This is a family favorite on my mother’s side of the family. Outside of this tight-nit bunch though, I’ve been really hard pressed to find anyone who’s even heard of a Connecticut Chew. It’s not a common treat here in the midwest USA, people I’ve talked to that live in Connecticut have no idea what I’m talking about, and if you try to Google the dish you end up with alot of search results on chewing tobacco!
I found this recipe in an old recipe box I recently inherited from my Great-Great-Aunt. I’m told this specific dish was actually my Great-Great-Grandmother, Elnora Andrews’, recipe. I’m not sure if it’s something she made up and just named Connecticut Chew, or if it used to be a popular dish that has faded out of popularity. All that aside, it’s a very easy crowd-pleaser and is over due for a come back!
Approx 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1. Preheat oven to 325
2. In a large bowl, mix together the chocolate chips, crushed graham crackers, sweetened condensed milk, baking powder, and chopped pecans.
3. Pour the mixture into a half sized casserole dish (8 x 8) and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool fully in the pan.
4. When the Chews have completely cooled, cut into small bite sized squares. Pour out your powdered sugar on a plate and roll each bite sized piece in the sugar one at a time so they are evenly coated.5. Enjoy! Try and make sure you share at least a few of them with your friends or family!