Food gifts from your kitchen are the most personal of all gifts. They are made with love and can make you famous. Everyone will look forward to receiving this homemade candy every year, if you make it an annual occasion.
Food specialties from your kitchen will go to your friends wrapped as attractively as possible. Reusable containers will make them more valuable.
You can write the recipe on a card and tie it to the container. Wrap a coffee can with holiday paper and place a bow on top.
Use metal or foil pie plates, oven glassware or small covered casserole dishes as containers.
Make goodies by-the-yard. Unroll a yard of plastic wrap and cut into strips about twice the width of the candy. Space the candy on the strip about an inch apart and fold plastic wrap to cover. Press the edges to seal. Tie a ribbon between each candy. Fold carefully to fit in a container. When lifted by one end, the entire ribbon will unfold.
Cover an oatmeal box with gift paper. Pierce two holes at opposite sides, just below the cover, and run a ribbon through for a handle. Fill with candy.
Basic Buttercream Recipe
1 stick butter
1 box (1 pound) confectioner's sugar
Cream butter with sugar until smooth.
Chocolate centers - use 1 Tablespoon Hershey's syrup
Coconut centers - use 1/4 cup coconut and reduce sugar by 1 cup
Fruit centers - use 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries and 1/4 cup nuts
Chocolate-covered cherries- use basic recipe. Drain 1 jar maraschino cherries. Form balls around cherries.
Forming the Candy
Form in the size of hickory nuts. (Approximately 28 balls) Place on wax paper. Refrigerate overnight.
For every basic recipe, melt 1-8 oz Hershey bar in microwave, 20 seconds at a time, stirring after each 20 seconds until melted. Dip each candy in chocolate using toothpicks or 2 spoons. Place on wax paper and refrigerate.
butter to grease pan
1-12 oz package semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1-14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
In a medium saucepan, on low heat, combine chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, milk and vanilla. Stir until melted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add nuts and raisins, if desired.
Pour the mixture into a buttered square 8 X 8 pan. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into slices to serve.
Butterscotch Bon Bons
2 packages instant butterscotch pudding mix
1 cup chopped dates or nuts
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup light cream
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
Combine pudding mix, dates, peanut butter and cream. Roll into 1 inch balls. Dip in slightly cooled melted chocolate. Place on rack and chill until firm. Makes about 3 dozen.
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