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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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Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 1:40 PM EST
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What great recipes ...Where can I find more time???

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 1:45 PM EST
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Dawn, I would love your Peppermint Patties recipe if you find it. They're one of my favorites and I've never tried making them.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 4:19 PM EST
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I've never even imagined making a peppermint pattie..... I certainly buy lots of them.  What a treat to make my own.

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

posted at 11/19/2010 4:34 PM EST
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In Response to Re: holiday candy making - HERE'S THE RECIPE FOR ALMOND ROCA:
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.
Posted by Verlee T


Thank You!!!!  the scale won't thank you but my tummy will.
How is the new carpet?

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/19/2010 7:23 PM EST
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In Response to holiday candy making:
Today I'll begin my holiday gift-giving candy making. I always start with Almond Roca because it's the most difficult.
Posted by Verlee T

Im coming to your house!LOL.:)

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

posted at 11/21/2010 1:42 PM EST
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The new carpet was definitely worth the wait, and I think the mess. Thanks for asking. ;-))

In Response to Re: holiday candy making - HERE'S THE RECIPE FOR ALMOND ROCA:
In Response to Re: holiday candy making - HERE'S THE RECIPE FOR ALMOND ROCA : Thank You!!!!  the scale won't thank you but my tummy will. How is the new carpet?
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Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 6:14 AM EST
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Congratulations on the new carpet, Verlee ..... such a good time of year for that.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 7:07 AM EST
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My list so far is:
  • peppermint meringues (bottoms dipped in dark chocolate)
  • almond butter toffee
  • sea salt caramels
  • espresso caramels
  • black raspberry, raspberry, and blackberry jellies (the candy, not jelly for toast, lol)
  • truffles: white chocolate raspberry, peppermint, key lime, blood orange, cinnamon, espresso and cafe au lait.
  • haystacks: butterscotch with peanuts, chocolate with almonds, and white chocolate with dried cranberries and pistachios.
  • rocky road bars.
I won't be starting until after Thanksgiving, but between the candies and the cookies and the ornaments, I don't think I'll be sleeping again until after New Year's!  :)

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 7:41 AM EST
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Hi Kimberly -- nice to meet you :-)
My goodness - it does sound like you'll be busy. 
We all need your recipes.  I especially want the sea salt caramels... please

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 8:48 AM EST
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I make Haystack, Cashew Clusters and Chocolate covered pretzels.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 9:01 AM EST
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Wow all the candy recipes it just like a lot of you are a candy factory I am lucky to make 2 candy recipes.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/22/2010 9:15 AM EST
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  Haven't really started holiday candy making yet except for "turtles."  Take a snap pretzel (square net like shape) top it with a rollo  candy (round chocolate covered carmel disc) and place on parchment covered cooky sheet.  Put in 250 degree oven for 5 minutes,  until candy is softened.  Remove from oven and push a pecan half on top.  Let cool so chocolate hardens.  Store in tin.  Easy and good.

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/23/2010 7:30 AM EST
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I never had a lot of luck making candy.  My fudge was runny.... The melty mints didn't want to set right.  I probably tried to take them out too soon.....sigh... I am better off buying a bag of morsels & eating them :)

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/23/2010 2:09 PM EST
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In Response to Re: holiday candy making:
I never had a lot of luck making candy.  My fudge was runny.... The melty mints didn't want to set right.  I probably tried to take them out too soon.....sigh... I am better off buying a bag of morsels & eating them :)
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Sometimes I like to do that too. I find chocolate or butterscotch chips are comfort treats for me!!!

Re: holiday candy making

posted at 11/23/2010 3:02 PM EST
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As many chocolate chips as I use - I think of them as cooking supplies, like sugar or flour. 
I very rarely eat one.  Isn't that odd?
I gobble candy but cook with chips.
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