HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S
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HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S
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I am throwing this idea out and please let me know what you think.  We will be approaching the holiday's in a couple of months.  It's always nice to give a box of home-made candies to famil
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Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/25/2011 7:40 PM EDT
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Nikki,  Ditto that!!!  Thanks for the memory of Weebles.  Both of my sons loved them!!! I'm still losing weight!! Yippee!!!
Posted by Carol P


Carol...

Way to go...that is wonderful!  Keep up the good work!  Yahoo...Yeah...Woo-Hoo!

I have lost 18 lbs. since April!  I am not trying, but I have lost my appetite and my eating habits have changed.  I believe it's from everything that is going on right now!

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/25/2011 8:20 PM EDT
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Boy, oh boy!   You all have been so busy the past few days.  How did I miss this post?  LOL

After reading all the great recipes for candy I feel like I should be in the kitchen.  But I am tired of dealing with all the garden stuff right now.  So here's a candy recipe from me.

                                          Rum Balls

2 cups ground nuts(I use walnuts)
2 cups finely ground vanilla wafers
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder(I have used a single package of hot cocoa mix in a pinch)
2 tablespoons corn syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup rum

Mix nuts, vanilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa completely.  Add corn syrup, vanilla and rum. Mix until it is all moist.  Roll about 1 teaspoon at a time into a ball between palms.  Roll in more ground nuts or powdered sugar.   Let them air dry for about 24 hours.  Best stored in the fridge(will keep for months).

Sorry it took so long to post this, had to translate it from the original recipe my Mom gave me.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/25/2011 8:21 PM EDT
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Btw, you know that weight you ladies are losing?  I think I found it lol. Anyway, congratulations.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/26/2011 10:05 PM EDT
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Here's my Almond Roca recipe that is a winner! (It was posted on this site a few months ago.) Almond Roca 2 c. sugar 1 lb. butter 1/2 c. almonds; chopped 1 11-12 oz. pkg. milk chocolate chips 1 6 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2-1 c. almonds; chopped finely NOTE:   This recipe requires a candy thermometer. I got the recipe from someone who grew up in South Africa, so the temperature is in Centigrade, not Fahrenheit. I just have never taken the time to adjust my recipe to American standards!!! NOTE 2: This may seem really complicated at first, but after your first batch it’ll seem rather easy. Lightly spray 2 cookie sheets with Pam, or line with Parchment paper (I prefer the Parchment paper). Put butter in bottom of large cooking pan, add sugar, and cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until temperature on thermometer reaches 145 degrees C (not F). Add 1/2 cup chopped almonds. Continue cooking and stirring until temperature reaches 160 – 165 degrees C. Do not undercook. (The candy will start to turn brown in color. If it smells like burned sugar, you’ve cooked it too long and it will be difficult to spread out on the cookie sheet.) Once the temperature reaches 160-165, immediately pour onto the cookie sheets and using a wooden spoon, spread out to the edges of the pans. While it cools, melt chocolate chips in large bowl in microwave. When the Roca is cool and hardened, spread half the melted chocolate onto the Roca, and sprinkle on half of the finely chopped almonds. When the chocolate has hardened and is no longer sticky to the touch, turn the Roca over. (To make this easier, I have 2 sizes of cookie sheets. I use the smaller cookie sheets when I first pour out the cooked candy. When it’s time to turn the Roca, I put the larger cookie sheet over the top of the smaller, and flip it in one smooth motion. This prevents the Roca from breaking up.) Using the remaining melted chocolate, cover the second side of the Roca with the chocolate, and sprinkle on remaining finely chopped almonds. Once the chocolate is hardened, you are ready to break the Roca into whatever size pieces your heart desires! I store the Roca in a sealed container in the refrigerator, up to one month.  
Posted by Verlee T


Hi Verlee,you had me at BUTTER ! Boy does this look and sound so good! Making a copy,thanks for sharing.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/26/2011 10:11 PM EDT
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Boy, oh boy!   You all have been so busy the past few days.  How did I miss this post?  LOL After reading all the great recipes for candy I feel like I should be in the kitchen.  But I am tired of dealing with all the garden stuff right now.  So here's a candy recipe from me.                                           Rum Balls 2 cups ground nuts(I use walnuts) 2 cups finely ground vanilla wafers 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder(I have used a single package of hot cocoa mix in a pinch) 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup rum Mix nuts, vanilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa completely.  Add corn syrup, vanilla and rum. Mix until it is all moist.  Roll about 1 teaspoon at a time into a ball between palms.  Roll in more ground nuts or powdered sugar.   Let them air dry for about 24 hours.  Best stored in the fridge(will keep for months). Sorry it took so long to post this, had to translate it from the original recipe my Mom gave me.
Posted by H. M


Hi H.M. I make these too! These are really good served with Egg Nog! The longer you leave them set the stronger the rum gets!

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/26/2011 10:17 PM EDT
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This one is so easy and I checked my pantry and I have the ingredients, so I think I will make some today!  Oh boy is it good! CANDY SALTINE BRICKLE SALTINE CRACKERS 2 STICKS OF BUTTER 1 CUP SUGAR 1 (12 OUNCE) MILK CHOC. MORSELS LINE COOKIE SHEET WITH ALUM. FOIL.  PLACE SALTINES OVER SURFACE.  SET ASIDE.  MELT BUTTER AND SUGAR TO SLOW BOIL.  POUR OVER SALTINES AND BAKE AT 350* FOR ABOUT 8 MINUTES OR UNTIL GOLDEN.  REMOVE AND SPREAD MILK CHOC. MORSELS OVER TOP WHILE THEY MELT.  REFRIGERATE FOR 1 HOUR AND BREAK INTO PIECES.
Posted by Susan K


See there you go with the BUTTER,I know this will be good.Thanks for sharing Susan.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/27/2011 2:29 AM EDT
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Boy, oh boy!   You all have been so busy the past few days.  How did I miss this post?  LOL After reading all the great recipes for candy I feel like I should be in the kitchen.  But I am tired of dealing with all the garden stuff right now.  So here's a candy recipe from me.                                           Rum Balls 2 cups ground nuts(I use walnuts) 2 cups finely ground vanilla wafers 2 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder(I have used a single package of hot cocoa mix in a pinch) 2 tablespoons corn syrup 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup rum Mix nuts, vanilla wafers, powdered sugar and cocoa completely.  Add corn syrup, vanilla and rum. Mix until it is all moist.  Roll about 1 teaspoon at a time into a ball between palms.  Roll in more ground nuts or powdered sugar.   Let them air dry for about 24 hours.  Best stored in the fridge(will keep for months). Sorry it took so long to post this, had to translate it from the original recipe my Mom gave me.
Posted by H. M

H. M.,  Thank you for sharing your recipe!!  I have printed it and will be trying this one for the
holidays!!  Once hubby gets a taste of these they won't be lasting months!!  lol lol

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/27/2011 2:40 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S : Carol... Way to go...that is wonderful!  Keep up the good work!  Yahoo...Yeah...Woo-Hoo! I have lost 18 lbs. since April!  I am not trying, but I have lost my appetite and my eating habits have changed.  I believe it's from everything that is going on right now!
Posted by Susan K


Susan,  It's wonderful that you lost 18 lbs.  I can see why you lost it with all that you have
going on.  I'm praying that everything goes great with your surgery on Tues. amd that your
sister will get some answers for her medical problems.  Thanks again for all the wonderful
recipes that you have posted.  You did an awesome job!!!

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 8/27/2011 8:38 AM EDT
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Imade homemade peanut butter fudge.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/3/2011 8:20 AM EDT
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Praline Pecans

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

2 tablespoons whipping cream 
 
Preheat oven to 350°

mix brown sugar and cream together then add the nuts.

Make sure the nuts are coated and then spread onto a parchment lined or silpat lined baking sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, stir nuts, bake 10 more minutes or until coating is slightly crystallized.

Remove from oven; stir and cool.

Store in an airtight container.
Yield: 1 1/2 cups.
for Almonds: Substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped sliced blanched almonds.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, stirring once.
Yield: about 1 1/2 cups.
for walnuts - blanch in hot water for about 15 minutes, before mixing with the brown sugar/cream mixture.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/3/2011 9:57 AM EDT
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Buckeye Balls and the Almond Roca. Oh, to pick one to make or both...that is the question.  Problem is make both..eat both...make one and ya wonder if the other one is better...

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/3/2011 10:07 AM EDT
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Hi, I am a newbie to this forum.  I have copied a few of the recipes.  Thanks for sharing.  I also make numerous candies every year at Christmas to give as gifts.  I have favorites that I make year and year and usually try a few new ones each year.  Here is a simple creamy peanut butter fudge recipe:

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge
lngredients
4 cups granulated sugar1 cup milk2 cups peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)1 tablespoon butter1 tablespoon vanilla extract DirectionsPrepare a 9x11 glass dish by buttering the bottom.  ln heavy bottom sauce pan combine sugar and milk.Measure and set aside remaining ingredients.  Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally till it comes to a boil then stir constantly.   Let boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat.   Stir in remaining ingredients till all melted and smooth.  Pour into prepared dish and refrigerate until firm.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/3/2011 11:48 AM EDT
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Sounds like fun! Already some really good recipes listed........

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/3/2011 12:55 PM EDT
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Peanut butter fudge sounds good -- thank you Patricia!!   I LOVE candy recipes

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/6/2011 2:46 AM EDT
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Nancy O. and Patricia,  Thank you for sharing your recipes. Both
sound great!  I have printed  and they will be on my to try list for
the holidays.

Patricia,  Welcome to VBB. I hope you will enjoy this site.

Nancy O.,  I don't remember if I said Welcome to VBB, but I hope
you enjoy this site.  Welcome!!!

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/6/2011 7:47 AM EDT
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Yum. Great looking recipes. Mouth watering and looking forward to the holidays.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/6/2011 10:22 AM EDT
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I think that the recipe is in VBB somewhere for an easy fudge using evaporated milk, semi-sweet chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and sugar.  Instead of the evaporated milk my sister learned to make it using sweetened condensed milk and reduce the sugar by 1 cup.

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/7/2011 8:32 PM EDT
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Welcome Patricia B to VBB!  We enjoy sharing recipes and baking tips! 

Re: HOME-MADE CANDIES FOR THE HOLIDAY'S

posted at 9/7/2011 10:06 PM EDT
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Nancy O. and Patricia B. - Thank you both for your recipes, and keep them coming anytime you feel like posting!!! There is a Shared Recipes portion to this site but it hasn't worked in several months. Once VBB tells us it's up and running I hope you will post your recipes there!
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