April 5, 2012

National Raisin and Spice Bar Day

“Is not birth, beauty, good shape, discourse, manhood, learning, gentleness, virtue, youth, liberality, and such like, the spice and salt that season a man” - William Shakespeare

It's National Raisin and Spice Bar Day!

I'm not sure I've ever actually sought out raisin and spice bars. For that matter, until today I didn't think anybody actually sought them out. But there wouldn't be a national food holiday if someone - a large body of someone's - didn't love them. Is there some sort of secret raisin and spice bar baked goods club I don't know about?!

Maybe I was simply deprived as a child of something extraordinary. I feel like this is one of those sweet treats grandmother's make. My maternal grandmother was far too sassy for this kinda stuff. She was more the slip-you-a-fiver-to-go-to-the-store-and-get-a-pint-of-your-favorite-ice-cream kinda gal. Unless you were my sister, then she was a give-you-a-bowl-filled-with-Cool-Whip-topped-with-jimmys-and-hot-fudge-sauce-but-don't-tell-your-mother-I-let-you-eat-this kinda woman.

No, seriously.

Now, apparently my mom loves raisin and spice bars, because when I told her what today's food holiday was she was thrilled (she may have put her hand to heart like she was remembering a long lost lover). So what? Did this particular baked good skip generations? Is my mom part of this secret club I know nothing about?!

WHAT HAVE I BEEN MISSING 'LO THESE MANY YEARS?!

Tonight I found out... and I'm sad I've gone so long without this hearty, spicy treat.

Happy National Raisin and Spice Bar Day!