Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Yesterday Kate at Stolen Moments Cooking posted this recipe for "Empty Pantry Candy" that would work beautifully for an easy and inexpensive Easter basket treat. The candy took me about 10 minutes to make.
I melted 8 ounces of chocolate (Dove Double Chocolate melting bars from Valentine's Day but chocolate chips work) and about 1/3 cup peanut butter. I used natural peanut butter and was a little nervous about the extra oil, but it was just fine. Then I stirred in peanuts, dried cranberries, crushed pretzels, and mini marshmallows. Other items in my pantry that didn't make the cut this time included coconut, pecans, Fritos, raisins, and Girl Scout cookies. The possibilities are endless.
I smoothed the mixture on to a Silpat on a baking sheet and let it cool in the fridge. When it was set, I just broke it into pieces much like a chocolate bark. If you wanted it to be more like "bars", you could easily put it into a greased 8 inch square pan. Package the candy in to cellophane bags or wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper for the Easter basket. I've been storing my candy in the fridge to make sure it doesn't melt so keep that in mind for the baskets!
My daughter discovered the peanuts in the candy so now she won't eat it... darn....