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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, is everyone as excited as I am?  Since Santa comes tomorrow night I thought I would share with you 2 different, easy, and awesome goodies that your kids can help you make for Santa...cause come on Santa gets tired of cookies after a while ya know!

First up is a candy that I've made with my kids so many times, it's unique, SO yummy, and super easy!

Potato Candy 

Potato-Candy
Photo Credit:  Country Candy Kitchen

YES, it's made with leftover mashed potatoes and it's delicious!

Ingredients

1/4 cup potatoes (leftover and instant will both work, but real potatoes do taste better)
5 cups confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
peanut butter

Directions
Mash potatoes (do not add butter, salt, or milk), add vanilla, and confectioners sugar at least 5 cups, but keep adding until stiff dough is formed (please note that it will take a lot of confectioners sugar to form a stiff dough, at one point potato mixture WILL seem to liquefy this IS normal, just keep adding confectioners sugar until mixture comes back together). 

Once dough has formed place confectioners sugar on your rolling surface (I have a marble island that works perfectly for this, but you can use waxed paper on your counter) and begin rolling dough, roll until 1/8 inch thick.  Spread a layer of peanut butter onto the dough (I suggest that you use a moderate amount of peanut butter...too much and the peanut butter oozes out the sides, not enough and the ratio of dough to peanut butter is off).  Roll up like a jelly roll, wrap with waxed paper or plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.  Cut into single serve pieces and enjoy.  Leftover peices can be stored between layers of plastic wrap in the refridgerator. 

I made these on Thanksgiving with the kids and again for Christmas...they are so yummy, but very addictive and rich so eat in moderation.  I also took step-by-step photos of us making this candy, but my daughter spilled soda on my laptop and the photos are forever gone (well at least until someone can figure out how to access them) so the photo is not mine, I just wanted to show you what they look like when finished.

Adorable Truffle Reindeer

Reindeer-Truffles
Alright next up is an adorable candy that my cousin Tiffany made for my kids a few days ago, the kids LOVED them and they are so cute and yummy that they would make the perfect treat for Santa this Christmas Eve!  Tiff made a How-To video to show you how it was done...enjoy!  Oh and go to 1:04 to get started on the How-To Video!  You can check out all of Tiffany's videos on her YouTube Channel!

Ingredients
 M&M Mini's
White Chocolate Morsels
Hershey's Chocolate bar
Lindt Lindor Truffles
Mini Pretzels
Mini baking cups
Scissors
Ziploc Baggies













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7 comments :

  1. Ok girl I tried to make the potato one and must admit it didn't turn out at all.

    The reindeer's looks so cute!

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  2. The potato candy is easy, but the key is not giving up before you get the dough right, which I did at least 3 times before I realized it was going to take more sugar. The reindeer are oh-so-adorable!

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  3. Those look like fun to make, my kids would enjoy that!

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  4. Think I could do the potato candy with soy butter instead of peanut butter? Looks interesting!

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  5. I don't see why you couldn't use it as long as it had sort of the consistency of peanut butter I guess it would work!

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  6. I have GOT to try this! Never heard of it (and I've been backing for 30+ years) ....sounds really good!

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  7. Have made potato candy for years but can't have the peanut butter anymore! :(

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