How to Make Your Own Candy: 4 Recipe Ideas



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If you were to ask someone to think of their favorite recipe, you likely will hear all sorts of different dinner time selections. Quite a few desserts are going to be mentioned as well. Some of these recipes are going to be tried and true favorites while others may reflect the fad diet of the week currently raging in popularity.

Not very many people are going to mention candy recipes. The average person just does not make his or her own candy. Consider that to be a shocking revelation when you stop and ponder just the popularity of candy. If you really want an idea about how popular candy is, just look at the legendary Hersey’s brand. Candy brands like Hershey have become so large that they now require logistical and warehouse help getting their products shipped across the globe.

Making candy in your kitchen is not going to reach that grand a scale. You might never even thought about making your own candy before. To help you start your journey of making unique sweets in the home, here are four classic candy recipes.

1. Chocolate. Since we already mentioned the Hershey name, it might be appropriate to start out the recipe list by making chocolate. Melt up a massive amount of cocoa butter in a pan. In a mixing bowl, combine cocoa, powdered sugar, and powdered milk. Mix these ingredients all up. Pour the melted cocoa butter over the top of it and add in vanilla and coconut oil. Combine all these ingredients and pour them into a mold. Allow the liquid mix to dry and you end up with a nice new serving of chocolate.

2. Candy Canes. The holidays end up coming up a lot quicker than you usually think. When they arrive, you probably want to have some traditional holiday candy around the house. Candy canes are among the most common and popular. Candy canes can be made at home in a manner a lot easier than you might think. In a large pan, pour in sugar at very high heat. A half a cup of water then gets mixed in with corn syrup. One teaspoon of cream of tartar and some peppermint extract is then weaved in. Pour out half the mix onto a silicon sheet and roll it up.

Red food coloring is then added to the remaining half and then put into the oven. Repeat the silicon mat rolling with the newly red candy. The red and white candy are then rolled together to make candy canes.

3. Rock Candy. Rock Candy is a rather strange recipe because it can take well over a week to make. Some have even called it a science project of sorts. Maybe that is not a very far off description. The short description of how this candy is made focuses on boiling granulated sugar in water to make a sugar syrup. The syrup is then placed in a jar where it slowly dries over time. When it does, the rock candy starts to form. Usually, a thread or a stick is placed in the jar and the sugar hardens around it.

4. Gummi Candy. For those who like a little soft candy, gummi selections are perfect. Making them at home might not even require very much effort. All you really need to make gummi candy is Jello, gelatin, and molds. The mixture of Jello, unflavored gelatin, and water have to be heated on top of the stove. Once the liquid is heated, take it off the stove, and pour it into the desired mold. Allow things to cool.

We do have to be honest here. A lot of trial and error is going to be required when making any type of homemade candy. So, just consider making the candy to be a challenge. The challenge can be a fun one so why not give making your own candy a try?

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No Crust Apple Pie Recipe



This apple pie recipe is so easy!  There’s no crust and it’s made almost like a cobbler so it’s just add fruit and the topping.  We had this pie all the time growing up.  It was my sister’s favorite thing to bake.

No Crust Apple Pie

No Crust Apple Pie

4 large granny smith apples
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 stick softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour

Cut up apples and put in 9 inch pie pan. Mix 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Blend together remaining ingredients until crumbly and spread over the apples. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

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  • 4 large granny smith apples
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 slightly beaten egg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup flour
Instructions
  1. Cut up apples and put in 9 inch pie pan.
  2. Mix 1 Tbsp sugar and 1 tsp cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples.
  3. Blend together remaining ingredients until crumbly and spread over the apples.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.

 

You can also use rhubarb instead of apples. If you do, sprinkle a little flour on the rhubarb with the sugar and cinnamon.

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How to Make Cream Cheese Mints



I made cream cheese mints for my sister’s wedding today and I thought I would share how I make them.  I also made these for my wedding.

cream cheese mints

You will need:

  • 8 oz of cream cheese (has to be regular, not low fat)
  • 2 lbs of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 – 1 tsp mint extract (or other flavoring)
  • food coloring
  • granulated sugar

I mix my cream cheese mints by hand. You can use a mixer but I found that it stuck to the mixer and I spent more time scraping it off than mixing.

Take a large bowl and add the cream cheese and mint extract. Then mix in the powdered sugar. I think it works a better if you add powdered sugar a little at a time although you may want a helper for that because your hands will be messy as it is very sticky at this point. 2 lbs may seem like a lot of powdered sugar, but I’m sure you will use it all.

Once you have all the powdered sugar mixed in, kneed in the food coloring to get the color that you want. I used about 10 drops of blue and 6 drops of neon blue food coloring to get the blue color I made. My sister’s wedding color is malibu blue and these are a little too light but I’m sure she’ll like it.

You will want to have rubber molds like these for your mints. I have tried using the flexible ones but they were much harder to get out of the mold. I got my molds at a wedding store.

Put some granulated sugar in a small bowl. Dip your mold in it to coat the inside. This will make your mint come out of the mold easier and give it a sparkly look.

Press a small amount of your cream cheese mix into the mold. Then turn the mold over and push on the back of the mold to get the mint out and onto wax paper. Once you get this part down, it’s really easy. This will make about 180 rose mints.

When you’re done, put your mints in the fridge or freezer for at least 2 hours in one layer. You can transfer them to another container later.

They will store for 3 to 4 weeks in the fridge or months in the freezer.

These took me about 2 hours to make but I had some help molding the mints.

Let me know how yours turn out!

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Scotcheroos Recipe



I had to make something to bring to church this week and I figured I would make scotcheroos. They are simply to make and everyone loves them.

Scotcheroos are like Rice Krispie bars but taste so much better! Instead of marshmallows, you have corn syrup, sugar, and peanut butter. Plus, they are topped with chocolate and butterscotch! Can you make them any better?

I couldn’t find my recipe for Scotcheroos so I used this one I found over on A Bear in the Kitchen. I will definitely be using it again.

Don’t skip that last step of placing them in the fridge for 20 minutes. I left mine out on the counter for over an hour and the chocolate still hadn’t hardened. It won’t make the bars harder as long as you don’t leave them in the fridge all day.

Scotcheroos

Scotcheroos Recipe

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
6 cups Rice Krispies

1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips

Mix brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla in a large pot (large enough for 6 cups to Rice Krispies to be added). Bring to all boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Then add the Rice Krispies.

Press mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan. Make sure you grease your hands, as well, or use a sheet of wax paper.

Put chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir and place back in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted. Spread evenly over bars. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until chocolate hardens.

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Ingredients
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1½ cup peanut butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Mix brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla in a large pot (large enough for 6 cups to Rice Krispies to be added).
  2. Bring to all boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter.
  3. Then add the Rice Krispies.
  4. Press mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.
  5. Make sure you grease your hands, as well, or use a sheet of wax paper.
  6. Put chocolate and butterscotch chips in a microwaveable bowl.
  7. Microwave for 1 minute on high.
  8. Stir and place back in microwave, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted.
  9. Spread evenly over bars.
  10. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until chocolate hardens.

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Frosted Graham Crackers – Easy Kids Snack!



Frosted graham crackers are a simple snack that my mom used to make for me and my sister as a kid. I love them because they are sweet and really easy and quick to make. My daughter loves them, too (although sometimes she just licks off the frosting).

The frosting is just powdered sugar and water. Kids could make it alone, although it can get a little messy if you’re not careful. I spilled powder sugar all over me when I made it.

My daughter is only 4 so I do the frosting and she adds the sprinkles. We put the graham crackers on a cookie sheet or pan so the sprinkles don’t end up all over the room.

frosted graham crackers - easy kids snack

Frosted Graham Crackers

powdered sugar
water
graham crackers
sprinkles

Mix together a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar and a little water until it is the consistency of frosting. Break graham crackers in half. Frost and then add sprinkles.

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  • powdered sugar
  • water
  • graham crackers
  • sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Mix together a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar and a little water until it is the consistency of frosting.
  2. Break graham crackers in half.
  3. Frost and then add sprinkles.

What is your kids’ favorite snack?

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