2928. BACON BUTTERFINGER CANDIES

2-11 oz. bags of candy corn
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 package crispy cooked bacon
milk chocolate or candy coating

Butter two 8×8 disposable pans. Set aside.

Slowly melt the candy corns in a large microwave safe bowl until smooth and completely melted. I microwaved mine for 1.5 minutes then stirred, then put it back in for 30 seconds, stirred and continued the process until it was smooth and easy to stir.

Stir in the peanut butter until completely incorporated.

Evenly distribute the mixture into the two pans.Set in a cool place to firm up (about an hour or two)

Cut into what ever shape you want and dip into melted chocolate. Tap off the excess chocolate and carefully place onto wax paper or parchment paper.

Dip bacon pieces that will fit the candy pieces into the chocolate, shake off some of the excess then place on top of the chocolate covered candies.

Allow to set in a cool place, or refrigerator until chocolate is set.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Carrie, Fields of Cake and Other Good Stuff, November 21, 2011

Originally posted 2013-05-15 01:20:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Dina’s Candied Bacon Edition!

After the “all Charlie” post yesterday, I can across a series of Facespace messages from another long time FoTDB Dina (SHOUT OUT!).  Dina’s been a BIG supporter of this little blog and just after the New Year she sent not one but five, FIVE, recipes that included candied bacon.

Candied Bacon Ice Cream

Candied Bacon Green Salad

Candied Bacon Maple Popcorn

Chocolate Chip Candied Bacon Pancakes

Candied Bacon Butter!

See something you like?  Of course you do!

Thanks for all the bacon love Dina and for being a loyal TDBer!

Photos via davidlebovitz, jaimeoliver, pinterest, evilshenanigans and tablespoon

Originally posted 2012-01-12 21:24:25.

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Originally posted 2013-05-11 01:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Steps to Making Perfect Chocolate Peanut Bacon Toffee

At 11:30 tomorrow, staged in front of Brooklyn’s Prime Meats, my co-author Peter Kaminsky and I will meet for a photo shoot that features the first ever bacon-wrapped car. Ford Motor Company is apparently hoping (they must have researched this!) that Fiesta buyers will buy bacon-strip decals to customize their cute and sporty car.

I hope they sell a million of ‘em, and I’ll wager most of the buyers will be young guys. I’d personally like to invent or invest in the production of a car air freshener that smells like bacon, so I can hang it in my car as it always smells like my son’s dog Abbey after she’s visited the creek in our back yard. 

Anyways, it should be fun and I’ll post some shots when I have them tomorrow. I’m taking along a batch of Bacon Nation’s Chocolate Peanut Bacon Toffee, and I took some pictures this afternoon of the process to help you make your own — perfectly.

But before we get to the pictures, the first thing you must absolutely do is to measure and then set all the ingredients and your utensils out on your counter, mis en place. One you start cooking, you can’t leave the stove for even a minute, so get organized! You’ll find the complete recipe in Bacon Nation, but here are a few cooking tips and pictures you won’t find in the book. 

Perfect Chocolate Peanut Bacon Toffee

Mix the peanuts and the cooked bacon in a medium bowl and set it aside before you start cooking the butter-sugar mixture. The Bacon Nation recipe calls only for lightly salted cocktail peanuts, but today I used a combination of those and chopped pecans. Almonds would also work nicely, so feel free to experiment. The recipe in the book calls for 5 slices of bacon, chopped and then lightly browned and drained. But you can increase that by one more slice to 6 in all, if you like, for a little more of that rich bacony flavor. 

 

Buy a good dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. I like Lindt for its richness. Then chop 4 ounces of it finely so it melts quickly when you sprinkle it over the hot bacon-peanut toffee mixture. 

You are literally making a candy and you’ll need to hang a candy thermometer over the side of the heavy-bottom skillet and into the pot. At an initial heating stage, the butter-sugar mixture looks very pale like this: 

 As you cook and whisk the mixture over medium heat and the temperature rises, the mixture starts to caramelize and brown, like the picture below. Be patient, keep stirring. You’re making candy! And it’s really cool to watch the temperature on the thermometer rise and then reach its final stage of 300 degrees F.

When it’s finally reached 300 degrees F (after about 10 minutes or so), the mixture will be a dark caramelized brown and will smell ever so slightly burnt. Take it off the heat immediately and use a wooden spoon to stir in the bacon-nut mixture. Work quickly, but be very careful and don’t touch the candy: yikes, it’s hot! 

Spread the mixture about 1/4-inch thick, onto the large, lightly buttered baking sheet (that you buttered before you began cooking!) Sprinkle over the chopped chocolate and the remaining reserved nuts and bacon. 

Then set the pan into your freezer for about 30 minutes or until it’s completely firmed up. Take a metal spatula and run it under the toffee in the pan, breaking it up into pieces of any desired size.

This delicious candy can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to six months. I so love breaking off a piece and having it with a lovely cup of tea. My personal treat after a long day. 

 

 

Originally posted 2013-10-22 18:27:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Gummy Skulls!

Saw this and had to pop in here to post it up because it’s just too awesome. I know, it’s been a long time, but I’m still here and kicking.

This Giant Glowing Gummy Skull ($38.99) looks delish. It’s cherry and weighs 5 pounds but I’m not sure where I would start on this. Do you slice it up with a knife and serve pieces or just bite right into it? Also, it doesn’t actually glow unless you stick a flashlight underneath it, which is kinda…duh.

GIANT GLOWING GUMMY SKULL

The Gummy Skull on a Stick ($5.99) is more portable at only 4 ounces. I love it. Totally need to stock up on these.

GUMMY SKULL ON A STICK

Originally posted 2012-06-26 22:34:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Ultimate Bacon Treats

As you may know, desserts are one of our favourite meals, and they are even better with the addition of bacon. Last year we created a list of the top 25 Bacon Dessert Recipes and this year we decided to follow through and create a list of the top 2012 bacon dessert recipes. This list […]

Originally posted 2012-11-26 17:03:49. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Better with Bacon – Maple Bacon S’mores…

That’s right, I said MAPLE…..BACON…..S’MORES!

Homemade maple bacon marshmallows!!  People, what more needs to be said?!?  I think I found my next “Test Kitchen” recipe!

Maple Bacon S’mores

Ingredients:

1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, divided (1/8 for bacon, 1/8 for marshmallows)
6 slices hickory smoked bacon
Unflavored cooking spray
4 1/2 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2/3 cup white sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup (use the high quality stuff here)
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup water (filtered or bottled preferably)
1/3 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup corn starch
Graham crackers, for serving
Bittersweet chocolate, for serving

Directions:

Head over to Kitchen Konfidence (a new blog find, but one I’ll be bookmarking) to find out how to make these are see more great photos.

Originally posted 2012-02-23 20:17:22.

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Suck On These…

Bacon candies!

What did you think I meant?  REALLY?!? That’s what you thought? Get your mind out of the gutter.

Anywho, the fine folks at Archie McPhee have done it again.  There is nothing they won’t make taste like bacon!

From their site:

These red and white striped hard candies look just like the ones that grandma used to put in her fancy candy dish for the holidays. But, my oh my, would grandma be in for a surprise if she popped one in her mouth!

Oh my indeed.

$5.95 for a tin with about 12 pieces of candy.

via Archie McPhee

Originally posted 2011-09-12 19:46:50.

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