Saturday, April 14, 2007

Delayed Easter Candy

Okay here is my review/post on Easter Candy. And no, it didn't take this long because I have been eating for this long. It took my fiance and I no time to clean up the Easter spoils. Pictured above is my Easter Basket, lovingly prepared by my fiance. It holds many of my favorite goodies (minus dark chocolate): Whopper Robin Eggs, Reeses Pieces, Chocolate covered marshmallow (egg), peeps, and my most FAVORITE non-chocolate candy ever, Rasberries and Blackberries by Jelly Belly. Has anyone had these? They are amazing little red and black jellies (which are usually not my piece of cake) that have these flavors that are indescribable (Randy says they remind him of what really good smelling soap would taste like, but that just makes them sound bad). They are covered in sprinkles and remind me of childhood and candy stores.

I know you're all familiar with Cadbury Creme Eggs (personally not my fave, or even close), but what about Cadbury Chocolate bars. I finally got my missing dark chocolate from my step mom. She also gave us a bar of Irish Creme filled milk chocolate. As you can see we finished the milk off pretty fast. The little chocolate squares (to break off) were filled with pockets of ooey gooey irish cream that taste very much like the liqour. It was so good and surprisingly not THAT sweet. We tried to drink a little of the liquour with it and the REAL Bailey's Irish Cream was sweeter. Anyways, it was heaven. The dark chocolate was very good as well but we didn't use it all because I'm saving it to make a Easter candy cookie/brownie later. (I know I said I didn't have any left over but I was talking about the candy I couldn't keep my chocolate stained paws off. I'm stashing some vanilla filled kisses, regular kisses, the reeses, and 1/2 of the dark chocolate bar.)

I didn't have a lot of time and money to go out and buy a bunch of Easter goodies for my fiance, so I decided that it would be a lot more special if I made him some Easter candy. While he was sleeping on saturday (last), I melted some Nutella and milk/creme to attempt to make some dipping chocolate according to a recipe I found online. It didn't turn out like I wanted it to, smooth and silky liquid perfect for dipping like a regular dark chocolate would, but instead became kind of pastey. Maybe because of the nut-component. Anyway, I couldn't dip, but sort of ended up frosting the Nutella on with a spoon. It still tasted wonderful and I had trouble keeping my hands to myself after he had opened them on Easter.

My True crowning glory was peanut butter fudge. My fiance (and I) LOVE peanut butter and I decided to use some to make some fudge. Since I have only made rocky road fudge, I searched for a recipe online. Now the only peanut butter fudge I have had were from stores at malls and touristy places (on the mainland), and they were only tastes at that, but I was shocked at how much mine tasted like the real thing! The recipe was so easy and the fudge came out thick and rich, sweet and peanut buttery, just like store bought fudge. I got GREAT reviews on this and the only qualm I had was the amount of oil that appeared to be on the top once it had cooled. I tried to blot it off but not much came off...oh well, it didn't affect the taste at all!

Easter's Favorite Peanut Butter Fudge

Makes 30 pieces (I halved my recipe so we didn't have too much yield and get fat!)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter
2 and 1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1 tsp. Vanilla extract
3 and 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

Directions: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and milk. Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla. Pour over confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth, pour into an 8 x 8 dish or pan. Chill until firm and cut into squares.


Abby said...

Reese's Pieces are my favorite candy! And I generally love peanut butter in any form, too. I LIVED off it when I was single!

Kathy said...

oh man, and all this time i thought i was the only one who knew about the jelly belly rasberries and blackberries! they're the BEST THINGS ever! after i had my first bag, i could never go back to normal jelly beans or gummy bears (except the dark choco covered ones :) they're chewy just so, not tooo sweet and i love how the little beans on the outside go crunch crunch once you pop them into your mouth. gah. i want another bag now :)

Cheryl said...

Making your own easter treats? What a great idea. Your peanut butter fudge looks deadly good.

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I think one of the most important parts is its texture. The temperature is what separates hard caramel from fudge.