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I had every intention to post this yesterday, but things got too busy. Oh well…

I can’t believe this is my first post of the month for my Cookbook of the Month. December is such a busy month. I see all of the wonderful cookies and holiday treats on everyone’s blogs, and I feel like I am so far behind!! So instead of one recipe from my cookbook, I’ll tell you about 3!!

I’m a bit intimidated by candymaking. So I started with what I thought would be 3 foolproof recipes. We’ll start with the fudgels. Fudgels – according to Ruth Kendrick and Pauline Atkinson, are a mix between fudge and truffles. I decided to try the brown sugar fudgels, since the heading says that they are a family favorite. A combination of vanilla-flavored compound coating, brown sugar, evaporated milk, butter, marshmallows and vanilla make up these confections. I was really excited to try these because I love fudge and I love truffles, but unfortunately, these were my least favorite of the 3 recipes I tried. I’m not sure if it was the brand of compound coating I bought, but these were extremely sweet. One small square was more than enough. I think the thing that disappointed me most about them was that they were not smooth and creamy. They were a bit dry. If you could get past the sweetness and texture, the taste was actually quite nice. And as far as candy goes, they were very easy to put together – no thermometer or long cooking times required. I may play around with this one a bit – try out some different compound coatings and such to see if I can get a less sweet, smoother candy.

30 Minute Caramels | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Next up are the caramels. These would have been my favorite, but user error put them second best to me. These are called 30-minute caramels – they are a short cut caramel. Caramels are my favorite homemade candy, and there are several versions in this book that I’d like to try, but I made these all on a week night, and time was a bit short. These caramels use brown sugar, which deepens the color and taste faster, so you don’t have to cook them as long. You are supposed to cook these until they are 240F, but I think that my thermometer must be wrong. I cooked these for about 40 minutes (when they are only supposed to take 30 minutes) and I was still 4 or 5 degrees below where I was supposed to be. I gave up and poured them into my dish. In the morning, when I went to cut them, they were quite hard and very difficult to cut. Now I’m thinking I should have stopped them even further below where I did. I really should get a new thermometer, I guess!! These taste just as good as any long cooking caramel. You had to soften these a bit before you could chew through them, but that didn’t stop us from eating far too many!! I just ended up cutting them into bite sized pieces, and although a bit hard, they are delicious!!

Shaggy Dogs | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Last, but certainly not least, are a candy called Shaggy Dogs. I actually made these by mistake. I saw a picture in the book, and there were 3 candies featured. I thought one of them looked really good, and not really paying attention, I read the caption and guessed that they were the Shaggy Dogs. Well, when I got home with my ingredients, I realized that the ones I actually wanted to make were a different one in the picture!! Well, my mistake was worth it because these were my favorite of the bunch. They were the hardest to work with, but they were eaten up the quickest! You make a chocolate mixture and then add in marshmallows. After letting the mixture cool, you are supposed to make it into logs that are coated in coconut, chilled, and then cut into pieces. Maybe I didn’t let the mixture cool long enough (I am impatient, after all) and forming the logs was a bit messy. It worked out though. I took a plate of the candy to work, and the Shaggy Dogs were the first off the plate. I’ll definitely remember this recipe!!

Shaggy Dogs
From Candymaking

2 cups coconut
1/2 cup margarine
1 (6-oz) package semisweet chocolate pieces
2 eggs, beaten*
1 (10-oz) package miniature marshmallows
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup chopped nuts, optional

Sprinkle coconut on large piece of waxed paper or on a baking sheet; set aside. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt margarine and chocolate pieces. Place pan over low heat and stir occasionally until ingredients are melted. Remove from heat and, using a wooden spoon, stir in eggs until well mixed. Stir in marshmallows, powdered sugar and nuts. Refrigerate briefly until mixture is easy to form.

Shape into logs approximately 1-1/2″ x 5″. Roll each log in coconut. Wrap individually in waxed paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm. To serve, slice into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks. Makes about 10 logs.

*Use 1/2 cup evaporated milk in place of eggs, if desired.

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21 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Recipe – Shaggy Dogs

  1. Bellini Valli says:

    Things are looking good around the Taste & Tell household!!!

  2. Brilynn says:

    I need to get a new thermometer as well, and then I need to make caramels!

  3. glamah16 says:

    It’s so great to see you making candies. Hard work ,but so worth the effort.Cant wait to see some more.

  4. Abby says:

    I love to make candy, but it’s totally trial and error for me – more error! I love a challenge.

    Your caramels look store-bought! V. professional.

  5. Katy says:

    they look great! i’ve made fudge, but not caramels. i love them though — definitely on my to-do list!

  6. Gigi says:

    wow! Delicious looking candy! I can’t wait to see more delicious candies!

  7. Emiline says:

    It’s too bad about your fudge and caramels. I need to buy a new thermometer, too. Last time I tried to make candy, I had bad lucky. My peanut brittle was soft.

    I’m glad the shaggy dogs turned out! I’ve never heard of them, but they look really good. I love coconut.

  8. eatme_delicious says:

    Those shaggy dogs look amazing! There’s this “rocky road square” that I love from a coffee place here that has marshmallows and nuts in chocolate. I don’t love the nut part of it so this recipe looks perfect! I can’t wait to try it. Those caramels look really delicious too.

  9. Paz says:

    Oh, wow! Very impressive and delicious-looking! Great job. Thanks for stopping by my blog.


  10. Kevin says:

    The Shaggy Dogs look delicious. Chocolate, marshmallows and coconut…mmm…

  11. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum Deborah! They look great! I’m inpatient too.

  12. The Baker & The Curry Maker says:

    Yum Deborah! They look great! I’m inpatient too.

  13. Tracy says:

    Well, your caramels LOOK delicious. That’s too bad they didn’t turn out right. I hate it when that happens.

  14. Dhanggit says:

    i feel like im going to have diabetes with all these goodies..yummy!!a real feast of the eyes..i havent tried candy making yet..not even one time..i agree with abby these candies look store-brought..really you have a touch of a “pro”

  15. April says:

    They all look beautiful. Sorry that the caramels didn’t turn out. I can’t wait to see what else your make from the book.

  16. Lynnylu says:

    Great job making candy! The caramels look perfectly beautiful.

  17. Happy cook says:

    Wow they just looks delicious. I love them. But i have never ate home made ones. :-(

  18. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Well, Deb, this is some delicious mistake, I can tell! :)

  19. chronicler says:

    Oh wow! Those Shaggy Dogs look good! I will have to add them to the repertoire!

  20. Carla says:

    Your candy looks so delicious!

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