Sugared Pecans

Sugared pecans must be one of the easiest candies to make. No worries about melting sugar, humidity, or candy thermometers. Just coat the pecans with an egg white solution, and then again with some sugar and spices, pop them in the oven and make for half an hour. The only problem? They are so addictive. […]

Candied Kumquats

It ’s raining kumquats. Literally. My friend Garrett found a fully loaded kumquat tree on his campus and now we are quite flush with them. A few days ago Garrett brought a jar of these candied kumquats over and we ’ve been nibbling on them ever since. Ridiculously easy to make, candied kumquats are half condiment, […]

Peanut Butter Balls (Buckeyes)

The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is an obvious winner for anyone who has ever tasted a peanut butter cup, and buckeyes are no exception. Named for their resemblance to the nut of the buckeye tree, these chocolate-dipped peanut butter treats are easy to make at home with very little work. Even though I grew […]

Chocolate-Covered Pretzels

My sister absolutely loves snacks that are both sweet and salty. Chocolate-covered potato chips and chocolate-covered peanuts are on the list, but chocolate-covered pretzels are her all time favorite. Making your own chocolate-covered pretzels is a fun afternoon project and makes a nice alternative to the store-bought varieties, especially around the holidays when homemade treats […]

Christmas Crack

I don ’t know if this is called “crack” because of the way it breaks into big, wonderful pieces, because it ’s made with crackers, or because it ’s so darn addictive. Regardless, I ’m a fan. With this classic Christmas treat, Saltine crackers get a double dunking: first in caramel and then in chocolate. The […]