Home Hacks: Classic Snacks and Sweets
Before you toss those Twinkies, Milanos, or Nature Valley granola bars into your shopping cart, consider that these (and many other) supermarket treats can easily be made at home. Keep reading for DIY takes on these, plus 56 other snacks and sweets.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
There's no baking involved in this chewy chocolate chip granola bar recipe.
Ritz Bits Cheese
Not only is this recipe a more sophisticated take on Ritz Bits Cheese — it's made with asiago cheese, after all — but it's also gluten free.
The sky — or rather, your market — is the limit when it comes to crafting creative homemade Otter Pops flavors.
If you've ever wished that Toaster Strudel came in a wider range of flavors — how good does fig or blackberry Toaster Strudel sound? — you're in luck. Your dream can become reality with this copycat recipe; just fill them with your favorite jam or preserves.
No need to lament the short Girl Scout Cookies season, since homemade Samoas can be yours year-round.
Everything Bagel Cheez-Its
Did you know that you can make crackers from scratch? A great place to start is with everything bagel Cheez-Its!
DIY Cow Tales — cream-filled caramel ropes — are even tastier than the treat they draw inspiration from.
If you're not British, you might not be familiar with HobNobs, a crumbly oaten biscuit (Brit-speak for cookie), that's perfect for dipping in tea. Try out this treat without a trip abroad by baking them yourself.
Be warned: it's nearly impossible to stop at just one of these chocolate-filled sandwich cookies.
Cookie Crisp Cereal
No shocker here: homemade Cookie Crisp cereal is much tastier than the boxed stuff.
If you're still mourning the discontinuation of the '90s snack staple, then homemade Dunkaroos are a must make.
Homemade Chex Mix is even better than the bagged stuff as it packs in more of the best parts (pretzels and bagel chips).
Didn't think that Nutella could be improved upon? This made-from-scratch version is less sweet and even more addictive.
Whether you prefer Mounds or Almond Joy, this recipe has you covered. Follow it in its entirety for Almond Joy; omit the almonds for Mounds.
These fluffy tots are worlds tastier than the ones that come straight from the freezer aisle.
Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey Granola Bars
Crisp and nutty, these granola bars are like Nature Valley Oats 'n Honey, only better.
Cadbury Creme Eggs
Homemade Cadbury Creme Eggs can be made year-round to sate your fix even after Easter passes.
If you grew up on the East Coast, these from-scratch Hoodsie Cups are sure to inspire pangs of nostalgia.
Salted Rice Krispies Treats
OK, so it's a bit of a stretch to call salted Rice Krispies treats a homemade take on a supermarket sweet, since the store-bought version came years after the recipe was popularized, but they're so tasty that we had to include them.
The best part about DIY Drumsticks: you can go classic by topping them with roasted peanuts or get creative with other toppings.
If Pocky isn't widely available where you live (it is a Japanese sweet after all), this recipe will be particularly exciting.
Werther's Soft Caramels
Love the texture of soft, chewy caramels? Making them at home is easier than you think, provided you have a candy thermometer.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
The best part about homemade Reese's Peanut Butter Cups? You can use a high-quality chocolate for the coating.
Honey Nut Cheerios Bars
All the ingredients in these Honey Nut Cheerios bars are ones that you can actually pronounce. (A major plus, in our opinion.)
An Australian snacking staple, Tim Tams are kind of like chocolate-dipped chocolate Oreos, except even better.