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Friday, March 2, 2018

Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles / St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite holidays! Ever since I was a little girl, my family and I celebrated the wearing of the green, and I have continued the tradition with my own family. We wear green of course, but we also enjoy Irish meals and desserts throughout the day! It's silly and lots of fun!! To get ready for St. Patrick's Day this year, I made some Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles. These candies are very easy to make, and are full of chocolate goodness with a little addition of Irish Cream. I used Torani Irish Cream flavoring so everyone in the family can enjoy them, and once you try them, if you want to add more, feel free. You might want to add it to the outer chocolate coating for a stronger flavor, and of course Irish Cream liquor would work perfectly also!



Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles
(makes 20-24 truffles)
(printable recipe at end of page)


3/4 cup Milk Chocolate, chopped
3 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tablespoon Torani Irish Cream Flavoring
3/4 cup Milk Chocolate, chopped
1-2 teaspoons Heavy Whipping Cream
Green and White Sprinkles



Place chocolate in a mixing bowl. Heat whipping cream to a low boil. Add the whipping cream to the bowl of chocolate, and let sit for one minute. Mix together until the chocolate is melted. Add in the Irish Cream and mix in. Cover bowl and let sit in refrigerator for 2-3 hours. 
Use a 3 ounce scoop to make balls of chocolate. Place scoops of chocolate on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
Take the balls of chocolate and roll them into firm balls. Cover and place in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. 
Chop and melt the milk chocolate for the coating. Add heated heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon at a time, until chocolate is thinned a little. You can add additional Irish Cream flavoring if you want to add more flavor. Place the truffle into the chocolate and remove when it is covered. Carefully shake off the excess chocolate.
Remove chocolate and set it on another baking sheet with parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles after you have dipped each one. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Place in candy cups to serve.









I am joining some other bloggers today to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with yummy and festive recipes. Check out the list below:





 Bailey's Irish Cream Mini Cheesecake Bites from Daily Dish Recipes
 Beef and Guinness Pie from Everyday Eileen 
Chocolate Guinness Cake from Cindy's Recipes and Writing 
Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles from The Freshman Cook 
Celtic Knot Rolls from Cooking With Carlee 
Colcannon from A Day in the Life on the Farm 
Colcannon with Kale from Simple and Savory 
Corned Beef and Cabbage from Tip Garden
Corned Beef Sliders with Horseradish Sauce from New South Charm 
Double Chocolate Fudge for St. Patrick's Day from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks 
Fisherman's Pie from Karen's Kitchen Stories 
Instant Pot and Slow Cooker Dublin Coddle from All That's Jas 
Irish Cheddar & Dried Cherry Soda Bread from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck 
Irish Nachos from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures 
Irish Potato Leek Soup from House of Nash Eats 
Irish Pub Salad from Cookaholic Wife 
Irish Soda Bread Muffins from Jolene's Recipe Journal 
Irish Soda Bread Scones from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen 
Leprechaun Bait from Palatable Pastime 
Pretzel Shamrocks from Family Around the Table 
St. Patrick's Day Lucky Chow from Soulfully Made



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Chocolate Irish Cream Truffles

ingredients:

3/4 cup Milk Chocolate, chopped
3 ounces Heavy Whipping Cream
1 tablespoon Torani Irish Cream Flavoring
3/4 cup Milk Chocolate, chopped
1-2 teaspoons Heavy Whipping Cream
Green and White Sprinkles

instructions:


  1. Place chocolate in a mixing bowl. Heat whipping cream to a low boil. Add the whipping cream to the bowl of chocolate, and let sit for one minute. Mix together until the chocolate is melted. Add in the Irish Cream and mix in. Cover bowl and let sit in refrigerator for 2-3 hours. 
  2. Use a 3 ounce scoop to make balls of chocolate. Place scoops of chocolate on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  3. Take the balls of chocolate and roll them into firm balls. Cover and place in refrigerator for 6 hours or overnight. 
  4. Chop and melt the milk chocolate for the coating. Add heated heavy whipping cream, 1 teaspoon at a time, until chocolate is thinned a little. You can add additional Irish Cream flavoring if you want to add more flavor. Place the truffle into the chocolate and remove when it is covered. Carefully shake off the excess chocolate.
  5. Remove chocolate and set it on another baking sheet with parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles after you have dipped each one. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Place in candy cups to serve.
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Friday, November 17, 2017

Cranberry Clusters / #CranberryWeek

Today is the last day of #CranberryWeek! It has been a lot of fun for me, and I hope you have enjoyed all the cranberry recipes. I made these tasty, candy Cranberry Clusters for today, which you could tuck into a basket of goodies as part of a holiday gift, pile on a platter to take to a neighborhood party, or drop one in a cellophane bag, tie it with a pretty ribbon and hide it in a stocking!
With only a few ingredients, these candies take no time to make and are loaded with flavor. The red cranberries and the green pistachios taste great together and they lend a festive look to your serving plate.

Cranberry Clusters
(recipe makes 12 clusters)
(printable recipe at end of page) 

1/2 cup Hard Chow Mein Noodles
1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
1/2 cup Pistachios 
14-16 ounces Vanilla Flavored Almond Bark


Chop the dried cranberries and pistachios into smaller pieces.Toss them in a large bowl and add the chow mein noodles.
Chop and then melt the Vanilla Flavored Almond Bark. It takes about a minute and a half to melt.
Immediately pour melted vanilla into bowl with noodles, pistachios, and cranberries. Mix together until all the ingredients are covered.
Place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet. Wear gloves to use your hands, or you could use two forks to lift up the clusters, and place them on the wax paper. Let them set up in the refrigerator.
Enjoy your Cranberry Clusters!

Thank you for dropping by today and Thank you to Caroline from Caroline's Cooking for being the brains behind the tasty idea of #CranberryWeek!

See all the other recipes being shared for today's final Cranberry Week post - we hope you've enjoyed following along and will try some of the many cranberry creations!


Cranberry Clusters

ingredients:


  • 1/2 cup Hard Chow Mein Noodles
    1/2 cup Dried Cranberries
    1/2 cup Pistachios 
    14-16 ounces Vanilla Flavored Almond Bark

instructions:


  1. Chop the dried cranberries and pistachios into smaller pieces.Toss them in a large bowl and add the hard chow mein noodles.
  2. Chop and then melt the Vanilla Flavored Almond Bark. It takes about a minute and a half to melt.
  3. Immediately pour melted vanilla into bowl with noodles, pistachios, and cranberries. Mix together until all the ingredients are covered.
  4. Place a sheet of wax paper on a baking sheet. Wear gloves to use your hands, or you could use two forks to lift up the clusters, and place them on the wax paper. Let them set up in the refrigerator.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

4th of July Firecracker / 15 Minute Friday

I have another fun treat for 4th of July today! This little treat is so simple to make, and quick too!
4th of July Firecracker 
(printable recipe at end of page)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Lollipops / #15 Minute Friday


Today I have some quick and easy Red, White, and Blue Marshmallow Lollipops to share with you! There is absolutely nothing difficult about these fun holiday lollipops, and everyone will love how cute and festive they are!
 Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Lollipops
(scroll down for printable recipe)
(makes 6)

6 large Marshmallows
1 Cocktail pick for each lollipop
Red Frosting Tube
Blue Frosting Tube
2 Decorating Tips (Wilton #3)
Patriotic Nonpareils or sprinkles
Candy Stars

Here are the marshmallow squares and a pick for each one.
 Attach the decorating tips to each tube of icing.
Use  a rolling pin to flatten the marshmallow. You will have to roll several times on each side. Place the star on the marshmallow to make sure it fits. If not, roll again. Place the rolling pin on the cookie cutter and roll back and forth. Doing this will help you cut the marshmallow with a clean cut.

Pour the sprinkle into a small bowl. Dip the cut edges of the marshmallow into the sprinkles. The cut edges are sticky and the sprinkles will adhere nicely. Add a cocktail pick to each star.
 
Start adding 1 color of frosting squiggles to each star. Then add the second color.
Add the nonpareils or sprinkles, and some stars. Place on a tray and cover with plastic until ready to serve!

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

 

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Red, White and Blue Marshmallow Lollipops

INGREDIENTS:

6 large Marshmallows
  • 1 Cocktail pick for each lollipop
  • Red Frosting Tube
  • Blue Frosting Tube
  • 2 Decorating Tips (Wilton #3)
  • Patriotic Nonpareils or sprinkles
  • Candy Stars

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Attach the decorating tips to each tube of icing.
  2. Use a rolling pin to flatten the marshmallow. You will have to roll several times on each side. Place the star on the marshmallow to make sure it fits. If not, roll again. Place the rolling pin on the cookie cutter and roll back and forth. Doing this will help you cut the marshmallow with a clean cut.
  3. Pour the sprinkle into a small bowl. Dip the cut edges of the marshmallow into the sprinkles. The cut edges are sticky and the sprinkles will adhere nicely. Add a cocktail pick to each star.
  4. Start adding 1 color of frosting squiggles to each star. Then add the second color.
  5. Add the nonpareils or sprinkles, and some stars. Place on a tray and cover with plastic until ready to serve!
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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!


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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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