Henry Vilas wrote:snoqueen wrote: I think that was in those carob-dipped good karma cookies that came in a little miniature muffin-paper thing. (I know I've got the name wrong and someone else will remember it.) They were a whole lot better than guerilla cookies, which were real tooth-breakers.
Chani Cups, with a long a (unsure of the spelling). Pronounced like the last name of the dick who is vice president. And I agree, they were a whole lot better tasting.
Interesting thing about memory...3 people can see the same event, and 5 minutes later tell you completely different stories, with the best of intentions. Makes you never trust a history book again. But I think I have the real skinny on Chani cups, because I am pretty sure I was there.
They were pronounced shah-nee cups, named after the daughter of the guy who invented them. They were one of the two cottage industries of Martha's Co-op in the very early 80's, made in our basement under marginally dubious sanitary conditions (but probably no more so than regular candy). Two guys made them, whose names I sadly do not remember, though I remember Chani's Dad's face....neither of them lived at the house at the time, I think he was a former Marthinian. Chani was 5 or 6 at the time, and I remember her face perfectly.
Chani cups were an alternative "healthy" peanut butter cup...the base was made with peanut butter, honey, powdered milk, sunflower seeds, and I don't remember what else. The top was a thick slab of delicious carob. There were thousands of them cooling (carob top hardening, the base was not cooked) in racks in the room off the kitchen, and I must admit I purloined one from time to time.
I found this post because as I was driving home last night (in Seattle, WA), Chani cups suddenly popped into my head, after years of never occurring to me. I wondered if somehow they might still be around. Gotta love the internet.