This is probably my most favorite Christmas baking item. It’s also the most difficult to get done. Not because the recipe itself is particularly hard, but because candy making is a little bit of a science.
In the area that I live, the weather is my biggest obstacle when trying to make almond roca. When making any candy, you have to bring your ingredients to a certain temperature in order for it to set properly. On rainy (or humid) days, the cooking time for candy can increase substantially. Candy making requires the perfect ratio of sugar to moisture and since you’re boiling the mixture longer to get the temperature up, you may lose all your moisture in the process. And you get a completely opposite problem once the candy is done and cooling. Because sugar attracts moisture, your cooling candy will absorb all that humidity in the air, making the finished product softer than you want it. Continue reading
I love fudge. I absolutely love it. This recipe is straight off the back of the marshmallow fluff can. I’ve been making it for years. I do one small thing differently. In addition to the normal semi-sweet chocolate in the recipe, I add about 2 ounces of milk chocolate chips. Perfect chocolatey goodness. I am anti-nut in my baked goods, but if you like chunky nutty fudge, just add 1 cup of your favorite nut, chopped.
Now to share a few lessons learned through the years making fudge. Yes, I have done all these things. Baking sometimes requires trial and error. Learn from mine instead of doing any of these things yourself. Continue reading
Turtles (so named because of their cute turtle shape) are delicious. You can buy a box of them for about $20. Or, you can make them yourself for WAY less without much effort at all. Today I used up the remainder of a bag of caramels, and only had pecan pieces (which I just made little piles of and put the caramel on top) so this batch does not totally look like turtles…but you get the idea. Continue reading