All you have to say is "Cookies and Cream" and I'm in. Even after seeing the trouble Anita had with this Pinstrosity, I still want to try it out. Mmmmm.
The Original Pin
No Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars, using three of the best ingredients invented...Oreos, marshmallows and butter (which would probable make this Paula Deen approved). They sound amazing, which is what Anita thought as she jumped into this project. Although hers had some...issues.
Let me just share what Anita has to say about her adventure:
"The first problem I had was trying to mix the Oreo cookie crumbs with the melted marshmallows and butter - what a thick, sticky mess, very hard to mix! The marshmallow goo kept getting really thick, - almost hard - before I had it all mixed in, so I had to keep sticking the whole thing back into the microwave to try to remelt it - "try" being the operative word."
"I finally felt like I had achieved reasonable success with mixing... Then came trying to get the mess into the pan. It was so thick and sticky that I could hardly get it out of the bowl, and tore the foil in a couple of places trying to spread it all out."
"I finally got as much as I was going to get in the pan, into the pan. It looked gross, grey and unappetizing, so I sprinkled it with powdered sugar to disguise it."
"I left it to set, but it didn't; it just stayed gooey, so I refrigerated it. Then it hardened up so much it was like a solid brick, and was completely stuck to the foil! Double checking the recipe, I saw no mention of buttering the foil first, and I couldn't get it off the "bars." I left it back out a while to see if it would soften up enough to get the foil off, but it only got gooey again and the foil was still stuck on like it was glued on."
"I finally gave up, but covered it and put it in our laundry room fridge till I could figure out a way to salvage it, and figure it out I did, a couple of weeks later."
"I was finishing another Pinterest project that required the oven, so I stuck in my Oreo brick so it would soften a bit again, then went at the foil. I finally managed to tear and scrape it all off (with plenty of "bar" along with it,) then cut it all into small bite-sized pieces and dipped them in melted chocolate. They were great! They were nice and soft in the middle, with a lovely chocolate coating. I brought them to church for after the service, and they all went in no time!"
So what went wrong? I haven't tested this one out yet to know for sure, but here are some theories I will be testing when I do.
-If you look at the original picture, their oreos are blended in thoroughly, but you can still see large chunks and veins of white marshmallows. So you do want to mix the oreos all the way through, but you don't want to over mix it. I don't know if this had anything to do with them not setting up completely or not, but it could be worth a try. I know you can stretch and melt a marshmallow a bit and have it set back up, but a marshmallow can only take so much and after too much messing with, it's going to stay very gooey and sticky and messy (oddly I learned that one from playing pranks in college). I'm imagining these to be an oreo version of rice crispy treats...so they will still be slightly sticky, but they shouldn't be insanely gooey.
-Most of the time I try to use tin foil, it turns out like Anita's adventure...it just doesn't want to work for me. When I try these I'll probably either use parchment paper, wax paper, or just really butter the heck out of my pan before putting the goop in it. I've had way better success from those methods than with tin foil.