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I just finished a big batch of sweet and spicy pecans and just starting 4 batches of peanut brittle.
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Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/27/2013 9:21 AM EST
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I keep shelling nuts, piles and piles of nuts.  I have to keep looking for recipes where I can use a mixture of nuts like this.   Today will be peanut brittle.
Or, I could just shell some more peanuts.   (never mind cleaning this house)

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/27/2013 10:45 AM EST
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I make candy cold water method we have a problem high attutude and you have to adjust the tenp a pain so I use cold water.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 1/15/2014 2:24 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Candy making time;-):
In Response to Re: Candy making time;-) : Nancy the "tricky" part about covering candy in chocolate is that it really should be tempered and that can be difficult. Lots of temperature ranges that the chocolate must go through and it has to be kept at a particular temperature for the shine and snap.  I read once about a way to cheat on tempering.  If you are going to melt 1 pound of chocolate for coating melt 3/4 of the pound then add the last 1/4 pound, break it up into small bits, and stir that into the melted chocolate.  It will bring the temperature down and approximate the tempering.   The other option is to use the coating discs that are available in many stores. they keep their shine and are easy to use. To dip I just use a fork or rather 2 forks and often a toothpick to get the candy off the fork and to cover any spots where  the fork may have scraped off. I put the candy after I dip it on parchment and let it set.  When I do pretzel rods I melt the chocolate in a tall  Mason jar.  I melt 3/4 of the chocolate then stir in the rest.  I dip the pretzel rods and the depth of the chocolate pretty much covers most of the pretzel.  As it is used up I tip the jar and twist the pretzel to completely cover.  Any chocolate left in the jar can get covered and stored or I often add more chocolate, melt it and stir in nuts and make little chocolate covered nut clusters. Sometimes I stir in dried cranberries or dried cherries or raisins with the nuts.   
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I love the idea of using a jar to melt the chocolate for pretzels! Sounds much easier than spooning it over the pretzel.. And easier to store leftover chocolate (whatever that is!)Laughing
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