STORY BY MOLLY LAMOUREUX
Dorm-imprisoned-student cravings: satisfied.
The air is getting cooler, the leaves are changing color, pumpkin spice lattes and scarves replace lemonade and tanks, and we’re all craving that feel-good food that comes with the upcoming season.
The C-Store is great for midnight Ben & Jerry’s runs, but can’t quite supply the same homemade snacks that bring warmth and comfort on a cold October afternoon. These recipes will satisfy that autumn craving without breaking your bank, and you can prepare them right in the coziness of your own dorm kitchen.
In the mood for crunch? Make your own Cinnamon and Sugar Pita Chips. Here’s what you need:
- 6 pieces of pita bread
- ½ cup melted butter
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
Cut the pita pieces into six wedges each. Fully submerge the pita wedges into the melted butter, then immediately coat in the cinnamon and sugar mix. Lay the wedges on a sturdy piece of tin foil or foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 16 minutes, or until brown and crisp. It’s like Stacy’s Pita Chips, but you can eat them fresh out of the oven. Want a little more fall flair? Mix equal parts cream cheese and pumpkin pie filling to dip the chips in.
Nutella fanatic? Make your own Nutella Puppy Chow. Here’s what you need:
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup Nutella
- 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup hazelnuts (optional)
- 12oz box of Chex cereal
- 3 cups powdered sugar
First, pour cereal into a large plastic bowl. In a 350 degree preheated oven, roast hazelnuts for 8 minutes or until fragrant. Remove as much of the hazelnut skin you can with a towel when they have cooled. Put the nuts into a Ziplock bag and crush until fine. Put chocolate chips and butter into a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-60 seconds at a time, stirring in between and heating until completely melted. When all is melted, remove from heat and add Nutella and stir until mixed in, then add hazelnuts and stir well. Slowly pour over cereal, wash your hands, and mix with your hands. Be careful not to crush the cereal.