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Locke's Christmas Candy

Postby locke » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:25 am

Anyone who wants a christmas goodies packet from me will receive some.

I'm making cookies and christmas candy this week and I will be happy to send a box of candy out to any pwebber who sends me their address via PM.

It's very tasty and I'm making it anyway for work, but I like you guys better, so let me give you all some too. :):):)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

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Postby jotabe » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:26 am

Anyone who wants a christmas goodies packet from me will receive some. I"m making cookies and christmas candy this week and will be happy to send it out to any pwebber who sends me their address via PM. It's very tasty and I'm making it anyway for work, but I like you guys better, so let me give you all some too. :):):)
Omg... you are grinding the level up of cooking IRL! :shock:
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Postby locke » Mon Dec 15, 2008 3:28 am

Anyone who wants a christmas goodies packet from me will receive some. I"m making cookies and christmas candy this week and will be happy to send it out to any pwebber who sends me their address via PM. It's very tasty and I'm making it anyway for work, but I like you guys better, so let me give you all some too. :):):)
Omg... you are grinding the level up of cooking IRL! :shock:
It happens at christmas, I can't help it, it's programmed into me from the time I was able to toddle. make candy at christmas or it's not quite christmas yet. :nods:
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Postby Petra456 » Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:55 pm

What is considered Christmas candy? Everyone I know makes cookies, but i've never known someone to make candy.

You're putting me in a baking mood.
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Postby locke » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:39 am

I'll post pictures as they're completed candy consists of:

peanut butter balls
Coconut creams
Chocolate truffles
Peanut Clusters (if I can ever find almond bark in Los Angeles, apparently it doesn't exist out here :( )
Rocky Road Fudge

my mom never did show me how to make peanut brittle or pecan brittle because by the time I was old enough to be around boiling hot sugar her candy thermometer had long sense broken.

and the cookies are simply chocolate chip cookies, but they're very good. :)
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Postby Petra456 » Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:37 am

*drools*

All of those sound amazing.
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Postby Ela » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:05 pm

I would love to try your Xmas cookies and candy, but I would feel obligated to send something back if I got something that sounds so yummy from you.

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Postby locke » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:47 pm

don't feel obligated, I'm happy to send them out. I love making it, and in my opinion it's a great way to say thank you to this marvelous community we have here and for all of you being here. :)

here's the three things that are done so far, three more to go tomorrow

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Coconut Cream

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Peanut Cluster
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Postby ender1 » Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:54 pm

*drools*

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Postby steph » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:13 pm

Adam, you are not helping me to stick to my decision to not send you my address! Holy cow, those look amazing!
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Postby Ela » Wed Dec 17, 2008 11:05 am

Agreed. I am very impressed that you can make such beautiful candy.

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Postby locke » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:21 pm

openings have closed to receive candy. :P

10 pwebbers getting boxes. amusing it worked out like that as that's about what I wanted to send out. :)
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Postby Gravity Defier » Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:34 pm

*clears throat*

*sings* On the first day of Christmas, Adam gave to me: a box of homemade chocolate candy!

*exits*
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Postby locke » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:45 pm

*applause*

that was terrific, Spidermonkey. see, you can sing! :)
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Postby locke » Wed Dec 17, 2008 8:23 pm

I decided no chocolate chip cookies both because I haven't made them and for weight reasons. :) some other time perhaps. :D

anyways, here's the last of the two goodies:

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Peanut Butter Balls

ImageRocky road 'fudge'
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Postby Mich » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:06 pm

*drools*

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Postby locke » Fri Dec 19, 2008 12:00 am

everything was sent out.

Westcoastish pwebbers (rockies and west of that) got sent priority mail. everyone else went regular parcel post. though I should have sent it priority to the other US pwebbers it'd have worked out to within a few cents when you factor in buying the silly ready post boxes at the post office, whereas the priority mail boxes are free. :/ oddly I got the idea to do this about a week after I threw out a dozen amazon boxes that had been cluttering up my closet for the last year or two as they accumulated. :lol:

enjoy everyone, some of you will get them before christmas but if it doesn't make it by christmas, well it's just stretching your christmas out, as we put it in my family.

I was going to write a note to put with the candy but I didn't remember that until I was driving away from the post office. a bit late to remember then. :D

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Postby Gravity Defier » Sat Dec 20, 2008 2:38 pm

Just so everyone knows, in the event that I drop off the face of the earth, I received my candy today and have tried a piece. It was yummy and there are no signs of poison. Yet. ;)
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Postby Petra456 » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:23 pm

I can't wait!

*excited dance*
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Postby Valentine » Sat Dec 20, 2008 10:52 pm

Me either, Fred! :D

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Postby steph » Sun Dec 21, 2008 9:54 am

Brian informed me in the middle of the night when he got home from work that my package had come! I'm on my way to try some candy now!

Thanks, Adam. You're pretty much awesome.
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Postby lyons24000 » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:10 am

I got a letter in my mailbox that I got a package so I'm assuming it is Adam's candy. I'm going to pick it up today.

It might also be the CD's I ordered.

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EDIT: It was the candy, Adam! The box smelled so good that I wanted to eat that, too! I just took a nibble of the Rocky Road Fudge thingie but it was good! Thanks a bunch. My wife wants to send you seven dollars to make up for the shipping and package. I couldn't quite read the street name so do you think you could send a PM with that so we can repay you?

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Postby Valentine » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:40 pm

The candy is awesome!!! :D I just got mine today; thanks Adam!!!

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Postby Gravity Defier » Mon Dec 22, 2008 7:48 pm

My brothers found mine and managed to sneak into my room and eat it at various times until there was nothing left. They kindly request more, and are willing to pay. :P
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Postby Ela » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:56 pm

Maybe you should go into the candy-making business, Adam. ;)

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Postby locke » Mon Dec 22, 2008 9:38 pm

glad folks are enjoying. :) I hope you got to try some of each, Alea, I'm very cross with your brothers right now, how incredibly crass. :(
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Postby Young Val » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:52 am

So there's this fancy, humongous, super expensive gym on my block that I have always wanted to join, but because it was so much more than I could afford and because I didn't believe I'd really force myself to go, I'd never done so.

Well they are having a HUGE end of the year membership sale, and I think I'm finally in a place to take my health seriously. So today I joined!!!!!! I was SO proud of myself.

And then I came home.


AND THE CANDY WAS WAITING FOR ME!

*sigh* The peanutbutter balls alone are worth it. OMG so good!!!!
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Postby locke » Tue Dec 23, 2008 10:59 am

making peanut butter balls is quite easy. :-P

Peanut butter balls
2 ½ cups (28 oz jar) chunky peanut butter
1 pound powdered sugar (4 cups)
½ cup plus 3 T butter
3 cups rice krispies

1 package chocolate
1/3 stick cooking paraffin.

Toss rice krispies in powdered sugar.
Melt peanut butter and butter together, pour over rice krispies and powdered sugar and mix all together. portion out the peanut butter mix onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet and chill. Roll into small balls after cooled. Melt together chocolate and paraffin and dip the peanut butter balls.


I actually didn't use parafin for the Pweb coconut creams and peanut butter balls. I used an alton brown technique.

most chocolate when melted won't set back up unless it's tempered. that's because if it goes over 96 degrees iit loses the crystalline structure that allows it to set up hard. parafin lets the chocolate set, but it has a waxy texture, naturally, and is a much thinner and softer coat of chocolate. tempering resets the crystalline structure in the chocolate but is a massive pain in the ass and requires special equipment, iirc. another alternative is to add almond bark to the chocolate, like with the peanut clusters, but that will result in a much sweeter coating and be less chocolately But Alton has a way to melt chocolate so you can dip things in it and it sets back up as hard as it was before. It just takes time and patience. basically you take a heating pad, like the kind you use for a sore back/muscles, put it in a big bowl, put another mixing bowl on top of it and then plug in and turn on the heating pad to its highest level. Then pour the chocolate chips into the top bowl, and wait, stir it every few minutes. It'll probably take about 45 to melt a package of chocolate chips (less if you use chocolate chopped off a block yourself as the pieces would be smaller) and you'll have an extremely thick melted chocolate about 94 degrees. dip the balls, taking care not to use too much chocolate per ball, as it's easy to pick up an awful lot of chocolate and set on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and then chill. doing it this way will probably take about a package and a half of chocolate chips rather than a single package you can get away with if using the paraffin. :P

this technique can be seen in Good Eats season 8 episode 10 the Art of Darkness III which is also where I learned to make the truffles.

btw I used Gutillard semi-sweet chocolate chips, for all the chocolate which are by far the best chocolate chips I've ever tasted and I've tried most every variety. luckily they're in regular supermarkets on the west coast. The exception is the ganache in the truffles used Sharffen Berger 70% and they were rolled in Trader Joe's unsweetened cocoa powder (not dutch processed but still a really great cocoa powder).

I used a number 60 disher for portioning out my peanut butter balls, but my mom just uses a spoon or her hands. :)
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Postby Petra456 » Tue Dec 23, 2008 11:46 am

I got my candy yesterday after picking Will up from the airport! The first thing we did was have some!

It's completely amazing!
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Postby Jebus » Tue Dec 23, 2008 2:59 pm

Hey locke, gimme my avatar back. I'm pretty sure it's been over a month since I was Very Bold.

And gimme some candy too.

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Postby Mich » Wed Dec 31, 2008 7:07 pm

Best "Welcome back from the Great White North [in America]" ever: a plain white box containing tasty, tasty candy.

Thanks, Adam. Now if only I can keep some away from my dad long enough to share with my roommate.
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Postby daPyr0x » Mon Jan 05, 2009 10:16 pm

Wow, I was beginning to think I wasn't getting any, but it finally showed up! That was totally awesome Locke, both the gesture and the candy. Thank you.
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Postby Eaquae Legit » Thu Jan 15, 2009 10:16 am

Same here, Cam! Except I didn't get to eat hardly any of it, since I flew out the next day. :( They looked so delicious! I was afraid the mail people had eaten them. Thanks, Adam!
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