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South Whitehall girl wins national sandwich contest

Leah Toomey clinches top prize with her Crunchy, Creamy, Dreamy Finger Sandwich.

Girl's sandwich wins crown

NEW YORK, N.Y. - A South Whitehall Township girl who made the finals of a national competition showcasing her creative cooking, has now been named the winner of the contest.

Diane Toomey tells 69 News that her 12-year-old daughter Leah was named the winner of JiF's Most Creative Sandwich Contest. The announcement was made Thursday morning in New York City.

Leah's "Crunchy, Creamy, Dreamy Finger Sandwich" earned her a $25,000 college fund.

Here's her recipe :

Crunchy, Creamy, Dreamy Finger Sandwich


- 2 tablespoons Jif® Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter
- 6 ladyfingers—2 groups of 3 connected fingers
- 1 ounce milk chocolate broken
- 1-1/2 teaspoons heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon & 2 teaspoons coarsely crushed thin pretzels, divided
- 4 teaspoons mascarpone cheese
- 2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
- 1 tablespoon dulce de leche


In small microwavable bowl, combine milk chocolate and heavy cream. Microwave 15 seconds; stir until smooth. Set aside 1 teaspoon of mixture. Evenly spread remaining chocolate on flat side of 3 connected ladyfingers.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon & 1 teaspoon of pretzels on chocolate and lightly press in; set aside remaining 1 teaspoon of pretzels. Place in the refrigerator to set.

In small bowl, combine Jif Whips Creamy Whipped Peanut Butter, mascarpone cheese, and confectioners' sugar. Mix ingredients until blended and smooth, and then spread over chocolate/pretzels.

Spread dulce de leche on flat side of remaining 3 connected ladyfingers. Place on top of peanut butter mixture with rounded side of ladyfingers facing up.

Heat 1 tablespoon of chocolate mixture that was set aside, if needed, and drizzle over top of ladyfingers.

Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon crushed pretzels. Makes one sandwich. Store in the refrigerator.

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