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Delicious Homemade Chocolate Candy
My family enjoys homemade candy, especially homemade chocolate candy,occasionally, particularly on holidays. I make candy and freeze it well before the holidays, just to have it on-hand, plus I often give candy for a gift. We are actually not big candy eaters on a regular basis, but the interest soars when the candy is homemade.
Peanut Delight Candy
- 1 16 pz. jar Salted peanuts
- 1 bag Semii-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 bag Butterscotch chips
- 1 bag Peanut butter chips
- Put all 3 bags of chips into a crock pot, set on medium heat. Stir mixture until the chips are melted.
- Add the jar of peanuts, stirring vigorously. Turn the heat off on the crock pot.
- Use 2 or 3 trays, lined with parchment or wax paper. Use a teaspoon to place bite size pieces of candy on the trays. You can make the pieces larger if you so choose.
- Put the trays into the freezer for about an hour. Remove candies from the trays. You may want to fill a candy dish for your family at this point.
- The candies can be put into an airtight container and kept frozen for months, or the candy will also keep well in the refrigerator.
|Serving size: 1 piece with about 4 peanuts|
|Calories from Fat||54|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 6 g||9%|
|Saturated fat 3 g||15%|
|Unsaturated fat 0 g|
|Carbohydrates 6 g||2%|
|Sugar 6 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 3 g||6%|
|* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.|
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Easy Delicious Incredibles
- 2 c Graham Cracker crumbs
- 2 c confectioner’s sugar
- 1 1/2 sticks of margarine, melted
- 1 (10 oz.) jar crunchy peanut butter (use 12 ox. If desired)
- Bag of Chocolate chips
Mix graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar, margarine and peanut butter. Mix well. Melt chocolate chips and spread over mixture. Let it set before cutting into squares
Lu’s English Toffee
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 tbsp. water
- Pinch of salt
- 3 small Hershey Bars
- 3/4 cup of nuts (almonds work well)
Combine sugar, butter, water and salt in a saucepan. Cook until brown for about 10 minutes (Hard crack, 280° F). Pour into a butter pan. Lay the Hershey bars across the hot mixture and sprinkle the nuts over the top. Let mixture cool, but break up the candy into pieces before the mixture is cold.
(Hard crack s when you drop a bit of candy into cold water and the candy separates into hard, brittle threads that snap easily.)
History of Chocolate
A dessert actually refers to any sweet dish served at the end of a meal. It can be cake, candy, pies, ice cream, etc. Candy, on the other hand, is a sweet confection, made with sugar or other sweeteners, and it is often combined with fruit or nuts. The first candy was probably honey combined with nuts and fruits. The Olmec Indians and the Mayans were the first to grow cocoa beans as a crop. In the Mayan society, cocoa beans were only for the elite.
In 1544, Dominican friars visited Prince Phillip of Spain and brought jars of cocoa as a gift. It was another century before Portugal and Spain imported their precious cocoa to other parts of Europe. The Spanish added cane sugar and vanilla to their sweet beverage. In 1647, the first chocolate house was opened in London by a Frenchman. About 1674, eating solid chocolate was introduced in rolls and cakes. This delicacy was still too expensive for most people, as the cost of cane sugar and cocoa were high.
Chocolate was introduced in the United States in 1765, by an Irishman, named John Hanan, where he met Dr. James Baker. They soon opened a mill called BAKER’S Chocolate.
The pioneer for Swiss chocolate, Francois Louis Callier, began in 1819. Richard Cadbury in 1868, created the first heart shaped chocolate.
Homemade Chocolate Candies
Do you make homemade chocolate candies for your family or yourself?
When I visited the Dominican Republic, my son had a Cacao tree in his yard. We took one of the pods down and saw the cocoa beans. Of course, I had to try it! I will tell you that the beans need some serious sweetening, as they do not taste good at all ripe off the tree.
The history of chocolate covers many centuries and countries experimented with different types of chocolate, in various shapes and flavors. The world loved chocolate from the beginning, and there is certainly a large market for chocolate today. Gifts of chocolate are always appreciated as well.