One is the Candy Cane Fudge. You see Sam preparing the first layer of it above. It's the type you make in the microwave, using chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk, which makes it relatively fast and easy. (Of course, if you don't have a microwave or prefer not to use one, the melting steps can easily be done using a saucepan on the stovetop.) Unfortunately, I misread the recipe and thought it called for 1 cup of crushed candy canes in each layer, rather than a total of 1 cup. You sprinkle half in the bottom of the square pan before adding the chocolate layer, and mix the rest into the white portion for the top layer.
We also failed to find the mini candy canes the recipe calls for and thought it would be no problem to use the large ones. But Sam (who is incredibly strong) found it quite a task to crush the larger candy canes and ended up doing so out on the porch using a hammer!
All in all, though, in spite of my mistakes and missteps, this candy turned out well It seemed a little too sticky at first (and that could have been due to using too much crushed candy), but after it set in the fridge for awhile, all was well. Here's what it looks like (Taste of Home photo):
And then the last candy we made was Chocolate Dipped Orange Slices. This has become a huge favorite among our family and friends, and is so easy! You just melt chocolate chips and then dip the orange slice candies (the ones at our supermarket are naturally flavored!) in the melted chocolate and place them on waxed paper to harden. I use dark chocolate chips to make them really good. Julia made these and I failed to get any photos of the process.
There you have it! I hope to try one more fudge recipe this week, but we will see.