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Oct 04 2010

Foodbuzz 24×24: Making Candy in the Spirit of Halloween

Published by at 10:42 pm under Desserts,Foodie Events

When we think of Halloween, we automatically think of costumes, scary creatures, pumpkins, and candy – and the latter usually has to do with kids trick-or-treating! Making candy is something we haven’t attempted to do before, so for this special October edition of Foodbuzz 24×24, we were selected to feature a post that revolves around the joys of children to help bring awareness to Save The Children’s Charity, on behalf of Frigidaire. With the Halloween spirit in the air, we thought it would be fun to make a batch of candy that is easy enough for kids to help make in the kitchen. We were actually inspired by the October issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine where she has DIY recipes of various candies that seemed simple enough to prepare. We ventured to make Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars, Goin’ Nuts Candy Bars, and White Chunky Chocolates. As you can see, the theme is chocolate! Needless to say, by the end of our candy-making extravaganza, we were smeared everywhere in bits of chocolate!

Luckily we had a lot of ingredients already on-hand for the 4 candy recipes. And of course, we couldn't have done it without the help of Rachael Ray! Love her!

I was most excited to do the Peanut Butter Cups because it's one of my favorite candies! Surprisingly it's not hard to make at all, nor do you need a lot of ingredients. The first step is to melt the chocolate. If you don't have a double boiler, you can do what we did - take a saucepan and boil it with water and then place a smaller saucepan with the chocolate to give it indirect heat, that way the chocolate doesn't heat up too fast which will ruin the consistency.

We used the 1.25-inch paper baking cups to coat the melted chocolate. The recipe calls to swirl it only about half-way up, but we wanted to fill the entire shell with chocolate. Refrigerate the cups with chocolate for about 5 minutes until it's set.

To make the peanut butter filling, all you have to do is mix together 4 tbsp unsalted butter, 3/4 cup natural peanut butter, and 1/2 cup honey. Fill the chocolate cups about 3/4 full with the peanut butter mixture and refrigerate for 15 minutes to set.

Finally, each peanut butter cup is topped with more melted chocolate to enclose and smooth out the surface. We added some Halloween-colored sprinkles on top to make it extra festive. Refrigerate this until chocolate hardens.

The final product is just as delicious as what you are used to eating! The paper baking cup peels off pretty easy. You can be creative and also add chunks of peanuts in the filling for added crunch! (Links to all candy recipes are located below the post).

The next candy recipe is Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars, for those who love the coconut-chocolate combination! In a mixer, combine 2 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, 2 1/2 tbsp unsalted butter, and 1 tbsp corn syrup. Once it's mixed together, form the coconut mixture into compact bars, about 2 inches long. Refrigerate the mounds until it's hard; you want to be able to stab it with a fork without falling apart.

Again, melted chocolate is required for this recipe - about 12 ounces of chocolate. Dip the hardened coconut bars into the melted chocolate to coat evenly and transfer to a rack set over wax paper to let it cool. We went an extra step to drizzle white icing on top to give it that extra flair. Mmm!

See how easy it was to make these Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars? The kids can help by forming the mounds with their hands and drizzling the icing on top. These bars do not have to look perfect!

Rachael Ray calls this recipe the "Goin' Nuts Candy Bars" because it's definitely nutty. You'll need 1 lb of roasted salted peanuts which needs to be coarsely chopped. Then in a microwavable bowl, melt 10 oz. of peanut butter chips with 1/2 cup corn syrup and 2 tbsp unsalted butter.

Once the peanut chips has melted, stir in 3/4 of the peanuts. When it's cool enough to handle, start shaping them into 2-inch logs.

The final step is to roll the outside of the candy with the remaining peanuts. Let this sit to harden.

These are fun and easy to prepare and can be individually wrapped in wax paper. If you don't want to coat the outside with more peanuts, you can also try other dry coatings like toasted coconut, Rice Krispies, or sprinkles.

The last candy recipe we made calls for white chocolate chips - White Chunky Chocolates. First, melt about 12 oz. of white chocolate chips, and immediately stir in your preferred dried fruit and nuts. We used a combination of cranberries, raisins, and walnuts.

The actual recipe calls for spooning the mixture into flexible ice cube trays so that when it's harden, you can pop them out and they will have an ice cube shape. Since we didn't have an ice tray on hand, we just freely formed the morsels using a small scoop. I think this makes it more fun when each white chocolate candy has its own unique and ghostly shape.

Make sure the candy is refrigerated for at least 30 minutes so it's hardened. Keep in mind that white chocolate is much more sweet than regular chocolate, so don't go overboard eating this!

We are so thankful for these easy-to-make DIY recipes from EveryDay with Rachael Ray Magazine. There are a lot of other candies that are much more complicated and time-consuming to make, such as truffles, salt water taffy, and Chinese dragon beard candy - all of which we plan to attempt to make one of these days! These 4 chocolate recipes were a lot of fun to make and great for this Halloween season. The kids will enjoy making and eating them, so get in the kitchen and have some fun making candy. Just remember to have a good dentist handy afterwards! *wink*

The following links with printable recipes are courtesy of Every Day with Rachael Ray – Official Website:
Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars
Goin’ Nuts Candy Bars
White Chunky Chocolates

42 responses so far

42 Responses to “Foodbuzz 24×24: Making Candy in the Spirit of Halloween”

  1. Belinda @zomppaon 05 Oct 2010 at 3:46 am

    These are stunning!! What kid would not want these over store bought ones? What adult wouldn’t?
    .-= Belinda @zomppa´s last blog ..Meet the Newest Zomppas! =-.

  2. briarroseon 05 Oct 2010 at 4:55 am

    Love the peanut butter cups…I don’t think I could resist those. ;)
    .-= briarrose´s last blog ..Muffuletta Cold Pizza =-.

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  4. 5 Star Foodieon 05 Oct 2010 at 6:34 am

    These are awesome homemade treats for Halloween!

  5. Roxanon 05 Oct 2010 at 7:47 am

    This is the best idea for 24×24 ever!!! GREAT job with all the treats you made. I will have to be sure to stop by your place on halloween. ;)

  6. Sandyon 05 Oct 2010 at 9:26 am

    The PB cups look so easy to make! I think I can definitely attempt that next time I have a potluck or something. :)

  7. The Chocolate Priestesson 05 Oct 2010 at 9:33 am

    Awesome I love the photos.

    I’m old enough to remember being a small child and getting homemade treats from people when I went trick o’treating. I really wish we could do that again. I’m sure we were healthier than the kids who go trick o’treating today.
    .-= The Chocolate Priestess´s last blog ..Simple Sweets Chocolate Creme Review =-.

  8. Joyon 05 Oct 2010 at 10:09 am

    I love all of your ideas.

  9. Amanda @ bakingwithoutaboxon 05 Oct 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Oh wow! I wanna come trick or treat at your house.

  10. torviewtorontoon 05 Oct 2010 at 2:20 pm

    so many
    lovely pictures
    .-= torviewtoronto´s last blog ..Fried lentil dumplings vada in yogurt sauce =-.

  11. Chef Eon 05 Oct 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Ah, I am back from Spain, so I can catch up here! What a treat you have for me :( If I lived close I would be right over to get my share ‘Trick or Treat’, and I would come as a chef, lol

    You have been busy girl! Great work and a worthy cause…
    .-= Chef E´s last blog ..The Food Cannot Wait- Nor I =-.

  12. WineladyCookson 05 Oct 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing your cookie making adventure. This looks like a lot of fun with the most delectable results. You have inspired me to try one or two of these recipes.

    Thanks so much,
    .-= WineladyCooks´s last blog ..Long Island Wineries In The Fall =-.

  13. foodies at homeon 05 Oct 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Can I trick or treat at you house?!!

  14. Connieon 05 Oct 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Trick-or-Treat! :) Thanks for sharing the recipes. I want to try all of them! Have a safe and Happy Halloween! :)

  15. Jan/Thellaon 05 Oct 2010 at 6:37 pm

    oh how fabulous are your candies! i’m sure any kid will be thrilled to have one :)
    .-= Jan/Thella´s last blog ..Tasty Tuesday- Pork and Shrimp Dumplings =-.

  16. Damarison 05 Oct 2010 at 9:10 pm

    oh my…
    had I not been busy cooking up a 24×24 meal at my own house I would certainly have likes to be at yours. Beautiful!
    .-= Damaris´s last blog ..Foodbuzz 24×24- The ABC of food =-.

  17. Casey Angelovaon 05 Oct 2010 at 10:27 pm

    It is hard to find US candy in Bulgaria. I long to taste licorice and peanut butter cups. We are having a Halloween party this year with some non-American kids and now I know what I am going to make!!!! Great post!
    .-= Casey Angelova´s last blog ..Foodbuzz 24 x 24- Kids Get Cozy in the Kitchen =-.

  18. Conor @ HoldtheBeefon 06 Oct 2010 at 3:45 am

    omg you have covered every type of awesome here. Those Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars have sent me into a stupor.
    .-= Conor @ HoldtheBeef´s last blog ..Muff of Satisfaction =-.

  19. shazon 06 Oct 2010 at 4:05 am

    ooooh, chocolate! Love the peanut butter cups idea, going to round up the kid and make those very soon. And that ghost bowl is so cute.
    .-= shaz´s last blog ..Foodbuzz 24×24- The Mini-critics cook the alphabet =-.

  20. Plumleafon 06 Oct 2010 at 8:24 am

    They look sooo good! Very professional! Well done! Hope you had fun creating mess – I mean having fun in the kitchen! ;0)

  21. Srimathion 06 Oct 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love the going nuts that you have posted. looks so yum. Wonderful!

  22. fooddreameron 06 Oct 2010 at 10:34 am

    It all looks terrific! I have a sugar high just looking at my computer screen.
    .-= fooddreamer´s last blog ..All In a Years Time and Sugar High Chocolate Cake =-.

  23. Lanon 06 Oct 2010 at 10:47 am

    good job you guys..i’m so going to use some of those to make candy for the candy bar we’re having for the wedding! I’ll sure to call on you for help with some of those things. :)

  24. Evan @swEEtson 06 Oct 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Definitely makes me want to make candy instead of going to the store to buy some! I am definitely going to be trying some of these very soon! All the ingredients are things I already have on hand :)
    .-= Evan @swEEts´s last blog ..Caramel Apple Crostata =-.

  25. Andyon 06 Oct 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Wow, what awesome looking chocolates! If that’s what you’re handing out for Halloween, they won’t just be kiddies trick-or-treating at your house!

  26. Jen @ My Kitchen Addictionon 07 Oct 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Wow… All of this candy looks INCREDIBLE! Amazing job :)
    .-= Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction´s last blog ..Decorating with Luster Dust WFMW =-.

  27. thefoodaddictson 07 Oct 2010 at 9:42 pm

    thanks for all your kind words!! we hope that we were able to show you how easy it is to make chocolate and nutty-type candy. funny thing is that we did not eat any of the candy we made because we think it’s too sweet. it’s up for grabs if anyone wants it! :)

  28. Adrian @ Food Rehabon 08 Oct 2010 at 2:50 am

    Soz, had to comment here! Definitely would rock up to your joint for Halloween :P Gosh, you’ve covered all the classics here but the peanut butter cups would fill up my bag…or two
    .-= Adrian @ Food Rehab´s last blog ..Sushi Dai Still Alive at Tsukiji Fish Market- Japan Something New =-.

  29. Elizabethon 08 Oct 2010 at 8:44 am

    Gorgeous candy! I think I may actually have to make some for this year…I’m not really into the whole processed thing, so this is right up my alley!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Pear and Blue Cheese Salad and a Winner! =-.

  30. junebu8on 10 Oct 2010 at 5:26 pm

    How fun! We make candy for Christmas but never considered it for Halloween. What a great idea!
    .-= junebu8´s last blog ..easy as pieish =-.

  31. Momma Cupcakeon 10 Oct 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Awesome job! It’s a tradition in our house to make Halloween Candy homemade!
    .-= Momma Cupcake´s last blog ..Funday Sunday- Homemade Play Doh! =-.

  32. Virginieon 12 Oct 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Great post! Looks awesome.

  33. Laura @ Family Spiceon 14 Oct 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Who said you could have so much fun???!!! Making Halloween candy is right up there with Christmas Cookies! Great job!

  34. Kathrynon 15 Oct 2010 at 1:27 pm

    What a fun treat! That would be the perfect entry for our Halloween Recipe Contest! You can read all about it here. I hope you decide to enter it!
    .-= Kathryn´s last blog ..Food in the News- A Massive Truffle- The Most Fattening Beers and McDonalds Weddings =-.

  35. Kruzonon 20 Oct 2010 at 11:53 pm

    What wonderful group of make at home halloween foods.

  36. couponboaon 21 Oct 2010 at 10:14 am

    Delicious candy! Hats off to Rachael Ray and you. I love your ideas.
    .-= couponboa´s last blog ..Halloween Candy- Make Your Sweet Treats Even Sweeter =-.

  37. Akasha82on 21 Oct 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Wow! Kids won’t be the only ones who will love those chocolates, they’re simply irresistible! Nice post!

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  38. kristyon 22 Oct 2010 at 12:58 am

    OMG, you just imspired me to make one! Bookmarked this for later use. Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy!
    .-= kristy´s last blog ..Crispy Pizza With Homemade Ricotta Cheese &amp Pesto =-.

  39. graceon 01 Dec 2010 at 9:48 pm

    This is awesome.. gonna try to make this tomorrow (:
    Btw, is there anything to substitute the corn syrup? because i don’t own any right now and the nearest big supermarket is 1/2 hour away.

  40. thefoodaddictson 03 Dec 2010 at 7:27 am

    You can try using Molasses or Honey. Molasses may change the color of the product a bit. Honey may change the flavor profile. I say give either products a go and see how it turns out. You may end up with a better product in the end. Please let us know how it turns out if you try either of these products.

  41. Moni donaldon 05 Jan 2011 at 1:34 am

    Its totally full of delicious. I love all but Chocolate-Covered Coconut Bars i love most…. Nice post…..awesome….!!!!

  42. Josephine Cruzon 15 Sep 2011 at 8:11 pm

    If you gave these treats out at Halloween you would have kids beating down your door. Much better than giving out the store bought candy.

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