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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 12/4/2013 7:20 AM EST
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This is the candy I finished last night.  Beautiful and delicious.  The recipe is from BH&G -- Better Homes and Gardens.


Peanut Butter Truffles
Peanut Butter Truffles
 BH&G
  • 2  cups  sugar
  • 1 5  ounce can  evaporated milk
  • 1/2  cup  butter
  • 2  cups  tiny marshmallows
  • 3/4  cup  creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 12  ounces  dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2  teaspoons  shortening
  •  Finely chopped peanuts (optional)
Directions
1. Butter the side of a medium heavy saucepan. In the saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, and butter. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture is boiling. Reduce heat to medium; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate for 12 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in marshmallows, peanut butter, and vanilla. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Chill for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until mixture is thick and can be molded.
3. Line a large baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; place on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze for 15 minutes.
4. In a medium saucepan, combine chocolate and shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip balls, one at a time, into melted chocolate. Let excess chocolate drip off balls. Place on a wire rack set over waxed paper. If desired, sprinkle with peanuts. Let stand until chocolate is set.* Makes about 50 truffles.
From the Test Kitchen*Test Kitchen Tip:
  • If desired, when chocolate is set, drizzle with a little melted milk chocolate. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/4/2013 7:30 AM EST
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Nancy, those look great. I don't make candy very often but I may have to try some of those.  Can't go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/9/2013 6:57 PM EST
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Today's candy was another from BH&G ...
Marshmallow Truffles
MARSHMALLOW TRUFFLES  --- I filled some with dried apricots, cherries or blueberries.  Some with almonds or pecans.
Some I did not fill --- I just added all the coconut I could force into the candy.  

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posted at 12/10/2013 7:00 PM EST
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Today I made another batch of Sugar 'n Spice Pecans and, for the first time, Terrific Toffee.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 9:03 AM EST
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Today will be plain, old-fashioned FUDEGE.   Two batches.  Maybe more divinity.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 12:59 PM EST
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I was digging through candy recipes looking for fudge and found something great that I haven't made since spring.  Try this ....

CRANBERRY NUT CHOCOLATE BARK from Bakery 1
1 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup toasted diced pecans
2 2/3 cups chopped semisweet or bitter sweet chocolate, melted
2 2/3 cups chopped white chocolate, melted
Toss cranberries and pecans together. Set aside.
Melt the dark chocolate and spread it into an 8" x 12" oval on parchment paper. 
(I draw an oval on the underside of the parchment paper so I can see the line
through the paper.) Allow the chocolate to set, but not harden completely.
Melt the white chocolate and mix it with about 3/4 cup of cranberries and
pecans.
Spread this over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the remainder of the
nuts and fruit on top, pressing it down into the chocolate gently.

Allow candy to cool until hardened and break it into chunks.

 All of this chocolate made a much larger base than 8x10 - Great

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 5:29 PM EST
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Love to make Nut Goodies at Christmas!

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posted at 12/12/2013 6:21 PM EST
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Cheryl --- look at Nestles  Vanilla Macadamia Nut Fudge .... best you've ever tasted.  It's great with macadamias, great with pecans, great with coconut ............ It's just a super recipe

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 6:25 PM EST
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Nancy...just wondering the ingredient in the 4th line....
2 2/3 Cups chopped shite chocolate ???
 it must be WHITE the "s" is just below the "w"

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 8:09 PM EST
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EmbarassedEmbarassedEmbarassed  My miserable typing is repaired.  Sorry

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 9:01 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Candy making time;-):
  My miserable typing is repaired.  Sorry
Posted by Nancy G

Do you want me to delete my post???Sealed

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/12/2013 9:47 PM EST
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Naaahh -- That was a very funny mistake.  

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posted at 12/13/2013 10:40 AM EST
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Didn't make only buckeyes for christmas thinking about doing fudge

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/13/2013 11:52 AM EST
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Nancy, you should have a candy shop!  I can picture you behind the counter in a red and white stripped apron selling candy that you've made!  It looks so lovely.  You could have a side counter with the wonderful cookies that you bake.  Or, maybe you could start an internet site, selling your goodies!!!

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/26/2013 1:24 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Candy making time;-):
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.
Posted by Barbara B


Barbara -- I haven't made any candy for DAYS.  I think this afternoon I'll make more Chunky Peanut Brittle.   So many of my friends want more of this.  lol.  What a hit this stuff has made,

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/26/2013 5:58 PM EST
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This afternoon I made a batch of Chunky Peanut Brittle but, instead of peanuts, I used a batch of very fresh mixed nuts.  Delicious!

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/26/2013 10:53 PM EST
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Nancy - Your mixed nut brittle sounds delicious.  We have a local candy shop here and every Autumn they have a tour.  During that tour they demonstrate making peanut brittle and everybody gets a sample of the freshly made brittle - ooh, it is so good!

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/27/2013 8:05 AM EST
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Cheri -- for  30 years I've been making microwave peanut brittle ....... so fast, so easy and oh, so good!
Then Barbara B posts her recipe right here.  That requires the thermometer, the time, the mess, the CARE -- and it's well worth it.  It's fantastic candy.

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posted at 12/27/2013 8:20 AM EST
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Hope we get to make simple caramels today.

Re: Candy making time;-)

posted at 12/27/2013 8:36 AM EST
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I didn't get candy made before Christmas, but who says it can't be made after?  I think I'll try the peanut butter truffles.  My hubby loves Reeses peanut butter cups so he'd like those.
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