Saturday, December 28, 2013

Just for Fun - National Chocolate Candy Day!

0a3It has been a busy week for me . . . finishing up projects for Christmas, celebrating Christmas with my family and having two sweet boys over for two nights and three days of fun! Busy for sure, but wonderful in every way!

So, today I thought I'd take a look on-line and see if December 28th was a "special" day . . . and I'm happy to say, it is! Today is, "National Chocolate Candy Day"! Now this is a day to celebrate for sure!

On-line it said, "It's National Chocolate Candy Day! Chocolate candy is one of the most popular sweets in the world. It can be combined with everything from nuts and caramel to raisins and pretzels to make some of our favorite chocolate treats!
Did you know during the Second World War, the U.S. Government commissioned Milton Hershey to create a candy bar to include in the soldiers' rations? The recipe his company created is now the famous Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar.
Today, chocolate is still clearly an American favorite treat. Over 2.8 billion pounds are consumed annually. On average this means each person consumes over eleven pounds per year! To celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day, enjoy some of your favorite types of chocolate candy."
There are great reasons to love Chocolate candy for sure . . . 
  • It tastes so delicious!
  • It is good for you!
  • It tastes so delicious!
  • It brightens any day!
  • It tastes so delicious!
Well . . . aside from tasting so delicious, this list really could go on for quite some time! So, I thought I'd re-share my current favorite recipe for making non-dairy chocolate candy for my grandson Caleb and daughter-in-law Jackie since they are both unable to eat items with dairy products in them . . . and sadly for them, chocolate candy nearly always does.

This recipe, however, is so delicious, my able-to-eat-dairy family members even prefer it to regular chocolate! I've been told by my family - and have to agree with them - this candy tastes like chocolate truffles!!!! It is so delicious and happily, so easy to make!

You'll find the recipe for this delicious chocolate candy - and recipes for several additional dairy-free chocolate candies - at this link. My "tweaked" recipe is below . . .
  • 5 T cocoa powder
  • 4 T coconut oil, melted
  • 4 T powdered sugar
  • 3 T peanut butter, melted
  • 1 tsp honey
  • dash of vanilla
   Directions -
  •   Melt coconut oil and peanut butter 
  •   Mix all ingredients (add a bit more powdered sugar and/or cocoa if it needs to be a bit thicker, but remember it will set up as it cools)
  •   Spoon into candy molds 
  •   Freeze for five to ten minutes - until firm 
  •   Wrap in pieces of wax paper and store in the freezer or refrigerator  
  •   Enjoy!!!!
   I have to say, this is some of they most enjoyable chocolate I've ever had!!!! Keep in mind, it melts quickly and does get all over little hands and faces! You may want to do as I'm doing and make them in small candy molds so they are bite-size . . . this should cut down on the possibility of ending up with chocolate everywhere!

   Enjoy . . . and Happy National Chocolate Candy Day!!!

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