Re-Loading at Wal-Mart
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Re-Loading at Wal-Mart

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Re-Loading at Wal-Mart


The Sugar Mommas live in the metropolitan city of Los Angeles. Space is at a premium so it’s sad to report but…we do not have a Wal-Mart close by. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Sugar Momma Reiner makes an annual pilgrimage to Wal-Mart to re-stock and re-load on ingredients from the baking aisle.  You can’t just go to any Wal-Mart. You have to go to a Super Center where the aisles are wide, there is a large grocery section and the most damage can be done.  Once Thanksgiving is upon us, the baking aisle is fully stocked with inventory.  Of equal importance, seasonal and new products launch and become available. So baking people, NOWis the time to get the complete WalMart baking experience. Even better, many items are on “roll-back,” i.e. temporary price cut.  Here is how I suggest you approach the Wal-Mart baking aisle.


Prepare Yourself


Have proper footwear.  I wear my trail running shoes. I also suggest hiking shoes or some other sturdy footwear for cart commando combat. This is the holiday season. People are aggressive. There tends to be a lot of dodging with kids running underfoot jetting out from nowhere. You have to be able to turn that cart on a dime. At least wear sneakers so your feet don’t get tired and betray you.


Eat before you go. Make sure to eat a complete meal before entering Wal-Mart. You need energy and focus. There is nothing worse than sugar shopping on an empty stomach. Having done that before, I usually buy  too much of the wrong thing and veer off the list. You also don’t want to be rushed and if you’re starving you may dash out early without completing your mission in search of a quick bite. 


Drink Caffeine.  Make sure you are fully caffeinated and alert. Grab a soda or a coffee if you need an extra perk up while shopping.   We recommend not going diet on the soda – sugar adds a needed boost too. 


Use the Restroom.  Make sure you are free of any nagging twitches before you enter the shopping area. It’s a long way back to the restrooms. You’d most likely have to abandon your cart for the mad dash to the loo. That is such a disruption.


Do NOT share a basket.  You may want to go with a pal for some serious bonding but please, get your own cart. It’s too difficult to separate out your purchases later. You know, a major new find such as a squeeze can of fudge frosting will surely end up at your friend’s home. Think about it, you need that can of frosting ready to squirt directly into your mouth WHENEVER the need arises!


Stock up on Everyday Items


Now that you are prepped, stroll on over to the baking aisle (usually #8) and start by looking for every day items such as sugar, flour, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, etc. This time of year, these staples tend to come in Bulk, Extra Large, Jumbo, or Value sizes.  Many such items have a temporary price cut marked by the ROLL-BACK label. Make sure you grab the double size frostings and the double size jars of marshmallow cream (fluff).  You don’t know when you’ll spot those again.  Wal-Mart also carries a very large selection of items you can’t get in your every day market such as mini morsels, chocolate chunks, Heath Bar bits, white chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, different kinds of coconut flakes, and various flavors of ready made pie crusts. 

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  Get your supply of Seasonal Items


After your cart is loaded with the basics, focus your eyes on the holiday products such as Graham Cracker Crumbs, Andes Mints bits, seasonal sugar lay-ons, sprinkles, sugars, icings, candy cups, ginger snap mixes, and decorative wax paper for food packaging.  The quest for seasonal packaging items may lead you to the craft and scrap booking section of the store. Don’t worry. Stroll on over there (NOT YET), before you go to check out. I found many seasonal Wilton products for baking on the end displays in and around the craft area.    

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Investigate all new or undiscovered products


Finally, the most exciting reason to visit Wal-Mart this time of year…new products!

Fudge frosting in an aerosol can like Reddi Whip?  Why didn’t I think of that brilliant idea?  Bakers “Heat & Dip” Chocolate in a Styrofoam cup? You just microwave 30 seconds to melt milk chocolate. This is perfect for making chocolate drizzles to decorate cakes and cookies. It’s also perfect for dipping marshmallows, pretzel sticks, graham crackers, apples, etcThis makes the double boiler obsolete for melting chocolate!  I discovered a Tres Leches (Three Milk) box mix from Duncan Hines. I also found a TUB of Toll House prepared cookie mix (in the refrigerator section) that came in various flavors such as sugar, chocolate chip and peanut butter. I checked the expiration date and as far as I can tell, the tubs were good for at least two months. That would get you through the holidays.  Grab a tub of sugar cookie mix, scoop and go!  That qualifies as a Carpool Crunch-Baking Season Survival Tip! It’s also an insta-playdate activity.

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When you have completed the baking mission above, do a 180º about face.  Now, you need to stroll back down aisle #8 going the opposite direction. Make sure you haven’t accidentally strolled by any items of desire.  Oh yeah, while you’re there, make sure to grab some eggs, butter, vanilla, and disposable/portable bake ware.  That way, when you get home you can get comfy and get cooking!


On your way out…grab a box of this new snack item we discovered en route to check-out.

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 Let us know about your experience and what new products you have come across.

Sugar Mommas’ SCOOP!



Holiday Baking Recipe Web Sites


Below are two web sites that have every recipe you could ever want for your cookie exchange or holiday gathering!  They also have holiday activities and games for kids to pass the time while the cookies are in the oven.

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Christmas Themed Games

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Sugar Mommas’ Show Stopper Red Velvet Cake

Do you have recipes that you clipped from a newspaper or magazine, put away in your recipe box and then forgotten for 10+ years? Well, this one of those recipes.   I cut out this Red Velvet Cake from the Houston Chronicle, Hints from Heloise, in 1998. I made it back then, loved it & saved it. Now the clipping is that iconic old newspaper shade of yellow. This recipe has moved from house to house, state to state.  Here is the Sugar Mommas’ version based on that old recipe.  

You will need

1 box yellow cake mix
5 eggs
½ c. vegetable oil
1 c. buttermilk*
2 Tbsp. Cocoa
1 oz. red food coloring
½ tsp. vanilla

Cream Cheese Frosting    
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese, softened (do not use whipped)
½ stick of butter, softened
½ box confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Step 1: Prepare Cake 

Preheat oven to 350ºF.  In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil and buttermilk at low speed for approximately 30 seconds.  Add the cocoa powder until blended.  Then add food coloring and blend. Increase speed to medium and continue to mix for 2 minutes.  Lightly grease, or use non-stick cooking spray with flour, two 9 in. round pans. Pour batter evenly into pans. Bake for 28-30 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool.  

Step 2: Prepare the Frosting 

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix butter and cream cheese until fluffy.  Add in confectioner’s sugar and continue mixing until well-blended.  Add vanilla.  Beat at high speed until fluffy.  You may add 1 tablespoon of confectioner’s sugar at a time of you prefer sweeter frosting. 

Step 3: Frost Cake 

Place one cake layer upside down on serving platter and spread icing (be generous on top as this will be your filling layer).  Place the other cake right side up on top and complete frosting top and sides.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.   

Healthy Alternative* 
Use low fat buttermilk instead of regular.


Try a new variety of cocoa powder and/or food coloring.
Scharffen Berger, Callebaut or Valrhona Cocoa Powder
India Tree Natural Decorating Colors for Red food coloring 


Decorate the frosting with chopped pecans, coconut flakes, or fresh
Dye the frosting a festive color for a party or stay with classic white. Use your imagination. 


Be a Sugar Momma & double the frosting.  You need enough for the kids (and yourself, who are we kidding?) to each lick a spoon AND frost the cake.   

Carpool Crunch

If you don’t have time to bake this cake fro scratch, you can CHEAT by using Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Red Velvet Cale mix in the box.  Mix four ingredients together and PRESTO!  Pop that baby in the oven, slap on some cream cheese frosting (in the tub) and go! Of course a Sugar Momma would never do this “quickie” to serve at book club. But it may be perfect as a kiddie project on a Sunday afternoon whim.  

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