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Day 348 - How Holiday Candy Can Make Your Life More Joyful.

Day 348 - How Holiday Candy Can Make Your Life More Joyful.

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Hey, everyone. I'm busy in the kitchen today mixing up some super holiday treats. At the top of my list is making a batch of toffee candy. Yes, toffee sounds hard, but in all honesty, it's easy to make. The crunchy, buttery bark is some of the sweetest, most delicious candy on this planet. Have you ever had warm homemade toffee? It's a slice of heaven.

Growing up my grandmother made lots and lots of different candies every holiday. She labored over chocolate covered cherries, caramels, divinity and fudge just to name a few. Her entire house would be covered in candy. She gave each and every piece away on a paper plate topped with a festive bow. She had a big heart and showed her love through what she made. If you were lucky enough to receive a plate of candy, you knew you were special.

Today's project is to create a batch of candy and give it to someone in your life. Tell them they are special. I have included the recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Toffee below. It's easy to make and even easier to give away.

Chocolate Peppermint Toffee

You will need:

 

  • 2 sticks butter
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • A dash of salt
  • 5 candy canes unwrapped broken in pieces
  • 1 candy cane crushed
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt (optional)

Step 1: Grease cookie sheet/jelly roll pan. Place butter, sugar, water, corn syrup and a dash a salt into a heavy pan. Attach a candy thermometer to the pan and turn the stove on medium to high heat and begin to stir the mixture. 

Step 2: Keep stirring and heating the mixture until it reaches 290 degrees then remove from heat.

Step 3: Pour hot mixture into the baking sheet/jelly roll pan. (The mixture is boiling. Be careful when handling) Add the broken candy cane pieces. Add the chocolate chips on top of the toffee. Let the chocolate chips melt. Smooth the chocolate with a butter knife or offset spatula. Sprinkle the coarse sea salt if desired. Top with the crushed candy cane.

Step 4: Let harden and break apart into small pieces.

Step 5: Give away your treats and spread joy.

Until tomorrow great gift givers and joy makers!

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