What’s better than spending time with friends? How about making and eating Mini S’Mores Pies with friends?! Or better yet – making and eating Mini S’Mores Pies and saving money?!
In this day and age with our busy schedules it is often difficult to maintain our adult friendships. I am fortunate that two of my nursing school friends and I get together once or twice a month. Last week I told them that I would take care of lunch and dessert. My children went with me and we stopped at Walmart on the way over to pick up all of the things that we would need. My children requested that we have S’Mores for dessert, but rather than making the traditional treat, I decided to make Mini S’Mores Pies.
The weather was typical of that during the mid-Summer in the South – we had afternoon showers. During that time the gals and I talked about what was happening in our lives while our kids played. While we were talking I took the time to show my friends how to make these miniature sweet treats. They are quite easy to make. Simply prepare a small box of chocolate pudding with 2 cups of half-and-half. Allow it to set in the refrigerator (twenty to thirty minutes should do the trick). Once the pudding is ready, spoon it into six miniature graham cracker pie crusts. Top each pie with miniature marshmallows.
Place all of the pies on a cookie sheet and place in the oven and set it to BROIL. Keep a close eye on the pies to make sure that they don’t burn.
Remove the pies from the oven and place a small chocolate bar, broken in half, on top. If the chocolate does not melt, place them back in the oven for just a moment longer until the candy bar is soft and slightly melted.
Mini S’Mores Pies
- 1 small box chocolate pudding (approximately 3.5 ounces)
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 6 miniature graham cracker pie crusts
- 1 bag miniature marshmallows
- 6 snack-sized milk chocolate bars
- Combine pudding mix and half-and-half in medium size bowl and whisk until well blended. Place in refrigerator and allow it to set (about 20-30 minutes).
- Spoon pudding into pie shells and top with miniature marshmallows.
- Place pies on cookie sheet and place in oven and set oven to broil. Broil until tops of marshmallows begin to brown. Remove from oven.
- Brake chocolate bars in half and place two halves on top of each pie. If bars don’t melt, place back in the oven and broil until chocolate bars are soft.
Since I mentioned saving money and Walmart, let me tell you about a new online program called Savings Catcher. (If you subscribe to All You magazine, it is mentioned on page 113 of the August 22, 2014 edition.) It is an easy way to save some money. Basically, after you shop at Walmart you enter your receipt number and the date of your visit on the website. The site checks the prices of other local retailers and if a lower price is found, Walmart gives you credit that you can have placed on an e-gift card.
After a few days you will be notified by email of your savings. (You can also log into your account to read the summary.)
Tips on Using Savings Catcher
- Submitting receipts with 10 or more items will maximize your chance of having an item matched by Savings Catcher. Be sure to submit your receipts within 7 days of your shopping trip.
- Nationally branded grocery items like snack foods and beverages are easily comparable with Savings Catcher.
- Just in time for back-to-school shopping – you won’t have to shop around for the best deal.
Right now it is only available in select markets and I am tickled pink to be in one of those areas. Even though I love to go grocery shopping, I don’t always have the time to go from store to store to store. Now I can go to Walmart and buy what I need, go home and enter my receipt, and then wait to see what savings Walmart has found for me. This gives me more time to spend with my friends. After all, two of the things we can never recover are the occasion after it was missed and time after it has passed.
Make time to spend with your friends. Savor the occasion. And if you like S’mores, try out my recipe for Mini S’Mores Pies.