Mermaid Bait Bars

Mermaid Bait Bars. A gooey mix of semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch on a graham cracker crust (gluten-free or regular) are sure to lure everyone! - BoulderLocavore.com

I don’t think much about Mermaids on a daily basis.  They cross my mind while watching Discovery Channel’s ‘Shark Week’ mid-summer, when I see movie trailers (currently for ‘Pan’) and when I drive down a main drag in Boulder where hanging from the top balcony of a three story apartment complex is the bottom half of a mermaid tail in view of the street.  The latter has piqued my curiosity about what is on the other end.  Being in a landlocked state, sea life, real or whimsical, isn’t my usual mental fodder.  We are more apt to consider the likelihood of Big Foot.

When spending time by the sea, that all changes.  While traveling through the Canadian Maritimes this summer, we were always by the water.  We took long beach walks.  We looked constantly for whales from the shore or the car ferries.  While at the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick we did a rigorous sea kayaking session.  When being reminded of what to do in the freezing water if one’s kayak tips over, and then watching that come into play when someone in the group did tip over caused thoughts of everything that might lurk in the deep blue-green waters of the bay.  As well as of every scary movie scene of surprises popping out of said water, whether real or mythical.

Mermaid Bait Bars. A gooey mix of semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch on a graham cracker crust (gluten-free or regular) are sure to lure everyone! - BoulderLocavore.com

One thing I’ve certainly never given thought to is how I’d go about catching a mermaid.  Or even whether I’d want to.  However when stumbling into a little bakery in a seaside town that was reputed to have gluten-free options, I spied something in the bakery case I could not rid from my mind: Mermaid Bait Bars.

The presence of the bars seemed thoughtful, and deliberate, and even perhaps ‘real’.  Unfortunately this bakery seemed to be baiting gluten-eating Mermaids so I was unable to try the bar myself.  Being desperate to learn the secrets of the bar I persuaded my husband to buy one and then annoyingly hung about 2 inches from his face asking 100 questions as he took each bite.  After piecing together my best guess at what might be in them, I vowed to make a gluten-free batch once home (there must be gluten-free mermaids out there, don’t you think so?).

Mermaid Bait Bars. A gooey mix of semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch on a graham cracker crust (gluten-free or regular) are sure to lure everyone! - BoulderLocavore.com

They are very easy bars to make with a mere six ingredients.  A simple graham cracker crumb crust covered with a mix of chocolatey baking chips transform into a gooey taste treat anyone would love.  They are definitely sweet (but living in a salty environment I would think mermaids would crave sweetness).  I think they are perfect cut into 1-inch by 1-inch squares which satisfy one’s craving and yet are small enough that there is no guilt if popping a few in the mouth!

The bars have been a big hit!  I will say I have not yet caught a mermaid, but have definitely caught a few kids with their hand in the Mermaid Bait Bar box!

Mermaid Bait Bars. A gooey mix of semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate and butterscotch on a graham cracker crust (gluten-free or regular) are sure to lure everyone! - BoulderLocavore.com

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No Cook S’Mores Treats {gluten-free} with Homemade Organic Marshmallow Fluff

DIY No Cook S'Mores with Homemade Organic Marshmallow Fluff. An easy gluten-free treat for kids to make themselves - BoulderLocavore.com

I'm so excited to be partnering with Pamela's Products to bring you some great gluten-free Back to School lunch box and treat options! By next week most kids in the U.S. will be back in school.  Besides getting back into the homework routine, and kicking off after school activities, moms will be endeavoring to pack nutritious, filling lunches to keep their students fueled for a full day of learning!  I think I’m like most moms, my first priority is a well-balanced lunch.  I always try to … CONTINUE READING

48 Hours on Cape Breton Island

48 Hours on Cape Breton Canada - BoulderLocavore.com

After a quick 48 hours on Prince Edward Island, our 6,000 mile road trip to the Canadian Maritimes delivered us via car ferry in 75 minutes to Caribou, Nova Scotia.  The car ferries are a fantastic way to travel, taking hours off driving routes in addition to allowing more beautiful landscape viewing and the opportunity to spot sea life.  The ferry cost is based on one’s vehicle, and reservations should be made ahead of time to ensure passage on preferred dates and times. After docking in … CONTINUE READING

Spicy Beer-Battered Onion Rings {gluten-free}

Spicy Beer-Battered Onion Rings {gluten-free} - BoulderLocavore.com

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Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Shredded Barbecue Beef Sandwiches - BoulderLocavore.com

As soon as school is back in session, I turn my sights on my slow cooker to help keep the weeknight dinner routine manageable.  Some of our family favorites are Spicy Pumpkin Chicken Corn Chowder, Root Beer Baby Back Ribs, Shredded Pork Breakfast Tostadas, and Light Almond Milk Tapioca Pudding .  Honestly?  It's impossible to choose favorites.  We've loved all the recipes for the slow cooker shared on Boulder Locavore, and candidly from the attention to those posts, readers have too!  Though … CONTINUE READING

Thai-Inspired Coconut Milk Mussels with Ginger, Garlic and Lemongrass

Thai-inspired Coconut Milk Mussels with Garlic, Ginger and Lemongrass - BoulderLocavore.com

If you had the chance to read my travelogue from the Prince Edward Island segment of our mad Canadian Maritimes road trip, you’ll know we ate lots of mussels while there.  It did not stop in PEI.  The quality of mussels in that area is phenomenal and we enjoyed them at Cape Breton and Nova Scotia too. I’ll confess though I’m a seafood eater, my sensibilities have become more conservative since I’ve been an ‘inlander’.  For some time I never thought to buy seafood at the grocery store (and … CONTINUE READING