Showing posts with label candy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label candy. Show all posts

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Game Mix

There is a story that goes with this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Game Mix. You have probably seen this mix in the store in the candy aisle of the supermarket.
When I first saw this I was intrigued...and hungry! I love all the ingredients in the mix: mini peanut butter cups, peanuts, reeses pieces, and mini pretzels. I thought this mix would be perfect for a party, watching a movie, or my favorite, watching the NCAA Championship games! But the price was rather high! It was alright for a one time treat, but to serve to a bunch of crazy hungry basketball fans? No. 
So I sourced the four ingredients, getting as close to the real thing as I could, and made my own Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Game Mix!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Game Mix
Reese's Pieces
Peanuts-lightly salted
Mini Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Mini Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels


While this is hardly a recipe, the pieces and the peanuts are very easy to find. The mini chocolate peanut butter cups and the mini pretzels were more of a challenge. I found the pretzels packaged under the store brand. The mini pretzel pillows I bought have peanut butter in the middle. They are the right size and price and they work great in the mix. The mini chocolate peanut butter cups were difficult. There is a mini version on the market, but they are too large. I finally found them on a trip to Trader Joes. They are smaller than any others I had found, and they taste amazing! 
So, I am excited about the mix, and very happy about the price! The package at the grocery cost $3.99 for 6.8 ounces, making it .59¢ an ounce. I made it for .22¢ an ounce. Less than half the price!
I mixed equal amounts of each ingredient in a bowl. Another good thing about making the mix yourself is that you can put plenty of your favorite ingredient in there. When you buy mixes like this, the most expensive ingredient is usually used the least. That is usually my favorite ingredient in the mix! My favorite from this mix is the mini peanut butter cups, so I can use as much as I want by making it myself!



No matter how you serve this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Game Mix, you and your guests will love and enjoy this less expensive, but very tasty mix.
Thanks for stopping by today, and let me know if you make this and what you think! 

 

 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Trio of Brittle / #SundaySupper

If you love making sweet treats for friends, family, co-workers, and just about everyone you know, you are going to love this Trio of Brittle! I have been making brittle for at least 10 years, maybe longer. It all started when I wanted to make a gift for some long time friends, and I could not decide what to make for them. Having had known them a while, they had already tried it all! So I came up with these brittles, and about 10 other flavors, and the rest is small time history!  

Today I made Hot and Spicy Peanut Brittle, Cashew Brittle, and Turtle Brittle. If you have never made brittle before, you should know that it requires patience, and a really, really good candy thermometer! But homemade brittle is worth the time and energy. Once you make this, you will never buy it again. You will make it forever, mostly because your friends and family will always want more!

A Trio of Brittle

(Printable recipe at end of post)  

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Light Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Water
3 cups Cashew Pieces or (1 cup caramel bits+1 cup chopped chocolate + 2 cups Pecans) or (25 ounces of Hot and Spicy Peanuts)
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoons Butter
2 teaspoons Baking Soda 
Pan Spray
Baking Sheets or Shallow Pans 

This is the basic brittle recipe. In the recipe above I have listed "3 cups of Cashew Pieces" as an ingredient. That is the only ingredient that changes. The rest of the recipe stays the same. So, lets make Cashew Brittle first!
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook slowly until the sugar dissolves. The temperature needs to reach 275 degrees in about 40-45 minutes. I always use 2 thermometers when making candies. Just in case! 
Add the cashew pieces. I buy these at Trader Joes, and I love them for snacks! Cook until the temperature reaches 295 degrees, about 15 or 20 minutes longer. While the mix is coming up to temperature, spray the baking sheet with a light coating of pan spray, and set aside. 
Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add salt and baking soda. The mix will start to change color and rise in the pan. Stir quickly.

Quickly pour it onto the baking sheet, spreading it out as evenly as you can. Set aside to cool completely.
Let's make the Turtle Brittle by boiling the sugar, corn syrup and water together until the temperature reaches 275 degrees.
Add only 2 cups of pecans and continue cooking until the  mix reaches 295 degrees. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Add salt and baking soda and stir. Pour mixture onto baking sheet. Spread mix as evenly as possible.
Begin dropping the caramel bits and the chopped chocolate onto the mix. As it sits on the brittle, it will begin to melt into the mix. If you want to push the caramel bits down into the mix more, use a flat spatula. The mix is still very hot. Set aside to cool completely.
For the Spicy Peanut Brittle, once again let the first three ingredients cook until they reach 275 degrees.
Add the spicy peanuts until the temperature reaches 295 degrees, Remove from heat Add butter and stir. Add salt and baking soda and stir immediately.
Quickly pour onto baking sheet and evenly spread. Let cool.

Let all the brittles sit until completely cooled. It takes about 20 minutes for each. 
 Once the brittle is cooled off, begin to crack the bars. They will randomly crack in their own way. I like small bite size pieces, but they don't always break that way. Store in sealed bags or containers until you are ready to give them as gifts or enjoy yourself!




 Thank you so much for joining me today! If you have any questions or concerns about this recipe, please leave me a message in the comments and I will answer you promptly!

Thank you to Christie from  A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures for hosting today's gift giving challenge!


Scroll down to see what yummy goodies #SundaySupper members have been creating!

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    A Trio of Brittle

    prep time: 30 MINScook time: 1 hour and 15 MINStotal time: 1 hours and 45 mins

    INGREDIENTS:

    Cashew Brittle
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 3 cups Cashew
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 2 teaspoons Butter
    • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
    Turtle Brittle
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 2 cups Pecans
    • 1/2 cup Caramel Bits
    • 4 ounce Chocolate Chunks
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 2 teaspoons Butter
    • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
    Hot and Spicy Peanut Brittle
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
    • 1/2 cup Water
    • 25 ounces Hot and Spicy Peanuts
    • 1 teaspoon Salt
    • 2 teaspoons Butter
    • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda

    INSTRUCTIONS:

    Cashew Brittle
    1. Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water. Cook slowly until the sugar dissolves. The temperature needs to reach 275 degrees in about 40-45 minutes. I always use 2 thermometers when making candies. Just in case!
    2. Add the cashew pieces. Cook until the temperature reaches 295 degrees, about 15 or 20 minutes longer. While the mix is coming up to temperature, spray the baking sheet with a light coating of pan spray, and set aside.
    3. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add salt and baking soda. The mix will start to change color and rise in the pan. Stir quickly.
    4. Quickly pour it onto the baking sheet, spreading it out as evenly as you can. Set aside to cool completely.
    5. Once the brittle is cooled off, begin to crack the bars. They will randomly crack in their own way. I like small bite size pieces, but they don't always break that way. Store in sealed bags or containers until you are ready to give them as gifts or enjoy yourself!
    Turtle Brittle
    1. Let's make the Turtle Brittle by boiling the sugar, corn syrup and water together until the temperature reaches 275 degrees.
    2. Add only 2 cups of pecans and continue cooking until the mix reaches 295 degrees. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter. Add salt and baking soda and stir. Pour mixture onto baking sheet. Spread mix as evenly as possible.
    3. Begin dropping the caramel bits and the chopped chocolate onto the mix. As it sits on the brittle, it will begin to melt into the mix. If you want to push the caramel bits down into the mix more, use a flat spatula. The mix is still very hot. Set aside to cool completely.
    4. Once the brittle is cooled off, begin to crack the bars. They will randomly crack in their own way. I like small bite size pieces, but they don't always break that way. Store in sealed bags or containers until you are ready to give them as gifts or enjoy yourself!
    Spicy Peanut Brittle
    1. For the Spicy Peanut Brittle, once again let the first three ingredients cook until they reach 275 degrees.
    2. Add the spicy peanuts until the temperature reaches 295 degrees, Remove from heat Add butter and stir. Add salt and baking soda and stir immediately.
    3. Quickly pour onto baking sheet and evenly spread. Let cool.
    4. Once the brittle is cooled off, begin to crack the bars. They will randomly crack in their own way. I like small bite size pieces, but they don't always break that way. Store in sealed bags or containers until you are ready to give them as gifts or enjoy yourself!
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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Candy Filled Lollipops / #SundaySupper

Do you ever have left over candy after the trick or treaters have come and gone? I almost always buy too much, which of course means that I need to get rid of it very quickly, as I never met a "treat" I didn't love! Today, we are celebrating leftover Halloween candy by creating recipes using that candy! I made these cute, little Candy Filled Lollipops using mini candy corn and candy corn sprinkles. They are simple to make and only take about 45 minutes from start to finish!
Candy Filled Lollipops

1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar 
1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
1 /8 cup Water
Candy Thermometer
1/2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Flavoring
Mini Candy Corn 
Candy Corn Sprinkles
Mini Lollipop Mold
6-6" Lollipop Sticks
(makes 6 Lollipops)
(printable recipe at end of post)
 



This is the lollipop mold I used. I bought this at Michael's.
Add the sugar, corn syrup and water to a small saucepan. Use a small saucepan with a pouring spout on the side. If you use a large saucepan, the mix will burn before it reaches temperature. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees F. This is the hard crack stage. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Let the bubbling calm down. Add vanilla flavoring and quickly mix with a spatula or spoon. Just one or two stirs is plenty.
Pour syrup into molds. Add sticks to the molds. Start adding one or two candy corns to each sucker. Add candy corn sprinkles. Place mold on a baking rack to set up. Let lollipops set up until mold is only slightly warm. Once set, remove from mold. After lollipops are completely cooled, place lollipops in plastic bags, tie with ribbons, and give to friends!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me!

 Please scroll down to see how my fellow members of #SundaySupper are getting rid of their Halloween candy this year!

Many thanks to T.R. Crumbley from Gluten Free Crumbley for hosting today's Sweet event!

Bars

Brownies

Cakes

Confections

Cookies

Snacks

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yield: 6 Lollipopsprint recipe

Candy Filled Lollipops

prep time: 30 MINScook time: 8 MINStotal time: 38 mins

INGREDIENTS:


  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 /8 cup Water
  • Candy Thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon Clear Vanilla Flavoring
  • Mini Candy Corn
  • Candy Corn Sprinkles
  • Mini Lollipop Mold
  • 6-6" Lollipop Sticks

INSTRUCTIONS:


  1. Add the sugar, corn syrup and water to a small saucepan. Use a small saucepan with a pouring spout on the side. If you use a large saucepan, the mix will burn before it reaches temperature. Bring the mixture to 300 degrees F. This is the hard crack stage. Immediately remove the pan from the heat. Let the bubbling calm down. Add vanilla flavoring and quickly mix with a spatula or spoon. Just one or two stirs is plenty.
  2. Pour syrup into molds. Add sticks to the molds. Start adding one or two candy corns to each sucker. Add candy corn sprinkles. Place mold on a baking rack to set up. Let lollipops set up until mold is only slightly warm. Once set, remove from mold. After lollipops are completely cooled, place lollipops in plastic bags, tie with ribbons, and give to friends!
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups / #Choctoberfest2016

If you are a lover of Reese Cups, chocolate, and/or cookie butter, this recipe is for you! I saw these cute little tart pans at the store and my mind immediately went to making these Cookie Butter Chocolate Cups. I had been thinking about them for a while, with thoughts of using a large tart pan, but I love these individual ones. There are so many ways to present these as gifts for someone special! I wrapped these in a fall design, but they would be adorable for any holiday!

Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups
(makes 1-3" round tart)
Recipe at end of post

5 ounces Milk Chocolate
1/4 cup Cookie Butter
small tart pan

Melt the milk chocolate in a double boiler. 
Use a paintbrush, that you use only for candy making, and paint the chocolate over the entire mini tart pan. Cover completely, making sure that you come up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is firmly set.
Melt the cookie butter in a double boiler. Pour it in to the tart pan on top of the chocolate.
Return to freezer until cookie butter is firmly set. 
Spoon chocolate on to the top of the cookie butter. Carefully spread the chocolate to cover the cookie butter, making sure to carefully cover the fluted edges. Return to the freezer until completely set.
Once the chocolate is completely set, flip the pan over and pop the chocolate cup out. 
The cookie butter center is soft, and the chocolate outside is firm and amazing!
Decorate for the season or occasion! I wrapped the Chocolate Cookie Butter Cup in a piece of bakery paper, and then placed it into a glassine bag, and tied it with twine.

Have fun making this tasty, yummy treat! Thanks for stopping by today!

This post is part of the fun and tasty group, #Choctoberfest 2016!
Scroll down to see all the other tasty recipes being presented today by other #Choctoberfest participants!
>Don't forget about the #Choctoberfest2016 giveaway! Click here to enter to win a prize package worth over $350!



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Chocolate Cookie Butter Cups

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 ounces Milk Chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Cookie Butter
  • 3" Tart Pan

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt milk chocolate in a double boiler.
  2. Use a paintbrush, that you use only for candy making, and paint the chocolate over the entire mini tart pan. Cover completely, making sure that you come up the sides of the pan. Place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until the chocolate is firmly set.
  3. Melt the cookie butter in a double boiler. Pour it in to the tart pan on top of the chocolate.
  4. Return to freezer until cookie butter is firmly set.
  5. Spoon chocolate on to the top of the cookie butter. Carefully spread the chocolate to cover the cookie butter, making sure to carefully cover the fluted edges. Return to the freezer until completely set.
  6. Once the chocolate is completely set, flip the pan over and pop the chocolate cup out.
  7. The cookie butter center is soft, and the chocolate outside is firm and amazing!
  8. Decorate for the season or occasion! I wrapped the Chocolate Cookie Butter Cup in a piece of bakery paper, and then placed it into a glassine bag, and tied it with twine.
Notes
  1. I used a mini 3" round tart pan that I found at Michael's. They come 2 to a pack. I used milk chocolate from Trader Joe's. It is excellent and easy to work with. I used Trader Joe's Cookie Butter. For any questions, please email me at thefreshmancook.com
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Monday, October 10, 2016

Choctober and a giveaway!

Choctoberfest-2015-1 Today is one of my favorite days of the year... because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love? Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible!
 This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.
 Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:
  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate's: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean's:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint


  •  From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
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  • Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We'll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 22, so enter by next Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing: a Rafflecopter giveaway

     Here's a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:
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    By the Pounds

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    Cook with 5 Kids

    Cook's Hideout

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    CopyKat Recipes

    Cricket's Confections

    Crumbs in my Mustachio

    Elisabeth Jean

    Fairyburger

    Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

    Family Around the Table

    Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

    Feed Your Soul Too

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    Get the Good Stuff

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    Restless Chipotle

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     I'm looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don't forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win our sweet prize pack. Are you a fellow food blogger who wants to get involved with events like #Choctoberfest? Sign up here to get notifications when they happen from The PinterTest Kitchen.

    Sunday, July 3, 2016

    Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars / #SundaySupper

    If you are still thinking about making some simple treats for your 4th of July celebration, these Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars are your answer! They are easy to put together and they take very little time! Plus they have a little "pop" to them. Pop rocks! Just a little something to put some sizzle in your celebration!



    Red, White and Blue Shooting Stars
    (printable recipes)

    Red, White, Blue Candy Melts
    Star Shaped Lollipop Mold
    Pop Rocks
    Candy Sticks
    Red,White and Blue Sprinkles 



    Melt the candy melts on the stove. Place each color in its own double boiler, and on low heat, stir the candy as it melts.
    Place pop rocks into the stars in the mold. I made some without the pop rocks too.
    Fill each mold with the candy melts, covering the pop rocks. Do this with all three of the colors. Use a toothpick to make sure that the points of the stars are filled, and that there are no air bubbles. Let molds completely dry. Refrigerate for quicker set up time.
    Once the molds have completely set, remove the lollipops from the mold. Drizzle all three colors over the lollipops. Add the sprinkles to the lollipops while the drizzle is still wet.
    Display the lollipops, or wrap in plastic bags as take-home treats.
    Enjoy!
    Have a Happy 4th of July!

    Thank you to Cindy from Cindy's Recipes and Writings for hosting this fun and patriotic event! Scroll down to check out all of the Easy to Make 4th of July Recipes from Sunday Supper members!


    All-American Appetizers
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    Raise the Flag Breakfasts
    For the Red, White and Blue Salads and Main Dishes
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    Sunday Supper MovementJoin the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.