When faced with selecting gifts for co-workers, distant family members, or people whom you do not know very well, you can not go wrong with the gift of candy. While it is easy to select a nice container and fill it with hard candy, I prefer to use my secret peanut butter chocolate candy recipe.
Making chocolate candy with a touch of peanut butter is not difficult. The first step is selecting candy molds. Candy molds come in traditional shapes, such as circles and squares, but come in all types of fancy shapes as well. You can find wedding themes, holiday themes, and even cartoon characters. Next, you’ll want to purchase chocolate. You can use chocolate chips, or buy chocolate that is specially made for candy making. Now for my secret: add in some peanut butter chips to the chocolate before melting. How many chips you should use depends on how much peanut butter flavor you wish to add. Chocolate melts at a relatively low temperature, which is why it melts in your hand, so you will need to be very careful while melting it. Do not allow it to heat too quickly, or it will burn.
Next, you’ll want to carefully fill the molds. This can be done with a spoon, or even with a squeeze bottle. You’ll want to tap the molds against a hard surface after they are filled to get out any air bubbles which may have formed as well as to insure the chocolate peanut butter mix is level. If you’d like, you can add lollipop sticks at this point.
After all the molds are filled, you’ll need to place them in the freezer to cool. Make sure the molds are placed flat in the freezer or the candy will not form correctly. Small pieces do not take long to set. They should be done in about five minutes and most regular size pieces will be done in about ten minutes. It is fine to leave it the molds in the freezer longer than this, so it is best to err on the side of caution. You want to make sure the chocolate is set before removing it.
To remove the candy from the molds, all you need to do is turn the mold upside down and tap it gently on a hard surface. The candy should then fall right out. If a piece sticks, you can gently tap the outside of the mold where the candy is located, and this should dislodge it.
All that is left to do is to place the chocolate into containers and you have a perfect gift, or some delicious candy to enjoy yourself.
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Natalie writes about food. When faced with selecting gifts for co-workers, distant family members, or people whom you do not know very well, you can not go wrong with the gift of candy. While it is easy to select a nice container and fill it with hard candy, I prefer to use my secret peanut butter chocolate candy recipe.