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#1 dealluvr  OFFLINE  

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:02 pm

i looked and didnt see anythig for this does anyone make candy for the holidays? i just made fudge ,havent made it in ages and it is awesome today i tried making caramel it is soooo good have to make more i made the 2 nd batcxh with chocolate and p nut butter

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:06 pm

If anyone has a GOOD peanut butter fudge recipe I'd love to try it. I've never really made fudge, so hope its not too hard.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:11 pm

we made tons of peanut butter balls yesterday. and mil is making fudge, parlines, and devenity (sp?) today. i want to look for a recipe for peppermint patties.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:11 pm

I make chocolate covered cherries, peanut brittle, and fudge.:):1cook:

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:15 pm

Nice timing :) I have made 3 batches of peppermint bark so far today, have 2 batches cooked & 2 more batches ready to go of gingerbread cookies, and will also be making some hard candy today!

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:22 pm

We are baking this weekend. I plan on doing a huge batch of fudge (that is my favorite), chocolate chip cookies, spiders, cupcakes, and pumpkin rolls. We already made the little mice cookies for the kids classrooms.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 1:38 pm

I don't really make candy but I melt chocolate and butterscotch chips and dip..does that count? This year I have been dipping peanut butter spread on ritz in the melted mixture and dumping peanuts and cashews in what is left over...YUM! I used to make the easy fudge that was on Oprah's site. My problem is I love to make it and end up with way too much.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 2:09 pm

yum! Anyone have any good recipes?

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 2:55 pm

I make peanut butter balls and also homemde chocolates with vanilla cream, raspberry cream, cherry cream, peppermint cream, orange cream, lemon cream centers and I think that is it....along with homemade caramel which gets dipped in chocolate too!!!! yum yum yum! I also use the caramel and make cashew turtles....I would love to open my own chocolate store! Love making them and all my friends LOVE receiving them!
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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 3:09 pm

Wow everything sounds soo yummy! and doing all of that melting and cooking for the candy sure helps to keep it warm in the house!

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 3:13 pm

We are making fudge, toffee, cookies, baklava but am looking for a good choc coconut creamy candy recipe. My aunt use to make it years ago and it was a hit.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 3:20 pm

We are making fudge, toffee, cookies, baklava but am looking for a good choc coconut creamy candy recipe. My aunt use to make it years ago and it was a hit.


was it something like these? They are awesome!!! It is a 'Maine' thing from what I understand...I grew up with them....

NEEDHAMS:

3/4 c. unseasoned mashed potatoes
1/2 tsp. salt
2 lb. confectioners sugar
1 stick butter
1/2 lb. flaked coconut (better to use than shredded)
2 tsp. vanilla

CHOCOLATE COATING:

12 oz. chocolate chips
4 sq. unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cake paraffin wax (2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.)

Pare and cook potatoes to make 3/4 cup mashed, unseasoned. Add salt. Using a double boiler, place butter in it and melt over boiling water. Add mashed potatoes, confectioners sugar, flaked coconut an vanilla. Mix well and turn into a buttered jelly roll pan. Spread evenly (mixture is very thick). Place in a cool place to harden. It is good to make these needham centers the day before coating, but may be done the same day. When cool and hardened, cut into small squares and dip in chocolate coating.

Coating Mixture: Place paraffin and unsweetened chocolate in the top of a double boiler over water and melt. Then turn down heat and add chocolate chips. Stir to melt. Keep heat temperature low to maintain a melt, but to keep chocolate thickened. dip needhams to coat. Place dipped squares on wax paper to cool. These keep very well for a long time refrigerated and are even better flavored when kept a few weeks.
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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 3:24 pm

I just took 2 days off of work to back. I have tons of recipes, here's a couple of easy favorites: Fast/Simple Peanut Butter Fudge 1 cup butter 1 cup peanut butter 1 tsp vanillia 16 oz (2 cups) powdered sugar Put butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl, microwave for 2 minutes. Stir well, microwave for another 2 minutes. Stir well again, add in vanilla and sugar. Put into an 8x8 dish that's been lined with clear wrap/aluminmum foil/parchment paper (anything). Refridgerate for about a half hour and cut into 1 inch peices. Butterscotch haystacks 1 bag butterscotch chips 1 can chow mein 1/2 cup - 3/4 cups peanuts Melt chips in the microwave and mix in the other stuff. Scoop tablespoon size drops onto wax paper (or whatever) and refridgerate until set.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 3:25 pm

I haven't done any candy making yet. I don't even know if I am, but have made the bagels for the birds with birdseed on them and hung them on the trees outside. :D

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:11 pm

kirijoan's peanut butter fudge recipe is just like Alton Brown's from the TV show Good Eats. It is divine. I like to melt the white chocolate chips and stir in crunched up candy canes, then put dollops onto pretzels or dip pretzel sticks in. This is a bigtime family favorite. I also like to dip marshmallows in chocolate and then drizzle the colored Wilton Candy melts over them - they just look pretty. My exSIL uses peanuts and stirs them into the chocolate almond bark and makes them into patties. We have done ALL sorts of candies, it is a LOT of fun. But for those watching your weight who still want to indulge, keep a damp rag to wipe fingers on, you can get a ton of calories just by licking your fingers, and then you don't get to enjoy the finished product. I am going to make fudge sauce and caramel sauce to send home with my son's teacher for the Christmas present. If you have a kid with gluten allergies, you can put gingerbread spices into the marshmallow stuff for rice crispie cookies and then cut them into gingerbread men.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:12 pm

I LOVE to make bourbon balls, but can't remember the recipe - it was a mix of powdered sugar, real butter and bourbon, then dipped into chocolate. Yum.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:21 pm


Butterscotch haystacks
1 bag butterscotch chips
1 can chow mein
1/2 cup - 3/4 cups peanuts

Melt chips in the microwave and mix in the other stuff. Scoop tablespoon size drops onto wax paper (or whatever) and refridgerate until set.


Chow Mein - noodles? really?
I always thought they were made with coconut.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:29 pm

i didn't make it, but my grandmother just got done making: fudge, turtles and carmels!

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:32 pm

I don't make any candy for the holidays because my family needs to lose weight.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 4:35 pm

It is so interesting how you can call the same candy different names... I have always called the haystacks, Munchie Crunchies! And we melt chocolate chips and butterscotch chips to pour over the chow mein noodles and the nuts. YUM!

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 6:50 pm

I am making Buckeyes next week, and I LOVE pretzels and raisins covered in white chocolate, also going to make cookies and pumpkin rolls. :gdlicklips:

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 7:02 pm

anyone know of a "cherry mash" recipe? my sister made them a couple of years ago and they were great ! she got sick with cancer and has since died ,I never thought to ask for the recipe.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 7:32 pm

Chow Mein - noodles? really?
I always thought they were made with coconut.


I made these and sent with the Cookie Exchange. I didn't put nuts in them though, I didn't know about that variation.
I've made lots of cookies in the past couple of weeks, but I haven't made any candy (yet).
My BIL makes the best fudge. My favorite part of the holidays is Ronnie Fudge.

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 7:43 pm

anyone know of a "cherry mash" recipe? my sister made them a couple of years ago and they were great ! she got sick with cancer and has since died ,I never thought to ask for the recipe.


Mmmmmm, no, but I'll try to find one. I haven't had those in years. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister.
My sister asked me when she was here last week if I knew how to make peanut patties, so I have to find a recipe for that one too. She wants peanut patties and peanut brittle.


Edit to add: I found this recipe for Cherry Mash.

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Container: saucepan, 9x9 baking dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serving Description: 1 square
Servings: 30



Ingredients
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup mini marshmallows
- 1 cup cherry chips
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup peanuts - chopped

Directions
Combine sugar, butter, salt and milk in a saucepan.
Boil over medium heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in marshmallows and cherry chips.
Stir until all is melted and combined.
Line a 9x9 baking dish with tin foil making sure that there is extra coming up on two sides that can act as handles.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
Melt chocolate chips with peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly.
Stir in chopped peanuts.
Spread over the cherry layer.
Allow to cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
When cool, cut into small squares.

Edited by kmbrly, Dec 17, 2008 - 7:51 pm.


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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 8:00 pm

http://www.cooks.com...ry_mash,FF.html
Okay I have never heard of Cherry Mash but this is what I found when I looked it up. HTH
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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 8:04 pm

Thank You

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Posted Dec 17, 2008 - 8:09 pm

http://www.cooks.com...ry_mash,FF.html
Okay I have never heard of Cherry Mash but this is what I found when I looked it up. HTH


Cherry Mash was a candy from a long long long long long time ago. LOL

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Posted Dec 18, 2008 - 4:16 am

I have made the Haystacks with chocolate chips forever, but I think my Mom would LOVE the butterscotch ones! Thanks KiriJoan for that idea. Peanut butter balls are a must! We have to make a double batch at least twice a year! All these ideas have put me in the mood for baking! Thanks everyone!

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Posted Dec 18, 2008 - 4:42 am

If anyone has a GOOD peanut butter fudge recipe I'd love to try it.

I've never really made fudge, so hope its not too hard.


my dad has a really good one I'll get it and post if for you!

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Posted Dec 18, 2008 - 5:10 am

How are you all making the carmels? I make peppermint bark,hard rock candy,cookies,peanut butter fudge and peanut brittle.....need to hit the store to get more ingredients to get some more made....
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