Candy is Dandy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 @ 01:11 PM
posted by mrscaz

We have moved from turkey season to candy season! Yay! So, today I have decided to take a break from making kids belts to share some super yummy candy recipes!

Are you a fan of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups? How about Heath Bars? What about the red cinnamon candies? Yes, yes and yes! Well I stumbled across some recipes for all of those and I am going to share with you!

Peanut Butter Cups

  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter
  • 1 Lb Confectioners Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 1/4 Lb Butter
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • Wilton’s Light Cocoa Candy Melts (2 or 3 bags)

Place candy melts in a crock pot on low and stir occasionally. Mix all of the other ingredients together (it will make a very thick dough). Roll dough in to dime size pieces (if you are using the Wilton’s Peanut Butter Cups candy mold). Once the chocolate is melted, spoon a small amount into the molds (just enough to coat the bottoms and sides). Place in freezer until hard. Remove from freezer and place the dough in the middle and then cover with more chocolate. Put back in freezer to harden. When they are fully set, they will come out of the mold with no problem when you turn it upside down. Repeat the process. WARNING: This makes a TON of peanut butter cups so be prepared to eat or giveaway!

Chocolate Toffee Bars

  • 1/2 Cup Butter (no substitutions)
  • 1 Cup Finely Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Wilton’s Light Cocoa Candy Melts (2 or 3 bags)

Place candy melts in a crock pot on low and stir occasionally. Cook sugar and butter together over low heat until butter is melted. Stir constantly to blend well. Cook over medium heat with continued stirring to 300 degrees F (using a candy thermometer). Mixture will be just starting to brown. Remove from heat and stir in nuts (keeping a few aside to top later) and vanilla. Mix well and pour onto ungreased pan. When toffee has cooled slightly, score with a knife into squares. When candy is thoroughly cooled, break apart the squares and dip in melted chocolate, place on wax paper and top with some of the reserved pecans. Place in freezer until chocolate hardens.

Cinnamon Rock Candy

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon oil
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Line a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan with foil; butter the foil and set aside. In a large heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, corn syrup and food coloring. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cover and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve sugar crystals. Uncover; cook on medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage), about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in cinnamon oil (keep face away from mixture as odor is very strong). Immediately pour onto prepared pan. Cool completely, about 45 minutes. Break the candy into pieces using the edge of a metal mallet. Sprinkle both sides of candy with confectioners’ sugar. Store in airtight container.
So there you have it, 3 simple candy recipes. These would make great gifts for co-workers, friends, in-laws, etc. Remember, it’s the thought that counts and pretty much everyone I know thinks that candy it awesome!
Blessings,
Common Cents Mama - Kids Belts - Toddler Belts inventor

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