Coated in gooey caramel, then covered with chocolate and peanut butter chips, these decadent dipped pretzels are a delicious way to celebrate. For added variety, make some using butterscotch chips in place of the peanut butter chips.—Connie Banner, Castlewood, Virginia.
This candy always brings back memories of my childhood in mining country. It is so easy to make and you can choose if you want it chocolate coated or not.—Dean&Deluca Wichita Corporate Copywriter, Lisa Henshall, Wichita, Kansas
These soft homemade marshmallows are lots more fun than the store-bought kind and are so yummy, whether by themselves or topping off a mug of hot cocoa. I add red and green sprinkles for the holidays. —Arlene Barr, Monterey, California
During the Christmas season, I decided to make a peanut butter honey fudge. My husband is a huge peanut butter fan and grew up where honey was a household staple. This pairing goes so well together. —Tami Kuehl, Loup City, Nebraska
YOU’LL GIVE a few fun new twists to “sweets for my sweet” when you weave this good-enough-to-eat basket. It’s made from chocolate. In time for Valentine’s Day, Crafting Traditions home economists quickly pulled together this container using easy-to-create chocolate “clay” that’s completely edible. And not only is it a cinch to finish, it’s long-lasting, too. You can store your basket safely in a sealed plastic bag for a month or more—if you can find a way to keep it away from nibblers!
You can embellish your basket even further by making a bit of extra “clay” from white chocolate, rolling out a length and forming it into a bow to attach to the basket.
Here’s another tasty idea—weave smaller baskets from thinner ropes to use as individual place markers for a party.
Don’t contain this kitchen craft only to February 14—it’s a treat to make
anytime of year.
Fans of tiger butter fudge will revel in this version that's very similar to bark candy. The chocolate swirls are pleasing to the eye, and the creamy, peanut flavor is a treat for the taste buds.—Philip Jones, Lubbock, Texas
These layered squares are more “sophisticated” than my usual lineup of Christmas candy, but they’re also very popular. People love the pairing of chocolate and hazelnuts. —Virginia Sauer, Wantagh, New York