Make: Chocolate Covered Cherries

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20 oz Maraschino Cherries (approximately)
4 oz of margarine
4 tbs of maple syrup
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 3/4 lbs of powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups of Merckens Cocoa Lite wafers

Begin Making:

  1. Melt margarine into a large mixing bowl.

  2. Combine and mix margarine, maple syrup, condensed milk, and powdered sugar. Be sure the mixture is smooth in texture before preparing cherries.

  3. Roll cherries individually into balls with your mixture.

  4. After all your cherries have been rolled into balls, set them in a tray to cool in the refrigerator. This should take approximately one and a half or two hours for them to completely set.

  5. Melt the Merckens chocolate wafers and dip the cherry balls into the chocolate. The easiest way to do this is by using a table spoon for dropping balls into the mixing bowl.

  6. Place each chocolate covered cherry onto parchment paper for them to set.

  7. Place the cherries into the refrigerator again for at least another hour. The longer your cherries remain in cooler temperatures, the more soft they will be to bite into.

**Due to the condensation in the refrigerator, these treats will need to remain stored in cooler temperatures**

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This recipe is not offered in store or online at Kayden’s Candy Factory. This recipe was crafted by our specialist for your baking pleasure.

Make: Chocolate Raspberry Almond Divine Recipe

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raspberriesYou will need:

4  1/2 cups of coconut oil
3/4 cup of cocoa powder
4 tbs of maple syrup
4 tsps of almond extract
1 cup of raspberries
Mold container (mixture accommodates 2 inches per mold cavity).

 

Begin Making:

  1. Melt the coconut oil into a microwave safe mixing bowl. Stir the oil approximately every 12 seconds to prevent the oil from burning. Heat until the oil has a smooth consistency.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, almond extract and cocoa powder into the mixing bowl. Stir the mixture until the cocoa powered is completely dissolved into the bowl.
  3. Pour your chocolate mixture into your mold only half-way.
  4.  Drop raspberries into your mold with chocolate mixture until they are evenly distributed.
  5. Fill the mold to the surface with the remainder of your chocolate mixture.
  6. Place your mold with treats into the refrigerator for approximately 30-45 minutes.
**Due to the condensation in the refrigerator, these treats will need to remain stored in cooler temperatures**

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This recipe is not offered in store or online at Kayden’s Candy Factory. This recipe was crafted by our specialist for your baking pleasure.

What are the benefits of chocolate?

Chocolate has many health benefits that many people do not realize. If you are looking for a good excuse to cut “sweets” of your diet, you may have a valid one now. There are many new developments occurring daily on this topic, we are going to address three of them here.

1. Dark chocolate prevents heart attacks and strokes. According to sciencedaily.com, this particular chocolate “helps restore flexibility to arteries while also preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels”.

2. Dark chocolate can prevent skin cancers. Yes, antioxidants found in cocoa called: flavanols, help the plant from being harmed by the sun. Therefore, because dark chocolate has high quantity of cocoa, it helps humans’ epidermis as well.

3. Dark chocolate helps brain functioning. While we all want to be smarter, chocolate helps actually exercise the neurons we already have and assists in the creation of more of them. You can also be thankful for those flavanols again, because they increase blood flow to the brain.

Now it’s your turn. Do some research for yourself and let us know in the comments what other reasons encourage you to try our chocolate!

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