By Kelly Bogard
Let’s talk gifts. No, I don’t mean a new bike or even a video game for the kids. I’m talking about those homemade gifts you give and receive from friends and coworkers during the holiday season.
I always look forward to visiting with a neighbor when dropping off a freshly made batch of cookies or candies this time of year. And though I never expect it, it’s nice to take something back home to share with my family, as well. That’s why this week, we are making a sweet treat.
This candy doesn’t require a candy thermometer and is easily prepared in about 10 minutes. The best part? It makes a lot, so there’s plenty to share.
Start by mixing together the sugar and corn syrup in a small pot. Then, bring it to a boil over high heat. You will want to stir it the entire time to keep the sugar from burning. Once the mixture starts to turn clear, remove it from the heat.
Then, it’s time to add in the peanut butter and vanilla. Stir this in quickly while the sugar mixture is still hot. But be very careful not to spill the sugar on your skin, because dissolved sugar can leave you with a nasty burn.
This part moves pretty fast, so have your spoons ready and drop spoonfuls of the warm candy onto foil or wax paper. Then allow to cool and dry before moving to your boxes or treat bags. I like to let mine rest for a couple of hours at least.
These nuggets are great for sharing with one person or with several. Thanks to my new coworker, Justin, for sharing one of his favorite treats with me, so I could share it with you. May your holidays be merry and bright. And from all of us at Texas Table Top, enjoy!