Friday, December 14, 2012

White Chocolate Peppermint Jumbles

White Chocolate-Peppermint Jumbles Recipe
While looking through cookbooks, trying to make my grocery list, I saw this recipe.
I remember seeing it a few years ago and thinking, "that might be good."
But I never made them.
Until this year.
I thought, "this might make a great gift."
I bought the stuff and followed the recipe.
And had a small mess on my hands!
The "new" crockpots must be hotter than the "old" crockpots.
Because in less time than the recipe called for, my chocolate was beginning to burn.
But I didn't know it until I went to stir my chocolate.
Then discovered that I may have ruined the whole thing.
But thankfully, I hadn't!
I just scooped out the good stuff; left the bad stuff and went on about my business!
The only down-side:  the recipe said it would yield 8 dozen.  I only got 5 dozen .  . . but I'm not complaining!
White Chocolate Peppermint Jumbles
(one slight adaptation was made from this Southern Living recipe)
2 (16-ounce) packages vanilla bark coating
1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate morsels
1 (6-ounce) package white chocolate baking squares
3 tablespoons shortening
1 (16-ounce) package pretzel nuggets ( Snyder's of Hanover Sourdough Pretzel Nuggets)
1 (8-ounce) package animal-shaped crackers (3 cups)
1 cup coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies (I substituted soft peppermints instead)
Combine first 4 ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker. Cook, covered, on LOW 1 hour and 30 minutes or until vanilla bark and chocolate look very soft. Uncover and stir until smooth. Stir in pretzels, crackers, and crushed peppermint candies.  (The 1 1/2 hours was way too long in my crockpot!)  Watch carefully . . . .that should be in the directions!

Drop candy by heaping tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand 1 hour or until firm.

Package up and enjoy!

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