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We've talked a lot about our Christmas baking ..... What candy do you make?  Which is the most popular?  The easiest?  The most difficult? I make fudge, very easy - peanut brittle, ver
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Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 9:35 AM EST
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We've talked a lot about our Christmas baking .....
What candy do you make?  Which is the most popular?  The easiest?  The most difficult?

I make fudge, very easy -
peanut brittle, very easy,
sugared nuts - a bit difficult ....
and divinity - very difficult.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 9:43 AM EST
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Buckeyes and fudge,both are very easy.I have a couple of truffle recipes I want to try,they look easy.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 10:38 AM EST
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Divinity is easy if you use the micowave recipe I make fudge, cherry mash,buckeyes,and I am going to try my new raspberry fudge recipe.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 10:47 AM EST
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Mary - I use the very simple, microwave fudge .... I've done that for 30 years.  And I have a wonderful peanut brittle recipe that makes absolutely perfect candy.
I use the old fashioned divinity recipe because I've never see a 'wave one.  Would you please print yours so I can try it?  Thanks

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 12:25 PM EST
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Yes candy is a big part of Christmas. My sisters and I have a day of candy making. Walnut ring, cocoa fudge, divinty, pralines, martha washington, peanut butter fudge, mounds and toffee. We have a day of fun.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 12:44 PM EST
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Would like to have the microwave fudge  receipe..........please

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 12:45 PM EST
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I have a receipe that is called Wonderfuls  ....very easy and good

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 1:31 PM EST
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I tried a new recipe last year that was wonderful.  They are chewey pralines, I think.  The recipe is at home and I'm at work, and it has been a year since I made them.   It took a lot of time cooking the sugar mixture but it was sure worth the time.  I'm not a big candy maker because of time restraints, but someone gave me a piece of this wonderful candy and I kept searching until I found a recipe to make them.  Wish I could remember for sure what they were called.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 1:32 PM EST
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peanut butter fudge, peanut brittle, carmels and anything else that may pop up at the time. 

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 2:51 PM EST
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HI NANCY,
     I MAKE FUDGE...MY FAVORITE IS PENUCHE......I ALSO MAKE CHOCOLATE FUDGE....BOTH TYPES WITH AND WITHOUT NUTS.....I LOVE NUTS...

JUDITH,
  CAN YOU POST THE RECIPE? THEY SOUND GREAT.

 MARY G,
   WHAT IS A WALNUT RING? I LOVE NUTS.. WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO POST THE RECIPE ? I LOVE TRYING NEW RECIPES.
 

MERRY CHRISTMAS , HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY, HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 3:22 PM EST
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Glenda -- here's the microwave fudge recipe I use ........

MICROWAVE FUDGE

3 6 oz. pkgs of chocolate chips
(I use 12 oz of semi-sweet and 6 oz milk chocolate)
1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Milk
dash salt
1 cup nuts
Melt the chocolate chips (I use microwave) in a small bowl.
Stir in Eagle Brand, salt and nuts.
Dump into small 8" or 9" buttered pan
Refrigerate until hard.   I always cool just a little while then slice the fudge and return to fridge

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 4:02 PM EST
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CAN SOMEONE POST THEIR PEANUT BRITTLE RECIPE ?  I HAVE NOT MADE IN YEARS AND WOULD LOVE TO MAKE AGAIN!
THANK YOU.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 4:07 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Christmas Candy:
Glenda -- here's the microwave fudge recipe I use ........ MICROWAVE FUDGE 3 6 oz. pkgs of chocolate chips (I use 12 oz of semi-sweet and 6 oz milk chocolate) 1 can Eagle Brand Sweetened Milk dash salt 1 cup nuts Melt the chocolate chips (I use microwave) in a small bowl. Stir in Eagle Brand, salt and nuts. Dump into small 8" or 9" buttered pan Refrigerate until hard.   I always cool just a little while then slice the fudge and return to fridge
Posted by Nancy G


I have tried this recipe.  Very good.  Hard to go wrong with a recipe where you "Zap", "Stir", "Dump" and "wait"  the waiting is the hard part.  I also line my pan with parchment paper just to make it easier to remove from the pan.  The flavor possibilities with this recipe is almost limitless.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 4:29 PM EST
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I make fudge, stained glass cookies..yes I know it isn't candy persay but has candy in middle, peanut brittle, barley sugar candy, caramel choc. clusters and candied popcorn puffs or choc. popcorn!!!

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/8/2010 4:54 PM EST
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Hi other Nancy :-)  I'm heading out the door to church - working on class room Christmas decorations before Bible study -
I'll post my really wonderful microwave peanut brittle recipe when I get home.
All you need are corn syrup, sugar, vanilla, baking soda and RAW peanuts.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/17/2010 6:47 AM EST
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I like to make "simple caramels".  My favorite bought candy is ribbon candy.

Re: Christmas Candy

posted at 12/17/2010 7:51 AM EST
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I promised the microwave peanut brittle recipe 10 days ago!!

MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE
Get everything out and prepare it ahead of time.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white Karo syrup
1 cup raw peanuts  (I use heaping cup)
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Mix sugar and syrup in a big microwave safe bowl.  (I have ancient Corning Ware bowls that have little handles.  And I bought two eight cup - 2 qt. glass measuring cups with handles.  Handles are great for something like this)
Microwave on Hi, uncovered, for 4 minutes.  (I have great 'wave but I still cook this stuff on hi for 4.25 minutes)
Stir in peanuts, 'wave for 3 minutes (I use 3.25)
Stir in butter and vanilla, 'wave 1 minute  (I use 1.25 minutes)
Stir in baking soda .... it will turn into foam. Stir fast, dump onto buttered cookie sheet. Spread as much as possible.  (I cover clean sheet with buttered foil - easy to clean)
Let cool completely and break into chunks.

Remember that bowls get very, very hot.  Be careful.  The brittle is very, very hot when you pour it onto baking sheet so set that sheet on protected surface.

The bowls and spoons are such a dreadful mess that they are horrifying.  Don't worry - they will soak clean in a few minutes.
That is why I bought the extra bowls -- I can go ahead and start another batch of brittle  while the bowl from previous batch is soaking.
lol lol - I never make just one batch.

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