Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Texas Millionaire Candy - a Hamilton Family Christmas Tradition!

This year, like the past 26, we are making Texas Millionaire candy for our Christmas gatherings. It's really not a hard thing to do but it is no job for sissies either. So if you are afraid to get your hands coated with gooey caramel or to have chocolate running down the front of your shirt and crushed pecans all over your kitchen floor, I suggest you steer clear of Texas Millionaire making. 

Now this is a recipe I normally hold close to my heart but this year, in the spirit of Christmas giving, I have decided to share it with you. So, here we go...

Ingredients:  for a single batch, that will make around 70 pieces, you will need the following:
  • 2 lbs of caramel (from candy store, I uses Peters, aka Nestle)
  • 2 TBS milk (I use half and half, it makes it creamier!)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups chopped pecans (I buy them already chopped, its easier!)
  • 4 cups milk chocolate (I buy in 2 lb bags then measure it out)
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate (same as above)
  • wax paper
  • Pam spray
  • candy papers (we use gold - it is so "rich" looking!)

The first thing you need to do is cover your countertops (or kitchen table) with wax paper and give it a light coating of Pam.  This is where you will be dropping your candy and trust me, you will be moving fast so if you skip this step you will be sorry!

Cut your caramel into roughly 1 inch square pieces and place into microwave safe bowl.  Add  milk and heat on high for 30 seconds.  Remove from microwave and stir, even though it will look like nothing happened.  Repeat this process until caramel is smooth and creamy like this...

Working fast (before the caramel cools) stir in vanilla. 

Then gradually add nuts.  This is where hubby comes in - this stuff is HARD to stir!!!  Don't give up, keep on stirring until it is all mixed together.

Using 2 spoons drop caramel and nut mixture onto the wax paper.  We have learned this is much easier if you spray the front and back of each spoon with Pam, then use one to scoop up a spoonful candy and the other to "rake" it off the spoon.  The caramel will "set" fairly fast so you have to work quickly.

Now it's time for chocolate! Mix the milk and semi-sweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt in 30 second increments just like you did the caramel, being sure to completely stir each time you take it out of the microwave.  Once the chocolate is all melted it's time to begin coating the caramel and nut candy pieces.

The best way we have found to cover the candy in chocolate is to throw several pieces in the bowl of melted chocolate then use a fork to turn each piece and remove it back to the wax paper.  As you do this shake the excess chocolate off into the bowl.  Again, you will need to work fast because the chocolate is cooling and will begin to thicken.  If it gets too thick to you can microwave the chocolate for another 30 seconds but be careful not to "cook" it.

 This is a close up of my candy - you can see I am not the neatest girl when it comes to making candy!!

At this point you can take a well deserved break and let the chocolate set (aka dry). You can leave the candy out for up to an hour but we normally let it set about 30 minutes before moving on. Your candy is officially ready for packaging now!  We like to wrap each piece of candy in gold foil candy papers (purchased from our local candy supply store), but you can just layer between wax paper in an airtight container if you prefer.

Here is our candy all dressed and ready!  Little red bags of 5 pieces each for the girls in dear hubby's office, a plate for my walking buddy and a mound of extras to serve guest on Christmas eve!

WARNING:  Adopting this tradition creates demanding friends and family members that will begin asking you before Thanksgiving when you are making the "Christmas Candy".  Just tonight my husband's brother called to make sure we would have the candy on Christmas eve!

Below is a recap of the recipe (without pictures) that you can copy and paste into a word document if you would like:

Texas Millionaires (makes about 70 pieces)

2 LB caramel candy, cut into small pieces
2 TBS milk (or half and half)
4 Cups chopped pecans
4 Cups milk chocolate candy pieces
2 Cups semi-sweet chocolate candy pieces
2 Tsp vanilla
Wax paper
Pam cooking spray
Foil Candy wrappers (optional)

  • Cover counter-tops or kitchen table with wax paper then spray lightly with Pam
  • Melt caramel & milk together in microwave on high for 30 seconds.  Stir, and repeat until caramel is smooth and creamy.
  • Stir in vanilla and nuts (add nuts gradually).  Mixture will be very thick and hard to stir.
  • Drop onto wax paper using 2 teaspoons (one to scoop, one to scrape).
  • Melt chocolate in microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until all chocolate is melted.  Do not overcook chocolate!
  • Drop caramel & Nut candy into chocolate a few pieces at a time making sure to coat both sides.  Remove with fork back to wax paper.
  • Let candy sit until chocolate sets (about 30 minutes).  Then, wrap each piece in foil candy paper or layer between wax paper in an airtight container.

 Merry Christmas!!!

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derb63 said...

Yummy!! Here's hoping this Hamiton family tradition continues to bless the Hamilton relatives for years to come!

Kristen said...

Those sound delicious. I can just imagine how much work they are, but I am sure they are totally worth the effort.

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