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Mommy, how are Babies made?

The question that makes mothers everywhere cringe.

Warning: the above is shockingly graphic for a childrens’ book. But it makes a hilarious addition to any college party.

(The seniors read this book to us when I was a freshman in college. I really don’t know how I would’ve reacted if someone read it to me when I was a child!)

Fudge Baby FAQ:

Q and A for the Fudge Babies and Homemade Larabars.

I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the Larabar recipes, and so I thought it’d be a good idea to answer them all in one place. That way, you don’t have to click a million links to find the answers!


Fudge Baby FAQ

1. Question: I don’t have (or don’t like) walnuts.  Can I sub another nut?

Answer: Of course! I’ve had a lot of success with cashews.

(In fact, I like the Homemade Cashew-Cookie Larabars  even better than the original fudge babies), and I know others have successfully made the balls or bars with almonds, pistachios, peanuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, etc.

2. Question: Must I use the fancy-schmancy, expensive dates from Whole Foods?

Answer: No, the Sunmaid packaged dates, available in mainstream grocery stores, are perfectly fine!  They’re what I usually use.  They seem softer, which makes my Magic Bullet happy. And they’re pre-pitted!

3. Question: I don’t have a food processor.  Does a Magic Bullet work?

Answer: Definitely. I usually make them in the Magic Bullet.  But you’ll want to halve the recipe if you’re making the original fudge babies.

4. Question: Do I need to refrigerate these bars?

Answer: Nope!  (But you’ll probably want to fridge the Raw Macaroons and Mounds Babies.)  And they freeze well.

7. How many cups of dates is 80 grams?  I don’t have a food scale.

Answer: 80 grams of dates is roughly 1/2 cup, tightly packed.  I list gram amounts because measuring in grams gives a much more precise amount.  For example, a cup of dates is a very vague measurement: there’s a big difference between a loosely-packed cup of dates and one that is jam-packed.  In many recipes, things like this wouldn’t matter… but sometimes such discrepancies can throw off an entire recipe.  Conversely, 80 grams of dates is 80 grams of dates, no matter how you look at it.

8. Question: How many calories are in each ball or bar?

They’re pretty comparable, gram for gram, to commercial Larabars.

I calculated the stats for one version here: Samoas Babies Calories and Nutritional Info.

Tips and Tricks:

I like to transfer the mixture to a plastic baggie and smush it all together first in there.  That way my hands don’t get as sticky:


Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.


Do you remember when you first found out how babies are made?

I was in third grade, and I told my mom, “That’s it; I don’t ever want to make you a grandma!”

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Published on October 21, 2009

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  1. Namaste Gurl says

    I’d love to make a batch for the holidays! No gram measurement scale on my end though…..
    What is the equivalent to 30 grams? 1/4 cup?

  2. Chantelle says

    I’m looking forward to trying these! And the “How Babies are Made” book is one of our faves around here. Not shockingly graphic at all. Just straight forward facts.

  3. Jenny says

    It is a danich book,

    I had it read in pre-kindergarden- I was abouth 4 years old!
    It was 1984, and a lot of the boys was talking abouth there “small boy” and the girls “small girls”, so the liberated teathers read it.

  4. Trajayjay says

    My sister and I were laughing our butts off at the how a baby is made story. It was gross though. I can’t believe they were showing a baby coming out of a vag. I saw a video of that in health class. This borders on pornography. It’s really freaky, cereally, how does something that informational and detailed get past US (home of the immature pussies) censors? This should be illegal to publish. It’s factual but the cartoons. are crudely drawn. This is what health class is for. I was like, oh so that’s where the vajay-jay is. And my sister said, oh, where did you think it was? Up on your butt cheek? If I didn’t know about secks, I would’ve been totally freaked out, and probably would have been cringing and dying and having a seizure.

  5. Trajayjay says

    Well, the nutrition facts usually tell the number of grams in one serving of dates, so you can use that as a reference.

  6. Rosie says

    Have just made my first ever batch of these, it’s healthy to sit and eat them all at once isn’t it, they’re so tasty!

    And that book is the exact same one I had as a child! Haven’t seen it for years – I think I was probably about 6 or 7 when my parents read it to me/I read it (maybe we do things differently in the UK!?) My Dad had a beard just like that man so I thought it was just about my parents!

    • Unofficial CCK Helper says

      Sounds like you just had overly dry dates. Just add a little water and process again. Continue to process possibly longer than you did, until the nuts release their natural oils and the mixture is sticky.

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