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4-H club learns recipes for some chocolate treats

PUSLINCH - The third meeting of the township 4-H club was held on, Sept. 30 at the home of Joan Law.

Only five members were able to attend because two were home sick.

Members welcomed guest leader Audrey Gunson, who taught the group how to make individual chocolates. Her flavouring expertise was appreciated.

Each member chose to make a different type of chocolate.

The flavours were:  mint patty, cherry almond, strawberry, skor bits and maple pecan. The recipe (by Audrey Gunson) was found in the book Marvelous Munching From the Musical Chefs and is included below:

8 oz. Sweetened condensed milk

3 lb. (a little more than 1 kg.) icing sugar

½ lb. Butter

2 Tbsp corn syrup

Mix all together. Divide mixture into smaller amounts.

Centers Mint: add green food colouring and mint flavouring;  Cherry: maraschino cherries, add a small amount of cherry juice plus almond flavouring;  Orange: concentrated orange juice, 1 tbsp orange flavouring to taste; and Strawberry:  strawberry jam plus red food colouring; Chocolate: melted chocolate wafers. Maple:  maple flavouring plus walnuts or pecans.

Leave centres a day to harden. Melt in double boiler chocolate wafers. Dip centres and set on waxed paper to cool.

In order to identify the various flavours, each type was done in a different shapes that it could be recognized later.  For example, the skor bit was in the shape of a triangle, and the maple pecans were in the shape of a half crescent moon.  This was a lot of “fun labour,” especially when we sampled tastes during the process. 

The group looks forward to tasting the different varieties of each other’s chocolates at a future meeting once they are hardened.

That meeting was held on Oct. 7.

 

 

October 14, 2011

 
 

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