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For Morgan - Cast Iron Pan Candy
December 11, 2009
9:46 am
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BuckeyeGirl
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Ohhh, love the muffin tin idea!  I'd definately crumble it up quite finely for that but it sounds yummy.

Someone on the blog side suggested dipping the chunks in melted chocolate and turning them into heath bars.  I'm not sure how it'd work for the rough batch, but I may have to do this with a batch or two of the smoother ones.  It'd sure be nice to put in a little bowl or jar for a gift.  hmmmm…. another gift basket offering!

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December 11, 2009
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ok, i've tried this twice this morning………………..it looked good, but there was a ton of butter that wasn't mixed in, then all of a sudden it broke up and was all grainy, and within a minute……..it burnt!!!  i had the fire down low…………… should i just stop when it looks good and tofee like, even though there's a lot of butter?

I've got my spoons in the freezer waiting to make toffee spoons!

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December 11, 2009
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3rd times the charm!!  I shut the fire off when it got to the point of looking good, added the vanilla, and stirred like heck to incorporate the butter.

Then I dipped my spoons.  The 1st 2 worked great for dipping like chocolate, then it sorta started breaking apart again, so I just spooned some up and let it harden on the spoon, we'll see if that sticks!

Then I'm going to dip it all in chocolate and put some chopped up candy canes on!

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December 11, 2009
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Here's an idea for the pseudo-Heath bar idea:

Have some toasted nuts ready before making the candy.  After cooking, pouring, “molding” the candy but before it cools too much, sprinkle with nuts and kinda press into the warm candy a bit.  Cut into manageable shapes after it cools some more, then dip pieces into melted chocolate – not to completely coat, but just one end dipped.  Or one side.  Or whatever.

If you catch it at the right place in the cooling process, could you use cookie cutters to make interesting shapes?  Then dip in chocolate?  Or not.  The remaining odd shapes could just be broken into pieces.

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December 11, 2009
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broken up to dip the holiday marshmallow pops into!!  mmmmmm

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December 11, 2009
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Be careful!  I did this today and it melted the plastic spoons when I dipped them, LOL.  I started out to do a Daily Farm Photo shot, just a picture of the toffee spoons, but by the time I was done making it, it turned into a whole post because I wanted to get in some important tips and extra photos INCLUDING be careful about dipping the spoons!  This isn't melted chocolate, it's candy, and that means it's hotter.  I turned off the heat when it was done and kept stirring, let it cool a bit, before putting the spoons in it.  (More in my post tomorrow–just wanted to say right away–be careful!  It works, but let it cool a bit.)

Clover made me do it.

December 11, 2009
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So in the end is it hard like peanut brittle or just semi hard?

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December 11, 2009
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How hard it gets depends on how long you cook and stir it.  I made it softer and more caramel-like yesterday, cooking and stirring about 15 minutes.  I cooked it just a few minutes longer today and made it hard.  I'm going to try this next making peanut brittle!

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December 11, 2009
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OOoooo!  I have some hazelnuts!  Hazelnut Brittle!!!!

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December 11, 2009
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I want some with Rum!

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December 11, 2009
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So if not cooked long could it be drizzled over popcorn?

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December 11, 2009
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OMG…. I love all the ideas everyone is coming up with for this!!!!

definately have to try dipping them in chocolate – love heath/skor bars….

and the rum….Oh my….buttered rum flavored candies – swoon…..

my to do list is growing exponentially!!!! Bug Eyed

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December 11, 2009
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k, i dipped real spoons in, dipped that in chocolate when it was hard and sprinkled crushed candycanes on, then had a cup of hot coffee with a spoon!!  It was delicious!!!!

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December 11, 2009
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I think you could it with popcorn–but if you don't want it to all stick together, like a popcorn ball, I wouldn't cook it too long.  Maybe no more than 10 minutes.  This would make great popcorn balls, though!

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December 11, 2009
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For those who are having trouble with it being grainy, you can prevent this by replacing 1-2 Tablespoons of the sugar wtih corn syrup.

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December 11, 2009
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Suzanne said:I think you could it with popcorn–but if you don't want it to all stick together, like a popcorn ball, I wouldn't cook it too long.  Maybe no more than 10 minutes.  This would make great popcorn balls, though!


How about small clumps then drizzle them with milk and white chocolate.  Then sprinkle with finely chopped hazelnuts. 

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December 12, 2009
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I think that I might try using the soft carmel in making a turtle type candy. Was looking for a carmel recipe. Hope this works.

December 12, 2009
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Dbl_r said:I think that I might try using the soft carmel in making a turtle type candy. Was looking for a carmel recipe. Hope this works.


There is a caramel recipe in the Gift Basket Recipe section, post #6. 

http://suzannemcminn.com/forum/just-recipes/gift-basket-recipes/

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December 12, 2009
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remelting did not work  No  will be using it for cinnamon rolls later…

off to the store to get more butter & try again…..

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December 12, 2009
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I make candy that taste like toffee/heath bar with a mix like this.  It's poured over saltine crackers you have laid flat on a a cookie sheet that has been coverd with buttered foil.  You bake it for a few minutes, then spread on choc chips and spread those out when they melt.  It is yummo.

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