Peanut Brittle for #ChristmasWeek #Freund

Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

On the 5th day of Christmas Week my true love gave to me “Five Golden Pieces of Peanut Brittle”. Sorry that is a little crammed together and off key, but you get it. First thing that popped into my head, hehe!!

Peanut Brittle by Noshing Wtih The Nolands (Small)

Today’s recipe is super easy but you might have to test it once to see how your microwave is. I have made this in at least three different microwaves and it has turned out each time, but once, see the story below! Super easy and addictive peanut brittle!! I had to package it up quickly or I would have eaten it all!!

I have to share with you a funny story about making this brittle, many years ago now I had some surgery. Serious enough that I was put under and then sent home on lots of pain meds. Leave it to me not to take the day off and just rest, oh no, I wanted to make peanut brittle. I didn’t want to eat it, just make it. So off I staggered in my stupor to create this. I pulled out a plastic bowl (never do this) and put together the recipe and started nuking it. Well, you guessed it the whole thing was molten lava inside my microwave!!

Did that stop me, oh no!! More determined than ever and now out of ingredients I send Ken to the store. I made that peanut brittle and it turned out great in the end. Moral of the story don’t try and do anything in the kitchen after general anesthetic and on narcotics, not a good situation. I did settle down after that and rested quietly on the couch. Poor Ken, not even a break when I have surgery!! LOL

You know peanut brittle, crunchy, slightly salty, sweet and leaves you wanting more!!

Peanut Brittle by Noshing With The Nolands (Small)

5.0 from 2 reviews

Peanut Brittle for #ChristmasWeek #Freund
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A super easy microwave peanut brittle
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup white corn syrup
  • 1½ cups salted peanuts
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • Cooking spray

Instructions
  1. Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a 2 L (2 quart) glass bowl stir together sugar and corn syrup with a wooden spoon until mixed well. Microwave on high or 100% for 6-8 minutes until syrup is pale yellow. Keep a close eye on it!!
  3. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave, the syrup is very hot. Stir in the peanuts and mix well. Microwave for 1-2 min. more or until golden in color. Immediately add the butter, vanilla and baking soda and stir until foamy. Quickly pour onto the prepared cookie sheet and spread evenly.
  4. Cool and break into pieces.

 

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Today’s #ChristmasWeek giveaway comes courtesy of Freund Container & Supply. Freund Container & Supply has been helping build businesses since 1938 as the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers, and wholesale packaging supplies online. Freund offers over 5,000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping, and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs!

Today’s winner will receive one $250 Freund gift certificate, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. To enter, read the details and use the Rafflecopter below!

***This giveaway is for one $250 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. ***

***Disclaimer: This gift certificate is being provided by Freund Container & Supply, while the cookbook has been provided by Juanita’s Cocina. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

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Cuban Lunches

Here is a great rich and yummy snack that not only kids but everyone will love!!! I changed them up just a bit and they turned out great. Instead of butterscotch chips I added a bag of skor pieces. Even better in my mind!!

This treat brings together the salty, sweet and chocolate. You can’t go wrong with that!! They are so easy to make and great for any time of the year. You can drop them into little cups too but I just dropped them free hand onto waxed paper. They are rich but were gobble down. Try them and ENJOY!!!

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Cuban Lunches
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Serves: 40
 

A rich and yummy, crunchy candy!!
Ingredients
  • 450 gm. semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 small pkg. 300 gm. skor bar pieces
  • ¼ cup peanut butter
  • 1 200 gm. bag potato chips, crushed
  • 1 cup salted peanuts

Instructions
  1. Melt chocolate chips and add peanut butter, stir well. Add potato chips, peanuts and skor bar. Drop by tsp. onto wax paper on a cookie sheet. Spread out slightly. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve from the fridge.

 

Copycat Almond Roca

Almond Roca is one of my ultimate favorites. Some how making it at home doesn’t seem as decadent as buying a big box of it from the store. This is a loved candy at Christmas time but why not have it at any time of the year!!

This recipe is from a friend of mine Sonia who graciously allowed me to share it with you all. What a fabulous treat to make for your family or a great gift for a dinner party for the hostess, a wonderful teacher gift, a great birthday treat. The list goes on and on why you should be making this scrumptious confection!!

I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do!!

Almond Roca

Coycat Almond Roca
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An easy and delicious candy that tastes just like the original.
Ingredients
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons boiling water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup white baking chips

Instructions
  1. Sprinkle almonds on a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 300 degrees F for 15 minutes or until toasted and golden brown; remove from the oven and set aside. In a saucepan over low heat, cook butter and sugar for 5 minutes. Add water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 300 degrees F (hard-crack stage). Quickly pour over almonds. Sprinkle chips on top; let stand for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Spread and swirl chocolate over candy. Cool completely; break into pieces.

 

Caramel Corn by One Sweet Appetite

Jessica is here today with the most colorful of treats from One Sweet Appetite, one of my absolute favorites!!! Caramel Corn!! She has a gorgeous blog and I mean gorgeous and I am thrilled to have her guest posting today!! You must follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. She has absolutely gorgeous photography of which I could only strive to be as good!! I am excited for you to meet her so I give you Jesseca!!

Hi there! My name is Jesseca, and I am from the blog One Sweet Appetite. I’m so excited to be guest posting here at Noshing with the Nolands today!

Spring can never come too early in Utah. So when we get those first few weeks of warm-ish weather we like to take advantage of the sunshine. You can most likely find us at the park, pool, or having a picnic in the backyard. One of our favorite treats to bring along is caramel corn. It’s a breeze to mix together and happens to be my four year olds favorite treat to share.

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Offering a bag full of this sugary treat is the easiest way to make a friend. I promise.

It’s also great for any outdoor parties you might have. Whip up a batch a few days before and package it in clear bags. Hand it out as your thank you, or leave it in a giant bowl for guests to enjoy during the event.

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12 C popped popcorn

1 C brown sugar

1/4 C honey

1/2 C. salted butter

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

Food coloring (optional)

Place your popcorn in a large bowl and set it aside. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees, and line a large baking tray with foil.

Place the brown sugar in a glass bowl. Chop the butter and place on the top of the sugar. Drizzle with honey.

Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir until combined. Microwave for 2 minutes, and stir. Microwave one last time for two minutes. Stir, mixing in the baking soda and vanilla.

(NOTE: the soda causes the caramel to foam up a bit. Make sure you use a fairly large bowl.)

Pour over your popcorn, and mix until it is well coated. Transfer your popcorn onto the foil lined tray. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring once half way through.

Cool completely & package as desired.

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It was fun to take over the site for the day! If you like my popcorn stop by my site and check out the other fun recipes I have. Thanks Tara for letting me stop by!

12 Days of Christmas-Rocky Road Chocolate

I love chocolate at anytime of year but making them for the holidays is extra special. I always make bark, cherries and then a variety of chocolates or try something new like I did this year. A three ingredient chocolate that is so good and so easy. I got the idea from a Betty Crocker book again. It was under the fudge section but is not fudge at all but a confection. Amber loved them and so will you

5.0 from 1 reviews

Rocky Road Chocolate
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An easy and delicious candy that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. milk chocolate
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped

Instructions
  1. Prepare a 8×8″ pan by spraying with cooking spray and laying a piece of wax paper inside the pan with edges hanging out.
  2. Chop up chocolate finely and place in a large bowl. Melt in microwave at 1 min. intervals stirring in between until almost melted. Stir at the end to finish melting and to make sure it is smooth. Add the marshmallows and nuts and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into prepared pan and refrigerate until set. Lift out of the pan using the wax paper. Cut into 1″ squares. Store in a container in the refrigerator.

Adapted from Betty Crocker

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