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Make Your Own Pudding Pops

Make Your Own Frozen Pudding Pops Pudding pops: It's possible your first thought will be of Bill Cosby, who enthusiastically hawked Jell-O pudding and Jell-O pudding pops throughout the 1980s. And what is Bill Cosby if not good-times nostalgia? That's what pudding pops are, too. But the original formulation disappeared from store shelves (despite consumers' best efforts to resurrect the pops). So we brought them back. READ MORE

Make Your Own Candy Bars

Here's the thing with nostalgia: Memories betray you. Those candy bars that you remember loving are stuffed full of waxy chocolate, weird fillers, and preservatives. Try our souped-up take on four beloved candy bars. Give the store-bought stuff to the kids, and save these for yourself. And, for crafty extra credit, download the wrappers for each candy. Read past the recipes for a guide to chocolate, complete with a glossary, book list, and FAQ. READ MORE

How to Make Oven-Smoked Pastrami

How to Make Oven-Smoked Pastrami Making pastrami is a time-intensive process that can take nearly two weeks, so only a few delis bother to do it by hand. In our fairly traditional version, a whole brisket is cured with sugar, spices, and salt for a week, then oven-smoked using an easy technique the CHOW Test Kitchen developed for making bacon. READ MORE

DIY Flavored Salts

DIY Flavored Salts Project Flavored salts add oomph to food or the rim of your Bloody Mary glass, and they're easy to make. They are also lovely hostess or holiday gifts. Here are four versions that put Lawry's to shame. READ MORE

Easiest DIY Project Ever: Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract Making your own vanilla extract couldn't be simpler: Fill up a jar with booze, and soak some vanilla beans in it for about a month. Start some now and you'll have easy holiday gifts and a nice stash for baking through the winter. READ MORE

How to Make Oven-Smoked Bacon

How to Make Oven-Smoked Bacon project There are two steps to makin' bacon. The first is easy: Rub a cure on some pork belly and forget about it for a week. After that, you have to smoke the pork for it to taste like bacon. Typically, you'd need a smoker and the outdoor space to use it. But here CHOW shows you how to make an indoor smoker by simply using a roasting pan, a roasting rack, aluminum foil, and wood chips. READ MORE

Make Your Own Trixy Stix in Super-Trendy Flavors

Make Your Own Pixy Stix for Halloween Pixy Stix don't naturally jump out as something to make at home, but it turns out they really are just flavored sugar in a straw. So we decided to make over the old-school candy for Halloween, taking inspiration from the ingredients pastry chefs are using around the country in their desserts. READ MORE

Make Your Own Cracky Snack

Make Your Own Cracky Snack Cracker Jack Project Cracker Jack debuted at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, and a few years later it had moved into the ballpark as a concession selling for five cents. We can't say whether the snack's century-long run is because of that association with America's favorite pastime—cemented in "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"—or the once-cool prizes in every box. But we can say that the molasses-y, caramel-coated popcorn-and-peanut treat is delicious. READ MORE

Make Your Own Fruit Leather

Make Your Own Fruit Leather Remember fruit leather? The Fruit Roll-Ups brand popularized the sticky, flat sheets of puréed fruit in the early ̕80s, marketing them as fun, healthy snacks for kids. Now, the popular commercial brands are sugary, artificially colored and flavored, and often don't even contain the fruits they're supposed to be flavored with. But the good news is you can make your own fruit leather, and you don't need a food dehydrator to do it. READ MORE

Make Your Own Corn Dogs

Make Your Own Corn Dogs Fried Kool-Aid, fried butter, and fried mashed-potatoes-on-a-stick may get more press, but let's be real: Corn dogs are still the tastiest fried food at state fairs and boardwalks. That said, even the best could be better; very few people make corn dogs from scratch anymore, instead just tossing premade frozen dogs into the fryer. Fortunately, making them fresh is pretty easy. READ MORE