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    Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

    2 cups graham cracker crumbs
    1 pound powdered sugar
    1 1/2 cups peanut butter
    1 1/2 sticks butter (no substitutes)

    1/2 block paraffin wax
    12 oz. chocolate chips

    Melt butter and mix together crumbs, sugar and peanut butter. Form small balls. Melt wax and chips together. Dip balls in chocolate mixture and set on wax paper until hardened.

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    Jenlee,
    I have this recipe that calls for marshmallow creme, can I use marshmallow fluff? or is there another product? The recipe is for peanut butter squares.

    Sara

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    Sara, I would think as long as it's the same consistency of melted marshmallows (m'mallow creme), it should be fine.

    My mom makes the best foolproof divinity out of Marshmallow Creme. I don't have the recipe, but she swears by it. She used to make it the old-fashioned way, but got tired of having to watch The Weather Channel to see if it would turn out.

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    CHOCOLATE MARSHMALLOW CLUSTERS

    ½ cup evaporated milk
    ½ cup sugar
    1 Tb. Light corn syrup
    6 oz. chocolate chips
    1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
    1 1/4 cup mini-marshmallows

    In 2 quart pan, combine sugar, milk and corn syrup. Bring to full boil over medium heat, stirring constantly and boil 2 minutes. Remove and add chocolate chips until melted. Let cool 10 minutes. Stir in chopped nuts and marshmallows. Drop small clusters on wax paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or longer.

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    I've been wanting to get some supplies to make some candy for the holidays.
    Jen, maybe you help guide me with what I should start out with?
    What kind of thermometer did you get? I see a lot of cheapies ones, but wonder what they may be lacking.
    I came across this candy making supply site, so thought I'd post it.

    http://www.tcbsupply.com/index.htm

    Sara

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    Sara, I usually buy my thermometers at W-M, believe it or not!! I have never had one do me wrong and the only reason I replace them is because one of the children put it in water and it faded the degrees. I have never paid more than $3 -$4 for one.

    I'll look at that website and post about it later on. Personally, I have always found everything I needed in town. Plus, I have lived in some LITTLE towns. I don't order anything online, so there may be something there, I don't know.

    I'll also make a list of the things I am stocking up on and maybe a recipe to go with it. Most of the things are very basic.

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    OK, Sara, here's my list of "have to haves" that I use to make candy. Keep in mind that most of these are staples and only a few are "extras" that I only keep on hand during the holiday season.

    Sugar, flour, brown sugar, confectioner's sugar (4X/10X is the same), chocolate/peanut butter/butterscotch chips, corn syrup, pecans (My parents have pecan trees and I get mine free - so I don't use any others!!), evaporated milk, condensed milk, BUTTER - NOT MARGARINE, peanut butter, Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, coconut, vanilla extract, cinnamon and baking cocoa.

    Sounds like a long list, but many of us have 3/4 of these items in our homes at any one time.

    Last Christmas, I made 3 different types of candy for 35 of dh's employees and the ingredients only cost me about $40.

    I made pralines, fudge and truffles and had some ingredients left over.

    I am too frugal to try recipes that call for expensive ingredients, so I stick with the basics.

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    I looked at the website and it really has alot. I have found, however, that my W-M has a great Wilton supply in the craft dept. and their products are great. I have bought their candi-melts on sale instead of dipping in chocolate. I have an extensive collection of the lollipop molds for dd's parties at school. I find my bags at the $$$ store, more often than not!!

    Good luck.

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    I'm just starting to get a supply list together and some simple recipes to try. I think I'll wait on the molds though.

    I like this site:
    http://www.sugarcraft.com/
    Has a lot of info. And her personal site:
    http://w3.one.net/~proicer/index.html

    Some yummy tips and recipes.

    Thanks Jenlee for your help.

    Sara

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    There is alot of good info there, Thanks Sara..... BTW...are you interested in buying the mixer she has listed for sale ????? It's only $1,000.00 ...........

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    http://www.geocities.com/webcipes/cand.html



    Lots of good fudge recipes too.

    Sara

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    Default Link: Candy recipes

    http://www.123easyaspie.com/candy.html

    Some more homemade candy recipes.

    Gummi Bears

    • 3 pkgs. of unflavored gelatin (packages that come in a box each package represents about 3/4 tablespoon)
    • 2 tablespoons flavored jello
    • 1 tablespoon Kool-Aid (flavor to match jello)
    • 1/2 cup iced water
    • Candy molds

    1. In 1/2 cup of icy cold water, slowly add gelatin , kool aid and jello. Mix well. Allow to stand until mixture looks slushy.

    2. Microwave on high for 1 minute and 15 seconds (or just until top foams). With a large eyedropper or turkey baster fill candy molds. Put molds in freezer for 10 minutes.

    3. Remove from freezer, remove candy by bending mold and teasing candy away from sides. Store in airtight containers or Ziplock bag.

    4. Recipe makes enough to fill 2 and 1/2 molds that make 16-candies per mold.

    Homemade Candy canes

    3 cups sugar
    1 teaspoon peppermint extract
    1/2 cup water
    3/4 cups light corn syrup
    3/4 teaspoons red food coloring
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

    Combine the sugar, water, syrup and cream of tartar in a sauce pan and heat till the sugar has dissolved.

    Divide mixture into 2 saucepans, bring to a boil (do not stir the mixtures in both pots) until the candy thermometer reads 280°F.

    Add 1/2 teaspoon peppermint into each pot and add the red food coloring into one pot, leaving the other pot plain.

    Oil an enamel or marble surface or slab. Place mixture from one pot and stretch it like taffy, pulling and forming the mixture into a rope. Set aside and continue with other pot doing the same thing.

    Take both red and white ropes and twist them around each other again and again. Cut into desired sizes and form into candy cane shapes.

    Oil the surface lightly again and place candy canes and allow them to harden

    Sara

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    http://www.northpole.com/cooking/cat005.html

    Lots of candy recipes. The site has some great bread, cakes, and pie recipes too.

    Sara

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    Almond Bark Drop Cookies


    Ingredients

    2 pounds white confectioners' coating
    1 cup peanut butter
    2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
    3 cups crisp rice cereal
    2 cups miniature marshmallows


    Directions

    1 In a microwave oven or over a double boiler, melt the white confectioners'
    coating, stirring frequently until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut
    butter until well blended. Fold in the peanuts crisp rice cereal and
    marshmallows. Drop by heaping spoonfuls onto waxed paper lined baking
    sheets.

    2 Chill until set. Store in refrigerator.

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    Pecan Kisses
    (Sugar Free)

    (Makes 24 kisses)


    1 egg white
    4 teaspoons Sweet 'N Low(r) Brown granulated sugar substitute
    Pinch of salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 cup pecans, chopped fine

    Beat egg white with electric mixer until stiff. While beating constantly,
    gradually add Sweet'N Low Brown, salt and vanilla. Fold in pecans. Arrange
    by teaspoonfuls on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake
    10-12 minutes at 325°F.

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