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10-30-2008, 12:38 PM
Wow! There were some yummy sounding candy recipes shared on Cheryl's post for potato candy. I thought it would be nice to start a thread for sharing our Christmas candy recipes. That way we'll have one place to look :).

Here is one of my family's favorites:

Cashew Turtles

2 cups of light cream
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of light Karo syrup
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
cashews (I use two large cans per batch)

In a heavy saucepan, heat 1 cup of cream to lukewarm. Add sugar, syrup, and salt. Heat until mixture boils, stirring constantly. Now add the remaining cup of cream very slowly, adding a little at a time so the mixture does not stop boiling. Cook and stir constantly for 5 minutes. Stir in butter one tsp. at a time. Turn heat to low. Boil gently, stirring constantly until temperature reaches 248 degrees or when dropped into cold water it forms a firm ball. Remove from heat. Gently stir in vanilla and cool slightly. Pour cashews into candy mixture and stir until cashews are well coated. Drop tbsp. size balls onto waxed paper and cool. Dip the balls into melted chocolate and refrigerate for a few minutes until chocolate is set.

10-31-2008, 03:29 AM
Ooooh, this is a fantastic idea gf! I will dig up my grandma's recipe book I have and post her's too. They are so good!

Your recipe sounds fabulous!!!!

10-31-2008, 03:35 AM
Oooh, I did happen to find a few on my recipe file. My late grandmother always made the Butterscotch Haystacks...Oooooohhhh, one of my faves. Here it is:

Butterscotch Haystacks

1 package butterscotch chips
3/4 cup peanut butter
2 small packages of chow mein noodles
1 cup miniature marshmallows

First heat peanut butter in deep pot at medium heat. Then stir in butterscotch chips, reducing heat to low. Remove pot from burner, adding in noodles a little at a time while stirring the mixture.
Once combined, add in marshmallows (make sure mixture isn't hot or they will melt) and continue to combine all.
Once all ingredients are coated, spoon out onto wax paper and allow one hour for them to set.

*Peanuts or raisins are also great alternatives for the marshmallows.

10-31-2008, 03:36 AM
Oooh, and another...

Chocolate Dipped Coconut Balls (could make myself sick off of these! LOL. So good!!)

1 box or 1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1/8 lb. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/16 lb. paraffin (parawax)
8 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 lg. box coconut

Place powdered sugar in large bowl. Make a well in center. Pour in the milk, softened butter and vanilla. Blend until a soft paste is formed. Work in all sugar; add coconut. Mix well and refrigerate. Now, with hands, make small balls of the paste; refrigerate again. The balls must be cold when dipped.

Put chocolate chips and shredded wax in top of double boiler. When melted, dip each ball into the mixture. Roll until coated. Dip out with a fork; place on waxed paper. Keep the chocolate over the hot water all the time.

With a little practice, your chocolate can be swirled on top of the ball for a professional look.

10-31-2008, 03:37 AM
And one more for me tonite...

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

2 c. peanut butter
1 lb. powdered sugar
1 stick butter
3 c. Rice Krispies

Mix well. Make into small balls. Chill thoroughly.

In top of double boiler melt:

1 (6 oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/8 cake paraffin

10-31-2008, 07:07 AM
Here's an old but easy one

Peanutbutter Crunch

1/2 cup honey
1/4 ts. salt
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups cornflakes
1 cup peanutbutter

Cook honey, sugar, and salt over low heat till dissolved,
add peanutbutter, mix well. Pour over cornflakes and stir to cover. Press into an 8 x 8 glass dish, cool and then cut into squares.

10-31-2008, 08:00 AM
Ok ladies, I am definately gonna get fat this year. LOL These all sound so good.

Sandra from NC
10-31-2008, 08:44 AM
These are all so yummy sounding!! I forgot to look last night. I'll try to remember to do it this weekend.

10-31-2008, 11:17 AM
Ok I have to dig out my recipes

11-01-2008, 11:15 AM
these do sound yummy I will have to go dig mine out too.

11-01-2008, 01:06 PM
This one is for the horse lovers out there....

Road Apples

2 large bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 package of shredded coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

cover a couple of cookie sheets with wax or parchment paper.

Melt your chocolate chips over boiling water, stir in the coconut and chopped nuts.
Spoon as oblong rounds and with the back of a spoon slightly indent the top. Do in sets of two.

Let cool. The kids and the old folks get a kick out of them and they are delish to eat. Very similar to Haystacks. We sell them at the Rodeo every year and take requests for Christmas.

11-01-2008, 10:28 PM

2 exlarge herhesy bars
1 can sweeten condense milk
peanuts or pecans
melt chocolate and milk together in microwave
add nuts and drop on wax paper and cool

11-01-2008, 10:32 PM
Rice Krispy Peanut Butter Balls

6 cups Rice Krispies
2 cups peanut butter
mix together
bring to a boil
1 cup sugar
1 cup corn syrup
take off fire and add 1 tsp vanilla
Add to rice krispies and mix well and form into balls
melt Almond bark and dip balls in bark
set on cookie sheet to cool

11-01-2008, 11:23 PM
Mmmmm, these all sound really yummy!

11-02-2008, 08:09 AM
I've had the haystacks before. They are really good! THanks for reminding me of those Aymee, I'm going to make them for my preschool Thanksgiving Feast. The kids will LOVE them!

11-03-2008, 02:28 AM
Ok, I am now so gaining weight reading this thread! I want candy!!!! LOL

11-03-2008, 04:34 AM
I am not a cook....but will have to share these w/ Mom and have her make me some of these recipes....oh heck....they should be easy enough for me to try.

11-13-2008, 04:36 PM
Not my recipe, but i have made these and there very simply to make and very easy. :)

Oreo Balls

1 package regular size Oreo cookies, crushed
1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese, softened
1 package white almond bark
1 package chocolate almond bark

Makes 25-35 Walnut size candies

1. Using a blender or hand held mixer, mix Oreos and cream cheese together.
2. Roll into walnut size balls.
3. Chill for an hour.
4. Melt approximately 3/4 package of white almond bark.
5. Stick a toothpick in an Oreo ball and dip it in the melted white almond bark.
6. Allow to harden on wax paper.
7. Takes about 15 min.
8. While waiting, melt about 1/4 package of chocolate almond bark.
9. When Oreo balls are no longer sticky to the touch, decorate with drizzles of chocolate and white almond bark.
10. I just use a sandwich bag with a tiny hole cut in one corner to drizzle the almond bark.

11-14-2008, 09:21 AM
Chocolate Dipped Coconut Balls (could make myself sick off of these! LOL. So good!!)

1 box or 1 lb. powdered sugar
1/2 can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1/8 lb. butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/16 lb. paraffin (parawax)
8 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 lg. box coconut

Really Amyee, wax? Think I'll try these without the wax. They sound so good.

11-14-2008, 09:21 AM
I've got to go dig out the fudge recipes --- now my sweet tooth is kicking in. Thanks!

11-16-2008, 09:12 AM
Really Amyee, wax? Think I'll try these without the wax. They sound so good.

what is parawax?

11-17-2008, 12:18 AM
Cass, it's parafin wax :).

11-19-2008, 05:29 PM
Got this one in the mail today for fudge.