Oh Henry Bars and Both Flesh and Not
Ho boy. I hope you’re ready for this one. This post is probably one of the most universally appealing posts on the blog at this point: you’ve got a classic David Foster Wallace collection. You’ve got a classic Mammaw recipe, updated for 2019 to include my obsession of the moment, Lil Bucks sprouted buckwheat. What’s not to love? Nothing. Nothing is not to love.
Also, for those of you asking about the origin of the name “Oh Henry bars:” I’m clueless. Someone make something up.
Oh Henry Bars
But newer and more updated!
Oh Henry BarsBy Page & Plate, March 21, 2019
I’ve been eating Oh Henry bars for as long as I can remember, usually in my Mammaw’s kitchen. It’s the ultimate bar, especially for someone like me, who prefers salty over sweet any day of the week. These bars are gluten-free, with an oatmeal and buckwheat base, and totally delicious.
Makes: 12 bars
- 2/3 cup of unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup of dark brown sugar
- 3 cups of one-minute oats
- 1 cup of Cacao Lil Bucks
- 1/3 cup of corn syrup
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup of crunchy peanut butter
- 1 cup of butterscotch chips, melted, optional
- Preheat the oven to 375, and grease and line an 8x8" pan.
- In a stand mixer or a bowl using a hand mixer, cream together the butter and the sugar.
- Add the oatmeal, Lil Bucks, corn syrup, and vanilla, and mix to combine.
- Press firmly into the prepared pan and bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. But not too bubbly.
- Meanwhile, melt the peanut butter and chocolate together in a microwavable bowl. Set aside.
- Spread the chocolate mixture over the oat base evenly, then cool.
- When cool, drizzle with melted butterscotch.
Both Flesh and Not
Plot: David Foster Wallace, king of words, writes a phenomenal series of essays. The plot is that you love it.
Thoughts: I took this book from my housemate during my senior year of college and have it to this day. That’s partially because he wasn’t super into holding on to books but mostly because this was a book I didn’t want to give up. I think I also ended up buying a second copy for Colin, and then we donated one to Open Books.
There’s two essays on tennis that have the attention of a master craftsman. There’s literary criticism. There’s criticism of Terminator 2. And there’s just a whole lot of goodness published posthumously that makes you appreciate one of the greatest minds in modern times that much more, even if you , like me, still haven’t finished Infinite Jest.
Verdict: Just do it. Seriously? Come on. Get a copy here.