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Homemade Chocolate Candy

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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.

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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:

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