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Rice Krispie Treats

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

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Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

One of the BEST things in life is a GOOD soft, tasty Rice Krispie treat! 

But it has to be soft.

Yummy marshmellowy.

A little gooey, but not real sticky or that’s just a mess.

Most important it needs to have great flavor and not be bland and tasteless.

Do these sound like your kind of perfection in a Rice Krispie Treat?

If it does, and you love them like I enjoy a really good one, then I have the perfect recipe for you!

Making these soft delicious treats in a pan to cut into the usual bar, which is great. But I have a something special for you!  It’s a simple and clever way to have fun eating them, and of course, sharing them too.

These stay-soft best ever rice krispie treats and pops are  a family favorite.  Not only because they are very inexpensive to make, they are so simple, you’ll make them up often with the kids or grand kids as a quick and easy dessert and special treat.

 

 

Stay-Soft BEST Ever Rice Krispie Treats and Pops

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)

10 oz. mini marshmellows (or large ones in a 10 oz. bag)

5  1/3 cup of rice krispie dry cereal

*Additional 1-4 Tablespoons of additional butter

Optional:  Biscuit cutter, melting chocolate buttons or chocolate chips, sprinkles, parchment paper, cellophane bags, -use the right sized cutter with the bag:), ribbon

 

Directions:

Using some of the additional butter (1-2 Tablespoons), lightly butter either a 9″ x 13″ cake pan or a jelly roll pan that has sides; depending on how thick you want to make your treats.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Pre-measure your rice krispie dry cereal into a bowl.

Set it aside. 

If making Pop’s lay a piece of parchment out near you, but not in your way of working.  

In a large saucepan, melt the 4 Tablespoons butter (1/2 stick) over low heat.  

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Add in the marshmallows and stir continually.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Keep stirring until they are completely melted – being careful not to burn them.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Remove the pan from the heat and gently stir in the rice krispie cereal.

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Folding in until it is completely covered

Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Spread the mixture into the buttered pan of your choice.  Using buttered hands (with the rest of the butter), pack it down firmly if you are going to cut out shapes.

Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan.

Cut them into bars for the original treat.

 Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and perfect.

 

 

To make the POP’S, using a muffin or biscuit cutter (or anything that is round and will go through the depth of the mixture and cut)

push through to the bottom, using a firm pushing down motion.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Take your circle out and push a craft stick into the center of one end to make a POP.

Do this with all of your POP’s until you cannot cut anymore shapes out.  

Put your melting buttons or chocolate chips into a microwavable bowl.  Heat for 30 seconds and stir.  Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and warmed through, but not hot.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Dip one of the POP’s into the chocolate, helping with a spatula, spoon, or another utensil to cover up as far as you desire, and also to help scrap off the backside and make the chocolate layer more even all around.Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Cover with sprinkles (or heath bits as shown) while with chocolate is still wet on the POP. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

Lay on the prepared parchment paper and allow the POPs to set up. Rice Krispie Treats

Easy, quick and delicious Rice Krispie Treats

To make them even more presentable for gifts, etc.  have cellophane bags that are larger than the POPs.   

Put the POP end into the bag first so the stick may sticking out of the bag; depending on the length.

Now tie with ribbons, or whatever you desire. 

Makes a great gift, take-home treat, oh there are so many uses for this scrumptious treat.  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

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Caramel apples dipped in caramel and toppings and even in chocolate too!

Easy Caramel Apples

Are you looking for  SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples?

I have struggled with making caramel apples for years, actually decades. 

Have you?

I don’t like to bite into one and have the caramel peeling off, finding it is thick and hard.

And I don’t like it when the caramel runs off the apple either.

I want a nice layer of soft, yummy caramel covering the apple.

If that is how you like your caramel apple, then you are going to love this!  

I’ll show you how you can make SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples that taste and look amazing.


SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Ingredients:

5-6 medium apples

Craft sticks or wooden round sticks (usually found in the candy making section)

1 package 12-14 oz. wrapped caramel squares

1 Tbl. water 1 tsp. vanilla  

Toppings of your choice.

Suggestions:
crushed graham crackers, chopped nuts such as peanuts, small candies, chocolate chips or buttons: white, milk and dark if desired.
 





Directions:

PREPARE AHEAD  and please read entire recipe before beginning for best results.

Wash your apples, rubbing them with a clean cloth to get off the waxy residue.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This is VERY IMPORTANT!Push the sticks into your apples, place in a cake pan or flat bottomed container and put in the freezer for 30 minutes. 

VERY CRITICAL step!  

Why? 

Because the cold apple helps the caramel coat perfectly and set up since the apple will be cold and the caramel will be warm.

Now, when the apples are nice and cold (not longer then 30-40 minutes though or you will have frozen apple pops!) line a cookie sheet, pan or plate large enough to hold the apples with tin foil and coat well with non-stick cooking spray; set aside. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

This will prevent the caramel from sticking so you can lift it to dip in chocolate or to eat.

When the apples have been in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes (remember not longer), begin making the caramel coating.

Unwrap the caramels and place in a saucepan. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Add in the water and vanilla. Over medium heat, stir constantly until the caramels are completely melted.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Taking one apple at a time, roll it in the melted caramel sauce, using a spoon or spatula to help cover the apple.

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Twirl the apple, turning upside down to allow the caramel to distribute evenly and coat evenly.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

If you want to dip your apple in coatings now, instead of dipping in melted chocolate, this is the time to do it.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



Coat all the apples in caramel and place them in the refrigerator to chill and set up while melting the chocolate. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

To melt the chocolate, whether using chips or buttons, place in a microwavable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds.

Microwave again for 20 seconds, stir and continue this process until the chocolate is melted and smooth.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Be careful to cook in small intervals and stirring to prevent burning chocolate.

Take the apples out of the fridge.

BIG TRICK AND IMPORTANT! Spray your hand with cooking spray.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

  Mold the caramel back up onto the apple smoothing as needed.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples



After molding any caramel that needs to be, now dip the caramel apple into the white/ dark or milk chocolate (you want the chocolate warm, but not hot so it can coat and set up). 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

You can coat the caramel covered apple completely in chocolate, or just the bottom part, or whatever your heart desires.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Dip into any of the coatings you choose; as above when just coated with caramel. 

Set the apples back onto the sprayed tin foil to help it setup while you finish all the apples.

With any excess chocolate (melt more if needed) have at just warm enough temperature to be smooth and creamy, but not so warm it will not stay on the apple when piped. 

Spoon the chocolate into a small ziplock baggie and cut the very tip off at the corner. 

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

Now you can easily pipe the chocolate onto the top of the apples.

Easy Caramel Apples

SUCCESSFUL and Easy Caramel Apples

 Place these apples into the fridge for at least 20 minutes, and keep for up to 3 days. 

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2014, 2018

Adapted from JamieCooksItUp

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chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies

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Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Do you like chocolate oranges, the kind you get during the holidays, then crave them during the rest of the year?

Well, I’ve solved that problem with extraordinary deliciousness for you! 

Chocolate, a slightly edgy taste of orange, rounds this out not-too-sweet cookie with texture and flavors that are off the charts.

And what gives it this amazing zest and wonderful taste?

It’s the addition of Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Really!  

You gotta try this one, I think it will be in your regular rotation of cookies.  Enjoy!

Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies

Prep time:  approx. 30 min.

Total time:  approx. 40 min

 

Ingredients – 

8 oz. Paradise Candied Orange Peel

*1 cup orange juice or 8 oz.

 

2 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup real butter

*1/2 cup orange juice – this will be from the 1 cup above

1/2 cup cocoa

2 teaspoon vanilla

 

3 cups oatmeal (you may need a bit a more or less)

 

 

Directions –

In a bowl or cup, pour the Paradise Candied Orange Peel and 1 cup orange juice.  Allow to sit for 30-60 minutes.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

When ready to make the Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies –

Drain the Paradise Candied Orange Peel from the Orange Juice SAVING the Orange juice

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Then,

In a large saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, butter, 1/2 cup of the strained orange juice, 1/2 cup cocoa, vanilla and Paradise Candied Orange Peel

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Bring these ingredients to a full boil and cook 1 minute.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Take off the heat and add in add in the oatmeal until it holds a form to your preference.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Drop by teaspoons onto the prepared parchment paper.

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Allow the Orange Chocolate No Bake Cookies to set up for at least one hour. 

chocolate no bake cookie with candied orange peel

Traditional Chocolate No Bake Cookies with Paradise Candied Orange Peel

Store in an air tight container.

Makes about 2 dozen.

Carrie Groneman’s Recipe.  Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018
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A pretty tall stemmed glass dish. Inside is a creamy slightly tangy and tart lime dessert that is skinny and low fat, but the taste if full and packet with flavor. The bottom is graham cracker crumb for a perfect combination.

Easy Skinny No Bake Key Lime Dessert

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A pretty tall stemmed glass dish. Inside is a creamy slightly tangy and tart lime dessert that is skinny and low fat, but the taste if full and packet with flavor. The bottom is graham cracker crumb for a perfect combination.

Low Fat Key Lime Dessert

This Easy Skinny No Bake Key Lime Dessert is so full of flavor you’d never guess it’s low in fat, calories and even considered a healthy dessert. 

This elegant guilt-free Key Lime dessert, will completely satisfy your craving for something wonderful, with its slightly tangy key lime flavor, countered with the right balance of sweet. 

The creamy silky smooth chiffon Key Lime filling sits on top of a bed of crunchy graham cracker crumbs, to give a perfect texture combination for your eating enjoyment.

This Easy Skinny No Bake Key Lime Dessert is a wonderful choice, whether it be a special occasion, or time to treat yourself because you deserve it!

And, if you are looking for a skinny chocolate dessert , click over to the Guilt-Free Salted Dark Chocolate Tartlets


 

Easy Skinny No Bake Key Lime Dessert

Ingredients:

1/2 cups fat free sweetened condensed milk

2 large uncooked egg yolks

2 tsp. butter, divided

1/3 cup bottled key lime juice (this is different from regular bottled lime juice and much less expensive from fresh key limes in most areas)

1/2 cup key lime flavored low-fat Greek yogurt

1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs

1 pinch salt

1/2 cup aerosol spray whipped cream

1 Tbl. lime zested, optional for presentation




Directions:

In a small, heavy bottomed sauce pan, combine milk and egg yolks; heat over medium-low heat,Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 1

Whisking continuously, until mixture begins to boil, about 5 minutes.Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 2Stir in 1 teaspoon butter and lime juice; pour into a shallow bowl and chill in refrigerator until cool, about 30 minutes.Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 3

Pour into a bowl or cup and chill in refrigerator until cool, about 30 minutes.Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 4




Meanwhile, melt remaining teaspoon butter in microwave in a cup or small bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs and salt to butter; gently mix.Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 5Fold yogurt into cooled lime mixture until just combined; Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 6

Set aside.

Low Fat Key Lime Dessert 7Line up eight 2-oz  glasses.

In each glass, layer 1 tablespoon crumb mixture (pressing down to form a “crust” with the handle of a spatula or other utensil) 

Add in 2 heaping tablespoons key lime pie filling

Top with 1 tablespoon whipped topping and garnish with lime zest if desired.

Yields 1 glass per serving.

A pretty tall stemmed glass dish. Inside is a creamy slightly tangy and tart lime dessert that is skinny and low fat, but the taste if full and packet with flavor. The bottom is graham cracker crumb for a perfect combination.

Low Fat Key Lime Dessert

 

Weight Watcher recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Quick Valentine Bark

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he white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark set up, broken into pieces and displayed in a glass bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Quick Valentine Bark is a great gift to send to anyone who might be away from their Sweetie, or need to know they are being thought of.

It’s also a delicious candy that is so easy to make and inexpensive too.

Bark is simply white chocolate (or any chocolate you prefer), pretzels and peanuts.  Melt the yummy chocolate in the microwave, pour it over the pretzels and peanuts. 

Mix it together, let it set up and there you have it –

Valentine Bark ready to share!

 




Quick Valentine Bark

Ingredients:

1 lb. white chocolate buttons/melts/chips  I prefer ‘bright white’ for this when I can find it over the regular white chocolate buttons or chips

1 cup roasted peanuts

3 – 3 1/2 cups of broken in half mini pretzels; this makes it so you can easily eat the candy

Candy sprinkles, if desired




Directions:

In a large bowl place the broken pretzels and pour in the peanuts

Bowl of Peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with waxed paper or parchment. 

In a microwavable bowl, place the white chocolate.White chocolate in a bowl

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Heat the chocolate in the microwave for 20 seconds; stir.White chocolate just beginning to melt

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Continue this processWhite chocolate melting about half way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Until the chocolate is smooth and the temperature a little more than that of a baby bath.

It is important to warm the chocolate slowly so it does not burn.White chocolate melted all the way

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day


Pour the melted chocolate over the pretzel and peanut mixture.  Melted white chocolate over the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Stir gently to coat the mixture evenly.Melted white chocolate mixed together with the peanuts and pretzel pieces

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Pour this onto the wax paper or parchment lined pan and spread to an even layer. The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Top with any sprinkles your heart, or your Valentine desires!The white chocolate, peanuts and pretzel pieces, now forming the bark, spread on waxed paper or parchment with red and pink Valentine sprinkles on top

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Allow to completely cool and set up, then break into small pieces.

Store in an airtight container.

Yummy White Chocolate Valentine Bark which is white chocolate coating peanuts and pieces of Pretzels then topped withsprinkles of pink and red Valentine shaped sprinkles

Pretzels, Peanuts and white chocolate make this traditional bark a sweet treat for Valentine’s Day

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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Layered Chocolate Divine Dessert

Chocolate Divine Dessert

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Layered Chocolate Divine Dessert

Divine Chocolate Dessert

Chocolate Divine Dessert

 Here’s a dessert for those who love chocolate, graham crackers, cream cheese, whipped cream and anything divine!

 

This has been a family favorite for years and it is SO easy to put together.  It begins with a bottom layer of graham cracker crust.  Up next is a level of light cream cheese.  A chocolate pudding tier of thick creamy goodness is crowned by whipped topping.  Chocolate bar is grated and sprinkled on top to make it extra fancy if desired.  Yummy scrumptiousness!




 

Chocolate Divine Dessert

Ingredients:
1  1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 1 sleeve)

1/4 cup sugar

1/3 cup melted butter or margarine

1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar

2 Tbs. milk

8oz. container thawed whipped topping

2 small pkgs. (3.9 oz. each) of chocolate flavored pudding

3  1/2 cups cold milk




Directions:

Crush the crackers in a food processor.Chocolate Divine Dessert 2Combine graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar.Chocolate Divine Dessert 3Combine graham cracker crumbs and 1/4 cup sugar.

Add in melted butter and mix well.Chocolate Divine Dessert 4Pour into the bottom of a 13×9” pan and press firmly.Chocolate Divine Dessert 5

Chocolate Divine Dessert 6




Beat cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar and 2 Tbs. milk Chocolate Divine Dessert 7

Until smooth and creamy.

Chocolate Divine Dessert 8Gently fold in half of the whipped topping.Chocolate Divine Dessert 9Carefully spread the creamed mixtureChocolate Divine Dessert 10

Using care not to tear the crust.
Chocolate Divine Dessert 11




Using 3 1/2 cups cold milk; prepare both boxes of pudding mix as directed on the package(s).Chocolate Divine Dessert 12Pour the pudding over cream cheese layer. Chocolate Divine Dessert 13

Chill several hours or overnight.Chocolate Divine Dessert 14




Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding.Chocolate Divine Dessert 15After spreading evenly, garnish with grated chocolate.

Dessert for chocolate lovers

Dessert for chocolate lovers and all things divine

Look at those yummy layers! 

Dessert for chocolate lovers

Dessert for chocolate lovers and all things divine

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

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White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

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White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

 My friend Dorthy told me about a candy she had some time back and I just had replicate what I call Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection with sweet and heat.

This seemingly innocent chocolate candy is not what it appears to be.

Put a piece of this Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection in your mouth…..wait for it…and in a few seconds you begin to feel the popping on your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.

Wait for it….then a moment or so after that…the heat from the chipotle hits the back of your throat and warms it nicely. 

It’s fun, groovy and a perfect treat with a little trick. I’ll show you how to make this SIMPLE candy for not only Halloween, but it’s great for an April Fools trick too – just change the sprinkles!

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Ingredients:

( if you’d like, simply click on the title or name of the product to easily check it out)

12 oz. white or chocolate melting chocolate:  such as Wilton candy melts OR chocolate chips

3  .333 oz packages or one  .75 oz package of any flavor of Pop Rocks candy

1/8 – 1/4  tsp. chipotle chili powder (1/8 tsp. gives a little heat in the back of the throat)

Halloween candy sprinkles  OR THESE for April Fools

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper, or lay a large piece out on your table or counter about 3 feet long.

Place the chocolate in a microwavable proof bowl

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Stir. 

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Microwave another 30 seconds and stir.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth.Mysterious Candy 5 Mix in the pop rocks.Mysterious Candy 6Mix in the chipotle powder.Mysterious Candy 7

Spread out the chocolate mixture evenly on the prepared parchment to about 1/8″ thick.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Cover evenly with the sprinkles.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Allow chocolate to set up in the fridge, or on the counter if it is cool enough.

When the chocolate is firm, break into pieces.

IMPORTANT TIP: Eat within 2 days for best effect from the Pop Rock candy because the effect diminishes the longer it sits.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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