All signs of a successful day.
My usual candy making crew showed up; we were in full swing by noontime. The recipe list was most of the usual, too: butter creams, mint Oreo truffles, peanut butter balls, cookie dough truffles, ginger nut clusters, paves, straw baskets and toffee.
We had one new addition - pumpkin cheesecake truffles. I had a half cup of frozen pureed pumpkin I had roasted in November, which was too small for cookie or bread recipes. As I pondered what to do with it, I rediscovered this Halloween themed recipe I had bookmarked, and rolled it into the Easter lineup. Everyone really liked these; they've been put on the list for next year. We dipped the truffles in white chocolate, which was nice, but I bet they'd be good in dark chocolate. We'll try that next year.
toffee recipe and merged the chocolate chip and nut method with my toffee base. The end result is excellent! The pieces are thicker than my usual batch, but it's less dense with the pressed-in nuts. Since they weren't dipped, they could be snapped into smaller pieces (and some big ones, too!). Everyone liked how the toffee looked. Drizzled with a little leftover white chocolate and they looked even fancier. Faster, easier, more impressive looking recipe? Sold.
Additionally, I replaced the Nestle butterscotch chips with Ghirardelli chips this year. Much better. I was told they melted smoother and tasted a whole lot better than the other chips. Another keeper.
|Candy Crew 2017 (half of us laughing at the photographer's antics,|
half of us laughing at the goofy light-up chick on the table
Overall, a success. I am enjoying my sugar coma this afternoon, as I'm sure the rest of my crew is as well.