This is my very first post! I’m so excited…this may seem trivial but it’s been a long time coming. I’ve been contemplating starting this blog for more than a year. I finally decided to do it with nudge from a great friend! Sometimes all it takes are a few kind words of encouragement to get going. Well let me be the first to tell you….if you have a dream don’t procrastinate…tomorrow isn’t promised to any of us…GO FOR IT! YOU CAN DO IT!
My Grandma is very special! She has always encouraged me to do whatever I set my mind to. I think it is her that introduced me to how wonderful cooking is…especially with those you love. Like my Grandma, food is the one thing that can bring us all together! We laugh, we cry, we dance, we talk about whatever is going on in our lives…all over great food! If it’s a huge planned get together or if it’s me stopping by and she is about to cook or already has…there’s always something for you at Grandma’s house. She likes to make me think that she learns from me…however I can definitely say that I’ve spent my life surrounded by great women who have taught me love, patience, endurance, strength, and the ability to pick myself up when I fall. You know what I mean….the old adage about feed a man a fish and he eats for a day…teach a man to fish and he will never be hungry…..well let me say this…I’ve never been hungry. I’m proud to have women in my life that I call mama, grandma, and aunt! Okay….I’m tearing up…back to the task at hand…
The very first recipe we (Grandma & I) ever made together was a super sweet, delicious, chocolate covered creamy, nutty bite of goodness! I’m sure other people have made it and have a name for it but we called it chocolate candy! Her recipe included paraffin wax to melt with the chocolate to help it dry quickly and stay firm. My recipe is slightly different because I use candy melts or almond bark.
Grandma’s Chocolate Candy
1 1/2 softened sticks of butter
1 lb of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 pkg of chocolate almond bark or chips of choice
1. Cream butter and sugar first then add vanilla and condensed milk. Mix together until smooth.
2. Stir in the nuts. Set bowl in refrigerator to cool and set for about 10 minutes.
3. Create balls or shapes of your choice out of the nut mixture. You may want to spray your spoon or scooper with some cooking spray to prevent sticking. Place pieces on a cookie sheet that has been lined with wax paper. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
4. In a large microwave safe bowl…melt the bark or chips according to package directions.
5. Remove the balls/shapes from freezer. Use a fork to dip the pieces in bark and cover well. Let drain and sit back on wax paper to harden.
I hope you enjoy this treat! Of course it’s not something you will eat daily. However, it’s simple and quick.