My parents were in town all last week, and I've been having such a blast with them (eating, shopping, watching shows, living the good life) that I just cut loose and didn't do much else...for 9 days. It was just what I needed to end a busy summer and kick-off the fall.
But now my parents have returned to California (*sniff sniff*), and I've gotten back into the swing of things. Well, okay, that's not entirely true. My list of neglected chores gets longer by the day; I have errands galore, an empty refrigerator to fill, and a pile of laudry high enough for the princess not be able to feel the pea underneath the mess. But I did manage to start to ease myself back into the crafting groove.
I've had this project bookmarked and on my mental list of to-do's for a while. I didn't own any coasters (my poor tabletops suffered for it), and had an abundance of throwaway CDs lying around, so this was the perfect project. I only made one (I intend to use it as part of another project that I've been dying to work on...more on that later), but I'm planning on making a whole set of them. In green, of course. Can't wait to put my soon-to-be-made coasters to good use.
A little while ago, I promised Hershey bookmarks to a couple (and by a couple, I mean two) people. Well, I purchased the Hershey bars right away, but didn't have a chance to finish the bookmarks until early this morning. And what did I do with the milk chocolate? Voila! I give you Spoon Candy.
I found this image while browsing through collections of old food labels online (having my parents around made me feel nostalgic for things of the past). Apparently, Spoon Candy was quite popular as a treat for children in the 70's. I've never had it before, but my interest had been stirred, and I immediately decided to make a little Spoon Candy for myself.
The original product's been discontinued for quite a bit of time, but I figured that it'd be easy enough to make something similar. Since Spoon Candy was originally a Jello product, I just used Jello pudding for the base. For the chocolate layer on top, I just melted the chocolate from my two Hershey bars with a touch of butter. Ah, so quick and easy. And the result?
Pretty tasty, if I do say so myself. I even ate the chocolate layer...all of it. It's nice to set food snobbery aside and enjoy something simple and fuss-free once in a while.
Jello Spoon Candy (serves 4-6)
- 1 (3 oz.) package of vanilla flavored Jello instant pudding
- 2 cups fat free milk
- 2 (1.55 oz.) bars of Hershey milk chocolate, broken into pieces
- 1-2 tbsp unsalted butter
- 4-6 ramekins, or other small containers
- Put the instant pudding in a bowl, gradually add the milk, stirring with a whisk while you do so. Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes, until the pudding is thickened.
- Divide the pudding evenly between the ramekins. Refrigerate, uncovered, until firmly set. (This will take 45 minutes to an hour).
- When the pudding is set, take the ramekins out of the fridge and set them on the counter. In a small saucepan, combine the butter and chocolate. Turn the heat to low, and hold the pan over the flame, a few inches above the stove.* Stir constantly with a wooden spoon, until the chocolate is melted.
- The refrigerator chill should have left the pudding by now. Spoon between 1 and 2 tbsp (depending on the size of your ramekins) of the melted chocolate on top of the pudding, and swirl the dish around a little to make a nice, even layer. Return the ramekins to the fridge for 5-10 minutes, until the chocolate layer hardens.
- Break out the spoons and dig in!
* You can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate, too. I've found that when melting just a small amount of chocolate, the method I described above does the trick.