SURPRISE CANDY TREATS

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     Can you make homemade candy?  Yes!  Yes, you can.  

      We have a bunch of party poopers in our neighborhood.  Nobody trick-or-treated.  We bought candy.  We turned our lights on.  We waited.  Nothing!  Not one kid was out.  What’s up with that?  I think the trunk trick-or-treating parties have done us in.  

     So, here we are with a bunch of candy.  What’s worse, it was a big variety.  I couldn’t stay out of it, and that was bad.  I decided to try to make something fun with them.  Since I am going to try my hand at real candy-making for Christmas, this got my feet wet.  They are very easy to make, trust me.  I literally made this up as I went along, and they are scrumptious!  The peanut butter and graham crackers cut down on the sweet, and if you use semi-sweet chocolate chips . . . even better!   

MAKES 24

INGREDIENTS:

1 sleeve Original Graham crackers (9 whole crackers)

7 TBSP Confectioner’s sugar

3 TBSP butter

½ cup Peanut butter, divided

½ tsp Vanilla extract

8 fun-size Candy bars *See below for suggestions

42 semisweet or milk chocolate chips (probably about ½ a cup)

PREPARATION:

Line a 24-cup mini muffin tray with mini paper liners

Crush Graham crackers in a food processor (or use a rolling pin) until they are finely ground.  Place in a medium size bowl and stir in confectioner’s sugar.

In a second medium microwaveable bowl, combine butter and only ¼ cup Peanut butter.  Microwave 30 seconds, stir until smooth.  If it isn’t completely melted, give it another 10 seconds in microwave.

Press 1 rounded tsp into each cup and up the sides a little bit. Bake at 350° F for about 5 minutes.  Leave the oven on.

While shells are baking, chop candy bars into chunks.  If using different flavors, keep them separated.  Divide up and place candy in center of baked shells.

Melt remaining ¼ cup peanut butter in microwave for 20-25 seconds.  Stir until smooth.  Mix into remaining crumbs.

Top each cup with another good tsp of graham cracker/peanut butter mixture and flatten across the cup all the way to the paper liner.  A small offset spatula or silicone spatula works great.

Pop back into the oven for 7 minutes.  Turn oven off, but leave door closed.  You’ll need the heat again in a minute.

Place 3 Chocolate chips in the center of each cup and put tray back in the oven for 2 minutes.  Using a small spatula or butter knife, spread melted chocolate. Let cool

Hide them.

Candy surprise centers suggestions:  M & M’s, Rollo, Milk Duds, Nestle’s Crunch, Kit Kat, Milky Way, Snickers, Twix, Reese’s Pieces, Heath Bars, Rolo, Hershey Bar, or whatever strikes your fancy!  Make sure you make a variety so the inside is truly a surprise center.  What fun!

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By Tika for CHEW WANNA EAT? © 2016

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