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Re: Candy?

posted at 12/30/2012 8:39 AM EST
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I made a bark but not as a bark.
I took the dark chips melted them like you would for a bark but then I mixed in Smokehouse Almonds and dropped them by small spoonful onto parchment.  I now have dark almond clusters. I love the dark chocolate and the salty smoky flavor. These are going to the freezer to reduce temptation if there are any left after New Year's Eve.

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posted at 12/30/2012 9:20 AM EST
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I like Simple Caramels.

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posted at 12/30/2012 10:03 AM EST
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Oh, Nikki, I have 1/2 bag of smoked almonds setting on my counter.  I used half for some great dark chocolate bark - it was great - but yours sounds better.     I'll make some this afternoon!

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posted at 12/30/2012 11:55 AM EST
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Would Like to try the almond crunch sounds great

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posted at 12/30/2012 12:34 PM EST
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I made regular chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge.  Also tried the recipe for bark that I saw in the ad for the chocolate and mint morsels but I must have done something wrong since it turned out a bit grainy.  Oh well, I'll just have to try again lol.

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posted at 12/30/2012 4:14 PM EST
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This morning I gave away the batch of Nestle's Vanilla-Macadamia Nut Fudge and when I was picking at the crumbs I wanted  MORE.  When I get home from church tonight I will make another batch.

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posted at 12/30/2012 5:04 PM EST
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In Response to Re: Candy?:
I made a bark but not as a bark. I took the dark chips melted them like you would for a bark but then I mixed in Smokehouse Almonds and dropped them by small spoonful onto parchment.  I now have dark almond clusters. I love the dark chocolate and the salty smoky flavor. These are going to the freezer to reduce temptation if there are any left after New Year's Eve.
Posted by nikki p

You can also cube a few caramels and add them to the chocolate and nuts, and have turtles, sort of!!!

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posted at 12/30/2012 10:30 PM EST
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It's 9:27 PM ........... when I left church I headed to Walmart to get some cream of coconut so I could make more Vanilla-Macadamia Nut Fudge.  They didn't have any!  So I drove into the fancy grocery in the neighboring town ... paid twice as much for the 3 cans I need.    I can't wait to make more

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posted at 12/31/2012 7:27 AM EST
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we made the smore .

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posted at 12/31/2012 8:49 AM EST
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Nancy you had me slightly interested in the White Chocolate Macadamia nut fudge and I intended to look it up but when you mentioned coconut milk I just had to check it out.
I looked up the recipe and have it printed out.  then I went to the cupboard and drat...I have coconut cream not coconut milk.  So I guess I will have to wait to make it.
I did look at some of the reviews and I am wondering one person posted that it is a bit soft and I am wondering have you had the same results? Also several people mention that this is very sweet do you find that the case as well?  (Maybe they used coconut cream rather than coconut milk and it is possible that they used a sweetened version.)

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posted at 12/31/2012 10:47 AM EST
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What are the ingredients in your coconut cream?   If it's only coconut milk, water and maybe guam gum, it's fine............  I've bought two different brands -- one brand has the word "golden" in it some how and it's almost solid.... much too hard to use.   I use the THAI Kitchen brand -- it's a liquid like thie recipe requires.

And Nestles recipe makes a very solid fudge -- in my opinion it's perfect. Of course I use my thermometer and watch it carefully.
  It is sweet, very sweet, but not too sweet.  Last night at church all the people who got some Sunday morning were raving and asking for the recipe.   I'm making more so Wednesday night I can take lots of little bags of this popular stuff.

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posted at 12/31/2012 4:35 PM EST
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What are the ingredients in your coconut cream?   If it's only coconut milk, water and maybe guam gum, it's fine............  I've bought two different brands -- one brand has the word "golden" in it some how and it's almost solid.... much too hard to use.   I use the THAI Kitchen brand -- it's a liquid like thie recipe requires. And Nestles recipe makes a very solid fudge -- in my opinion it's perfect. Of course I use my thermometer and watch it carefully.   It is sweet, very sweet, but not too sweet.  Last night at church all the people who got some Sunday morning were raving and asking for the recipe.   I'm making more so Wednesday night I can take lots of little bags of this popular stuff.
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It is sweetened.
Sugar, coconut water, salt then a whole lot of other "stuff" This is supposed to be for Pina Coladas.
I just might try this stuff next time I come across a recipe that calls for sweetened condensed milk.  It might be good in that application.

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posted at 12/31/2012 6:50 PM EST
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Sorry you don't have the right coconut stuff ........ Today I made two batches of that white fudge.  I planned to make more then decided I should add a batch of Tiger Butter and a batch of your "imitation?" bark with Verlee's caramel suggestion.  

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posted at 1/2/2013 11:33 AM EST
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Today I'm making more peanut brittle .... 3 batches !!

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posted at 1/2/2013 5:01 PM EST
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I am going to experiment a bit.
I have a recipe that I printed out for Almond Coconut Bars
I figure I love Almond Joy candy bars so these should be pretty good.
It calls for a base of graham cracker crumbs.  Well I have some almond meal that I have to use so I thought I would replace the crumbs with that.
And I guess I should use the coconut cream so in place of sweetened condensed milk I will use that.
I will let you know how my "experiment" goes.
If all goes well I will share the original recipe as well as the adaptation.

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posted at 1/2/2013 5:28 PM EST
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I can't wait to hear the results of that one, Nikki.   You are so brave to switch things like coconut cream and sweetened condensed milk.

Speaking of brave ...... I made so much of that White Chocolate Macadamia which calls for 2/3 cup of coconut milk.  A can contains 13.66 fl. oz.
Two batches of fudge uses ALMOST a whole can ........ Three batches opens another can with lots of leftover.   
I phoned Thai Kitchen  and they told me I could freeze the leftover with no problem
 

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posted at 1/4/2013 8:40 AM EST
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I just found a great new candy recipe on this site ........... Easy Peppermint Fudge
This is one I can't wait to try.

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posted at 1/4/2013 7:14 PM EST
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Results of my experiment.
First the original recipe.
Almond Coconut Bars
1 1/2 Cup graham cracker crumbs
1/2 Cup butter, melted
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 package, 7 ounces flaked coconut
2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 Cup peanut butter
24 blanched almonds
In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs and butter.
Press into ungreased 13X9 pan.
In bowl combine coconut and sweetened condensed milk.
Carefully spread over crust.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until light golden.
In microwave combine chips and peanut butter.  Microwave 30 to 60 seconds. Stir until smooth.
Spread over warm bars.
Garnish with almonds.
Refrigerate 1 hour before cutting.

My revised recipe.
Almond Coconut Bars Revised.
3 Cups almond meal (ground almonds.)
1/2 Cup butter, melted
1 Can coconut cream, I think the can was 15 ounces
2 Cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 Cup peanut butter.
I followed all the same directions as above.

This did take a bit more time in the oven.
I had to allow the base to set a bit before I poured chocolate mixture on top.
They are a bit soft so possibly a bit more almond meal or a mixture of graham cracker crumbs and almond meal would be better.
The peanut butter is good but Almond butter might be better or possibly Nutella but that is gilding the lily so to speak.
Would I make them again...
If I happened to have almond meal that had to be used Yes.

Nice coconut flavor that I think would be just as good if I had just replaced the sweetened condensed milk with the cream of coconut.
The almond flavor is not as pronounced as the coconut is.
Would I buy cream of coconut again just to make these?...only if it were less expensive than sweetened condensed milk.  (the can I had was a close out and was about $1.00)


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posted at 1/4/2013 8:47 PM EST
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Thank you Nikki ----- a very special recipe.  I've copied both.
The coconut milk I just bought was $2.69 for each 13.66 oz can. 
And last night I was cleaning out my cupboard and I found a can of coconut milk that expires 1/13.  I'll make more fudge.

I was looking at that new Peppermint Fudge recipe,  thinking how good it looked and sounded.  So I just melted a bag of dark chocolate chips, dumped it out on parchment and covered it with crushed candy canes.   Feeling fancy I squiggled lines of melted white chips all over.
It's very good looking but was better without the white.

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posted at 1/6/2013 5:36 PM EST
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Today I was looking at the Peppermint Fudge recipe again ........ I must try that soon.
Today at church more people asked me for the recipe of that Vanilla Macadamia Fudge ....... that's the most popular candy I've ever made.
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