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Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 10/24/2013 8:15 PM EDT
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I made Cherry Mash Candy today and some Peanut Butter Fudge.
Posted by Sara S


Sara, Cherry Mash was my all time favorite candy bar when growing up. I don't think it's being made any longer. Would you share your recipe, please?

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 10/24/2013 8:16 PM EDT
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I used to do most of the candy making, but my oldest son enjoys it so much that I have handed that over to him.  I still make the fudge and divinity, but his truffles are so excellent that I would not dare to even try and make them (I'm sure they could not hold a candle to his).
Posted by Cheri H


Lucky you, Cheri! I tried to interest my 2 sons in my candy making adventures, but they weren't interested. They are interested in sampling, however!!

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posted at 10/24/2013 8:17 PM EDT
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I received a copy of Midwest Living magazine and I went stumbling  around their web site ---- wow!  I found so really wonderful candy recipes I can't wait to try. Go look at some of them.... the ones I can't wait to try! Bing Fudge www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/delectable-christmas-candies-and-treats/?page=3 " target="_blank" /> http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/delectable-christmas-candies-and-treats/?page=3 Caramel Heavenlies http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/delectable-christmas-candies-and-treats/?page=13 Hallelujah Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars http://www.midwestliving.com/food/holiday/delectable-christmas-candies-and-treats/?page=19 And, JUDY, if you read this ....... this month's magazine has a delightful article about horse things for Christmas.
Posted by Nancy G


Gonna have to check these out. I REALLY need one more candy recipe. LOL

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 10/24/2013 9:40 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Candy making time;-) : Nikki, your comment about California made me chuckle. It is so true that California seems to be so health conscious that many food items are not available. However, I can still find paraffin in the grocery store, and lard (for my pie crust) is sold at my international market. The paraffin is next to the canning supplies. I use paraffin in my Chocolate Covered Cherries.
Posted by Verlee T


Chocolate Covered Cherries?  Home made chocolate covered cherries??  The recipe, please ...... with lots of 'how to' details

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posted at 10/24/2013 9:50 PM EDT
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Verlee --- the Vermont Country Store sells Cherry Mash ... 
http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/Food_&_Candy/Candy_&_Desserts/Chocolates/Cherry_Mash_Bars_(Bag_of_10_Bars)/64380

www.vermontcountrystore.com

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posted at 10/25/2013 8:35 AM EDT
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[QUOTE]Verlee --- the Vermont Country Store sells Cherry Mash ...  http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/store/jump/productDetail/Food_&_Candy/Candy_&_Desserts/Chocolates/Cherry_Mash_Bars_(Bag_of_10_Bars)/64380 www.vermontcountrystore.com
Posted by Nancy G[/QUOTE

I'd like to order stuff from Vermont Country Store but their stuff is really expensive.  A friend from work wanted something so we did an order once and now I get a couple catalogs a month.

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posted at 10/25/2013 8:36 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Candy making time;-) : Chocolate Covered Cherries?  Home made chocolate covered cherries??  The recipe, please ...... with lots of 'how to' details
Posted by Nancy G


I've made chocolate covered cherries.  In fact when I was teaching home ec to high school girls we made them in class.  The girls were really happy with what they had done.  That was years ago.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 11/12/2013 6:33 PM EST
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This afternoon I made yet another batch of  Crunchy Peanut Butter Fudge ...  It's so fast and easy and so very good.
This evening I'm making Sugar and Spice Pecans .... that's not fast but it's really good.

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posted at 11/15/2013 6:46 AM EST
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For Christmas it will probably be simple carmels and microwave pralines.

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posted at 11/15/2013 9:29 AM EST
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Wednesday night I carried a load of candy to a dear family at church -- she hugged me with delight and said she was saving it for Christmas with her grandkids.   I said that couldn't do that -- candy would not last that long..  She laughed and said she always put almost all the candy I gave her into the freezer and it was perfect when removed. 
I didn't know that!!  and I was astonished.  Learn something new everyday ..............

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posted at 11/16/2013 2:02 PM EST
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Nancy, the Tiger Butter freezes well.  Think I'll go and mix some up right now.  Youngest daughter and her hubby will be here for Thanksgiving and I like getting things done early also.

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posted at 11/16/2013 2:21 PM EST
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Thank you SO MUCH, Bakery --- I've never even tried to freeze candy -- I just assumed it was impossible.   This information is incredible.    I have to take a load of cookies to the local police for Thanksgiving so I will have some room in my freezer.

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posted at 12/2/2013 10:12 AM EST
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I've talked about this before  ......... love it!   I made another batch last night.  I can't suggest it enough.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Fudge
Crunchy Peanut Butter Fudge
1 2/3 cups (11-oz. pkg.)Peanut Butter & Milk Chocolate Morsels
2 cups or 1 jar (16 oz.) crunchy peanut butter
1 cup peanuts, chopped
Directions
LINE 8- or 9-inch-square baking dish or pan with wax paper.
MELT morsels in uncovered, microwave-safe on MEDIUM-HIGH
 (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some
of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional
10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.
Stir peanut butter into melted morsels. Stir in peanuts.
Spread fudge into prepared baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 1
 hour or until set. Lift from pan; remove paper. Cut into pieces.
Store in tightly sealed container or resealable plastic bag.
Cutting Tip:
Cut fudge into four squares and then cut each square in 16 pieces (4x4) to create a total of 64 pieces of fudge.

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posted at 12/2/2013 12:11 PM EST
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I wish I knew how to make candy or was that creative!

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posted at 12/2/2013 12:16 PM EST
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Nancy, thank you for the recipe.  I have had intentions to look it up now I don't have to. 
Question for you....I do not have the milk chocolate and peanut butter chips and milk chocolate is not a favorite of mine.  How do you think this would turn out if I did it with semi sweet chips?

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posted at 12/2/2013 2:09 PM EST
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Just finished a batch of Chunky Peanut Brittle for a charity luncheon auction.  If I don't bring this to auction off, I will have some unhappy friends.  Maybe they won't be friends LOL.

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posted at 12/2/2013 2:56 PM EST
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Nancy, thank you for the recipe.  I have had intentions to look it up now I don't have to.  Question for you....I do not have the milk chocolate and peanut butter chips and milk chocolate is not a favorite of mine.  How do you think this would turn out if I did it with semi sweet chips?
Posted by nikki p


Gee, Nikki, you know I'm no expert.  One time when I was making them I didn't have the bag of peanut butter and chocolate chips mixed, but I did have a separate bag of each.  I used half of one and half of another - semi-sweet.  It worked like a charm.
I substitute milk chips for semi or dark chocolates for milk. all the time .....  I use whatever chip I want and I've never had a bit of trouble.

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posted at 12/2/2013 3:40 PM EST
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Nancy - Thank you for the crunchy peanut butter fudge recipe.  I think I'll make it for my family as a surprise.  It looks so easy to make and I'm sure it would be a welcome treat for all of the chocolate and peanut butter lovers in my family.

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posted at 12/2/2013 4:31 PM EST
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Cheri -- this is SO fast and easy ... all microwave!
Chopping the peanuts is, for me, a time consuming and boring job so when something like the evening news comes on I start chopping.  I do a whole BIG jar of peanuts at one time.  Then they are all ready to go when needed.

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posted at 12/3/2013 5:07 PM EST
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This afternoon I made a batch of Peanut Butter Truffles ....... well, I made the filling.  It's in the fridge cooling.  This evening I'll make little balls and then dip each one in chocolate.
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