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Strawberry Almond Chocolate Fudge

straberry almond fudgeI am heading out to a curling event this evening, and agreed to bring some treats for sharing.  I was feeling lazy today, and not in the mood for anything heavy-duty baking wise.  I checked out the pantry and decided to whip up this quick and easy chocolate confection.  It is not a true fudge in the sense that there are no boiled sugars and what not, but it IS fudgy, and judging by the edges I cut off (and tasted….for research purposes of course 😉 ) pretty tasty.  I also think this would make a nice treat for Valentines Day to share with whoever you like! Read the rest of this entry

Cookie Butter Clusters

Cookie Butter ClustersThese sweets are super easy to whip up and make a bunch.  If you can melt chocolate, you are good to go.

I have made a few variations on these (like my apple raisin slowpokes), but it is the holiday season and time for warm spices! And so these were a new addition to my candy platter this year.

This recipe uses cookie butter made from Speculoos cookies.  I used Cookinotti brand that was easy to find at the grocery store.  It is GOOD stuff.  I also used it in a cheesecake recipe this past year that I entered into a contest, so if you are looking for a more elaborate dessert, check it out !  Read the rest of this entry

Mint Mocha Truffle Cake

Peppermint Mocha Truffle Cake (2)Has it snowed yet in your neck of the woods?  Yesterday, after a fairly balmy week (sneaky), we got ourselves a big old snowstorm – a sure sign that winter has arrived.  Time to dig out the mittens and boots, and time to dig out some cozy winter recipes for sharing !

I have to say, that while I enjoy the whole pumpkin spice thing, I REALLY love a peppermint mocha on a chilly day.  Goes great with shopping ! So this cake was inspired by that favorite drink, but also by the infamous Bete Noire that I have made time and time again for various occasions.  Was pleased with this seasonal update, and hope you are too.  Read the rest of this entry

Pumpkin Spice Latte Toffee

Pumpkin Spice Latte Toffee (2)Thought I’d whip up a seasonal candy for Halloween this year ! Inspiration of course comes from the spiced lattes so many people look forward to this year, and a new take on a favorite toffee recipe I have been making and reinventing for ages now.  I kept it simple and nut free for this recipe, but I’m sure it would be just as tasty with some walnuts or pumpkin seeds mixed in. Read the rest of this entry

Irish Red Ale Truffles

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These treats incorporate a great local brew – Garrison Brewery’s Irish Red Ale, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day I say.  From the Garrison site” “This classic beer style was inspired by centuries of Celtic brewing history, Specialty kilned malts such as dark caramel and munich dominate the Irish Red resulting in a ruby red colour and smooth malty taste”  A perfect description if I say so myself.  Read the rest of this entry

Cherry Blossom Fudge

Treats inspired by Canada’s own Cherry Blossom candy are a bit of an ongoing theme on my blog, and this fudge marks my third attempt at revamping the already perfect confection, and the first of my Valentine’s sweet treats that I will be blogging about this week.

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Now before I get into the recipe, I’m admitting this is not a true fudge recipe, there was no standing over the stove waiting for it to cook, or hauling out the hand mixer to beat it.  Which means this fudge is not only super quick, but also super easy !  If you can work the microwave and chop up a few ingredients, you are good to go.  I had this setting in the fridge in no time flat.  Read the rest of this entry

Bridge Mix Clusters

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A bittersweet post: this recipe is dedicated to someone who I think would  have enjoyed these very much, but is no longer here to share them with – my father, who left us too soon this past October after a lengthy battle with cancer.  He loved sweets and a box of Bridge Mixture was one of his favorites, and something I always put in his stocking along with his favorite box of Pot of Gold.  He, and his love for chocolate are indescribably missed.

Whip up a batch of these and share them with someone you love.  Hug them tight.  Read the rest of this entry