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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Kids in the Kitchen: Making Candy

By April Allman

Ever since I can remember, my grandmother made several varieties of candies for Christmas, from butter brickle to coconut bon bons to chocolate-covered brazil nuts. But my favorite was always her chocolate mints. As the years have passed, she has been unable to keep up with all the candy making, so I decided to make the chocolate mints I had watched her make for so many years.

My 10-year-old daughter Carly, who loves to be in the kitchen, was ready and willing to give it a try (sucking on a lollipop while she worked, no less — this girl loves candy!).

Hope you are enjoying making your own memories, baking and candy making with your family.

Grandma's Chocolate Mints
Light Cocoa candy melts
White candy melts
Green food coloring
Creme de Menthe candy flavoring
Candy molds (designs of your choice)

Melt the white candy melts in a double boiler over low heat. Once they're melted, add 2-3 drops of green food coloring and 2-3 drops of the mint flavoring. Mix together until the chocolate is evenly green. Fill molds half full with the light green chocolate, being sure to coat the entire design. (I recommend slamming the mold against the stove top a couple of times once they're all halfway filled to get out any air bubbles and to evenly spread the chocolate over the design.) Place the half-filled molds into the refrigerator for a few minutes to solidify.

Next, heat the light cocoa candy melts in the double boiler. Once they are melted, fill up the space left in each mold with the brown chocolate. Place in the refrigerator to cool. Then pop the candies out of the molds and enjoy.

April Allman is a graphic designer for Today's Family.


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