I didn't allow myself to eat dessert at every meal. A lot of my classmates did, and oh how jealous I was of them and their metabolism. I only allowed myself dessert for my most favorite dishes, and carmelitas was one of them. Layers of oatmeal cookie, gooey caramel and chocolate chips. It was divine! I finally found a 'copycat' recipe on allrecipes.com a few years ago, called Becky's Oatmeal Carmelitas. It's not quite as good as ISU's, but it will do. I always make half a batch when I have leftover caramels from making Caramel Apple Pie. The only change I make is that I sprinkle the chocolate chips on after drizzling the caramel. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much we do!
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Carmelitas: Memories of College Food Service
I went to Iowa State University. Go Cyclones! I knew since tenth grade that I wanted to go to ISU. I fell in love with the campus after visiting on an orchestra trip. However, my parents wanted me to keep my options open, so I also applied to University of Nothern Iowa. I 'officially' visited both campuses as a senior and there was no contest, especially in the food service department. ISU won hands down. Nutrition has always been very important to me and I worked hard to lose 50 pounds in high school, I wasn't about to put it back on college! When you visit a college as a senior, you get a lunch included. The lunch at UNI was greasy pizza and hamburgers. ISU had a very nice selection of healthy foods, a 'deli line' where you could build your own sandwich, and (I still remember this) the most delicious lemon bars for dessert. I knew I was already going to ISU because of the beautiful campus and academic options (I was undecided, as I still am now), but the food service put it over the top!