Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Copycat Easter Candy

What could be better than Easter candy? Why, Easter candy you can make yourself!
Last year I attempted homemade Cadbury Eggs, but it is so hot in Ghana that they looked like giant mud pies (or worse!) Here's Maria's recipe...

My Kinda-Cadbury-Creme-Eggs
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter (room temp)
3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 t. salt (optional...I didn't add this)
12 ounces chocolate

Corn syrup is hard to find on the Island and pretty pricey. Soooo....I made my own. Didn't know you could do that? It's pretty easy.

Homemade Light Corn Syrup Recipe
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 t. creme of tarter
dash of salt
Stir together over medium heat.
When it boils you cover it for 3 minutes
(this is supposed to cut down on the crystalizing).
Then remove lid and continuing cooking
on medium heat till it reaches "soft ball" stage.

Okey Dokey Smokey, back to the eggs. Mix together your corn syrup and butter. Then mix in your powdered sugar. The recipe I was using said that it will be extremely sticky at this point and the cook kept putting hers in the fridge to firm up. Mine was extremely dry. Hum...might have been my homemade corn syrup. Not sure.
I decided to add a tiny splash of milk. Bingo! Wonderful easy to work with consistency, not sticky at all. After it is well blended, I separated about 1/3 into another bowl and dyed yellow for the yolk.I then made a bigger ball of the white, then smashed it down flat. I wrapped the white around the yellow and tried to form it into "egg" shapes.The recipe I was using said she froze hers before she dipped it in chocolate, but mine were such a wonderful consistency that I didn't think that was needed. I melted some chocolate chips in a bowl over a pot of boiling water and dipped my eggs in with a fork.

Well this year she's outdone herself....no more Cadbury Eggs that look like mud pies!

Cadbury Egg Fudge
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup butter (room temp)
3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 t. salt (optional...I didn't add this)
12 ounces chocolate chips

1. Mix together corn syrup and butter
2. Mix in powdered sugar
3. Separate 1/3 into another bowl and dye smaller portion yellow with food coloring
4. step by step on making the eggs (in above recipe)
5. To make fudge...Put wax paper in a small cake pan and sprayed a little cooking spray
6. Press the white and yellow goodness in the bottom of the pan
7. Pour melted chocolate chips over the top and keep in the fridge
8. Eat when the chocolate firms up...or with a spoon right now...(I won't tell)

Delicious! So what's your favorite Easter candy?

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