Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkey Cups

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Time to Gobble, Gobble!

‘Tis the season to eat, loosen your belt, then eat some more. Better yet, forget the belt, forget all the buttons, and go with elastic-waisted pants. This is Thanksgiving, after all. And if you’re not careful, you’ll shoot an eye out.

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Because there can’t be too much food on the holiday table…

Here’s a little something to gobble up for dessert.

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Chocolate Turkey Cup

Ingredients:

  • chocolate melts (asst. colors)
  • pretzels
  • Hershey kiss
  • gummy worm
  • chocolate chip
  • candy eyes

Directions:

Coat a paper muffin liner with melted chocolate. Chill. Meanwhile, dip Pretzel sticks into chocolate. Dip the tip of the Kiss into orange chocolate for the beak. Dip a piece of the gummy worm into red chocolate. After all pieces have set, attach pretzel feathers, eyes, head, and gummy worm with more chocolate. (I attached a chocolate chip to the outside of the cup first, to prop up the head.)

Fill with candy, mousse, or ice cream. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

NOW is the Time to Make Homemade Vanilla for Your Holiday Baking

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In just a couple short months, it will be holiday baking time. This year, upgrade the flavor. Instead of using generic store bought vanilla flavoring, make your own extract.

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Making homemade vanilla extract is ridicuously simple!  The recipe below is the basic recipe.  Here, we use vodka as the base, but you can use other liquors, such as rum or brandy. 

For the beans, we’ve chosen the Madagascar variety, for that classic rich vanilla flavor.  Feel free to vary it up, for your own signature blend.

 

 

Ingredients:

A 750ml Bottle of Vodka (any brand, 80 proof)

10 Madagascar Vanilla Beans ( I got mine here on Amazon).

A glass jar for storage.

 

1.  Slice the vanilla beans horizontally, exposing the seeds. Place the beans into the bottle.

 

2. Fill the bottle with Vodka, and give it a shake.

That’s it! It’s that simple.

 

 

Shake up the bottle a few times a week.  Your Vanilla Extract will be useable in 1-2 months, just in time for holiday baking! It’s best to make a batch as soon as possible. The longer it ages, the more intense the flavor. 

 

 

Top off the bottle with alcohol as needed to keep an ample supply on hand. 

 

Happy Baking!

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