Late Night Snacking…

I think there are three times in life when people should get showers thrown for them. #1 when you have your FIRST baby (with the exception if there is a large, and I mean large gap between children). #2 when you move into your first apartment. #3 when you get divorced. Yes, you read that right, I think there should be a divorce shower. When you get married you are already combining two sets of everything and then you go and register for even more stuff and try and find a place to put it. You register for stupid things you don’t even really need but somehow feel entitled to get because you are serving people a meal to help you celebrate in your day. I have friends that five years later still haven’t opened up things the received. Friends with multiple silver tea sets, and they haven’t used one. But when you get divorced you aren’t combining efforts…you are separating them.

When I moved out the cost was INSANE. Other than getting the dining set that I was in love with and my nice desk, all of my furniture is back to the days of college all over again. You know the stuff that comes in six million pieces and the directions coming in French and Chinese only. And there are pictures on how to put it together, but too bad it’s for a dresser and you are putting together a TV stand. Yeah, that’s the kind of stuff I have now.

Truthfully I would have loved a shower. Then maybe my sheets (because we had a king and now I have a queen, so I had to get new sheets) wouldn’t be pink flannel snowmen (they are cute though) and my standard sheets wouldn’t have little sharks on them (both donated to me). What is funny is that the shark sheets are from an 8 year old who switched to a pirate theme for his bedroom instead, and since they were bought on final sale, they became mine. I have plates, but I got the good plates. Which means I have to hand wash them, and this girl is far too lazy to do that. A shower would have helped with this. It could have helped me get a bedspread that actually fits my bed. I currently have a king bedspread that drags onto the floor…and matches nothing. Garbage can for the kitchen (I can’t believe how expensive those things are!). And storage, storage, and more storage containers.

That and I wouldn’t have minded a shower ala Phoebe from Friends. No, not a baby shower (shudder) but one where people just bought me booze and leather pants (well, not leather pants…I’ll save those for washed up Whitesnake fans). A well-stocked bar is a divorcee’s friend I tell ya. :D So is chocolate.

I have been a late night snacker as of late and have bouts of insomnia. Some of the awesome medication I am on for my festive autoimmune anemia thing my body decided would be cool to have has me wired at night. Only at night. During the day I drag. It’s awesome. Not. :) Oh well, it is what it is. I saw a review (a favorable one at that) for the new Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Flavor called Late Night Snack. It’s Vanilla Ice Cream with Salted Caramel and Chocolate Covered Potato Chip pieces. This pie was inspired by that. It’s a potato chip and shortbread (Girl Scout Trefoils…those little doe eyed kids keep suckering me in…the last one was wearing a Team Canada hat…how can I say no to that?) crust filled with a chocolate marshmallow whipped creamy middle, then topped with salted caramel. It’s a major salty-sweet dessert and I ate it with a fork (because I can).

On a side note to the person who wrote comment number #19 of the Za! post. My undergraduate degree (I assume that is the one you were referring to) is from Norther Arizona University… oh and have a nice day.

Potato Chip-Chocolate Pie with Salted Caramel

Potato Chip Crust:
1 ¼ cup pulverized (in a food processor) Ruffles potato chips (or any plain potato chip)
¾ cup shortbread cookies pulverized (in a food processor) I used Trefoils (darn cookie pushing Girl Scouts)
½ cup melted unsalted butter
3 TBSP granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 375F.
In a medium bowl, mix together all ingredients until fully incorporated. Press into a prepared 8-inch (I only had a 9 and I had major shrinkage, so I would use an 8 next time) pie pan. Press really hard to pat down the crust. I used the bottom of a glass to help with this.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. If you have pie weights (I do, I couldn’t find them) throw some parchment paper over the pie crust and toss in the weights. It needs it, it likes to shrink. Look for the crust, especially the top around the edges to get brown, not Cajun brown, just brown. :P

Let cool completely before you fill with filling.
Chocolate Marshmallow Whipped Cream Filling:
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
7 ounces marshmallow fluff (you could probably use marshmallows instead)
½ cup whole milk (yes whole)
2 cups sweetened Whipped Cream (not liquid, cream that has ALREADY been whipped). If doing yourself add about 1 TBSP sugar to your liquid whipping cream before you whip it.

In a saucepan, combine chocolate chips, marshmallow fluff, and milk and cook over low heat until everything is smooth. You might have to flatten out the chocolate chips and marshmallow as it cooks with the back of your spoon to help the process along.
Remove from heat and let cool. Fold in whipped cream until fully incorporated.
Pour into pie and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or even better overnight.
Top with Salted Caramel Sauce ( I used this one) and extra potato chips. Dive in, plates optional. ;)


  1. You’ve just created the perfect PMS food. Glorious.

  2. Sorry about the insomnia and the anemia. I just found out last week that I have anemia due to a lack of B12. Anyway, I think you are right…you need a divorce shower. I think you need to start a trend with this and booze is a definite on the list of needs! This is a perfect flavor combination…especially for a late night treat! Enjoy it!

  3. oh wow–this sounds wonderful! will have to try it soon! (and i like your showers idea!)

  4. This pie looks really delicious! And I totally agree with you on the post-divorce shower idea. It would have been really helpful to me, too. <3

  5. corinne says:

    I wouldn’t have needed the first apartment shower so much, as my roommate has every kitchen thing on earth, but he’s about to move out… I’m so depressed!

  6. Definitely try that pie with this:

  7. I noticed that concerned didn’t have enough guts to leave his/her name. Oh well what can you expect from someone who can’t even figure out how to use the shift bar. I am willing to teach him/her that. A few manners wouldn’t hurt either. By the way – wish my kids could have had you as a teacher and this comes from one who taught.

    On to the divorice shower. Great idea!! I could have used one. Of course about the time I had everything back to “normal” 6 years later I got remarried. Back to combining and giving away. Go figure!

  8. This seems to be the NEW 2011 combo… Really intriguing and tempting! I’m sure this pie tastes just sooooo good. Yuuuummmy!



  9. I think I’ve heard they do divorce showers here… seems like a wise thing to do.
    I ended up with books/no cabinet. No tv/radio just the alarmclock, half of the dishes and the odd coffee cups, no dining table/chairs etc. Did keep the washingmachine/fridge/couch and combi microwave. (Can you tell I’m the calculating kind? LOL)
    Could have used some of your pie!
    About no. 19? Ugh!

  10. My sister-in-law had a common law marriage, so when they got divorced she joked about having a divorce shower as she never got to register and do all that jazz.

  11. this is genius – I love a chocolate covered potato chip – that’s this, in pie form.

    ha!!! those girl scouts have you pegged – showing up in a Team Canada hat!! :D

  12. I’ve never been through a divorce, but I can sympathize with you on the cost of moving into a new place. I think I blew about $2000 on furniture and other items when I moved into my place 3 years ago. Aka the entire savings account of a recent college grad. I don’t know if you have the store Home Goods where you live, but I’ve gotten a lot of really inexpensive and nice home furnishings there. Good luck!

  13. I moved out on my own after living with my ex for two years. Yep. Expensive. Here’s to beginnings!

  14. That potato chip crust sounds fabulous!!!

  15. How brilliant are you? This dessert sounds like sweet and salt perfection…great idea!

  16. This post reminds me of a Sex and the City episode where Carrie, after having to attend the second baby shower for one of her friends at which her shoes are stolen, decides that she should have a “hey I didn’t marry the wrong person this year” shower. So yeah, I think you deserve one for this occasion as well.

    You also deserve some late night snacking. This is every druggie/intoxicated person’s dream. And mine, though I am in neither of those two brackets.

  17. Wow, I went to NAU for a year. What a beautiful place.

  18. My husband loves potato chips; he could eat them all day. I think I’m going to have to make this for him!

  19. Well there are already greeting cards for a divorce so why not a shower? I just love the combination of salt and chocolate so this pie speaks to me.

  20. oh my goodness. I’m usually not a night eater but tonight I cannot put down the peanut butter oatmeal cookie I made yesterday.

    So now I want your cake.

    Oh and #19 is a dick (or a bitch if it’s a girl) for talking like that. You’re friggin’ amazing and I’d trust my kids to you any day! As long as you don’t give them this sweat treat because I’m sure they’d get a sugar high. haha

  21. You are too funny but could not be more right. I can’t even begin to imagine what would happen to the stuff in my place if I got divorced but I know a shower would be totally practical and come in handy.

  22. Maybe your dreams can come true!

    Peabody, I think your food is making me plumper just by reading about it. GOOD JOB!

  23. Michelle says:

    Being a member of the big D club I totally agree. A divorce shower is a great idea! Keep your head up.

  24. Thumbs up on the divorce shower idea. I’d throw you one if I lived closer!

    The pie is brilliant! Having my chocolate and potato chips all on the same plate saves me an extra step. ;)

  25. mmmm no plate for me either:) love the divorce shower idea too!!

  26. Oh wow this pie looks like it has everythnig in it! It looks so yummy!

  27. SondraKay says:

    I just found your blog and have read back for a year or so (I’m sick too, so I have the time). I so enjoy your posts, the recipes, your humor, and your writing. And did I mention the recipes!!! I think you are quite brilliant and I enjoy your blog! I hope that you get well soon and yah, the Big D blows, but yay to courage and new beginnings and let’s explore that shower idea a bit! Thank you!

  28. What is it about potato chips that makes them work in just about anything?

  29. ahhaha i enjoyed reading this. whether u’re being positive or not…u sounded like u were. and if we ever were friends, i’d feel really terrible throwing u a divorce shower. =/

  30. This looks delicious and definitely perfect for late-night snacking. Yum!

  31. Perfect pie for a late night snack attack! Divorce shower – good idea. That’s when you really need your friends to support you, love you, and give you a matching set of dishes.

  32. Oh this is just genius! As is the divorce shower idea! In fact, I think there should be both a divorce shower and divorce hen night!

  33. OMG, I would have LOVED a divorce shower!! When i moved out of my marriage (with 2 kids under 7) I was unable to take anything other than our cat and our clothes. It took the lawyers 2 years to get my ex to agree to split the marital properties — and that gave him plenty of time to sell things (and spend the money) that he knew I wanted or needed…
    I had no dishes, no cookwear, no appliances… I could have used a little community love (hell, even a bunch of second hand stuff would have helped since I was so overwhelmed I didn’t know where to start) would have helped me get back on my feet…

  34. A team Canada hat on a Girl Scout? Seriously? Are these kids just reading your blog and following you around?

  35. Your creative sweets and amusing banter always make me smile. Mr/Ms. concerned (#19) should learn how to use capital letters if they want to have a foot to stand on when ranting about other people’s ability to teach.

  36. Wish I could help throw you a shower- I’m in the midst of planning a baby and bridal shower!

    And you are right about needing apartment stuff. My boyfriend is moving to Boston next week and is going to need EVERYTHING. That is going to be one long day at Ikea.

  37. Melissa says:

    I feel like you wrote this just for me. Going through a D right now and he got custody of the KitchenAid mixer. *sigh* Thanks for lifting my spirits – it helps to know someone’s in the same boat.

  38. That’s a Ben and Jerry’s I’ve never heard of….I’ll look for it. But would much rather be snacking on your pie. I do love sweet/salt combos!

  39. Oh, Peabody! I totally agree about the divorce shower- I too just moved out and have a ton of stuff to get.
    It gets better!

  40. I love me some salty sweet stuff…or pretty much anything that has potato chips.

    And what is it with all these idiots posting crap on blogs? Sigh. Ijuts.

  41. Are you SERIOUS with this dessert. I’m afraid to make it because I am afraid of how good it tastes ….

    BTW I have yet to even be married, but the whole divorce shower thing is a fab idea. I think you should market it. :)

    Love the blog!

  42. There’s nothing better than the combo of sweet and salty! And a potato chip crust sounds amazing. I’m not much of a sweet eater because chocolate will keep me awake all night and I already have insomnia, so I’d have to be careful if I made this pie! :-)

  43. I also vote for a post lay-off shower.

    Kathleen’s got it right. PMS food indeed!

  44. As someone with four friends getting married this year, I completely agree with your sentiments about presents! I had a look at the registry list and it is full of stuff that I *know* that they will never ever use and is so expensive.

  45. that ice cream is amazing… my new fav B&J flavor…
    can’t wait to make this pie!

  46. Made this pie over the weekend and it was amazing.
    I didn’t have any Marshmallow Fluff so I melted down regular marshmallows. I think it was hard to figure out how many ounces of melted marshmallow to use since I don’t think melted and fluff are exact corollaries. I think I under did it and next time I’d use fluff. I also might try it with dark chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet.

    A little trick I tend to do with crumb crusts and recipes that use carmel is that I’ll add a little bit of the carmel sauce to the bottom of the crust and swirl it around to give the bottom a nice thin coat. Then add the filling on top. This helps the crust stay very solid when you cut and plate it. It also makes sure every bite has a nice taste of carmel to it.

    Excellent recipe and I thank you for sharing it.


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