Saturday, November 17, 2012

GF Candy Bark

It's that time of year to start thinking about candies and cookies. My problem is that I always think, but never actual put into motion my plans to have things made ahead so I'm ready for the Holiday Season! On Thursday, I took a step in the right direction and made a batch of candy bark. I saw a recipe on Pinterest and adapted tweaked it a bit to be gluten free and to my family's taste. It is a no-bake recipe and my boys were able to help. Only a couple of caramels went directly to their mouths instead of the bowl! After getting the caramels into the bowl, it turned into a mini science project as they watched the candies melt after several turns in the microwave. The hardest part was waiting the 2 hours while the candied firmed up in the refridge! The taste test was a success and the boys are ready to make other goodies to fill the freezer so Santa has a variety to choose from when he hopefully stops under our tree!

Candy Bark:
1-2 cups GF pretzels
1 bag caramels
1 1/2 tbsp cream
1 bag peanut butter chips
1-2 cups mini M&M's

Line a 8x8 or 11x7 pan with parchment and lightly grease with nonstick spray. Place the pretzels in a single layer in the pan. Open the caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl along with the cream. Microwave for 15-20 second intervals and stir in between. When the caramel is melted spread over the pretzels. Melt peanut butter or chocolate chips in the microwave in 10-15 second intervals. Spread the melted chips over the caramel. Sprinkle the M&M'S minis over all and lightly press into the melted candy. Let candy firm up for at least 2 hours in the refridge. Cut the candy with a knife run under hot water. Enjoy or store in the freezer for a month.

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