Weird and Wacky Candy Recipes
Candy From Anything
Candy can be made from many things - vegetables, fruit or vegetable juices, maple syrup, cactus, meat, insects, just about anything. Take any ingredient and coat it with chocolate or cook it with sugar and you can have a confection.
I hope you enjoy the recipes below. The first and third are very good, but the second I have not tried yet, despite a friend's telling me it is delicious. At today's prices, I don't want to chance ruining a pound of bacon!
Potatoes of Many Varieties Can Become Candy
This recipe for a vegetable based candy often made in Ohio does not require much cooking or any type of candy thermometer, so the [process is simple. The recipe makes 64 pieces of candy.
Besides the plain style of candy, you can add 5-6 drops of peppermint oil and tint the candy pink or green with a good quality food coloring, or use your imagination with other flavors and colors to produce some variety.
- 1/2 Cup unseasoned smoothly mashed potatoes. This is really not very much – about one medium sized potato (I use the Idaho variety). If you use mashed potato flakes, the consistency of the candy will be different - read the contents and instructions for seasoning instant potatoes.
- 3 Cups of confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
- 1 Cup shredded coconut
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 oz semisweet chocolates bits; or chop up some bits from a bar of baking chocolate
- Cooking spray an 8-inch square baking pan or dish.
- Wash, peel and cook the potato and mash it in a mixing bowl, if you have not already done so.
- While the potato is still piping hot, beat in the sugar and the coconut until it is all very well mixed;
- Next, pour in the vanilla and mix again until completely well blended.
- Press this batter evenly into the pan or baking dish.
- Melt the chocolate on your stove top and be careful not to burn it. You can also use the microwave to avoid the double boiler.
- Pour the melted chocolate over the top of the potato batter.
- Chill the candy in the refrigerator until firm to the touch. Cut it into squares and enjoy.
Chocolate Covered Bacon
- One 12oz Bag of Semi-Sweet Chocolate morsels
- One Pound of raw bacon
- Large skillet, double boiler, tongs, cooling rack, plate & paper towels.
- Take the bacon from the packaging while you are heating the skillet to HOT first.
- Then put bacon strips into skillet and turn them as needed with tongs - cook until chewy or crispy - your choice. If it gets too crispy, chocolate will not adhere well or you will get a chocolate bacon lump.
- Remove bacon and place it on a paper towels.
- Fill bottom of double boiler with water and bring to a medium high heat.
- Put top of double boiler in place and melt chocolate in it a little at a time, stirring constantly.
- Dip each bacon strip into chocolate and lay it on cooling rack.
- Place cooling rack filled with bacon into refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Remove bacon strips from the cooling rack and serve.
Delicious Grapes Make Good Candy
This dessert and snack dish is not exactly candy, but it is odd and I like it. It provides 6 regular-sized portions or you can divide it up into smaller pieces.
- 4 cups of seedless grapes, any color
- 1/4 cup chopped English walnuts
- 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon grated or ground ginger
- 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 Cup fast-cooking oats
- 1/2 Cup packed light brown sugar or Honey
- 1 Cup butter, melted on stovetop or in microwave
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cooking spray an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, place the grapes, walnuts, orange peel, and ginger and toss together briefly. Then pour the mix into the baking dish.
- Mix the flour, oats, and light brown sugar together in the same mixing bowl as used before. Blend thoroughly.
- Take this bowl of topping mix and sprinkle the contents over the grape mix; then, drizzle the melted butter evenly across the topping.
- Bake 30 – 40 minutes, until the topping is crisp and medium brown in appearance. Cool, cut, and serve.
More About Candy
- Inventing the Lollipop
Who invented lollipops? Several people at once, probably, but in 1905, one candy company owner took home sticks used to stir candies as a treat for his children. Read more about the history of this treat here.
- How to Make Cheese Candy in Several Variations
I've experimented with several recipes on a Sunday afternoon and found that these are not so weird as recipes after all and are really very good. Some are no-cook and the basic reciopes can be modified for a variety of different tastes and good fun.
- Favorite Candy and Bread Recipes
Here are four delicious traditional Festival and Feast Day recipes that you may not know yet, for breads and candy.