Jello Cream Squares

I hope that everyone is enjoying their Labor day weekend! 🙂 We are spending our weekend  laboring, hehe. My husband and dad are in the process of turning one of the basement rooms into an office! Perhaps I will share more on that later. 🙂

Today I wanted to share an easy treat: Jello Cream Squares. These things are very addictive!

You will need:

3 (3 oz.) boxes of Jell-O (any colors you like) I used 2 orange and 1 strawberry

1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

Prepare the Jell-O using 1 cup of hot water per flavor in three separate containers. Chill for 4 hours until the Jell-O has set up. Cut the Jell-O into pieces (they do not have to be uniform).

Place Jello pieces in a 13×9  pan. (Keep them  in the refrigerator until ready to add the white layer). In a separate bowl mix the 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin with 1/2 cup cold water. Add 1 1/2 cups of boiling water and stir until dissolved.

Mix in the sweetened condensed milk.

Allow the milk mixture to cool and then pour over the Jell-O cubes.

Chill for 4 hours or overnight.

After the mixture sets up cut into squares and serve.

I chose red and orange for fall colors, but the color combinations are as many as there are flavors and colors of jello. I think I will make red and green for Christmas! 🙂

 

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Kool Aid Fudge – An Easy Colorful Treat

This treat is so simple to make! It shouldn’t take more than 5 min. to put it together.

You will need:

12 oz. bag of white baking chips

14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 packet of Kool Aid, whatever flavor you like…I think cherry is the best for this. 🙂

Simply melt the baking chips in the microwave then stir in the sweetened condensed milk and Kool Aid until thoroughly mixed. Spread into a lightly greased  pan an refrigerate until set. After it sets, cut and serve.

They look so pretty! I think the pink looks perfect for spring! 🙂

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Tasty Corn Chip Candy

Yes, you read that right…CORN CHIPS!

A few weeks ago, I was pregnant and nearing my due date. As I get further along I tend to throw some of my dietary cautions to the wind. This was one of those times. I really wanted something sweet and salty and didn’t feel like running to the store. I dug through my cupboards and came up with a bag of chocolate chips and a bag of corn chips. The crazy thought popped into my head “I wonder if there are any recipes that would use both of these?” 

I found this recipe for Corn Chip Candy. I was a bit skeptical, but being a desperate, candy crazed pregnant woman who would do anything for a hit thought it was worth a try. It was very tasty, indeed! My whole family loves it and asks for it all the time. It’s also easy to make.

You will need:

10 1/2 oz bag corn chips

1 cup white sugar

1 cup light corn syrup (no this is not the same thing as high fructose corn syrup for those of you who may be concerned about this issue)

1 cup peanut butter

1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Grease a 10 x 15 inch pan (I usually line it with foil first to make clean up easy). Pour the bag of corn chips in.

In a saucepan bring the sugar and corn syrup to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.

Pour this over the corn chips. Try to pour evenly so that all the chips are covered. If you have to you can stir the mixture through the chips to make sure they are evenly coated.

Pour the chocolate chips over the corn chip mixture in an even layer. Wait about 10 min or until the heat from the peanut butter mixture melts the chocolate.Spread the chocolate over the top.

I usually pop it into the refrigerator so that the chocolate sets up faster.

After the chocolate sets up, cut or break into pieces and serve! 🙂

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Easy Maple Chocolate Cream Candies

About this time every year I start craving maple chocolate candy. Maple creams go hand-in-hand with Fall for me. I came up with this super simple recipe to fill my craving:

  Take one stick of softened (not melted) butter

And cream it with 2 cups powdered sugar

 It should look like this when you are done

Add two teaspoons of imitation maple flavoring

Blend until creamy, but thick

 Roll into small balls

For the coating, chocolate-flavored candy coating tends to work best. You can use regular chocolate chips, but it is harder to get them to set up if you don’t temper it. That’s just too much trouble for me   😉

 I used about 6 blocks (1/2 pack)

I find it easier to melt in the microwave…OK actually, I started off melting it on the stove and ruined some of it. It got too grainy to use.
Dip the balls of maple cream into the chocolate and let some of the excess chocolate drip off. Chopsticks work really well for this
Let them set up on a cookie sheet lined in foil or wax paper. You can put them in the freezer if you are impatient and want to gobble as many down as possible before your husband and kids notice  in a hurry.
Enjoy! :o)

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