Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

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Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Sunday, January 23, 2011

chocolate candy dots

 i tried martha's recipe this week for chocolate candy dots and it worked nicely.  i melted 8 ounces of ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate over boiling water in a double boiler, and then added 1 teaspoon of vegetable shortening to allow the chocolate to glisten.  at this point, the chocolate could be flavored with any flavoring oil of choice.  i decided not to flavor the chocolate.
next, i used a very small appetizer spoon to make small spoonfuls of chocolate on the sheet pans, which were covered with waxed paper.  this process took awhile, with the recipe making enough candies for two sheet pans.  after the chocolate cools for about 20 minutes, it is time to sprinkle the candy with the white candy dots.  if the dots are applied while the chocolate is still very warm, they will sink into the candy and not be on the top as shown.

  the candies are traditionally called sno caps in the stores, and have always been one of my favorites for years.  this recipe is so easy and by choosing high quality chocolate, flavoring the chocolate and using different colored dots, the recipes are limit less for an all time favorite.

 just think, i could have coconut white chocolate sno caps.... yummy

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