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

Monday, April 22, 2013

Payday Bars!

Today is Secret Recipe Club day, and I was so lucky to have been assigned Melissa's Cuisine! Melissa has a fantastic blog full of great recipes, and I had a tough time deciding on what to make. I love the gumdrop recipe, and the apple cider caramels look soooo good! I definitely will be making those yummy looking Cinnabons, oh, and the German Style Pretzels!  Today I made the Payday Bars. It's a great, very simple recipe, that tastes incredible. I made a few changes. Instead of peanut butter chips, I used the peanut butter chips mixed with the milk chocolate chips. I also made everything in the microwave. We are still in the process of moving, and so much is still packed. Try these payday bars, and stop by Melissa's Cuisine for the original recipe!

Payday Bars
3 cups salted Peanuts(divided)
2 1/2 tablespoons Butter
2 cups Peanut Butter and Milk Chocolate Chips
14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 cups mini Marshmallows
Spread 1 1/2 cups of peanuts into the bottom
of a 9X13" pan.
Melt the butter and chips together in the microwave.
It took 3 times 1 minute to melt chips and butter together.
Stop each cycle in the middle and stir .
Add the can of sweetened condensed milk and the marshmallows.
Melt by stirring with the melted chips.
If needed microwave for 2 more 1 minute cycles, 
stirring after each one.
Stir together until smooth.
Spread the melted chips over the peanuts.
Sprinkle the remainder of the peanuts over the 
melted chips.
Refrigerate until solid, then cut into bars.

Thanks Melissa~for a great recipe!
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Crunchy and Sweet Candy Cane Divinity

This holiday season I seem to be hooked on candy canes! Cookies with candy canes, a front door wreath with candy canes, even wrapping paper!! I don't know why, but for some reason, they are my thing this year. So, I thought I would start off with some Candy Cane Divinity. I haven't had divinity in years, and I don't know if I have ever made any. I think I may remember making some when I was a little girl, but I kind of forgot about it. That was, until I saw this recipe. I make a lot of Christmas food baskets, and this will definitely be in them!
 Candy Cane Divinity
(adapted from Country Living)
4 cups Sugar
1 cup light Corn Syrup
3/4 cup Water
3 large Egg Whites
1 1/2 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
6 drops Red Food Coloring
1 wooden Skewer
10 Candy Canes
Using pan spray or oil, grease a 9"x9" pan. Grease
a spoon or flat spatula also. Set aside.
Combine your sugar and corn syrup in a medium saucepan.
 Add water.
Cook over medium heat until the mix reaches
260 degrees on a candy thermometer. This should
take about 20 minutes. Notice that I am using
3 different thermometers? It is not necessary, of course.
But, I have had problems with some candy
thermometers not being calibrated correctly, and I
just want to be triple sure the temp is correct.
Once your sugar mix is cooking, beat the egg whites
to stiff peaks. Use the medium high speed. You will
know they have stiff peaks when you can dip the edge
of your spatula in the mix and as you pull it out, the
beaten egg stands tall, and does not fall back into the mix.
Once your sugar mix is to temperature,
reduce your mixer speed to medium, and slowly
pour the sugar mix into the bowl of egg whites.
Be careful, it is very hot.
Add the peppermint, and continue to beat until the mix
becomes very thick and fluffy. This should take about
12 minutes.
During the 12 minutes, open 10 candy canes and
place them in a small plastic bag. Break the candy canes
into small pieces by hitting them through the bag
and cracking them. A hammer or meat cleaver works well.
Once your mix is fluffy and thick, immediately
transfer it to the prepared pan. Using the back of the 
prepared spoon or the flat spatula, smooth out the
divinity so it is flat. 
Take the red food coloring, and dot the top of the divinity
with it.
Use your skewer, and swirl the red food coloring
through the divinity to create a marbled effect.
Sprinkle the top generously with the crushed
candy cane pieces. Press down so they adhere to
the divinity. Here is something I learned while doing
this: I love the look of the small and large candy cane
pieces, but the large ones are in the way when we go to
cut the divinity into pieces. Smaller pieces work better.
Let the divinity sit for 2 hours at room temperature,
to become firm.
I cut my divinity  into 4 rows, and then I turned the
pan, and cut row rows that way. I still thought the pieces
were too large, so I cut them again, but not until I took the
larger pieces out of the pan. It seemed to be easier that way,
and they held their shape better.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops!

These fun Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops are easy to make, and just plain fun! They are perfect to give together as a bunch, or separately!

Halloween Creatures Marshmallow Pops!
Kraft StackerMallows
Sticks for Marshmallows
Americolor Orange,Violet, Electric Green, Super Black
Candy Corn
Start by putting a black base color on two marshmallows.
Let dry.
Pipe a pumpkin outline on top of the black.
I didn't show it here,sorry. But after some
experimentation, I think the pumpkin looks better 
with a black base.
Fill in the pumpkin outline by going up and down
 inside the pumpkin. It gives it texture and dimension.
Draw Jack O'lantern faces on the pumpkin.
Pipe a green base on the marshmallow.
Let dry.
Using black frosting, pipe the hair on Frankenstein.
Fill in the hair.
I like the black base on Frankenstein also, 
so when I made it again I added it.
Add a little stitch to Frankie's cheek.
Two make the bolts, dip two mini marshmallows in green frosting.
Let dry.
Give Frankie his eyes and mouth.
Attach a bolt to each side of his head.
Isn't he cute?
Base coat another marshmallow with purple.
I don't know why it looks blue. Maybe too much light?
Outline and fill in some hair for Dracula.
Add eyebrows, eyes and a mouth.
Finish the eyes, and Dracula is done!
I used black and orange straws for these guys, 
but cookie sticks would work also.
I added the ghost at the last minute.
Pretty simple, add a white base and eyes!
Wrap each of the creatures in plastic 
and tie with a ribbon. I had an empty jar
that I poured candy corn in, and stuck
the pops down in it. I cut them all different sizes,
so they could be stacked all around the jar.
 Tie ribbon around the jar, and you are done!

Thanks for joining me today!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monster Munch and Pinterest Blog Hop

It is time again for our Pinterest Inspired Blog Hop!  Today I made some Monster Munch from the blog, Our Best Bites, authored by Sara and Kate. When I saw the picture of this Monster Munch on Pinterest, I immediately knew I would be making it. I actually made 4 bags and they are going in the Halloween care package I am sending to my son and his roommates. It is incredibly delicious. I know they will love it, and so will you!
Monster Munch
  • 1 package Almond Bark (1 pound)
  • 12 cups cooked Popcorn 
  • 1 cups Candy Corn
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 1 cup Reese's Pieces
I made the following changes to the original recipe:
I added the pretzels instead of peanuts, and
increased the amount to 2 cups.
I increased the amount of Reeses Pieces to 1 cup.
Check out Our Best Bites for the original recipe.
Have a baking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper 
ready when you take this off the stove.

Start your almond bark melting on the stove in a double boiler.
Keep it on low for the best results. 
As you are preparing the rest of the recipe, 
just stir it a couple times.
I broke each pretzel into about 3 pieces. I thought
these might be too big.
Place your popcorn in a very large bowl.
Add the pretzels, candy corn, and Reese's Pieces.
Mix it together so it is well combined.
Once your almond bark is melted, 
pour it into your bowl over the popcorn, candy, and pretzels.
Mix it really well. 
Pour it onto your prepared baking sheet, 
and spread it all over the sheet.
Let it cool.
Once cool, crack the popcorn bark into pieces.
You could put it in a bowl to "munch" on,......
or wrap it up in these cute clear bags.
What a great treat, that everyone would love to get!

Happy Halloween!
Thanks for joining me today!

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Pinterest Inspired creations will inspire you,
or enter one you have already made!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Blog Carnival!

I don't know anyone who isn't intrigued by Pinterest, at the least and obsessed by pinterest at the most. I mean it is great fun, isn't it? I think so, and I have joined with 7 other bloggers, to host a Pinterest inspired blog hop! Finally, a reason to turn that inspiring idea you found into the real deal. Every other Thursday, we will give you a place to post your pinterest projects for everyone to see! So grab your projects and get posting!! Here is my Pinterest Inspired Project: Candy Corn Butterfinger Pops. These adorable pops are courtesy of Vanessa and her blog Five To Nine

Candy Corn Butterfinger Pops
1 pound Candy Corn
16 ounce Creamy Peanut Butter
1 pound Yellow Candy Melts
1/2 pound Orange Candy Melts
1/4 pound White Candy Melts
32 LollipopSticks
Foam block for drying

Melt candy corn in a pan on the stove on very low heat.
The original recipe is written so that you can melt 
all the ingredients in a microwave. I thought this was a great idea!
When I went to put my candy corn in the microwave,
my microwave ran, but did not heat. It broke!
Just like that. I just popped popcorn in it yesterday. 
So..... , I am making this on the stove. :(
It is not as easy, but it works.
Take the melted candy corn off the heat, and 
mix in the peanut butter. Stir together, but don't overmix.
Spread mix in a 8 x 8 pan lined with parchment
or wax paper. Use a small square piece of wax paper
and pat down the top of the candy to make it smooth.
Refrigerate or freeze so it can cool.
Remove the candy, and cut it into 2" wide strips.
Cut each strip into triangles, with a 1" base.
Melt the yellow candy melts according to the 
package directions. Place in a deep cup. 
Dip the stick into the candy melt, and then into the 
bottom of the candy. Allow to dry. You can place in
freezer or refrigerator to speed up the process.
Dip the entire triangle in yellow candy melt.
Place in foam block to dry
Melt the orange candy melts, and dip the pops
2/3 of the way into the melted mix.
Place back in foam block to dry.
Melt the white candy melt, and dip the tips of the candy 
into the white mix. Place back on the foam block to dry.
Happy Halloween!