September 27, 2009

7 Layer Bars or Hello Dolly Bars

My 13 year old and I had a discussion about these bars today as she munched on one while standing next to the counter. I told her they were called "7 Layer Bars" but that they were also known as "Hello Dolly" bars although that was years ago. She asked me why they were called "Hello Dolly" bars and I said I didn't know but I suspected it had something to do with more women being named or called Dolly back then or perhaps it had it to do with a popular song at the time - and of course I felt the need to burst out in song; "Hello Dolly, well hello Dolly! It's so nice to see you back where you belong! You're looking swell Dolly, you can tell Dolly, you're still growing, you're still growing, you're still, growing strong! We feel the room swaying while the band's playing one of your old favorite songs from way back when... sooooooo....."

Well, I managed to get this song stuck in her head, playing over and over again (which I may have just done for you as well) and I admit that I honestly didn't care enough about the history of the bars to look it up on the internet. All I know is that it's a very popular bar with people and that when I made mine I cheated...

Let me explain how!

7 Layer Bars (or Hello Dolly Bars)

1 lb. graham crackers, ground or smashed to crumbs
1/4 c butter, melted
1 c chocolate chips
1 c butterscotch chips
1 c coconut, sweetened
1 c walnuts, pieces
1 can sweetened condensed milk

To the graham crumbs, add the butter, mix and press into the bottom of a 9" pan. (I cheated and used a graham pie crust I had in the cupboard since I had no graham crackers on hand and wanted to make these at 10:00 last night). Sprinkle the graham and butter layer with the chocolate chips, then the butterscotch, then the coconut and walnuts. Pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over all. Bake for 24-33 minutes in a preheated 350 oven. Cool completely then cut into tiny pieces as these are very, very rich!

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