This week's TWD selection is an oatmeal crumb bar filled with a rich chocolate fudge. It was supposed to have raisins and peanuts in it, but I'm not a big fan of peanuts, and raisins in chocolate are definitely not my thing. I've never actually been a fan of candy bars - just too much going on in them - so I thought I would really love these. I almost did.
I loved the texture - wonderfully dense from the oats, nice and crunchy on top, crispy on the edges and creamy in the center. They are rich as well as earthy, and just sweet enough - lots of people complained about them being too sweet with the addition of the raisins; yet another reason I left them out.
So, where did these bars go wrong for me? In a word, cinnamon.
As I was adding the cinnamon to the dough, I was looking forward to the addition it would make - I usually enjoy the combination of cinnamon and chocolate. However, as I took my first bite, I found the flavors to be conflicting in these bars. For some reason, they reminded me of these mesquite chocolate chip cookies (which I did not enjoy at all).
I may try these again at some point - without the cinnamon - as I think they are something I could love.
Thank you to Lillian of Confectiona's Realm for hosting this week. Take a look at her blog for the recipe.