Halloween is coming and candy is front and center, as it has always been with the second most popular holiday in the US (generating six billion in sales – that’s a lot of candy corn folks).
Everybody has their favorites and we all have memories of going through our trick or treat bags, pulling out the good stuff and leaving the gum, dental floss and peppermint hard candies for siblings or parents. Me, I can’t leave a Reese’s peanut butter cup alone, though tootsie rolls are a good alternative. Almond Joy, Hershey’s kisses, Snickers….wow, I guess the connecting feature here is chocolate. Now that’s a surprise (yeah, not really).
As tasty as these confections are, have you ever wanted to make them yourself? Probably not, huh. Because it is easier to just pick up the package at the check out stand for a buck when your sweet tooth is acting up. But where is your innovating spirit, I say. Where is the famous American pluck and ingenuity (if you are American, if not – I got nothing) of your foremothers? Would Betsy Ross have just gone down to Wal-Mart to pick out a flag? Would Dolly Madison have let Washington’s portrait burn rather than rescue it because she could just order another one from Art.com? Did Mimi Eisenhower tell Ike to get his fudge from the mall? I think not.
But how can I make peanut butter cups, you rightfully complain (really, the whining isn’t necessary). Never fear. Ingenuity and a good internet link are here. Make your favorite candies with these recipes. Peanut butter cups, Almond Joy, Snickers….yeah, the good stuff. No hard candy or sweet tarts. Now go forth and create some candy magic of your own, my fellow American consumers.