Wednesday, May 28, 2008

No Bake Carob Candies for the Children's Tea Table

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Here is a quick and easy-to-make candy that is a fun treat for everyday afternoon tea. I made this as an experiment, based on the no-bake cereal bar idea, and of course had to do a second batch to get correct measurements:)

Carob is often thought of as a substitute for chocolate (to avoid the small amount of caffeine in chocolate, for instance). But unfortunately, nothing can match chocolate! Carob has its own virtues, however, one being that it is naturally sweet, so no extra sugar is necessary in this recipe.

In a small saucepan, over medium heat, mix until melted:

1/2 cup peanut butter (I used the organic kind that has palm oil in it; if you are using the natural peanut butter, you may have to add a small amount of oil or butter to make this smooth)

3/4 cup carob chips (available at the bulk section of some stores)

6 large marshmallows, cut in half.

Stir until the marshmallows start to melt. You want them to melt enough to glue it all together, but still leave some marshmallow to bite into. Remove from heat and add:

2-2 1/2 cups of cereal, I used little plain oat "O's" but this will work with other kinds, or even plain oatmeal (you may need more or less than 2 cups). Mix until cereal is coated and sticks together.

Spoon onto waxed paper, or into a cookie cutter shape on waxed paper (today I made them into little hearts). You can spread this in a pan and cut it into squares later. Refrigerate until cool and firm.

You can also use Chocolate in this recipe, but you will have to add extra sugar to taste depending on the kind of chocolate you use.

This is a quick candy to make in the morning, and then by tea time the children can have one with their peppermint tea!
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