Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sweet Valentine - handmade candies and chocolates

Just in time for Valentine's Day, I am offering "Sweet Valentine", a box filled with handmade candies and chocolates. Each and every treat in this box is made by hand.  This beautiful 8"x8" box, containing almost a pound of sweets, comes wrapped with a raffia ribbon, is completely ready for gift giving.

The box contains 6 varieties of chocolates and candies.

I start the "Rum Balls" by baking a beautiful pan of brownies. After cooling, I crumble them and mix the crumbs with the best rum and then I roll them in red sanding sugar. Really yummy!

"Heart-Shaped Marshmallows" are made by mixing sugar and gelatin together, cooking it and then whipping it. Using a small heart-shaped cutter, I cut the delicate shapes and dust them with confectioners' sugar. They just melt in your mouth.

To make the "Chocolate-Covered Almonds", I toast the almonds. Then I candy them. And then I dredge the almonds in melted semi-sweet chocolate, before finally tossing them in cocoa.

"Almond Croquant" is made by cooking sugar to the soft-ball stage and mixing it with crushed almonds. The result is a crunchy/chewy candy that is so sweet and delicious!

"Bourbon Pecan Chews" are made by mixing sugars and pecans with Bourbon - they will remind you of pecan pie.

Finally, "Chocolate-Covered Caramels" are made by cooking sugar, cream and butter until it reaches 245 degrees, making caramel. After cooling, I cut the round shapes, temper top quality bittersweet chocolate and then the caramel shapes are dredged through the chocolate. Topped with dragees, these beauties will delight!

Boxed and wrapped with a lovely Valentine ribbon, ready for gift-giving - $30.  Place your order early!  Pickup days are Saturday, February 11th until Tuesday, February 14th.

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