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Tootsie Rolls

Tootsie Rolls

Homemade Tootsie Rolls are simple to make and talk about a special treat.  Plus know what goes into making them is always a plus around our home.  This recipe makes quite a few of these little goodies.  There are no fancy ingredients, I always have everything I need sitting in my pantry.

Ingredients

2 Tablespoons butter softened
1/2 cup cocoa powdered
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 cups powdered sugar

In a medium size bowl add all the ingredients.  Stir until you can’t stir anymore.

Now using your hands start turning and kneading everything in the bowl.  You can do this in the bowl or on your counter top.  The cocoa powder will start to come out and will turn everything a nice chocolate color.  Just keep kneading until everything is completely combined.

Tootsie Roll Dough

Divide the dough into 4 to 6 equal parts.  Using your hands roll the dough into a long rope.

Tootsie Roll Ropes

Cut the Tootsie Roll ropes into the size you would like.  Roll them in wax paper and twist the ends tight.  ENJOY!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls

Reeses's Peanut Butter Balls
Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls

Needing an easy, simple candy treat?  Here is your answer, Reese’s Peanut Butter Balls.  Some folks call these buckeye’s which work just fine if you leave one side not covered with chocolate.  I completely covered my candy treats with chocolate.

Honestly you can make these into any shape you enjoy.  Easter time shape them into eggs and you have Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs, see how the name changes depending on how you shape them.

Make up two batches, one for your family and one as a treat for a special friend, family down the road, teacher, hair dresser, the list goes on and on.

What is so special about these is not only the taste, I can almost guarantee you have all the ingredients on hand to make up a batch.

1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Add peanut butter, vanilla, butter and 1 cup powdered sugar to a saucepan.  On medium heat stir to combine.  Continue stirring until everything comes together and starts to bubble.

Remove from heat and stir in remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar.  Set aside to cool.

When cool shape into balls and place on parchment paper on top of cookie sheet.  Place in refrigerator to chill peanut butter balls.

I used melting chocolate about half a bag.  Melt on high for 90 seconds. Stir and continue heat for 15 seconds and stirring until completely melted.

Remove chilled peanut butter balls from refrigerator.  Dip into melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to set up.  ENJOY!

Best Toffee Recipe

Best Toffee Recipe
Best Toffee Recipe

Making toffee was supposed to be difficult.  After all you really only find the good stuff in high-end expensive candy stores.  Not any more!  Save time and money-making your own.  Plus you know exactly what goes into making this decadent treat.  Forget buying expensive toffee.  Come along and I’ll show you how to make your very own anytime you want.

Ingredients:  1 cup butter (2 sticks), 1 cup sugar, 3 Tablespoons water, 3/4 cups chopped pecans or more, 2 cups chocolate chips.

Line a baking sheet with a lip with wax or parchment paper.

Using a heavy bottom medium pan, stir in butter, sugar and water.  Heat over medium heat.  Here is where taking your time comes into play.  Stir mixture so it doesn’t burn.  The mixture will turn into a dark brown syrup.  You don’t want it to thin or to thick.  This might take up to 10 minutes or so.

Pour mixture onto cookie sheet.  I pick the cookie sheet up and start tilting it this way and that so the mixture spreads.

Immediately spread the chocolate chips on top of the hot toffee.  Using an off set knife or butter knife spread the melting chocolate across the toffee.

Sprinkle the pecans on top of the warm chocolate.  Use as little or a lot.  Depends on who I am making the toffee for, I decide if I’m going to use more or less chopped pecans.  I personally like tons on my toffee.

Let cool and harden.  Peel off the wax or parchment paper.  Break or cut into pieces.

 

Chocolate Turtles

Chocolate Turtles
Chocolate Turtles

Chocolate Pecan Turtles are so much fun to make, okay and to eat.  Stay out of those expensive candy stores.  Learn how to make these right in your own kitchen.  Honestly not hard.  If you want to really have fun, call a friend and share the joy of making these together.

2 cups of pecan halves, 2 (12 ounce) package chocolate chips, 30 or so unwrapped caramels, 2 Tablespoons water, 1.2 cup butter softened.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Arrange pecans on a baking sheet.  Bake pecans in the oven until lightly browned.  Around 5 to 7 minutes.

Line a baking sheet with lined with parchment paper, greased with butter.

Arrange pecans on baking sheet.  Two maybe three in a cluster.

Combine caramels, water and butter in a saucepan over low heat.  Cook, stirring occasionally until caramels are melted and smooth.

With a spoon drop caramel over the pecans.  Covering them completely.  Allow to cool and harden.

Melt chocolate chips in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching.

Drizzle chocolate over caramel nut clusters.

Refrigerate to set, about 1 hour.   ENJOY!

TIP:  You can melt the chocolate in the microwave , cooking for 1 minute and stirring until smooth.

 

DIY Candy Medals

DIY Candy Medals

We were have our family night and playing some fun games.  It was my assignment to make the treats for afterward.  I came up with this idea to award Candy Medals to the participates.  There were three of us so everybody actually won.

Use this idea for relay games, easter egg hunt, school or church activity.  Actually this works great for adults as well as kids.

Now the instructions are pretty difficult.  Cut some pretty ribbon and hot glue each end to each side of your candy bar.  Yeah I know, even my husband can do this.  Let your kids make some Candy Medals for prizes at their next birthday party.

Sometimes the simple ideas are the best.  ENJOY!

Candy DIY Easter Basket/Butterfly Drink Straw

Candy DIY Easter Basket/Decorated Drinking Straw
Candy DIY Easter Basket/Decorated Drinking Straw

Easter is around the corner, really it will be here before you know it.  Every month I visit some special ladies.  Since Easter is around the corner, I wanted to make something special for each one of these women.

We were talking about candy and how we all love to receive and eat candy.  One of them mentioned they like the boxes you find at Wal Mart because of their price.

Off to Wal Mart I go after hearing some of their favorite candies they all enjoy.  Making these individual Easter Baskets was so much fun.  I thought all of you might enjoy making some DIY Easter Baskets for someone special.  I made some cute butterfly drinking straws to go in the candy box.  You can find the instructions below the candy baskets instructions.

Choose 4 boxes of candy.  Hot glue the edges to hold them together.  Trace around the bottom and cut out cardboard to fit.  Glue onto the bottom of the boxes.  You now have a box.

Next I cut some pretty scrapbook paper and glued it on for handles.

Fill with some easter grass.  In my baskets I added some homemade easter candy (you can find the recipe on my blog) , jelly beans and will add even more before I deliver the baskets.

The Butterflies are actually drinking straws.  Trace out a butterfly pattern (I used a cookie cutter).  Trace pattern or cookie cutter onto pretty scrapbook paper.  Cut out the butterfly.  Using a xacto knife make two slits that your straw can slip through.

Slide your straw onto the butterfly, move it to the top and now you have something pretty and useful to add to your DIY Easter Baskets.  ENJOY!

Simply DIY Easter Snacks/Decorations

Simple DIY Easter Snacks/aDecorations

Searching for a quick snack to make for Easter?  How about a great way to eat and display those delicious snacks.  Search no further.  Here is a simple diy Easter snack, plus super quick cute table decorations.

Easter Snack Mix:  1 package cheddar chex mix, 1 cup Easter M&M, 1 package candy coated eggs, 1 can cocktail peanuts.

Mix all ingredients together and serve.  See it doesn’t get any easier.

To make the cones for individual serving:

To make one cone take a sheet of pretty craft paper and roll in into a cone shape.  Tape the edges so it doesn’t come undone.  Fold in the botton to close.  Using half a paper towel, fold the paper towel and place in bottom of cone.  Fill the cone with Easter Snack Mix.

Using a pint size canning jar, fill jar with easter grass.  Make a dent in the center of the grass and place your filled cone inside the jar.  ENJOY!

Easter Candy Homemade

Easter Candy Homemade
Easter Candy Homemade

Just looking at this Easter Candy makes me happy.  Look at all the bright colors happening in this candy.  Not only does it look great, the taste is delicious.  Another plus is how easy and fast this candy is to make.  Honestly total of 8 minutes and I was finished and walking away.

Ingredients you will need are as follows.  1 package of vanilla candy coating.  I chose yellow but there are so many colors you could make several batches of different colors. I digress, back to ingredients.

1 package of vanilla candy coating, 1 cup Easter M&M, Easter sprinkles.  You may also crush up some oreo’s to add to the mix.

Melt candy coating over low heat in a double boiler.  Stir constantly while melting.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Pour melted candy coating onto parchment paper.  Spread to a thin layer.

Immediately sprinkle on the Easter M&M’s and the sprinkles.  Press down lightly into the melted candy coating.

Walk away for couple hours.  Break into pieces.  ENJOY!    I told you it was fast and easy.

Saltine Toffee

Saltine Toffee
Saltine Toffee

Time to update your toffee reprature.  By chance I have just what your taste buds are seeking, Saltine Toffee.

Throw open your pantry doors, everything you need is waiting to be made into this delicious treat.  Need something in a rush, here is your solution.  Make this in ten minutes, let it harden, break into pieces, package and your out the door.  What are you waiting for?

Large baking sheet with sides, line with parchment.

40 saltine crackers which is one pack and maybe 5 more, 1 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 2 cups chocolate chips, 1 cup chopped pecans.

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Line your baking sheet with crackers.  Melt butter and brown sugar.  Bring to a roiling boil for 3 minutes.  Don’t stir while boiling.  Immediately pour over crackers and spread out.

Sprinkle chocolate chips over hot mixture.  With off set knife spread melted chips across top of butter and crackers.  Sprinkle with pecans, gently press into chocolate.

Bake in oven at 375 for 6 minutes.

Remove and let cool and harden or set up.

Break into pieces and watch them disappear.  ENJOY!

Store in airtight container for 2 weeks or freeze for 2 months.

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Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Fudge

Fudge making is a Christmas tradition.  Personally I think we should make fudge more often.  Once a year just isn’t enough.  New tradition, fudge making must happen at least twice a year.

I will share my favorite old fashion chocolate fudge and peanut butter fudge.

Old Fashion Chocolate Fudge

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
4 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Grease or line with wax paper a 8×8 baking dish.   Combine sugar, cocoa and milk.  Bring to a boil.  Be sure to stir constantly.  Reduce heat and place a candy thermometer in pan.  Cook until thermometer reaches 238 degrees.

Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla.  Stir fudge until it looses its shine.  I like to use a wooden spoon.

Pour into your pan and let cool.  Cut into size pieces you desire.

Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2 cup butter
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Melt butter.  Stir in brown sugar and milk.  Bring to a boil for 2 minutes.  Be sure to stir constantly.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter and vanilla.

Add powdered sugar and start mixing.  Mixture should be smooth.  Pour into a 8×8 waxed paper line baking dish.  Let firm up and cut into pieces.

Remember, this year we are making fudge twice.  ENJOY!