melissa@IWasBornToCook — January 2, 2013 @ 6:16 pm

    I loved poptarts as a kid!

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    Claire — January 2, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I loved those Little Debbie cream pies… and Planters cheese balls were the best (they don’t even make them anymore, can you believe it?!). Luckily, taste buds change and I eat more “real” food now.

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    Kate D — January 2, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Peanut butter and honey on crackers!

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    Jean K — January 2, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    I loved Fritos. Salty. I liked cheese crackers, too. I would love to try the homemade version and see what my kids think.

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    Courtney @ CardioQueen — January 2, 2013 @ 8:36 pm

    Your homemade cheese crackers look perfect…not to mention so yummy! This book is such a fun idea! Hands down my favorite snack was any and all types of fruits snacks! I especially loved the shark fruit snacks and soft strawberry ones!

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    Elissa — January 2, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

    Little Debbie Oatmeal cake pies were my favorite!

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    Sarah H.P. — January 2, 2013 @ 9:32 pm

    My sister and I loved Combos when we were young!!

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    Lindsay R — January 3, 2013 @ 4:51 am

    hohos! yikes!

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    Nicholle C. — January 3, 2013 @ 5:11 am

    I loved the Hostess fruit pies – the apple ones, a portable slice of apple pie!

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    Elizabeth — January 3, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    As a kid I loved them all! But ho-ho’s were one of my favorites.. mom put them in our lunch as a treat.

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    stacie — January 3, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    This book looks really neat!

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    Andra — January 3, 2013 @ 5:26 am

    wow! so glad I stumbled upon your pinterest page and found these recipes!!!! My husband is going to be sooooooooo excited! Thanks for the chance to win this book filled with treats!

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    Marsha — January 3, 2013 @ 5:29 am

    As a kid my granny made the most wonderful oatmeal-raisin cookies. I hope my grandkids say the same thing!

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    Glenna — January 3, 2013 @ 5:30 am

    These look delish! My favorite snack was Little Debbie Nutty Bars!

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    Ilene — January 3, 2013 @ 5:34 am

    A cheese cracker that I think was called nibs. Like cheese-it’s.

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    Gwen — January 3, 2013 @ 5:55 am

    I’m afraid I was (and still am) a junk-food junkie. Cheetos and cheese puffs, hostess ho-hos (any of the chocolate cake type snacks), bbq chips and bbw fritos, those oatmeal cream pie things, cheese crackers, graham crackers (my mom put cream cheese frosting between them – YUM – and I also loved them crumbled in a bowl with milk) – I loved them all. I’m an equal-opportunity snacker!

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    Muffy — January 3, 2013 @ 5:58 am

    Chips and dip have always done it for me.

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    barbara n — January 3, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    My favorite childhood snack was always ants on a log!

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    Danielle — January 3, 2013 @ 6:08 am

    My favorite childhood snack – was homemade peanut butter cookies, molasses cookies, and oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t make them now because I’m the only one in the house and I’d eat them all. I actually didn’t get to try store bought snacks until I went off to college and Cheez-its are my favorite. I may have to get the book just because.

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    Natalie — January 3, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    I loved any kind of candy! But, I usually only got it at my Me-maw’s house. I would go over there as often as I could and pig out!

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    Susan — January 3, 2013 @ 6:32 am

    Doritos

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    Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere — January 3, 2013 @ 6:37 am

    Cheese-its topped my list as a kid. I haven’t had them in ages! Looking forward to making this recipe!

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    Carolyn Chism — January 3, 2013 @ 7:31 am

    Boring as it sounds but I used to love popcorn especially TV Time Popcorn (don’t make it anymore). And if that wasn’t available I would munch on the best sesame chips. Unfortuanately they don’t make those anymore. I know, you can still find sesame chips but it just isn’t the same. And if I had to (arm twisted) I love this snack called Chipsters — don’t make those anymore either!

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    Brooke Forbes — January 3, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    Mine was definitely Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies. I still crave those little discs today!

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    Jessica McLard — January 3, 2013 @ 7:54 am

    I have a few and neither are good!! We would get those powdered donuts for treats on some weekends and to this day I still love a Little Debbie Holiday cake/Zebra cake, they are a little waxy and hit the spot!!

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    jan — January 3, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    my mom would make fruit kabobs… loved and fun to eat!

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    Shaunna@mamas13minutemile — January 3, 2013 @ 8:09 am

    Bagel bites…so yummy!

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    Rebecca — January 3, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    One of my favorite snacks as a kid was what we called “Daddy Salad” (created by my dad as he tried his hand in the kitchen when Mom was recovering from bringing one of my siblings into the world :) ). It was alfalfa sprouts, lentil sprouts, and any sort of canned bean (kidney, garbanzo, green, etc.) topped with Italian dressing. Later on we added artichoke hearts and feta cheese. Sounds weird but it’s really tasty!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — January 3, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    My favorite snack was spreading peanut butter on a slice of potato bread and eating it straight up without folding. Glass of milk necessary.

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    Tab — January 3, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I loved twinkies. They gross me out now but back when I didn’t have a worry in the world, that’s what I loved.

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    Elin — January 3, 2013 @ 8:36 am

    Muddy buddies!

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    Rebecca — January 3, 2013 @ 8:42 am

    My favorite snack was always graham crackers and milk. Dip the crackers and make them slightly squishy. So tasty!

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    Megan — January 3, 2013 @ 9:21 am

    My favorite were Little Debbie Swiss Cake Rolls. Yum!

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    Heidi Babi — January 3, 2013 @ 9:36 am

    Oreos. In fact, they still are. When I was a kid, my Mom used to bribe me with oreos. Sometimes she still does. ;)

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    DessertForTwo — January 3, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    I’ve been wanting to make homemade cheese crackers! These look great :)

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    Kate — January 3, 2013 @ 10:32 am

    popcorn!

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    Liberty Hudson — January 3, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    Easy Cheese(the aerosol cheese spray) sprayed directly on my finger or on my mouth…

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    Sam H — January 3, 2013 @ 11:55 am

    I loved then and I still love cheese-its! I’m excited to try this recipe :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    Monica — January 3, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    I absolutely love bbq potato chips!!

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    Jamie — January 3, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Goldfish crackers!

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    Deanne H. — January 3, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

    I absolutely adore ding-dongs. I don’t eat them any more, but I LOVE them!

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    Katherine — January 3, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Potato chips, both store bought and homemade. We only got the store bought kind if my mother was making tuna noodle casserole- she used them for the crunchy topping. But my dad frequently fried homemade chips.

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    Heather — January 3, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Pudding cones! My mom would put pudding inside an ice cream cone.

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    Shin Yu Pai — January 3, 2013 @ 2:12 pm

    Fresh strawberries, peaches, and bing cherries. But also Doritos.

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    Bree {Skinny Mommy} — January 3, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

    Oh my goodness I must try these and this fabulous book. It’s a joke in my family how much we love Cheez its and how great to have a real version!!!

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    Julia Simon — January 3, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I actually had 2 favorite “boxed” snacks as a kid. They were Devil Dogs & Ring Dings. When Hostess stopped production, my family sent a small “care package” with those items. I don’t have any left. :( I can’t wait to try this recipe! Thank you very much!

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    Maria Christensen — January 3, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    I am actually going to the store in 10 minutes to get a couple things I need to make these!! I’m not kidding! Other than chocolate anything at all, which is still the number one favorite, I LOVED and still love the combination of cheese crackers and peanut butter.

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    Sarah — January 3, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

    green apple Jolly Rancher!

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    Susan Schwenn — January 3, 2013 @ 3:27 pm

    I would LOVE to win a copy of this recipe book!! Growing up I lived on Hostess cupcakes and Ho Ho’s!! I would love to learn how to make a healthier version! Thanks so much! ; )

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    Erin Rose — January 3, 2013 @ 3:29 pm

    Nutterbbutter cookies with cheez its as a close runner up! Can’t wait to try this receipe!

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    Joan — January 3, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

    I’d love to learn to make homemade healthy crackers and snacks. One of my favorite childhood treats was and still is watermelon.

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    Jen — January 3, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    I was reminded of so many good snacks while skimming through the comments… Some of my favorites were White Cheddar Cheezits, cheese doodles, Munchos, Pringles, gummy things (Swedish Fish, gummy bears, sweet and sour peaches…). Funny how they just don’t seem as appetizing as they used to…

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    Melissa — January 3, 2013 @ 6:05 pm

    My favorite childhood snacks were pudding pops and homemade cookie dough!

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    Mary Anne — January 3, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Snyder Pretzels, but these Cheezits look pretty darn tempting.
    Thanks for the recipe!
    HNY

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    Jodi J. — January 3, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Growing up, I really loved saltine crackers and apple butter. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it! Yum!

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    Karen — January 3, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Love peanut butter on crackers and buttered fried bread. Yumm so bad but so good

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    sara — January 4, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    Oreo cookies for sure!

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    sarah p — January 4, 2013 @ 8:23 am

    my favorite snack would probably be cheez its or popcorn

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    Sydney — January 4, 2013 @ 9:27 am

    popcorn

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    Pete — January 4, 2013 @ 9:28 am

    Twinkies

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    Kat — January 4, 2013 @ 11:06 am

    A spoonful of peanut butter or popcorn. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Pat — January 4, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    We ate sugar and butter on white bread – uck!

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    Beckie Thompson — January 4, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    I love homemade oreos- my favorite–

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    Sarah — January 4, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    This book looks amazing. If I don’t win, I might just go out and buy it for myself. Especially since my husband was one of the “in line at the hostess store” people. My favorite snack(s) growing up were goldfish crackers. I can still down a whole carton in a week (gross, I know).

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    callie — January 4, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    I can’t believe I’m even admitting this, but I used to love the hostess snowballs, large ball of chocolate cake covered in marshmallow then rolled in artificially colored sprinkles. Healthy, right?

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    eric — January 4, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

    I love me some chex mix!

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    Amanda Thompson — January 4, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

    When I was a kid I loved those Hostess fruit pies, especially the lemon ones!

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    Kristin — January 4, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    I used to love eating Little Debbie Zebra Cakes in junior high at lunch!

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    Heather Joy — January 4, 2013 @ 7:53 pm

    My kids are always begging me to buy them Cheezits, but I rarely give in. (I actually gave my son a box of Cheezits as one of his birthday presents last year, and his sisters thought it was the coolest gift ever!) We will definitely be trying this recipe! This looks like a great cookbook for our family. As for a favorite childhood snack, I remember begging my mom to buy Bugles. I’m not sure that they appeal to me now though :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Janssen — January 4, 2013 @ 8:02 pm

    I love Cheetos. Always have, probably always will. (How embarrassing).

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    Kristen Gilmore Powell — January 5, 2013 @ 7:32 am

    I would probably have to go with oreos. those crackers look yummy!!

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    Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily — January 5, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    How fun, I would love this book! I try to make all of our snacks from scratch and could use some new ideas.

    We didn’t have a lot of sweets growing up. My fav was frozen grapes and candied nuts.

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    Tara — January 5, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    My favorite snack was definitely plain Ruffles with onion dip. The kind made from onion soup mix and sour cream. If there’s any around, I still can’t stay away from it.

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    Shauna H — January 5, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    My favorite snack was cinnamon toast! My grandma always made it for me after school. Toast with butter and cinnamon….YUM

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    Sile — January 5, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    When I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough hostess cupcakes. Probably why I was always a fat kid… mom never said no.
    Even if I don’t win this book, I’m going to buy it. It’s been on my amazon wishlist since it came out! :D

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    Debbie — January 5, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    I loved plain old animal crackers! !

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    Lani — January 5, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    As a kid my fave snack was crack seed which are Chinese preserved fruits. Still is.

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    Becky — January 5, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Twinkies by far!!! closely followed by Pop Tarts ;o)

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    Tracie — January 5, 2013 @ 12:05 pm

    Loved goldfish crackers as a kid — and cheese-it’s. Will be trying this recipe soon!

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    Rebecca — January 5, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Haha!! I loved all of those processed goodies, too, but my absolute FAVORITE snack what the apple and cheese slice ‘sailboats’ my mom would make for me. She would cut an apple in half, stick a toothpick ‘mast’ into it, then thread a cheese slice onto it for the ‘sail’. I thought they were just the cutest things ever! ;)

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    Erin F — January 5, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I loved ding dongs, but only if they were frozen. I can’t even imagine eating that now! Although, I think that you might have just the thing for me! :)

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    Susan — January 5, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    My Mom baked homemade bread from time to time, and when the doors to the school bus opened—-we could smell it baking. Warm from the oven baked bread and butter was by far my favorite. My Mom worked right along side my Dad on our dairy farm, but she always managed to have baked goodies several times a week.

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    Danae — January 5, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

    I liked graham crackers and gold fish crackers. So those are the things we keep stocked up on now for my own kids. It would be much better to actually make our own though.

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    Kathy — January 5, 2013 @ 1:37 pm

    It’s gotta be cheez its! Definitely making these.

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    Tanya Turner — January 5, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    Chocolate pudding pies!

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    Melissa R — January 5, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    I have always loved Whoopie pies and yodels… Brings back memories I’d my gram and gramps, sitting on the porch, overlooking the lake… childhood memories are the best..

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    Katie — January 5, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    All the Hostess products (well most of them anyway)

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    Kari Caulder — January 5, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Favorite childhood snack: chips ahoy cookies! I hope I win! I love snacks!
    Kari

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    Mel — January 5, 2013 @ 2:08 pm

    Although I don’t eat it or buy it now, I’d have to say cereal! We always ate a bowl after school, and for some breakfasts. :)

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    Kendall Keeler — January 5, 2013 @ 2:15 pm

    HoHos are and were my fav!

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    Kim D. — January 5, 2013 @ 2:28 pm

    Hostess fruit pies! Altho none of the Hostess products taste as good as they used to, so now my favorite if the Safeway brand individual fruit pies. They have real fruit in them and not just gooey fruit flavored stuff!

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    Monica B. — January 5, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

    When I was really little I loved Twinkies! As in I had to have them all the time. Thank goodness I grew out of that!

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    Gina Cooley — January 5, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

    Homemade apple juice Popsicles!

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    Lauren — January 5, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

    My favs were/are flour tortillas rolled up with cinnamon and sugar, graham crackers and milk, OR a baggie of granola! Yum!

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    Kate Zurcher — January 5, 2013 @ 3:22 pm

    Cheetos. I don’t know why, but these used to be magical when I was little. I loved them. Something about that fake cheese I’m sure.

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    Carla — January 5, 2013 @ 4:42 pm

    I hate saying it, but Ramen noodles were a special snack time treat at our house. The Lobster flavored Ramen were my absolute favorite. I still have fond memories of curling up around a hot bowl of Ramen. Both times that I was pregnant I craved them.

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    Heather Shutt — January 5, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Was peanut butter, brown sugar, oatmeal, and honey all mixed together in a bowl (faster than making peanut butter oatmeal cookies)

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    jacquie — January 5, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

    i’m not sure as we only got store bought treats occassionally and then they were not always the same type. bugles, terrels’s potatoe chips and twinkies would be in there. oh a kebbler (i think) cookie that had current’s and a light iceing – can’t remember the name – but that was the best hands down.

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    Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen — January 5, 2013 @ 7:54 pm

    Funyuns….haha. Nasty.

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    Andrea Ring — January 5, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    Poptarts!!! We considered these treats whenever our mom could afford to buy them. Still love them today. lol

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    Julie J — January 5, 2013 @ 9:48 pm

    There were so many, it’s hard to choose one (or just a couple) … but my Mom always had Ritz Crackers and she’d spread them with peanut butter to make little sandwiches. That’s a fond memory for sure. Then there are Cheetos … the fried, crunchy ones, and someone else mentioned Hostess Fruit Pies. Those were the special dessert treats when you went on a field trip. Homemade crackers are so much fun and yummy. Would love to see what else is included in the cookbook. Thank you for the fun giveaway!

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    Amanda — January 5, 2013 @ 10:00 pm

    Graham Crackers with Peanut Butter :)

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    Sherry — January 6, 2013 @ 7:15 am

    Graham crackers with icing was a favorite treat. We rarely bought pop tarts, but who doesn’t love a good pastry!

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    allison p. — January 6, 2013 @ 10:43 am

    Now all I can think about are Cheez-its, but the chocolate ding-dongs were definitely my fave.

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    Devon — January 6, 2013 @ 11:41 am

    Mmmmmm….Oreos and milk.

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    Laura O — January 6, 2013 @ 7:41 pm

    Salt and vinegar chips. We only got these when my parents were going out for the night and we had a babysitter. Yummy!

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    Julie — January 7, 2013 @ 6:23 am

    Hostess HoHos that were frozen. Thanks for sharing this book on your blog. I will have to buy it!

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    Laura — January 7, 2013 @ 1:27 pm

    Swiss Cake Rolls – aka HoHo’s, right?
    We love Cheez-It’s, and would love to be able to make them at home. Looking forward to trying this one!

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    delia — January 7, 2013 @ 7:50 pm

    I think I made it in the nick of time! I loved fruit snacks as a kid… and still do!

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    Cara — January 7, 2013 @ 7:52 pm

    What a fun book to add to my collection! I’ve probably never even eaten most of the commercial products they are copying, but I’d be happy to try the from-scratch versions :)

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    DONNA COSTELLO — January 7, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

    Looks like some great recipes::))

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    Kathy — January 7, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    Loved snyder’s beer pretzels :)

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    Sarah Mazeika — January 7, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

    Oddly enough, Provolone cheese and cherry Kool-Aid. *shrugs* I was a strange kid. ;-)

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    Kali Hetrick — January 7, 2013 @ 8:27 pm

    Oreos! I looooove them still!

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    Deborah Cannon — January 7, 2013 @ 8:29 pm

    I lived off of dry cerea as a kid
    l……is there a healthy captain crunch?

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    Robbie — January 7, 2013 @ 8:32 pm

    My mom’s homemade potato chips!

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    Donna Flowers — January 7, 2013 @ 8:33 pm

    Very tasty and I can hardly wait to try! My favorite childhood snack was an apple or a banana. I remember having fruit available and it was a quick and easy snack so we could get back to playing. (:

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    mary gray — January 7, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Peanut butter and banana sandwich

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    Chelsea Marie — January 7, 2013 @ 8:40 pm

    My siblings used to make fun of me for this, but I liked to dip tortilla chips in yogurt. Okay, it’s still weird, but think of it as a poor man’s version of pita chips and a yogurt dip.

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    Christen Krumm — January 7, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    Peanut Butter Apples! Yum! It’s still a favorite!
    xo,
    Christen
    ChristenKrumm.com

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    Jenny Lind — January 7, 2013 @ 8:46 pm

    Saltines dipped in peanut butter mixed with syrup! We also made sandwiches with the concoction…yummy!

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    Brooke P. — January 7, 2013 @ 8:52 pm

    Chips ahoy!!! Or cottage cheese

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    Alison — January 7, 2013 @ 8:53 pm

    Oreos! But Cheez-Its were a close second.

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    Jennifer — January 7, 2013 @ 8:55 pm

    Chocolate peanut butter no bake cookies and cheese its. I love this recipe!

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    Kristin — January 7, 2013 @ 9:02 pm

    I’d have to say Oreos and cinnamon graham crackers. Probably because my mother never bought them (and now that I’m a mother, I don’t buy them either…) :)

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