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On last-minute 5 minute gift you can totally do at the last-minute!  Again I see all the time people doing this in the crock pot, but I think it’s just too easy to do in the microwave and be done in 5 minutes.

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Simply melt your chocolate, stir in a package of caramel bits, chopped pecans and spoon them into a mini muffin pan lined with liners


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  • Servings: 36-48
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1 package of Almond Bark

1 package of Caramel bits

1 cup of pecans chopped

In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the chocolate for 1 1/2 minutes, stir. Microwave additional 30 seconds until completely melted, then stir in caramel bits and pecan, spoon into lined mini muffin pan.


Peanut Brittle

This is one of the easiest candies to make, but everyone will totally think you really worked hard! Love things like that.



Ten minutes and it’s done and if you have corn syrup and dry roasted peanuts in your house, you probably have everything you need to make this candy.


You start out with sugar, corn syrup, roasted peanuts and a pinch of salt. Microwave 3 1/2 minutes, stir, microwave 3 1/2 minutes, stir in butter and vanilla. Microwave and additional 1 1/2 minutes and stir in baking soda and pour on a grease sheet pan and you’re done!

There are a couple of things I will caution you about with this candy

A. Don’t start eating it or you won’t have any to give away for gifts.

B. If you don’t know how old your baking soda is, buy a new box.  It’s foolish to go through the trouble of making the candy if you don’t use fresh baking soda to make it the caramelly peanut brittle you want and baking soda is cheap.

C. It is very, very, very hot and sticky when it comes out of the microwave.  Be careful not to get any on you and make sure little kids can’t touch it.

D. I like to use a 6 cup measuring glass pitcher when I make it, because it has a handle that doesn’t get hot.  You don’t need this, but make sure you use a microwave friendly bowl or pitcher.

Now on to the recipe:

Peanut Brittle

1 1/2 cup dry roasted peanuts

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tsp. salt

1 TBSP butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

In a microwave safe bowl or pitcher combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt.  Stir together, microwave 3 1/2 minutes, stir, microwave 3 1/2 minutes.  Add butter and vanilla, stir and microwave 1 1/2 minutes. Add baking soda and stir, pour onto greased sheet pan. Break into pieces when completely cool.



Caramel Popcorn – Weekend Adventure in Getting Ready for Christmas


This caramel corn is easy and quick to make, just bag it up immediately so you don’t eat it all!

At my real job, I work with a lot of guys and at Christmas time, I like to say thank you, because the make my job and life easier and more enjoyable.  The people I work with aren’t suit and tie kind of guys, so giving out ties isn’t an option, but sweet treats from the kitchen are greatly appreciated!

I really like this recipe because it makes a lot and really isn’t time-consuming.  It may seem as though it is, but and hour of the cooking time is it just baking the caramel coating on in the oven and just have to stir every 15 minutes, so while it’s doing that you can do something else!

Microwave Caramel Popcorn

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3 regular size bags of microwave popcorn, popped and any leftover kernels removed and placed in a large bowl

1 stick of butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 c. white corn syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking soda

Combine butter, brown sugar & corn syrup in a medium bowl and microwave for 45 seconds, stir, microwave for 2 minutes, stir and microwave for another 2 minutes. Then vanilla and baking soda, stir and pour over popcorn and stir until coated.  Then pour out in a single layer on baking sheets (I used 2 half sheet pans 15 x 11) and put in a preheated 250 degree oven. Stir every 15 minutes for 1 hour, Cool and store in an air tight container.


This recipe was shared at The Country Cooks Potluck