In Response to Re: Finding a GREAT bargain in the grocery store.:
Nancy, have you ever tried Oatmeal Carmelita Bars? They also use a caramel ice cream topping. I get the jar of topping from Aldi's a 17 ounce jar for $1.89. Unfortunately it is what they call a seasonal item so I have to stock up before the summer is over. ( Really, who uses ice cream topping only in the summer? I use it in recipes year round ) Oatmeal Carmelita Bar 2 Cups flour 2 Cups quick cooking oats 1 1/2 Cups packed brown sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 tsp salt 1 Cup butter softened 12 ounce package semi sweet chocolate chips 1/2 Cup chopped pecans 1 Cup caramel ice cream topping 3 Tb flour Pre heat oven to 350 Line a 13X9 pan with parchment or lightly grease pan. Mix the caramel topping and the flour together is a small bowl, set aside. Stir together the first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter stir or mix until crumbly. Set aside half the mixture (about 2 1/2 Cups). Press the rest in the bottom of a 13X9 pan. Sprinkle evenly with nuts and chocolate chips. Pour the caramel topping over the nuts and chips. Sprinkle with reserved crumble mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. cut into bars. Can be stored in air tight container at room temperature for 1 week or freeze up to 1 month.
Posted by nikki p
I get annoyed at Aldi's "seasonal" items. Who only bakes in the winter? Who only uses cocoa or coconut in winter? Baking powder is also a seaonal item.
I did get a real bargain on baking powder between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The Argo brand was on sale at Schnuck's and I had a coupon from the sunday paper that was doubled. it made the baking powder incredibly cheap. I like the container as it has a place to level off the spoon.