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Mar 212013
 

Chocolate Coated Candy Eggs

Another old recipe I can remember my mom making for her grandkids for their Easter baskets! Although she did believe in some candy, she also was one to decorate pieces of fruit with construction paper to make different animals and people, which always delighted my nephews and nieces when then all would join us for the big Easter egg hunt followed by a huge, and I mean HUGE dinner. My mom loved to cook and spared no time or cost when it came to a family get-together, I guess that’s where I get it from!

easter basket

Chocolate Coated Candy Eggs
 
Ingredients
  • 12 oz coconut
  • ½ lb butter at room temperature
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme
  • 2 boxes (1 lb each) 10X powdered sugar
  • 1 small jar peanut butter
  • 1 pkg 12 oz semisweet chocolate pieces
  • ⅓ stick of paraffin
Instructions
  1. Combine the coconut, butter, marshmallow creme, powdered sugar and the peanut butter and mix by hard until smooth and well blended.
  2. Shape mixture into about 3 dozen eggs.
  3. Chill on a cookie sheet, lined with plastic wrap, overnight.
  4. Melt chocolate and the paraffin in the top of a double boiler.
  5. Dip eggs to coat and chill again until firm.

 

You can also use white chocolate for this recipe and put a few drops of food coloring in for different colored eggs. Your kids, big and small, will enjoy these homemade treats for Easter……….

Mar 192013
 

Chocolate Covered Caramels

With Easter right around the corner, why not make homemade candy for the kids? Today is National Chocolate Caramel Day and although I used to love caramels, they are not something I treat myself with too often any more. I have fond memories of my mom making these sweet treats when I was younger and sometimes she would leave them plain and sometimes she’d dip them into melted chocolate and sometimes sprinkle them with chopped nuts. Back then, she would always wrap them in waxed paper as plastic wrap wasn’t available, showing my age but yet again!

caramels

Chocolate Covered Caramels
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1-1/2 teas vanilla extract
  • Melted chocolate (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a heavy saucepan.
  2. Cook slowly to a hard ball stage, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla.
  4. Pour into a greased 8x8x2 inch pan.
  5. Let cool completely until firm.
  6. Cut into desired size pieces and wrap individually.
  7. If you want to coat them in chocolate, have the chocolate melted, dip pieces into it and place them on a piece of wax paper for the chocolate to harden, then wrap.
  8. My mom would sometimes have finely chopped walnuts to sprinkle over them while the chocolate was still soft.

 

Hope you enjoy another old recipe!

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