Monthly Archives: October 2011

Chocolate Candy Corn Fudge

I used to work at a bulk foods store, and come Halloween, I would go crazy over the candy corn. And the mellocreme pumpkins. And the mellocreme harvest mix.

So much so that I literally made myself sick. Really sick. Like so sick, I couldn’t look at candy corn with out getting queasy.

Even now, several years later, I can only eat it in small doses.

So what do I decide to do?

Oh… only put it in some fudge.

Chocolate Candy Corn Fudge

(it made for me 1 5×7 pan however it made fairly thick fudge. If you want a thinner fudge you could use and 8×8 pan)

  • 1 c chocolate chips ( I used dark chocolate)
  • 1 c orange candy coating wafers (like Merckens)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 c candy corn, roughly chopped
  • extra candy corn or pumpkins to garnish ( optional)
  1. Line your pan with parchment paper, making sure that it hangs over the sides, then grease.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and half the can of milk ( about half a cup). Microwave in 30 second intervals, until smooth.
  3. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the pan, and let chill for about 10 minutes
  4. Meanwhile, in another microwave safe bowl, melt the candy wafers and the other half of the milk in thirty second intervals until smooth.
  5. Stir in the chopped candy corn, then spread over the chocolate layer.
  6. Top with the extra candy corn or pumpkins, about 1 for every square of fudge you will cut.
  7. Let chill for a couple hours.
  8. Remove from the pan and slice into squares, cleaning the knife after every cut ( it can get sticky)
  9. Keep any left overs in the fridge.

adapted from Taste of Home

Enjoy (sparingly!)

-Mel

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Halloween-ey Candy Bark

So I have just come to realize that I haven’t posted anything in a week. Oops…

To be honest though, I haven’t made anything in a week.

However, since Mr. Ginge has been on a zombie movie kick all day, I was in a halloween-ey mood. And a chocolate mood. How suiting.

What’s great about this recipe is that really you can customize it any way you want, with your favorite chocolate and your favorite candies. Plus it is super quick and easy!

Halloween-ey Candy Bark:

  • 1 pkg dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup orange candy moulding wafers (like Merckens)
  • Candy corn
  • Chocolate covered caramels
  • Orange and black sprinkles
  1. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chips, 30 seconds at a time until smooth and completely melted. Alternatively you could melt them in a double boiler.
  3. Once melted spread evenly over the prepared sheet.
  4. In another microwave safe bowl ( or over another double boiler) melt the candy wafers, in 30 second intervals until smooth.
  5. Drizzle over the chocolate, swirling with a fork if necessary.
  6. Dot the top with candy corn and the chocolate covered caramels, the sprinkle with the sprinkles. :)
  7. Set in the fridge for about an hour or so, so that it can firm up.
  8. Once it has set, smash it into a bunch of pieces.

On another note, we took a road trip out to a winery abut 45 minutes outside of town with some friends yesterday. Along with some wine, I picked up an AWESOME apron ( I love aprons).

These are totally words I live by. (You should see my kitchen some days!)

-Mel.

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A Rafter of Turkeys

On most Thanksgiving tables, the turkey is the star.

And let’s face it, it certainly acts the star. It takes the longest to get ready, requires lots of attention, and is always surrounded by its entourage. :D

The Thanksgiving turkey is happy to be the center of attention on the holiday table.

And while pumpkin pie generally is the star of the dessert  table, these little guys are happy to take a supporting role.

I could certainly gobble these guys up!

Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies

makes 36 cookies

  • sugar cookie dough
  • 18 marshmallows, cut in half
  • 1pkg chocolate chips, melted
  • royal icing, or food color markers and sprinkles to decorate
  1. Roll out your dough, and with a scalloped round cookie cutter, cut out 36 cookies.  I would really use a bigger cutter than I did. My scalloped cutter was much smaller than I thought…. :(
  2. Cut the bottom bumps off to get your turkey fan shape, then bake as directed.

    This is already decorated, but you want a shape like this.

  3. While your cookies are cooling, dip the marshmallow halves in the chocolate and let cool. These will be the turkey heads.
  4. Once the cookies have cooled, decorate the fan with some feather shapes. I started with the outline, then flooded in different thanksgiving colors after it had dried (like above). Let the icing cool completely. Alternatively, if you are short on time, or don’t want to hassles with royal icing, just draw and color in your fan with food color markers. They are amazing. Melted colored chocolate would also work nicely too.

    This is the outline I traced. Alternatively you could just color it in with the markers

  5. With left over icing, pipe your face onto the marshmallows, or stick on some sprinkle while the chocolate is still a bit wet.
  6. Once everything has dried, attach the marshmallow to the cookie with some royal icing, or some melted chocolate. Let set for a few hour or overnight.

Gobble!

Happy Thanksgiving!

-Mel

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I linked this recipe to Taste and Tell Thurdays! Click the link to check out more `Turkey`recipes!

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Not Your Ordinary Cranberries…

Winter is sneaking up on me and I’m not sure I like it.

A couple weeks ago, I passed a truck with a snow plow ready to go on my way home.

Last night, I somehow ended up with three new Christmas decorations.  Some how I think it has something to do with getting lost in the holiday section at Canadian Tire for half an hour. :D

And this morning, I had to scrape frost off of my car!!!!

Seriously, look at that frost.

We haven’t even passed Thanksgiving!!! (Not that we have long to wait!)

And because Thanksgiving is this weekend for my fellow Canadians, and because I am avoiding cleaning the disaster that is my kitchen, I thought I would share with you a recipe for cranberry sauce.

Now them cranberries,they have a bad rap. The can shaped gel is often neglected on the table and frequently lost in the back of the fridge.  Or at least that was the story at my house.  And then last year I decided to make my own cranberry sauce. It went over so well that I made it again for Christmas. And then again at Easter.  It was a game changer. And you wouldn’t believe how easy it is!

You'd think since I run this blog, I would remember my camera and not be forced to use my phone :S

Cranberry Sauce.

makes about 2 1/2 cups

  • 1 pkg cranberries ( fresh or frozen and thawed), about 3 cups
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • juice of 1 lemon + enough water to make 3/4 c
  • 1 tbsp lemon zest
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  1. Wash up your cranberries and pick out any little stick or stems and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and the water. Bring to a boil, stirring to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. Once it’s boiling dump in the cranberries and the zest, then return to  a boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and let simmer  for about 10 minutes. You’ll start hearing the berries pop and burst open. Give it a stir, remove it from the heat, then add the cinnamon ( I swear this makes the sauce)

Bursting Berries

From here you can transfer it to a bowl or container and let cool or if you are so inclined, fill some hot sterilized jars, and process in a water bath canner for 15 minutes.

You will never look at cranberries the same.

-Mel

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Mini Apple Crisp Cookies

Things that I like about taking walks in the fall:

-Stepping on crunchy leaves.

-Stepping on fallen berries or crab apples. I love the squish they make. :)

-The smell of rotting leaves.

-The beautiful color of the leaves.(I really should have taken my camera to the market with me…)

-Rosy cheeks. :)

And the absolute best thing is coming in to a warm home and digging into a huge bowl of comfort food. Like mac and cheese. Or an enormous bowl of hot-from-the-oven apple crisp. Yum.

So the other day when I had some left over cookie dough and some, let’s say, ripe apples, I decided to make this classic favorite in cookie form. Ohmygosh. Best. Idea. Ever.

And what’s even better, they are a cinch to put together. :)

Mini Apple Crisp Cookies.

Makes about 36 cookies

  • 1/2 recipe sugar cookie dough ( use store bought, your favorite mix, or homemade)
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped into little bits
  • 4 tbsp cold butter
  • 1/3 c quick oats.
  • 4 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon ( we like ours very cinnamon-y)
  1. In a mini muffin pan, press some dough in the bottom of the cups so that they are about 1/3 the way full.
  2. Drop a couple chunks of apple on top of the dough. Try and center them so that you can see dough all around the apple.
  3. In a bowl, combine the remaining ingredients, mixing together with either or a fork or your (clean) fingers.
  4. Once it has been mixed well, top the apple with some of the crisp mixture. It should look something like this:
  5. Pop them into an oven preheated to 350° F for about 10-14 minutes.
  6. Let them cool for a couple minutes in the pan, then pop them out gently with a knife and either eat warm or let them cool on a rack. I found it much harder to pop them out after they had cooled completely in the pan.

Ice cream optional.

-Mel

 

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