Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Variety of Homemade Chocolate Candies

One of the last things I do before Christmas is making candy.

We love all the favorite kinds, barks, toffee,caramel,but there are always those favorites you make every year after year, and then add the ones at the end that you just had to have them even if no one ate them, you grew up with them and its not Christmas without seeing them around.

I was in the market today, and the memories of mixed nuts still in the shell were looking at me. My mom bought them every year, roasted them, and they sat there until late February when she would crack them all open, and they ended up in a banana bread. Then there were the dried figs. Oh boy do I love fresh ones, couldn't find any today either, but in NY they were impossible to find, so there sat the figs, dry, hard and tasteless we could never find the ones that were soft . Just one more of those items I had to buy regardless, and yes I bought the nuts too. I love chestnuts and they were no where to be found anywhere here, and we would eat them all, go figure! Anyway, I am sure you all have those Christmas skeletons laying around somewhere you can share.

Ok back to candy. I love Boyer mallo cups, I can't believe how hard they are to find, I loved them as a kid and now. Then they gave a bonus, to save the cards that came inside the wrapper, and I recall if you saved 500 points, you got a ten pack of candy free by sending them in. Wow , Nostalgia at its finest....I really loved those darn things fluffy marshmallow and coconut filling....Once in awhile I run across the real deal. But for now. I make a mock version of them that satisfy me in taste.

I make a variety. Just by using milk chocolate coating candy. Its so easy, just melt them in the microwave for one minutes stir and start to build your favorites.

You can use any nuts you like to make clusters and add them to the melted chocolate, I always top them with the kind of nut that in there. No one has to guess and bite into one they don't like to begin with.

These are so easy, a little melted chocolate, a hazelnut, a small teaspoon of nutella, then top with more chocolate ending with a hazelnut on top. A great filled candy cup.

These are done the same way, a little melted chocolate, 1 teaspoon of peanut butter, top with more melted chocolate and add a peanut and you have a peanut butter cup.

These are just mini pretzels dipped in the melted chocolate and sugar crystals added for color and a festive look. I used two forks to dip them.

OK these are my favorites, start out with toasted coconut in the microwave one minutes, watch it so it doesn't burn. Then in a paper candy cup add a little melted chocolate, sprinkle with the toasted coconut, add a teaspoon of marshmallow fluff, top with more melted chocolate and sprinkle with coconut so you know what's inside.

The chocolate melts in one minute then stir, you can add a few more seconds but be very careful not to scorch. Half a bag at the time of candy melts to one minute.

I make sure I get all the ingredients out so I know which ones I will make. You can come up with all kinds of favorites.
You will come up with all kinds of idea's on what you can fill your cups with, anything goes, enjoy, and have a wonderful Sweet filled Christmas!!!!! Buon Natale

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