I have to say, Wilton has been absolutely amazing to me. They sent me a big package of cake decorating tools and the Candy Making Beginner’s Guide a while ago. I could not wait to make my own candy but there was a problem. I had to get to the Bulk Barn to get the candy wafers and, with life as it has been and me dependent on a ride to get there, it just did not happen.
Weeks and week went by. Ugh, I was so frustrated and just gave up. I wrote to Wilton to apologize and then go hide my head in shame. What happened instead? They responded with, “What do you need?” Then they immediately provided me with their 10-Pack Candy Mold Set, a wild lollipop mold and their Candy Melts… Totally blowing me away.
Thanks to them I was able to take my first step into candy making with these peanut butter filled chocolates. You rock Wilton!
The Peanut Butter Filling
The recipe for the cream centers in the Candy Making Beginner’s Guide was quite complicated and hard for me to understand since I had never made them before. As a result I turned to a recipe on Wilton’s site for Peanut Butter Filling. Reg loves chocolate and peanut butter (and so do I!).
I added 1 1/2 tbsp softened butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter in a small sauce pan.
I melted it together over low heat.
Then I added 3/4 cup icing sugar. I mixed together until it was pliable.
Then I wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge.
The Chocolate Molds
A day or two later I decided to make the candy. Even though it is more candy (AKA sugar) than chocolate, I wanted to try Wilton’s Candy Melts. They are supposed to be very creamy and easy to melt. I do not have the best track record with melting chocolate so…
I put some in a small bowl and microwaved it for 45 seconds at 40% power. It did not melt very much so I kept doing that for a while and then it melted like a dream.
I followed the instructions in the book and filled the molds less than half full with the candy. Then I used the decorator brush and painted the coating onto the side of each mold to the top edge. First I swirled it in a circle though which helped it go up the sides.
As instructed, I lifted up the mold to make sure no light came through the candy. I put the mold in the fridge to harden the candy shell.
Filling the molds
Wow, this stuff hardens so fast! It was almost completely hard before I put it in the fridge!
I got out the peanut butter filling, rolled it into a little ball.
I topped with more melted dark cocoa candy melts and tapped slightly on the counter. I refrigerated until firm which was not long at all.
Beautiful! Not only beautiful to look at but crazy yummy. Ironically it took a nice chunk of time to make these and seconds for us to devour.
Now that I am comfortable with the candy-making process I will definitely make more and with Wilton’s cream center recipe. This was all such a huge success, it gave me a lot of confidence to believe that candy making may be a new foodie frontier for me. It was a little time consuming but what a stunning handmade gift these would make?
Wilton made it easy and fun. I can’t wait to make more!