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5 easy and satisfying desserts made from things you already have at home

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JUNE 21, 2019

If you’re like most people, the strongest sugar cravings hit when it’s 11 p.m. and your only obvious option is to rip yourself off and Postmates some Ben & Jerry’s for $10. Do yourself a favor — discover what your (and your roommate’s) stash of groceries is hiding and make something new. Here are five simple recipes you can make at any time of night with ingredients probably lying around your place.

  1. PB&P — Peanut butter and pudding: Take a jar of peanut butter and a pudding cup, and partially fill a spoon with peanut butter. Engulf the rest in chocolate pudding. Repeat and enjoy.
  2. Hot chocolate: Heat some milk in a small pot over low heat. As it begins to steam (not boil), stir in a spoonful of sugar, a teaspoon of vanilla and a few large handfuls of chocolate chips. Stir until melted and rich.
  3. Nutella ice cream sundae: Microwave a couple of spoonfuls of Nutella for about 15-30 seconds or until melted. Drizzle over ice cream of your choosing.
  4. Banana and cookie butter: Need I say more?
  5. Cookie butter and Nutella fudge: Spoon into a bowl and melt together. Stir and eat alone, or pair with vanilla ice cream.

PB&P may sound odd, but it fits right into that category of unexpected food combinations you discover in college. French fries and a milkshake, chocolate-covered potato chips, peanut butter and pudding — all seemingly separate foods coming together to form that blissful blend of salty and sweet, that “acquired taste” you always hear about that your budding palate is yearning to get accustomed to as a young adult.

Cooking can sometimes be met with a feeling of inertia because it requires ingredients, supplies and time. Trying even one recipe for sweets — which we’re hard-wired to like — with two or three ingredients can count as your introduction to the world of cooking.

Contact Abhi Varma at [email protected].

JUNE 21, 2019