Our goodie bags this year are stuffed with a couple new recipes. I went to allrecipes.com and found recipes for peanut brittle (ya ya, it has corn syrup in it!) and peppermint fudge.
Since I was new to candy making I tried a couple different peanut brittle recipes. The first was Mom's Best Peanut Brittle. With my first batch I didn't have a proper thermometer and didn't cook it long enough so it never hardened. BUT today my dad dropped off a deep fryer thermometer that went beyond 300 degrees and the final product resembled what I knew to be brittle.
Here are a couple pictures:
It gets a darker shade of brown as it gets closer to 300
I don't know why it says to use a large cookie sheet when it doesn't fill it.
I also found a Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle recipe. It was WAY easier and tasted just as good, if not better (since it has more peanuts). The big difference? No added water and a little vanilla.
If you're gonna try a peanut brittle, here are a couple tips:
- Make sure your thermometer goes up to 300 before starting. I figured we had a meat thermometer, what's the difference?! well, that only goes up to 220.
- It took like 16 mins. to get the sugar/peanut mix up to 300 degrees. It went a little faster going up in temperature near 250 after dragging on at 200.
- Have things measured out beforehand. This was a tip on one of the recipes that definitely helped.
The next recipe, Peppermint Chocolate Fudge, was super simple. I used Lechera instead of the brand mentioned and, of course, it's still delicious.
Along with the new recipes we're putting in a few family favorites, including a block of Abuelita's chocolate, a candy cane, some homemade chocolate chip cookies (my grandma's recipe), pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, and a kit for making holiday wassail.
Note the burnt chocolate chips cookies in the background...hence only a few in each bag...
Wassail kit: spices (1 Tbsp cloves, allspice, redhots, and 2 cinnamon sticks) in a cheesecloth, a bag of tea, and a recipe card - just add equal parts apple cider and pineapple juice!
I can't wait to share all of our homemade goodies with our friends! WAAAY better than some expensive sweater they'll never wear, right?!