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Candy is packaged!

This weekend I packaged up the candy ready to start gifting.

I have big tins to ship off to the sisters.  Had to really pack those in well with bubble wrap to help keep the contents from shifting too much.  Things get thrown around a lot during the shipping process.  I once received a box of baking that was just a box of fine crumbs; so I try to make sure that I’ve put cushioning in and packed any air pockets with something to absorb the impact shocks.

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Now I need to find boxed to ship them in – I find cereal boxes are a great size and easy to cut down to fit tightly.

The rest is all packed up in bags.

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I made some dried fruit and nut balls too, but they will be disbursed in a different manner – they can’t be packaged with the candy.

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They are pretty tasty – just chopped nuts and dried fruit finely chopped in the food processor.  These contain: peanuts, almonds, pecans, cashews, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, prunes, dried apple, craisins, dried blueberries, raisins, pineapple, papaya, mango and then rolled in ground almonds.  Easy – equal parts of each: nuts and fruit; mix well, roll into one inch balls.  That’s it.

Due to the prune content… I wouldn’t recommend eating a bunch at once, but they are good!

I’ve got more to do – all the leftover scraps and nuts will be used and some cookies to bake.  Nice thing about cookies is that they freeze well!

 


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Smells great in here

If you typically are on my gift list … SPOILER ALERT!

I’ve been busy the whole weekend and the last two evenings and THESE are the results.

“Snicker” Caramels (soft caramel, peanuts and chocolate) new this year.  I was going to make the usual “turtles” but… after burning the first batch of pecans, running out to buy more, and burning them… I gave up.

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Peanut Brittle.

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Dark Chocolate Cashew Bark

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Milk Chocolate Almond Bark

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White Chocolate Candy Cane Bark

 

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White Chocolate Cashew Bark

 

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Dark Chocolate Almond Bark

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Mixed Nut Brittle

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Pecan Bark (aka Praline)

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English Toffee (toffee, chocolate and chopped almonds)

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Due to the amount of left over nuts, and some other items, I am going to make a few more things – Dried Fruit & Nut Balls, some dipped Pretzel Sticks and depending on how much is left after those are done maybe something else. I was looking for a Spiced Nut recipe but couldn’t find one I think will work as the nuts are already roasted and I really don’t want to burn any more!  The last thing I make every year are the Chocolate Nut Clusters – which is ALL the crumbs from ALL the batches and any left over nuts dumped together with milk chocolate. They are my sister’s favourite.

The hardest thing about making all this is that every single batch has to be taste tested…. you know, for quality control.