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« on: October 06, 2005 05:30:42 PM »

Does anyone know how to make any christmas candys. Did a few google searches but who knows in they are any good. Please post the proven Yummy candies and how to make them please.
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« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2005 12:00:52 PM »

I make Peppermint Bark every year, with white chocolate, milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  I think it tastes better than the almond bark stuff you can get in blocks, for this recipe anyway.  Pretzels taste better with the almond bark.  Odd.

Anyway...

Peppermint Bark

1 (12 ounce) package white chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocoalte chips
24 hard peppermint candies FOR EACH BATCH
(usually I just mix candy canes and starlight mints and crush them together... and I don't use a set limit, I eyeball it.  And taste it a lot.  Wink)

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper (parchment works, but wax paper works better.)

Melt the chocolates (separate batches!) either in a double boiler or in the microwave in a micro-safe bowl, slowly. In the microwave, I use 50% power for a minute, stir, and then do 50% power for 30 seconds, then 50% power for 10 second intervals until melted all the way.
Crush all the peppermints in a big ziptop bag with a rolling pin or hammer.. whatever you've got laying around.

Pour the peppermint bits (separate batches!) into a seive or strainer over the melted chocolate (that will put the tiny bits in, while keeping the big pieces out to decorate with... or you can skip that part and just dump a bunch and save some.)  Stir it up.
 
Pour it onto the wax paper and spread it out evenly.  Sprinkle the leftover candies on top.  Let it stand for about an hour.. I usually put it in the fridge after the hour is up for 15 minutes or so.  Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
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« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2005 12:46:02 PM »

I do recommend the peppermint bark.  I made it last year and was a big hit.

I gave out Rocky Road drops last year too, also a big hit.  This one is super easy

12 oz bag of milk choc. chips
mini marshmellows
chopped up nuts of choice (i usually use peanuts and almonds)

melt the choc. chips in a bowl in the microwave at half power.  Make sure to pull them out just as they melt, do not leave them in too long or the chocolate will scorch and seize. 
I didn't put in how much marshmallows and nuts to use because it is up to you.  Mix in the amount you thinks looks good.  I usually put in a cup of nuts and then as many marshmellows as the chocolate will hold together.
Then just plop the mixture out in mounds on some wax paper.  Make them as big or little as you like.  And then let them solidify.  This can take awhile, sometimes overnight. You can also put them in the refriderator to speed up the drying, but don't leave them in there too long.
These look great packaged up in cellophane with ribbons.  And you can change the ingredients all you want.  Make peanut clusters using only peanuts, or peanut raisin clusters.  Or use white chocolate.  I made smores drops using marshmellows and Graham crackers (coarsely crushed.). 

A big hit with my family every year and they only take a few minutes to make.

I also have a lovely dipped chocolate almond truffle recipe if anyone is interested.
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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2005 03:08:18 PM »

i'm also a big fan of the peppermint bark.. but one thing i also get my kids making is chocolate dipped pretzel sticks. they dip them in the melted chocolate chips and then roll them in sprinkles..SUPER EASY!!  this year i am making fudge & truffles too.. i would love to see your truffle recipe Starla..
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2005 04:32:58 PM »

I found this recipe last year and made it and everyone at work loved it. I'll be making it again this year I'm sure:

Peppermint Fudge
1 12oz package of white chocolate chips
1 can vanilla creamy frosting
1/2 tsp. peppermint candies (crushed)
4 drops of red food coloring
1 tsp of peppermint extract

Directions
Line 8" square pan with foil extending over the edges of the pan. Lightly spray the foil with PAM. In a large microwave bowl microwave chips on high for 1-2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Stir in frosting and peppermint extract. Spread in pan. Drop red food coloring over fudge. Pull knife through mixture to make marble effect. Sprinkle crushed peppermint candy on top and press slightly. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour, no longer. Remover fudge from pan by lifting foil. Cut into 30 squares.

It's super easy and super yummy!

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« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2005 01:18:24 PM »

I love making peppermint patties at Christmas they're easy and oh so yummy not to mention a crowd pleaser  Smiley Check out eaglebrand.com they have some great holiday candy recipes.

Peppermint Patties:
Ingredients
 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
 Green or red food coloring, optional
 6 cups confectioners' sugar
 Additional confectioners' sugar
 1 1/2 pounds chocolate-flavored candy coating*, melted
 Instructions
 In large mixer bowl, combine Eagle Brand®, extract and food coloring if desired. Add 6 cups confectioners'sugar; beat on low speed until smooth and well blended. Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
 Knead lightly to form smooth ball. Shape into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1½-inch patty.
 Let dry 1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour. With fork, dip each patty into warm candy coating (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to remove excess coating). Invert onto wax paper-lined baking sheets; let stand until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.
 
Notes: *Also called confectioners’ or summer coating 

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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2005 01:35:01 PM »

This inspires me to go find all my candy recipes!!  Hopefully I'll be able to find 'em so I can post 'em Cheesy  Either way I'm definitely going to keep an eye on this thread; all the recipes posted so far sound great!!
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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2005 12:27:51 PM »

I once tried a recipe using corn syrup to make my own candy cane candy. using a candy thermometer, you boil the syrup and peppermint extract, and SUPPOSEDLY, have two pots one red coloured (food dye) one white. well. I decided to be origional, modify the recipee using only one pot with blue food colouring to make it icy looking. your're supposed to string it out of the pot (dripping from a spoon) and stretch it onto wax paper. well, I obviously did everything wrong, because the stuff was so darn hot, it solidified mid air, burnt and melted through the wax paper, melted all over my counter and hardened, and turned brown, not blue. that was also my last attempt at candy making beyond fudge or brittle.

the day was saved though. I ended up with all these lumpy brown turd looking candy - I chipped as much off my counter, put it in a tin and labeled it: "candy cane flavoured snowman poop" and gave it to my friends husband who LOVED IT. the stuff apparently tasted fine. (I wouldn't know if he was just being nice about that though - I am diabetic.



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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2005 12:38:18 PM »

re your story just made my day!!  That sounds exactly like something that would happen to me!!  When I cook, it's a rule that I have to disconnect the smoke alarm first 'cause I ALWAYS manage to burn something (of course as soon as the smoke has cleared, I reconnect the alarm).
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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2005 02:06:00 PM »

yes, I have learned - if you can't follow directions well (or are too impatient to do so, like me) and it involves high temperatures and sticky things and baking - avoid it at all costs, or buddy up with someone who will make it and you do the packaging. Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2005 05:57:49 PM »

i just have to thank you for posting this. i have been making hard candy with lor-ann oils for about 16 years and have never looked at their website. THERE IS SO MUCH GREAT STUFF ON THERE.
I make the stove-top hard candy recipe, and at Christmas time, i make cinnamon (dyed red), butterscotch (the oil has enough color to make it the perfect gold) and spearmint (which i dye green). but they have about a million flavors. i use that exact recipe and have NEVER had any trouble. one caution: the cinnamon is STRONG. before you put the oil in the hot candy, you'd better have the windows open and the fans going or you'll have that cinnamon smell up your nose for a MONTH. don't inhale while you're doing it either, because it BURNS. Bad.

here is the lor-ann website, and there are SO MANY OTHER great things on there. i hope i get caught up by Christmas so i can try some more!!!

http://www.lorannoils.com/gor_recipes.htm
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« Reply #12 on: October 14, 2005 09:04:45 AM »

ALMOND ROCA (EASY)   

1 lb. butter
2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. Karo syrup
6 tbsp. water
1 c. blanched almonds, crushed

Melt butter, remove from heat. Add Karo syrup, water and sugar. Cook on medium heat to 290 degrees or until color of brown paper. Stir in almonds. Turn into pan, melt Hershey bar over Roca and sprinkle with fine chopped almonds
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« Reply #13 on: October 14, 2005 10:57:58 AM »

Candied nuts are super easy and eating them is addictive. Take a couple cups of nuts of your choice (not chopped; half pieces are good); Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat. When melted, add about 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar. Turn the heat up to medium high. Stirring constantly, quickly add the nuts. This will cook quickly, so don't walk away. When the sugar gets dark, remove the nuts to a single layer on foil to cool.

At this point you can add some sprinkles of cinnamon or whatever you fancy.
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« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2005 06:47:01 AM »

Thanks guys for all the suggestions. I'm going to try making a batch of pepperment bark (test run first) Wish me luck.

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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2005 08:15:44 AM »

I love this thread!  I've been making fudge for the past couple years and it always gets really good reviews, my niece even asked for it for her birthday this year.  This recipe is really easy and doesn't require a candy thermometer.  If you like your fudge more or less sweet, you can adjust the ratio of milk to semisweet chocolate accordingly.

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Line an 8x8 inch pan with aluminum foil. Set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow cream, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and pour in semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm.
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« Reply #16 on: October 19, 2005 09:16:03 PM »

I make that peppermint bark too, oh it's so good and last year I made these chocolate graham crackers, really thin and crispy, and spread the white peppermint bark goo on them while the white chocolate was still melted. Then put it in the fridge to harden. You could do it with storebought chocolate graham crackers too but they are thicker and less crispy.

I am addicted to the candied nuts, I do almonds and pecans most years and sunflower seeds are really good too. I salt them right after I spread them out to cool, the salt sticks because the candy part isn't quite cool yet. The sweet/salty contrast is really good, it's like honey roasted nuts. I have made pralines too but I don't like them as well as the salty/sweet candied nuts. Chocolate dipped pretzels have that salty/sweet combo too.
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« Reply #17 on: October 24, 2005 07:55:02 PM »

Can someone tell me how hard it is to make the peppermint bark?  I don't mean to sound like a wuss, lol, but I'm a college kid who isn't exactly the best cook in the world.  If it's not too hard, I'm thinking of making it and putting it in canisters (they usually have holiday themed ones at the Dollar Tree) to accompany all of my gifts.
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« Reply #18 on: October 25, 2005 05:52:09 AM »

Can someone tell me how hard it is to make the peppermint bark?  I don't mean to sound like a wuss, lol, but I'm a college kid who isn't exactly the best cook in the world.  If it's not too hard, I'm thinking of making it and putting it in canisters (they usually have holiday themed ones at the Dollar Tree) to accompany all of my gifts.

One of the first posts is my recipe.. not to toot my own horn, but it's awesome stuff.  And, since it's chocolate chips vs. almond bark, it can be made in a microwave!  Just go to dollar tree, get the candy canes there while you get the tins, and you'll be on your way to presents in no time.
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« Reply #19 on: October 25, 2005 06:13:12 PM »

Can someone tell me how hard it is to make the peppermint bark?  I don't mean to sound like a wuss, lol, but I'm a college kid who isn't exactly the best cook in the world.  If it's not too hard, I'm thinking of making it and putting it in canisters (they usually have holiday themed ones at the Dollar Tree) to accompany all of my gifts.

One of the first posts is my recipe.. not to toot my own horn, but it's awesome stuff.  And, since it's chocolate chips vs. almond bark, it can be made in a microwave!  Just go to dollar tree, get the candy canes there while you get the tins, and you'll be on your way to presents in no time.

Microwave is good, I like my microwave...  lol. Smiley  I will definitely give it a trial run in December and if I succeed, Peppermint Bark for everyone! Smiley  Thanks for posting the recipe. Smiley

Also, if I did a white chocolate drizzle, how do I do that?  I have gel dyes from my cake decorating class, so I was thinking of using those.  Do I just let it drip off a spoon onto the bark?

Sorry to sound like a cooking idiot, lol...  Again, college student, and my preference for cooking is Lean Pockets.
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« Reply #20 on: October 25, 2005 06:21:25 PM »

I made cute-as-hell chocolate covered oreo reindeer one year. The recipe came from a Betty Crocker cookbook, I think. You use pretzels for the antlers and tiny M&Ms for eyes and nose.

I also made chocolate covered marshmellows that same year. Stick a toothpick in it and dip it in melted icing, then dip it in nuts. Take the toothpick out and let cool on wax paper. YUMMY!
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These all sound so yummy!  I hope I get to make some of these over the holidays!
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