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Today I'll begin my holiday gift-giving candy making. I always start with Almond Roca because it's the most difficult.
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holiday candy making

posted at 11/14/2010 1:43 PM EST
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Today I'll begin my holiday gift-giving candy making. I always start with Almond Roca because it's the most difficult.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/14/2010 2:47 PM EST
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I love to make buckeye,s and chocolate walnut fudge.I made peanut butter fudge years ago and miss placed the recipe,anyone have a good peanut butter fudge? I believe in had marsmallow creme in it.I need to get started on my candy and baking just as soon as I'm done making a little more jelly.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/14/2010 2:55 PM EST
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What is your recipe for Almond Roca?  I have a shortbread bar cookie that was made by the makers of Almond Roca and it is hard to find.  The cookie is simple a shortbread base with crushed almond roca on top.  So to make the cookie I would love to have the recipe for the Almond Roca.
Thank you in advance.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/14/2010 3:04 PM EST
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In Response to Re: holiday candy making:
I love to make buckeye,s and chocolate walnut fudge.I made peanut butter fudge years ago and miss placed the recipe,anyone have a good peanut butter fudge? I believe in had marsmallow creme in it.I need to get started on my candy and baking just as soon as I'm done making a little more jelly.
Posted by gale g


This is a recipe that I found in a Eagle Brand Cookbook I have.
Peanut Butter Fudge
2 10 ounce bags peanut butter flavored chips
1 can, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup butter
1 Cup chopped nuts
Butter an 8 inch square pan. (I still like to line my pans with parchment paper.  Leave about 2 inches overhang on 2 sides.)
In microwave safe bowl, combine chips,sweetened condensed milk and butter.  Microwave on medium power 4 to 5 minutes, stirring at 1 1/2 minute intervals.
Stir in peanuts and pour into prepared pan.  Cover and chill 2 hours.  cut into squares.  Store in refrigerator.

I don't see why peanut butter fudge couldn't be made using the "foolproof" fudge recipe, the one with the carnation milk, marshmallows and just use peanut butter chips.  Or half chocolate and half peanut butter chips.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/14/2010 3:57 PM EST
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In Response to Re: holiday candy making:
In Response to Re: holiday candy making : This is a recipe that I found in a Eagle Brand Cookbook I have. Peanut Butter Fudge 2 10 ounce bags peanut butter flavored chips 1 can, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1/4 cup butter 1 Cup chopped nuts Butter an 8 inch square pan. (I still like to line my pans with parchment paper.  Leave about 2 inches overhang on 2 sides.) In microwave safe bowl, combine chips,sweetened condensed milk and butter.  Microwave on medium power 4 to 5 minutes, stirring at 1 1/2 minute intervals. Stir in peanuts and pour into prepared pan.  Cover and chill 2 hours.  cut into squares.  Store in refrigerator. I don't see why peanut butter fudge couldn't be made using the "foolproof" fudge recipe, the one with the carnation milk, marshmallows and just use peanut butter chips.  Or half chocolate and half peanut butter chips.
Posted by nikki p


Thank you for the recipe,I'll try this soon .

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/17/2010 11:52 AM EST
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I'm in the middle of getting new carpet installed and getting ready for our Thanksgiving feast. When everything quiets down I'll post my recipe. Sorry for the delay.

In Response to Re: holiday candy making:
What is your recipe for Almond Roca?  I have a shortbread bar cookie that was made by the makers of Almond Roca and it is hard to find.  The cookie is simple a shortbread base with crushed almond roca on top.  So to make the cookie I would love to have the recipe for the Almond Roca. Thank you in advance.
Posted by nikki p

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/17/2010 6:13 PM EST
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To Verlee T,
Thank you for taking the time to let me know you will post the Almond Roca recipe.
I had carpet done just over a year ago so I know what a disruption it can be. But it makes the house seem so much nicer and fresh.  I just wish putting on new clothes would do wonders for me like the carpet did for the house!
And just in time for the holidays, great planning.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 9:08 AM EST
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  I have a recipe for "Simple Carmels" That is great.  I only make the a couple of times of year  because they are too tempting.  Mary Ann S.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 11:44 AM EST
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For Christmas I'll make wonderful microwave peanut brittle and the old style divinity.
Of course I'll make lots of fudge too.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 11:52 AM EST
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Yesterday I began making truffles.  I have collected several different recipes and they seem so simple.  The first batch I made are just chocolate but when I rolled them into the chocolate after they were set, I put nuts on some and powdered cocoa on some.  I added sprinkes to a few of them.  I think they look great and they are soooo easy.

Melt 8 squares of semi-sweet chocolate.

Beat one 8 oz. package of cream cheese until creamy.  Add the melted chocolate. Refrigerate until the mix is firm.

Shape into 3/4-1 inch balls and place them on waxed paper on a tray or cookie sheet.

Melt 4 more squares of semi-sweet choc (I didn't think this was enough so I added some semi-sweet choc chips).

Dip the truffles into the choc (I used a fork to lift them in and out of the choc) and put them back onto the sheet or tray.  Refrigerate at least one hour.

It looks nice to put the truffles into the small paper candy cups that I get at the craft store.

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Mud Truffles - from VBB contributor S. Harrison

1pkg Oreo cookies
1 pkg cream cheese at room temperature

Put oreos into food processor and crush to coffee ground consistency.  Add cr cheese.  Refrig for 1 hr..  For into balls.  Dip into melted almond bark. 

I havent made this yet but I would probably use bitter choc for outer coating since the cookies are so sweet.

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Cranberry Truffles - another VBB recipe by S. Grinavic

2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup butter
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
powdered sugar

In medium saucepan, combine cranberries, corn syrup and water.  Cook stirring til berries pop and mixture is thick.  Let cool.

In heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt butter, stir in cocoa then condensed milk.  Stir until mixture thickens.

Stir in cooled cranberries.

Refrigerate 3-4 hrs until well chilled. Shape into 1" balls. Roll in powdered sugar.  Store in refrig re-roll in sugar as required.


These are a few of the recipes I have.  Hope someone out there enjoys them.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 12:00 PM EST
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Thank you Harriet ...  I've copied and print these super recipes.

Re: holiday candy making - HERE'S THE RECIPE FOR ALMOND ROCA

posted at 11/18/2010 1:15 PM EST
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Well, the carpet installers are here and there's nothing I can do because they've moved furniture into my kitchen!!! Thank goodness I have a lap top computer. I'm sitting on the back patio out of the dust and dirt, and will take advantage of the time and post the Almond Roca recipe.

Almond Roca

2 c. sugar
1 lb. butter
1/2 c. almonds; chopped
1 12 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips
1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 - 1 c. almonds; chopped finely

Put butter in large cooking pan, then add sugar, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to 145 deg.CENTIGRADE. Add 1/2 cup chopped almonds. Continue cooking and stirring to 160 - 165 deg. C. Do NOT under cook - needs to be browning. * Immediately pour onto lightly greased/Pammed cookie sheets (2 cookie sheets), OR use baking parchment instead of Pam. 

While it cools, melt chocolates. (I melt them in the microwave.) When Roca is cool, spread with half of the melted chocolate, and sprinkle with half of the finely chopped nuts. When hard, turn out of pan onto another pan, and cover other side of Roca with rest of melted chocolate and sprinkle with remaining nuts. Let cool. Break into pieces. Store in a tin.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 1:18 PM EST
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Care to share your Simple Caramel recipe with us, please??? Thank you!


in Response to Re: holiday candy making:
  I have a recipe for "Simple Carmels" That is great.  I only make the a couple of times of year  because they are too tempting.  Mary Ann S.
Posted by Mary Ann S

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 1:20 PM EST
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I have never tried Roca .... it seems sort of too difficult to me.  Verlee, you're making me braver. 
I do think I will try this.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 4:01 PM EST
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In Response to Re: holiday candy making:
Thank you Harriet ...  I've copied and print these super recipes.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy,

If you want any more truffle recipes, let me know, I have a few more but didn't want to post a long post.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 6:07 PM EST
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Last: 2/26/2012
I defintely want the simple caramel recipe.  I tried making caramel sauce last week but it didn't come out well at all.  I followed a recipe on this website but it just tasted likesweetened condensed milk with lots more sugar added.  :(  It never turned the deep amber color that it said.  I bought whipping cream and a different recipe and want to try again. 

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/18/2010 7:18 PM EST
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Harriet - Please post another couple truffle recipes ... I can decide what one to try.  Thanks

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 11:40 AM EST
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First: 11/21/2009
Last: 1/16/2011

An easy and elegant looking candy are:

Coconut Balls

1 large pkg. flaked or shredded coconut
white corn syrup, enough to make a soft ball  (don't measure syrup, use just enough to moisten).

Mix coconut and syrup til soft ball, portion into 1" balls.

Melt 1  12oz. pkg. white chocolate morsels

Dip balls- put on waxed paper -- cool.

**Can make with dark choc. chips also.

So easy and So Good!!

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 12:29 PM EST
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First: 10/7/2010
Last: 4/26/2011

Homemade Almond Roca

 This combination of roasted almonds, crunchy toffee and semisweet chocolate is a winner. Prep Time: 15 minutesTotal Time: 15 minutes Ingredients:3.5 ounces almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped1 stick (8 tbsp) butter3/4 cup brown sugar6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped Preparation:1. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cover the bottom of the pan with the chopped almonds, reserving 2 tbsp for later use. 2. Place the butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until fully melted. Add the brown sugar and stir constantly with a wooden spoon for seven minutes.  3. Immediately pour the hot sugar mixture over the almonds and spread smoothly to the edges with a spatula.  4. While mixture is still hot, sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top. Let the chocolate soften and melt, and smooth it evenly with a spatula or knife. Sprinkle the top with the reserved chopped almonds while the chocolate is still wet. 5. Place the pie pan in the freezer for 20 minutes to set the candy.  

6. Remove from freezer and break apart, or cut into small squares with a large sharp knife. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!  Kathy H

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 12:59 PM EST
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These are all sound great - Thanks for posting recipies!
I made 'peppermint patties' one year that came out really well (it wasn't very hard, but took about a week due to rest time), but don't have the recipie.  If I find it, I will post it.
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