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Mountain Man’s Granola

Mt Mans Granola

It was 1988 and there was a knock at the window of Mr. Sottilaro’s 8th grade Algebra class.  My classmates and I turned to see a large man outside with wild hair and unkempt beard.  It was November, it was raining, and we were ready to run.

“Awwww Mountain Man!” my teacher exclaimed, smiling broadly.  He threw open the window and Hagrid climbed in.  The two smiling men shook hands and then Sott gestured for him to take a seat.  Mr. Man then spent the rest of the period sitting in a lilliputian desk mixing his own granola from small baggies stashed in his field jacket and there is no doubt in my mind that one of them was weed.  This isn’t his recipe because I don’t like Weed Granola but I do think of Algebra whenever I make it.

Sadly, kids today will never have their own Mountain Man story without it including the school going into full-blown lockdown, SWAT showing up and parents being interviewed on Fox News.  Thanks, Obama.

Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Crack

Caramel Pretzel Candy

The perfect mix of salty and sweet for those depressing nights when you need to eat your feelings. Use gluten-free pretzels to make it GF friendly or live on the edge and use regular pretzels.  Crazytown!
Pretzel Caramel Chocolate Crack – From – pretzels (I like the square waffle kind), butter (2 standard sized sticks), light brown sugar, salt, honey, pure vanilla extract, baking soda, chocolate chips (I like to use the mini-chips, they melt better), Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. If you don’t have parchment paper then line it with the thickest aluminum foil you have and grease generously with butter.; Spread pretzels on the bottom of the prepared pan, set aside.; In a saucepan combine butter, salt, brown sugar and honey and cook over medium heat until a candy thermometer reaches 260F.; Remove from heat, add vanilla and baking soda while constantly stirring.; Preheat the oven to 350F. Pour the prepared caramel over pretzels, set aside and let cool for 10 minutes.; Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the pretzel/caramel mixture. Put the pan in the oven for about 5 minutes or until the chips have melted. They’ll still have their shape because, well, science. But they’ll look shiny and melty and that’s how you’ll know.; Remove the pan from the oven and using a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon gently spread the chocolate into a smooth layer over the caramel.; Turn off the oven. I always forget so I thought I’d remind you.; Let stand until completely set, about 4 hours on the counter or 2 hours in the fridge.; Cut into squares, rectangles, parallelograms, or whatever shape you’re into. I won’t judge. Store in the refrigerator if there are any left.; – Adapted recipe courtesy of[/wpurp-searchable-recipe%5D