This is a guest blog post as much as it is an apology
letter.  This holiday season, I ate a
piece of Angel Food Candy that Gretchen had claimed as hers
for dessert later on that evening. And it happened to be the last piece we had
in our house.  In my defense, the candy
was left in a communal bowl so it appeared to be up for the taking. Also, I
brought my two-months old baby home to Wisconsin with me, so I wasn’t sleeping
much and quite honestly, deserved whatever I wanted for traveling to -25
weather with a newborn.
That’s not much of an apology, I guess. But I did feel bad
that Gretchen didn’t get to enjoy the tradition of Angel Food Candy during the
holidays – it’s so delicious! This family fiasco inspired me to make it – not
only was it easy, it was better than any store bought kind!  For Christmases to come, we can quickly solve
any shortages with a few ingredients and a little bit of effort in the kitchen.
Peace, at last.
  • ½ C brown sugar
  • ½ C white sugar
  • 1 C dark brown corn syrup
  • 4 tsp baking soda
  • Real chunk chocolate for melting
  • 1 Tbsp butter
Boil your sugars and the dark brown syrup until they reach
300 degrees on a candy thermometer. Watch closely – this will take about 15-20
minutes after it starts boiling. Once you reach the desired temp, quickly pour
in the 4 tsp of baking soda (have it measured and ready)!  Pour the ingredients, while they are still
bubbling, into a 9×13 buttered pan. Let it sit for awhile until it’s completely
hard.  Take it out of the pan once
hardened and break into pieces! I think the bigger the better, because I like
to eat big pieces of candy.


Then, take your chocolate and microwave it with the 1 Tbsp
of butter until it’s of dippable consistency. (You know what I mean). Dip your
pieces of sponge candy into the chocolate, let dry.. and enjoy.
Be sure to save
a piece for your sister.
***Gretchen’s note:  Kirta at least had the decency to send me some of this after what she did to me at Christmas, and it is DELICIOUS. So much better than the store bought version.

Homemade Butterfingers


Since today is basically all about candy (and costumes, I suppose)…I will start your day with a homemade candy recipe…THAT IS EASY. I typically don’t make candy because I am intimidated by candy thermometers.

But these here, made simply with melted candy corn and peanut butter, dipped in melted milk chocolate, taste JUST LIKE Butterfingers. Seriously. Maybe not as crispy, but the flavor is spot on. Recipe here.

It’s so easy though I will walk you through it quick….

Melt 3 cups of candy corn in a bowl. I started with 90 seconds then checked and stirred in 15 second intervals. When melted, mix in 1 cup of creamy peanut butter (I don’t think this is the time to go organic).  Pour the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper…

Let cool/harden for about 30 minutes or so…cut with a pizza cutter….

Then melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips in the microwave (30 second intervals – don’t burn!)….and pour over the top! These are so good, I will be saving them for the little princesses and bumblebees that come to our door tonight. No Lady Gagas.