I decided to challenge myself this week. Why I do this to myself, I’ll never quite figure out. It’s as if I wasn’t challenged enough by getting a brand new Smart phone 3 days before going to Europe wasn’t challenge enough for my aged and addled brain (PS: don’t do that). More on that in a minute.
I was curious if I could make something delicious out of leftover candy from Halloween. Sure Reese Cups, Hershey Bars and the like are easy. No, I wanted to see if I could make something (beyond just edible) out of the fruitcake of Halloween – Candy Corn. I’m pretty sure most people that buy candy corn do it because it’s inexpensive and it looks pretty in a bowl sitting out, collecting dust and sticking together in one big gooey blob of Fall colors.
I whipped up these easy chocolate truffles with Indian corn, which is the redheaded step-cousin of candy corn. Instead of the yellow base (on the kernel) it’s got a brown base, which is cocoa. So these taste like chocolate as opposed to the more marshmallowy (yes, it’s a word…Google it) of the traditional stuff. As far as leftover Halloween candy recipes go, I think this one is a definite keeper. If you buy the the candy corn after the holiday, you can probably get a bag for under $1. And as we all know, this stuff keeps seemingly for forever. You could make up some of these easy chocolate truffles for your Thanksgiving get together. No one will have any idea that the center is made from candy corn.
Now, that smart phone stuff. I like to think that I’m pretty smart, and not just a smart ass, but this phone is kicking my rear.
I chucked my Blackberry when feature after feature kept dying on me (yes, they have a few bells and whistles…ok, just bells). I was convinced I’d be walking in some back alley in Europe (not that I’m prone to hanging out in alley’s that look like they’ve been used in dubious slaying scenes from one of the 8 versions of Law & Order, but it happens sometimes) and the one feature that I really need…the phone, would die and then cause me to have to deal with some non-English speaking thug that wouldn’t understand my charming wit and humor and let me skip along on my merry way. No, I’d end up in some “Hostel” ish type scene running around in a darkened cellar trying to figure out how to outrun some other weirdo brandishing a saber all while wearing nothing more than a burlap sack that would be annoyingly itchy. (My imagination is a really dark place sometimes.)
So I sucked it up, let the phone store guy laugh at my ancient phone and sell me a new “not dumb” phone, which is what I call them because I refuse to give it anymore credit than that.
I then proceeded to spend the next 12 days being schooled by a phone. Because I was having loads of issues with the thing, I ended up using it mostly as a much needed pocket mirror. I gotta say, that new technology that they’re using to make the glass on those things is fantastically reflective. I used it to primp my hair, apply lipstick and to look at the sexy guy that was behind me in line at the grocery store. I’m sure he didn’t know I was looking at him in the phone, even though it was practically directly over my shoulder. He just thought I had a wonky eye. Because I wanted to cover my tracks, I made sure that I did some cross eyed thing when he could see me. Come to think of it…I should have taken his picture instead of just looking at him in the glass. Sometimes I just don’t use my brain.
But back to the Halloween candy recipes….I did use my brain when coming up with this recipe and I think you’ll really like them. They couldn’t be easier and give you such a great treat for a little effort.
Do you have any favorite recipes for leftover candy? I’m especially curious if you have any candy corn recipes to share.
Why is it that married people are so hell-bent on getting their single friends fixed up an in relationships? Is it because misery loves company? Or do they figure a single person (who is interested in getting into a relationship) is already in so much pain that they won’t mind the equivalent of a verbal anal probe?
I remember being single (I was the last one in my group of friends to tie the knot) and all of the stupid questions I had to field from friends and family (isn’t your family supposed to be on your side?).
Q. Are you even looking for someone? A. I didn’t realize someone was missing, so…no.
Q. Where are you trying to meet guys? You know, a bar is a terrible place to meet guys. A. Well, since I was barred from visiting the men’s prison, and I don’t know where the crack dens are yes, yes I am trying to meet men in bars (HA…I met my husband at a bar.)
Q. Are you a lesbian? A. No, but do you think it would help if I was?
Q. Can I give you a makeover? A. Do I really look that bad? Besides, since you only learned how to apply your face lacquer from the lady at the mall who closely resembles Liza Minelli, I think I’ll take a pass on your kind offer and just renew my subscription to Elle magazine.
How do I still have friends? The next time you marrieds are offering up these helpful suggestions to any one of your single friends, think about how you would answer those questions and if you would like to get the single person’s anal probing.
Recipe: Easy Chocolate Truffles From Halloween Candy Leftovers
- 1 Cup Indian Corn (the Brach’s candy)
- 2 Teaspoons Half and Half
- 1/4 Cup Dried Tart Cherries (chopped to small pieces)
- 3 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar (plus more for rolling)
- 3/4 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- In a microwave safe glass container, add the Indian corn. Melt the candy corn by heating it for 30 second intervals and stirring in between each heat session.
- Add the half and half, dried cherries and powdered sugar to the melted candy and stir to combine.
- Pour (or scrape) the mixture out onto a sheet of waxed paper. Smooth it out into a uniformly thick layer and let cool to room temperature.
- Using a spoon, scrape up some of the mixture. Coat your hands with powdered sugar and roll mixture into a ball (approximately 1″ diameter) and lay on a plate.
- Continue rolling mixture into balls. If they seem to be sticking to the plate, add more powdered sugar to your palms and re-roll the balls just to lightly coat them.
- Place in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to firm up.
- Melt the chocolate chips in a microwave safe glass container in the same manner as you melted the candy corn.
- Remove the balls from the refrigerator.
- Dip them into the chocolate (one at a time) and coat with chocolate. Scrape off excess and lay out on a piece of wax paper.
- Continue with remaining balls.
- Let them rest until the chocolate hardens. If you need them sooner, refrigerate them for 10 minutes.
I used dried tart cherries, but dried cranberries would work well also. You just need a little tartness to balance out the sweet.
Preparation time: 1 hour(s)
Cooking time: 4 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 12
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
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