Thursday, September 6, 2012

Graham-Wich

I have said it before, I have a love hate relationship with Pintrest.  If you get too sucked in, you can start to feel really bad about yourself, your style, your house, the things you do with your kids, the things you don't do with your kids, the way you decorate your house...you get my point.  

But for these...
I do love Pinterest!

I don't know exactly what to call these delightful treats, pudding-wich, graham-wich, ice-pudding graham-wich.  It does not matter what you call them.  All that matters is how good they are.  Just ask Ella!
And not only are they good, they are a relatively healthy option.  I used low-fat graham crackers, pudding and fat free cool-whip.

I have learned the hard way that if I am going to make something with the kids that they are going to be excited about, it is always better if I have everything set out and ready for them before I even tell them what is going on.  When I called Miller and Sara Wells into the kitchen Tuesday afternoon they were very excited about what they saw on the counter!
All you need to make these graham-wiches (I think that might be my favorite and easiest for everyone to remember.  So, graham-wich it is!) is:

a box of graham crackers (definitely go with name brand, there will be a lot fewer cracked crackers0
a box of instant pudding mix
milk
cool whip
toppings of your choice


I made the pudding according to the package directions.

The pudding called for 2 cups of milk.  Next time I will only use 1 1/2 cups of milk.  In the end, the pudding turned out a little too runny (more on that later).
 Mixing is always a favorite job of The Lee Kids.
 When your pudding is to a thick consistency, add the cool-whip.
 Then of course you have to take a break to lick the mixers!
 I had the graham crackers lined up, ready to go.
The problem was the pudding-mixture was just to runny to make the graham-wiches right away.  At first Miller and Sara Wells were very disappointed.  
As soon as I told them they could have the "mistake," all tears were instantly dried up.  Amazing how chocolate can solve any problem instantly (even for me).
 I ended up putting the pudding mixture in the freezer for about an hour.  It still was not quite as solid and I would have liked, but it was getting very close to carpool time and I knew if all three kids were trying to make these it would be complete chaos.

After I filled the graham-wiches, I took a knife and made the edges somewhat smooth.  The goal is not perfection, just enough of a smooth edge to get a good coating with the toppings.
The hardest part for Miller was deciding which topping to use.
Miller takes after me, I have a very hard time making decisions.  All the toppings looked so good, Miller could not choose just one, so he chose all three!  Why not?!

I found the best thing to do was to have a couple of plates ready in the freezer and immediately put the graham-wiches in the freezer after they are made.  You can see that they do not all turn out pretty and you cannot stack that many on top of each other before they are really frozen.

After about an hour in the freezer, you can enjoy these delicious graham-wiches!
 Just ask Sara Wells, she will show you how much she loves it!

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