Chum-Chums. I know, you’ve never heard of them. They are common enough, but unless you speak Kadenese, any reference to them as chum-chums will leave you with a big question mark hovering over your head.
Kade (3) can talk well now, but it has not always been the case. Often the family would rely on Gavin to translate whatever Kade was saying. Gavin had some mysterious ability to translate his younger brother’s language. However, one day even Gavin was stumped by the word chum-chum. Kade tried for quite a while to express what he wanted. Finally, after a series of questions from his mom, the clouds parted and rays of sunshiny understanding rained down from the heavens. Chum-chums = blueberries!!!!!!
We pretty much don’t say blueberries around my house anymore. They are chum-chums. It actually feels “right” to refer to blueberries as chum-chums. Plus, it’s way more fun to say than blueberries. Say it out loud to yourself. See? Chum-chum is definitely more fun.
For some time now I have been wanting to post a recipe for a special bar cookie in honor of Kade. He loves chum-chums in granola bars and Pop-Tarts and yogurt and all by themselves in a bowl. I’d like to think that he inherited his love of them from me.
When it comes to sweets, shortbread is hands down my very favorite and when it comes to berries, chum-chums definitely lead the pack. This recipe for Chum-Chum Bars brings both of those foods together in an outstanding bar cookie-ish dessert. I adapted two different recipes to make these bars and in my most humble personal, private, biased opinion they are outstanding.
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