Posted by: Erica Retrochef | August 31, 2014

Nut Log

For some reason, I have a harder time making desserts than dinners for my blog. Despite the fact that they’re more popular (with the kids in particular), I don’t generally meal-plan dessert, and so I forget to make it most of the time.

But this Labor Day weekend we had an empty milk carton, and decided to try a sweet treat with it: Nut Log.


Tired of serving the same old things for parties and snacks? Try a nut log! It’s crispy good and quite different. Get a half-gallon of milk in a plastic-coated Pure-Pak carton. Drink it up. Then open the top at both corners, wash and dry, and the rest is easy.

The ingredients are: 1/4 pound butter or margarine, 1 cup (6-ounce package) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, 1 10-ounce package miniature marshmallows, 1 8- or 10-ounce package crisp rice cereal, 2 cups Spanish peanuts, 2 cups chopped pecans, 1 cup raisins, 3 cups popped popcorn.

Melt butter, chocolate and marshmallows together in top of double boiler. Mix remaining ingredients in a very large bowl.

Pour melted chocolate sauce over dry ingredients in bowl and mix thoroughly. Then spoon the mixture into Pure-Park carton — pack tightly — and place in refrigerator.

In about an hour your nut log will be firm and ready to serve. Peel the carton away, slice, and watch it disappear! Makes about 24 servings.


What I love about this is that it isn’t designed by a food manufacturer, but by a container company. They want you to use their particular milk carton.


It looks like it’s going to just be chocolate rice krispie treats.


But there are so many other things in the mix here — nuts, raisins, even popcorn.


And considering the giant bowl I needed to use to mix it, I was surprised to find that it does fit (when firmly packed) into a half-gallon milk box.


This makes one giant chocolatey bar of stuff.


I didn’t use quite enough marshmallows, so the results were a little less sticky and more crumbly than I think the recipe intended. But even irregular chunks were tasty. It’s also got some redeeming nutritional value from all the nuts and raisins (cleverly disguised with sticky chocolate of course), so I was happy for the kids to continue digging in over the course of the day.

If you’ve got a spare milk carton around the house, try it yourself!

Recipe found on Flickr, shared by Shelf Life Taste Test



  1. […] I read food blogs (I know, you’re shocked and surprised) and this is one of my favorites, she makes me laugh. Frankly, I’m in awe that she even tries some of these recipes, and I […]

  2. Early Rice Krispie treats with… gorp? Love it.

    • Wacky, right? It’s the world’s biggest granola bar!

  3. “Your nut log will be firm…” Cue dirty laughter.

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