Doris’ Cuban Cups – Easy to Make

Written by Alain Bossé. Photography by Perry Jackson. This article was published in the January/February 2010 issue.

It’s a Saltscapes tradition: each year we use our annual Comfort Food Recipe Contest as an excuse to explore a different part of Atlantic Canada, while sampling some fabulous home cooking by way of the contest submissions. In 2009 we travelled to the Yarmouth and Acadian shores area of Nova Scotia. Being the new guy-and the only guy-on the tour I opted to meet up with the gang in Yarmouth, where the judging would take place.

Roy Doucet, a chef instructor at the Burridge campus of Nova Scotia Community College, hosted the contest judging, which is to say he prepared the 10 finalist recipes-five pork entrées and five chocolate desserts-that our judges would sample and evaluate. I had the opportunity to work with Roy earlier in the summer for the Festival Acadien de Clare, and it was a pleasure to see him again.

We had a great team of judges: Ray Zinck of CJLS Radio; chef Bruno Sieberath from Chez Bruno, in Yarmouth; Nicole Boudreau, tourism development officer for the Municipality of Clare; and chef Vaughn J. Perret, from Trout Point Lodge, East Kemptville.

Grand Prize Winner

Doris’s Cuban Cups

Sometimes the simplest things can have the greatest impact. That was the case with our Grand Prize Winner: Doris’s Cuban Cups, which are easy and quick to make.

Sharon Squires of Paradise, NL, acquired the recipe from her friend Doris Biller, originally from Newfoundland and Labrador, and now living in Ohio. Although Sharon makes them year-round she particularly likes to make them at Christmas, and includes a plate with each gift she gives.

For friends and family who don’t like chocolate, Sharon uses three cups of butterscotch chips and thee cups of peanut butter chips. In fact, any combination works fine as long as you have a total of six cups of the combined ingredients.

The treats are very sweet; Sharon suggests using mini baking cups for small portions. (The recipe has been tested in a square pan with unfavourable results.)

When Sharon isn’t testing new recipes she enjoys reading. She also enjoys her job at the Canada Revenue Agency in St. John’s, where her co-workers will testify just how delicious her Cuban Cups really are.

Doris’s Cuban Cups

Doris’s Cuban Cups

By: Sharon Squires
Ingredients: 2    cups (500 mL) peanuts
1    bag (250 g) ripple potato chips
2    cups (500 mL) butterscotch chips
2    cups (500 mL) peanut butter chips
2    cups (500 mL) chocolate chips
Directions: Crush peanuts in a food processor; crush potato chips by hand while still in the bag. Melt butterscotch, peanut butter and chocolate chips in microwave for approximately 6 minutes. Combine all ingredients. Drop by teaspoonful into mini baking cups. Refrigerate to harden. Yields 10 to 11 dozen. (They freeze well.)

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