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One of my favorite childhood memories is making Christmas "chocolates" with my grandmother. She had dozens of plastic molds, and we would melt bags and bags of green, red, white, and chocolate candy melts. We'd fill the molds — wreaths, stockings, trees, reindeer, mistletoe, stars, snowmen, etc. — harden them in the fridge, then pop them out of the molds.
Some were wrapped in candy boxes and given as gifts to her friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Others were set aside and put in candy dishes during the holiday season.
I looked forward to making those candies with her every year. We continued to do it together even into my adulthood, until she got sick and passed in 2006. So, these Christmas treats are in memory of her. I've replaced the chocolate candy melts with a blend of real chocolate, and added some festive decorations on top. I also discovered that special candy cup molds aren't necessary — these cups can be made in mini muffin pans!
Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection says
Love these! My great aunt used to send us homemade candies every Christmas, and the peanut butter ones were always my favorite. Is there a reason you use a combination of milk and semisweet chocolate?
Personal preference, really. I happen to like the way it tastes. I should have mentioned in the post that you can use any flavor of chocolate (milk, semisweet, bittersweet, milk, etc.) or combination that you prefer.
Eva @ Eva Bakes says
My husband would love these! He is a huge fan of peanut butter cups. I'm glad you were able to keep your grandmother's spirit alive by making these.
I think I'm going to need to increase my workouts this year-I could probably eat a whole batch of these by myself! They look amazing!
Peanut butter cups are my all time favorite. You have inspired me to try making my own!
Anita at Hungry Couple says
Definitely one of my favorites!
Marina Prins Hoiting says
Mmmm dellicious, pinnend it!
Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction says
How sweet that you have the memories with your grandmother. She would be proud that you're continuing the tradition with such delicious treats.