Ooey Gooey Bars

I have a bit of an odd situation.

Ooey-Gooey bar

Since I imagine some of you might be food people, I’m hoping to pick your brain. In return for said brain picking, I’ll offer you a family favourite, something that has morphed from a type-writered page of  dog eared community cookbook.

This summer, to keep me busy, Mr. Ginge planted me a garden. Just a little row along the side of the house where I could grow some herbs and a few veggies.

Ooey Gooey Bar - GB

I am a complete gardening newb. Kinda just winging it and hoping to get a successful harvest. I may have, however, underestimated my tomato plant.  It’s flipping ginormous, and is covered with little green tomatoes, which are just starting to colour and ripen on the mass of vines. Now that is all fine and dandy, except my little cherry tomatoes are literally exploding. I’ll go to pick on of the vine, only to find it split from top to bottom on the side. I’ll pick another, slightly under-ripe globe, only to look down a moment later to find it burst and juices leaking over my hand.

My tomatoes literally can’t contain themselves.  They are the Cadbury cream egg goo of the tomato world.

Is this normal? Is this just an effect of my monstrously huge tomato plant? Or are my tomatoes just too beautiful to live?

Inquiring minds want to know.

ooey gooey chomp

Ooey Gooey Bars (a.ka. Seven layer bars *)

makes 1 8×8 pan

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cup graham crumbs
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecan
  • 1pkg chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. In the 8×8 pan, mix together the graham crumbs and the butter. When all the crumbs are coated, press them firmly into the bottom of the pan with the back of a spoon.
  3. Sprinkle the pecans evenly over the base, followed by the chocolate chips then the coconut . Pour over the can of sweetened condensed milk, trying to evenly cover the toppings.
  4. Bake in the preheat oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the milk is bubbly and golden brown.
  5. Let set for at least a half an hour, then slice into squares. Understand why they are ooey gooey.

Gone
* I lightly adapted these from a coverless blue community cookbook that as been on my Mom’s shelf for as long as I can remember. The best credit I can give is to F. MacPherson. 

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4 thoughts on “Ooey Gooey Bars

  1. I wish i knew what was happening with your tomatoes! The best I can suggest is that you sleep under the plant and catch any goo in your mouth as it falls (so as not to waste it).

    We used to call those squares Hello Dolly Squares, and we’ve been eating them for about 40 Christmases. I absolutely ADORE them!

  2. I had that happen a few times. I was told it’s because I watered the tomato plants to much while they were growing. As far as I’m aware, they’re still ok to eat though.

    My garden has had a rough year as well. The basil, chives, and mint didn’t make it. The tomato plants are withered and sad, but somehow the tomatoes are ripening on the vine.

    In summary, GARDENING IS HARD!

    • My hot house tomatoes are doing ok, just the cherries tomatoes are bursting. My chives are just starting to do well now, but my red pepper plants are sad looking.
      And yes, gardening is very hard!

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