Fall Candy

I come alive in Fall and Winter. The cool air is a welcome change to the hot humid summers in North Carolina! Warm fuzzy socks, hot steaming coffee, blankets, pillows, comfort food…I get all teary eyed just thinking about it.

I found a recipe that screamed out to me. And I said, “Okay Okay, stop yelling already!” I modified it a bit and I will tell you how in a minute.

This recipe was originally called something like Copycat Butterfingers and you may see it on Pinterest. Since Butterfingers are one of my favorite candy bars, I decided to give it a try.

There are only three ingredients needed.

Candy Corn, Peanut Butter, and chocolate morsels.

Oh, and Cheerios, but I will tell you about that in a minute.

Microwave 1 cup of Candy Corn for a minute on 50% power and stir. Repeat and stir again.

Add 1 cup of peanut butter to the Candy Corn, and microwave another minute on 50% power. Then stir.

Repeat the process, stirring well each time, until everything is melted and mixed well.

It should look like this:

{And now you are the proud owner of a big blob of orange doughy-like something, sort of.}

And here is where the Cheerios come in. I love the texture of real Butterfinger candy bars so I wanted to play around with it and add something to give this candy a bit of crunch.

I added 1/2 cup crushed Cheerios to the candy mixture. An easy way to do this is pour the Cheerios in a zip lock gallon sized baggy, seal it, and then use a rolling pin to roll and crush the cereal.

Next, add the crushed cereal to the candy mixture and drop it in a shallow bread pan, or loaf pan, or something similar. I used a loaf pan. Make sure you line your pan with Parchment Paper. You will need to use your fingers to press the mixture firmly down into the pan. (Important – Add crushed cereal and stir it in right before you press it in the pan. If you add it when microwaving it is going to lose the crunch.)

Let the candy sit and cool for 15-30 minutes. Then lift up the parchment paper to pull up the candy so you can take it out of the pan and lay on a flat surface.

Using a sharp knife, cut candy into squares, or strips, or any shape that makes you happy. This is YOUR candy and you can make it your own, dang it.

Now comes the fun part. Melt your chocolate.

If you use chocolate morsels, you will need about 2 cups. Melt this in the microwave (on high power) in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time. Repeat until chocolate is melted and then stir well. Dip your candy pieces into the melted chocolate and lay them out on some parchment paper.

You can also use Candy Quik, which personally I like better because you can throw away the paper tray after you’re done. No bowl to clean!

The original recipe called for chocolate coating but I wanted to also try white.

So, so, so good.

This is the perfect candy for Fall. And if you wear fuzzy socks while eating a piece, it makes the experience that much sweeter.

Ingredient list:

1 cup candy corn

1 cup peanut butter

2 cups milk chocolate morsels ( or one tray Candy Quik)

1/2 cup crushed Cheerios.

(Some other crunch ideas: Graham Crackers, Rice Crispies)