Hi....fudge, assorted varieties, dipped pretzel sticks rolled in a variety of things, mounds balls, peanut butter balls, salted nut rolls, and sometimes divinity......sometimes peanut brittle.
I add it to Christmas cookies and give trays as gifts. This year for the church auction I had a glass Christmas platter, and printed out a Christmas cookie tag.....stating it would be filled with homemade Christmas goodies for the winner at Christmas time. I have done that before, and it always sells for a good price.
Buckeyes are basically peanut butter centers dipped in chocolate. They originally got the name because they are dipped in chocolate almost all the way, but a little of the center is left showing so it looks like an eye. We just dip the whole thing in my family, and my sister LOVES these.
I should have said that I give almost all my candies away, and I bake tons of cookies, too, for giving. I bought a lot of tins at the village sales this weekend for just that purpose. Also, that second fudge in my first post should say other assorted candies- I almost always dip pretzels and find other new candies to try.
The only thing I use a recipe for (besides the fudge, that is, and that recipe is on the marshmallow fluff) is Christmas Crunch. It was originally in Good Housekeeping about 7 or 8 years ago. Here it is:
*I have used all sorts of different nuts, or left them out altogether, and the recipe always tastes great anyway. As a matter of fact, yesterday I created "confetti crunch" for the CT tech- nuts and M&Ms, no chocolate on top.
*I add about 1 to 2 teaspoons af baking soda to my recipe to "lighten" it. After the recipe is pretty much done and just ready to pour onto a pan, I add the soda and stir vigorously. The soda adds a lot of tiny bubbles that make the candy less dense and a lot nicer texture, IMO.
*I leave the shortening out of the chocolate coating, because my sensitive gallbladder doesn't like any hydrogenated oils.
"We might want to concider a cookie/candy swap this holiday season!"
Missy, that sounds like fun. You should go start one now so people have time to prepare. As for the fudge, have you tried the no-fail recipe on marshmallow fluff? The real stuff can be tricky....I don't usually bother with it very often.
I just wanted to add that the recipe I linked above tastes an awful lot like the similar candy that See's sells for a fortune.
I am going to try to "make" some homemade treats this year also, not sure what yet. As long as it is not something that requires allot of motor skills "functioning" I should be ok.
Now my question on this is when do you start making things to "give" and if done ahead of time do you freeze them and they still turn out/hold up ok?
Several years ago I made some really great little "treats" and my family got a huge tray(mom/dad, nanny, ds/bil, sis/bil) and it seemed to be a huge hit.
I know though I can't do that much though, not yet anyway but, want to try to make something up.
Also, do you give as gifts and that is it or do you "add" something to go with it? Personally with our situation if, I can do this it will have to be "all" the gift they get.
So I am curious how you other ladies to them?
I want to get the book again The Joy of Cooking, that is where I was able to get some really great ideas. I just have to have dh take me to the library.
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