It is hard to believe it’s that time of year again! This past year has flown by. The holiday season seems to come faster and faster, every year. We all seem to get even busier than we could have ever thought possible. With this time of the year, it seems to get even worse. Instead of enjoying quality time with our families’ we are off scurrying to find the latest gadget, that will make the “perfect gift”. Working in retail, I definitely have plenty of stories about holiday gimmicks. Time is said to be one of the most valuable commodities. It is clear, in this day and age, just how very true that statement is. I know that I have no room to talk, with my crazy work schedule and college finals. We all have little things that preoccupy us, from what is really important.
This life is short, and we are all so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives. We must not lose sight of that, through all of our busyness, and hectic schedules. It is important, especially this time of the year, to take time out and cherish everything and everyone we have. We never know how long we have until it is too late. Do not let the little moments slip away.
Here is a recipe that will help you take some time out, to just relax and enjoy.
I love making homemade candies. They are surprisingly very easy to make. I thought it would be festive to make some peppermint patties. They make great gifts, and have an instant wow factor!
Beat together: powdered sugar, water, corn syrup, and shortening until combined.
Add peppermint extract, and a small pinch of salt.
Lightly knead it (on a work surface) using the remaining 1/4 cups of powdered sugar. Continue until smooth.
Roll into a cylinder shape, and cut in half. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 15 minutes, or until firm.
Slice into circles and place on cookie sheet. You can coat the circles with powdered sugar. I did not because I live in such a dry climate.
Freeze for several hours or overnight. (This important! Otherwise you will have the filling melt through the chocolate when you enrobe the candy)
Optional: Lightly chop candy canes (preferably the mini kind) for an added crunch.
Melt chocolate. For a thinner coating (which I recommend) add a little shortening or vegetable oil. I’m not gonna lie, I prefer the Barefoot Contessa chocolate tempering method. (aka: microwaving for 30-second intervals) Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Once it is seized, there is no going back. Stir well after each interval
To coat candy: Place each peppermint circle on a fork, and spoon chocolate over circle until it is completely covered. Tap off any excess chocolate. Top with a little of the crushed candy cane mixture, and allow to dry on a surface lined with wax paper.