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Homemade Chocolate Candy

I am interested in making delicious, unusual meals and desserts, particularly for special occasions. Quick and easy meals are also great.

My photo. Peanut delight.

My photo. Peanut delight.

Homemade Candy

My family enjoys homemade candy, especially homemade chocolate candy,occasionally, particularly on holidays. I make candy and freeze it well before the holidays, just to have it on-hand, plus I often give candy for a gift. We are actually not big candy eaters on a regular basis, but the interest soars when the candy is homemade.

Peanut Delight Candy

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

20 min

30 min

Approximately 75 pieces

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Ingredients

  • 1 16 pz. jar Salted peanuts
  • 1 bag Semii-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag Butterscotch chips
  • 1 bag Peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. Put all 3 bags of chips into a crock pot, set on medium heat. Stir mixture until the chips are melted.
  2. Add the jar of peanuts, stirring vigorously. Turn the heat off on the crock pot.
  3. Use 2 or 3 trays, lined with parchment or wax paper. Use a teaspoon to place bite size pieces of candy on the trays. You can make the pieces larger if you so choose.
  4. Put the trays into the freezer for about an hour. Remove candies from the trays. You may want to fill a candy dish for your family at this point.
  5. The candies can be put into an airtight container and kept frozen for months, or the candy will also keep well in the refrigerator.

Easy Delicious Incredibles

Ingredients:

  • 2 c Graham Cracker crumbs
  • 2 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks of margarine, melted
  • 1 (10 oz.) jar crunchy peanut butter (use 12 ox. If desired)
  • Bag of Chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix graham cracker crumbs, confectioners sugar, margarine and peanut butter. Mix well. Melt chocolate chips and spread over mixture. Let it set before cutting into squares

Lu’s English Toffee

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 small Hershey Bars
  • 3/4 cup of nuts (almonds work well)

Directions:

Combine sugar, butter, water and salt in a saucepan. Cook until brown for about 10 minutes (Hard crack, 280° F). Pour into a butter pan. Lay the Hershey bars across the hot mixture and sprinkle the nuts over the top. Let mixture cool, but break up the candy into pieces before the mixture is cold.

(Hard crack s when you drop a bit of candy into cold water and the candy separates into hard, brittle threads that snap easily.)

English Toffee

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History of Chocolate

A dessert actually refers to any sweet dish served at the end of a meal. It can be cake, candy, pies, ice cream, etc. Candy, on the other hand, is a sweet confection, made with sugar or other sweeteners, and it is often combined with fruit or nuts. The first candy was probably honey combined with nuts and fruits. The Olmec Indians and the Mayans were the first to grow cocoa beans as a crop. In the Mayan society, cocoa beans were only for the elite.

In 1544, Dominican friars visited Prince Phillip of Spain and brought jars of cocoa as a gift. It was another century before Portugal and Spain imported their precious cocoa to other parts of Europe. The Spanish added cane sugar and vanilla to their sweet beverage. In 1647, the first chocolate house was opened in London by a Frenchman. About 1674, eating solid chocolate was introduced in rolls and cakes. This delicacy was still too expensive for most people, as the cost of cane sugar and cocoa were high.

Chocolate was introduced in the United States in 1765, by an Irishman, named John Hanan, where he met Dr. James Baker. They soon opened a mill called BAKER’S Chocolate.

The pioneer for Swiss chocolate, Francois Louis Callier, began in 1819. Richard Cadbury in 1868, created the first heart shaped chocolate.

Summary

When I visited the Dominican Republic, my son had a Cacao tree in his yard. We took one of the pods down and saw the cocoa beans. Of course, I had to try it! I will tell you that the beans need some serious sweetening, as they do not taste good at all ripe off the tree.

The history of chocolate covers many centuries and countries experimented with different types of chocolate, in various shapes and flavors. The world loved chocolate from the beginning, and there is certainly a large market for chocolate today. Gifts of chocolate are always appreciated as well.

Homemade Chocolate Candies

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on April 26, 2020:

Hi Peggy,

I really like all chocolate but now prefer dark chocolate as well. I only make candy during the Christmas holidays. Thank you for commenting.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 25, 2020:

I had forgotten that I commented 5 years ago on this. Perhaps with people staying at home more now, they might wish to make some of your good-sounding homemade chocolate candies. I prefer dark chocolate these days to semi-sweet.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2019:

Hi Alssa, I can personally tell you we all loved them. I got Peanut Delght recipe from my nephew and I make it every Christmas. Thank you for your comments.

Alyssa from Ohio on December 09, 2019:

These all look so delicious and easy to make! I definitely need to give your recipes a try this holiday season!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2014:

Patricia, I hope you enjoy the new recipes. Thanks for your comments and of course, the angel. Blessings to you.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2014:

Mary, I will have to check your recipe out again also since it is that time of year. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2014:

greatstuff, These are fairly easy recipes. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on December 09, 2014:

Peggy, I hope you enjoy the new recipes and appreciate the shares. Have a wonderful Christmas! I appreciate your comments.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 08, 2014:

Just when I thought I could not learn more about this divinity of the ages, you fill in a lot of info I did not know.

Now of course I will be searching for some delightful dark chocolate first chance I have.

thanks for sharing Pinned

Angels are on the way ps

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 08, 2014:

I just came back to reread this Hub, and to share it again in time for Christmas. I will make my usual chocolate dipped candies that I wrote a Hub about. That's another easy one to make.

Voted UP, etc and Pinned to my recipe board.

Mazlan A from Malaysia on December 08, 2014:

This looks simple enough for me to try for the holiday season. Thanks.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 07, 2014:

Hi Pamela,

I have made homemade cookies for years and given them away as gifts and just this year did the same with sweet breads. I am going to keep your recipes by pinning them to a new category called candy on Pinterest and will also share on HP, twitter and G+. Others may like making this for Christmas presents.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 20, 2013:

Careermommy, Everyone that came to my house loved this candy and I think your family will like it also. Thanks for your comments.

Tirralan Watkins from Los Angeles, CA on July 19, 2013:

Pamela99, this recipe is right up my alley. I think I will try them with almonds. I like the idea of melting the chocolate in a crock pot. Thank you for this delicious recipe!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2013:

jenbeach, They are good, really. I hope you get a chance to try the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

jenbeach21 from Orlando, FL on January 21, 2013:

These recipes look so delicious especially the toffee. Shared, pinned, and voted up!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2013:

Martie, Chocolates sometimes are the highlight of my day! Thanks so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on January 21, 2013:

Linda, I love chocolate too. Hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for the comments.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 21, 2013:

Can't imagine life without chocolates. Your recipes look delicious, Pamela! Thank you for sharing :)

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on January 21, 2013:

You had me at the title...who could resist chocolate! Thank you for the Incredibles recipe. They look incredibly delicious!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 12, 2012:

Katy, Brave or stupid! Thanks so much for your comments.

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on July 12, 2012:

Just love those home made cookies and chocolate is always a big plus, won't try the berries 'tho, brave of you

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 11, 2012:

Lesley, I hope you enjoy your adventure into making candy. Thank you so much for your comments.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 10, 2012:

Hi Pamela, I love chocolate but have never made any chocolate candy!

These recipes sound delicious - I will certainly try them, I enjoyed the additional information too, thank you and voted up.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 06, 2012:

rahul, This recipe makes quite a lot, so you can freeze much of it and you won't run out of chocolate for a long time. Thanks for your comments.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on July 06, 2012:

Being a man.. it is hard to admit.. but I love chocolate... and this recipe is just the right mood lifter... thank you for this!! :)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on July 04, 2012:

Cogerson, I would love to know if you like it. It really isn't difficult. Thanks for your comments.

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on July 04, 2012:

Excellent recipe for chocolate.....it looks like something we can easily do at our house...and chocolate seems to be one of the main things most of the people at my house eat...lol. We will give your recipe a try to let you know about the results...I liked that you included the nutritional facts as well....voted up and useful.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 30, 2012:

snowdrops, I am the same way. I appreciate your comments.

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on June 30, 2012:

anything about chocolates makes me crave. Voted this up and 5 stars!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2012:

Jlava, Winter is a better time to bake and cook, and I make candy around the holidays. I went on and did this for the contest as they are all delicious recipes. Thanks for your comments.

Jennifer Vasconcelos from Cyberspace and My Own World on June 28, 2012:

You are a lady after my own heart. My mom had the Betty Crocker 50's Cookbook and we had so much fun trying out the "from scratch" Candy recipes. One of my favorite pass-times is hauling out the Cookbooks and trying out new recipes. I'll admit to only doing it during the winter months. There is nothing so therapeutic as a good day spent cooking and baking. I will keep this Hub for future reference.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 28, 2012:

Mekenzie, My nephew made the first one for us a couple of Christmas's ago, and we really liked it. Hope you enjoy the recipes. Thanks for your comments.

Susan Ream from Michigan on June 28, 2012:

Pamela, now you've made me crave some homemade candy. You've even provided the recipe's.

Great and inviting hub. voted up and informative.

Mekenzie

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 27, 2012:

KKGals, I love to make homemade candy, especially around the holidays. I hope you enjoy all the recipes. I appreciate your comments.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 27, 2012:

I love chocolate. As I read the first recipe I thought "This is fantastic". I thought the same about the second and third recipe. Now I think I have to try all three. Up, useful and I wish they had a delicious button.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2012:

Martie, Chocolates rank up near the top! Thanks for your comments.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on June 24, 2012:

Pamela, what a lovely, delicious hub. I'm going to try this homemade chocolate candy within the next week. Yummy. Thanks, too, for all the interesting information. Chocolate, coffee and pepper are surely the best discoveries ever... oh, and what about salt and and and the Internet... I guess the list is long. But really, what will life be without chocolates?

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 24, 2012:

sofs, Enjoy! Thanks for your comments.

drbj, Hope you like it as much as our family does. I'll look forward to gearing from you. I appreciate your comments.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 23, 2012:

These are nice simple recipes, Pamela, especially the chocolate peanut delight. So I will try it soon - have to buy the ingredients first - and let you know the results. Chocolate is good for us, right?

Sophie on June 23, 2012:

Pamela.. Thou shall not tempt... Gosh you have me salivating now:)

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2012:

sammimillis, I hope you enjoy the recipes. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2012:

Thanks so much for your comments. Enjoy!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2012:

How-to-answer, I think you have discovered a whole new world of desserts.hehe Thank you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2012:

Mary, Thank you for sharing my hub. I love chocolate also. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2012:

Moonlake, They are all easy to make. Thanks for your comments.

sammimills from California, USA on June 22, 2012:

WOW!! by just looking at the pictures, it makes want to taste one! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe. I will try making this one.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 22, 2012:

All these candy recipes look great. I hope to try them soon.

L M Reid from Ireland on June 22, 2012:

I must admit that I never thought of making home made candy or sweets as we call them. I make a lot of homemade recipes so this is exciting for me. Definitely going to try them out and experiment with other ingredients too. The fact that you can freeze them is an added bonus too

Sharing on Twitter. voted 5 stars

Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 22, 2012:

Oh my, I should never have read this Hub late at night! I love chocolate, and your recipes look so good! They seem to be easy to make, too. I voted this UP, and will share.

moonlake from America on June 22, 2012:

Your recipes look great. All looks easy to make. Voted Up. Shared

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

prasetio, I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for your comments and have a nice weekend.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on June 22, 2012:

I love chocolate candy and your recipe looks easy to be followed and delicious as well. Thanks, Pamela for writing and share with us. I can't wait to make it soon. Take care and have a nice weekend!

Prasetio

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

Sandyspider, The "C" is always good! I hope you get to try the recipe because on your diet it would fit right in. Thanks for your comments. :)

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on June 22, 2012:

I love this recipe. It is a good thing that I am on the "C" diet.

Chocolate!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

RTolloni, I like easy recipes, as I do use them for homemade gifts also. Thanks you so much for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

Xenonlit, I hope you will get to try some of the candy sometime. Thanks for your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

I imagine you will love the English toffee. I appreciate your comments.

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 22, 2012:

Ruby, This is a very good recipe, and I really like that the recipe makes so much candy that you can keep a supply in the freezer for a while. I guess that depends on the size of your family! LOL Thanks for your comments.

RTalloni on June 21, 2012:

These easy recipes do indeed look nice enough to use for home made gifts. What better way to let someone know you think of them fondly? :)

Xenonlit on June 21, 2012:

I should flag this for being too delicious! Good job on the layout and the quality!

anglnwu on June 21, 2012:

I love all your candy ideas, especially the English toffee--they look delicious. Awesome and shared.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 21, 2012:

You've hit on the one think i love the most, CHOCOLATE. I will try your recipe, sounds delicious...

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2012:

BPOP, I hope you get to try me of the recipes. I am a fan of dark chocolate also. Thanks for your comments.

breakfastpop on June 21, 2012:

I eat a little dark chocolate every night. It has terrific health benefits. I would love to make my own chocolate. Thanks Pamela. Up and awesome!

Pamela Oglesby (author) from Sunny Florida on June 21, 2012:

teaches, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments.

Mei Eden, These really are all easy recipes, which always appeal to me when its something I like. Thank you for your comments.

webpromotica, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and your comments are appreciated.

webpromotica on June 20, 2012:

Girls in our team will surely give it a try..........History of chocolate was the most interesting part : )

Christine C from Houston, TX on June 20, 2012:

Oh my goodness Pamela! These desserts look SO delicious. You had me at "CHOCOLATE". I'm especially excited to try the Lu's English Toffee recipe. All of the recipes look super yummy and easy to make. Thanks for sharing with us!

Dianna Mendez on June 20, 2012:

I love chocolate, especially with toffee. Your photos make me want to make something tonight, but I will control myself until tomorrow. You gave me chuckle with your tasting the bitter pods off the tree. Voted up!

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