I wanted to share an easy snack that is a family tradition around here, but before I can tell you how they are made, I must first tell you the story of how they got their name.
My dad loves a good, clean, Western. Like the kind you have to go back a few decades to find. One of Dad’s favorite actors was Audie Murphy, a decorated soldier who became a successful actor after his service ended. He played the good guy in most of his movies, many of which were set in the “West”.
Sunday evenings, after our church service, we would sit down as a family and watch an old movie. Sometimes we would watch a Dean Martin movie, or maybe Kathryn Hepburn, but many times we would watch Audie Murphy on Sunday nights. Sunday nights also happened to be the time we would usually enjoy this little snack. Dad got into the habit of calling these “Murph Snacks”, named after the movie star.
The recipe for these little snacks is as easy as it looks! And it is very versatile.
Crackers of some kind (my favorite is saltines, but we have used graham crackers, Ritz, or Nilla Wafers)
Marshmallow Cream (We’ve also used large marshmallows if we run out of cream. If you do, just pop them in the microwave after the snack is assembled, for about 10 seconds, till the marshmallow starts to expand and get gooey.)
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (I’ve tried to use milk chocolate before and they are just too sweet for me.)
Spread peanut butter on the crackers, then top with marshmallow cream. Add chocolate chips. Sometimes, I prefer to leave the chocolate chips off altogether. You’re done!
The nice thing about Murph Snacks is that these are ingredients I always keep around. Once I buy a tub of marshmallow cream, it takes us quite a while to get through it, and I always have chocolate chips in case we get a craving for cookies! The not-so-nice thing about these is that they can be VERY messy, But they’re so good!
Do you have any simple snacks your family enjoys? Any sentimental stories to go along with your snack?