Christmas Treat: Rocky Road Candy

Yum yum yum! This delicious (and addicting!) recipe is one that I grew up with. My mom makes it every year at Christmas time… several times, in fact… since we all seem to gobble it up quite quickly. πŸ™‚ This is my first year making it on my own and I am so excited to put it in little goodie bags to give to some of our friends and neighbors. It is just so good! We’ve already been through one batch with just our little family, so my girls and I just made up a few more batches today to give away. πŸ™‚ (Oh… and this is an EXCELLENT recipe for letting little kids help with.) It’s super easy and super delicious, so I hope you enjoy it!

Rocky Road Candy

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Ingredients:

  • 1 (12 oz) package milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips (half a 12 oz bag)
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • salted peanuts (roughly ΒΌ cup)
  • miniature marshmallows (roughly ΒΌ cup)

Directions:

  1. Line a 7″ x 11″ pan (or you could also use a 8×8 or 9×9 square pan) with wax paper (or just grease it REALLY well).
  2. Sprinkle a layer of peanuts on the bottom of the pan, then add a layer of mini marshmallows. (There should be enough between the two that it basically covers the bottom of the pan. Don’t overdo it, though, or the candy will have a hard time adhering together.)
  3. In a microwave proof bowl, combine the chocolate and butterscotch chips. Microwave for 1 minute, stir, then continue to microwave for another minute. Remove and stir.
  4. Add the peanut butter and mix it in a bit. Then microwave again for another minute. At this point, your mixture should be mostly melted (although you may find that the butterscotch chips have a harder time melting… but that’s okay). If you need another 30 seconds or so, go ahead and microwave again, otherwise stir your mixture to fully combine and then pour it evenly over the nuts and marshmallows. Spread it out with a spoon or spatula, then give the pan a little jiggle, a little shake, and a little tap-tap-tap on the countertop πŸ™‚ to work out any air bubbles. Set it in the fridge to chill for about an hour.
  5. When it’s firmed up, remove the candy from the pan by pulling up on the sides of the wax paper (or if you just greased it, hopefully you can just turn the pan over and have it dump out onto a cutting board), and cut your candy into approximately 1″ squares. Store in the fridge in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Okay, and here’s a helpful/important tip: Do not try to microwave your ingredients for just three minutes (or even two minutes!) without stopping to stir. You are bound to find yourself with a kitchen that smells like burnt gym socks. Yes… you will burn your chocolate that way. (Experience talking, perhaps?? :)) Be sure to only microwave in no more than 1-minute increments. Also, if you cook it too long, the chocolate will start getting crumbly instead of melty, so try not cook for more than a combined total of 4 minutes. Even if your butterscotch chips haven’t melted all the way, you can still pour it over your mixture and they’ll still continue to mix and meld as the candy sets up.

And on that note, we’re heading out on our Christmas vacation so I will be signing off for the holidays. We wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!

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Food Storage Christmas Gifts for Friends and Neighbors

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas season is here!! I just LOVE this season. The cool air, the loving hearts, friends and family… I simply love the feelings of peace and happiness that abound.

However, this season also brings with it its share of stress as we run from here to there, thinking up the perfect gifts, holiday parties to attend, and a million other things to do. All while trying to keep that ‘special feeling’ from slipping away in the hustle and bustle.

Well, to help with that, here’s some quick and easy food storage gift ideas that would be fun to give to your friends and neighbors (common… who doesn’t want a little more food in their pantry??) πŸ™‚ You can use #10 cans of food, or use regular sized products from the store. Whatever floats your boat. And each card comes with a recipe to use the related food you’re giving away, so at least they’ll have something they know they can make with the item. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

POPCORN

Use a #10 can, or those cute Orville Redenbacher containers would be awesome with a bow, and attach the following card:

POWDERED MILK

Use a #10 can of powdered milk, or a container of powdered milk from the store. Attach a pretty bow and the following card:

WHEAT

And here’s one for wheat! If you happen to live where you can buy wheat at a local store, that would be an option, otherwise use a #10 can, or put some wheat berries in a mason jar to give away. Attach a cute ribbon and the following card:

I hope you enjoy your holiday season! May your days be merry and bright!
MERRY CHRISTMAS!