I bet some of you are wondering what it takes to make nearly $1600 in candy. (The final # in actual candy is $1545… I got some in donations.) Here’s a little trivia to clue you in.
Total # of truffles: 906
Total # of caramels: 696
Dark Chocolate: 162
Candy Cane: 270
Pistachio: 102 (127 actually made, the only one I’ve started… they’re yummy)
My shopping list for this afternoon consisted of:
2 gallons + 2 quarts heavy cream
3 boxes unsalted butter
3 boxes salted butter
2 5lb boxes dark chocolate chips
1 25 lb box milk chocolate chips
3 boxes candy canes
6 lbs brown sugar
1 (15 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 bottle vanilla extract
64 oz corn syrup
6 rolls parchment paper
1 roll waxed paper
1 candy thermometer (mine died at mother’s day)
2 Dagoba Xocolatl bars
2 Dagoba Roseberry bars
1 container dark chocolate cocoa
1 package shelled pistachio nuts
1 bottle raspberry syrup
1 lb Starbucks Christmas blend (I’ll drink the remainder)
This doesn’t include the boxes and ribbon I had to buy for gift packaging. Not to mention I get a box from the USPS every day with the shipping boxes. (think I have a total of 5-6 cases coming)
I started work this afternoon. I have a double batch of caramels setting, the Pistachio centers are in the fridge and Neal is set to arrive bright and early in the morning on Wednesday to help where needed. I’m feeling on top of all of this at the current moment. Give me a few days. The feeling is likely to wear off somewhere around Candy Cane Truffle #146. Honestly Wendy… 14 boxes. I cringed at every person that ordered Candy Cane thereafter.
Between now and the 14th I have to make all of that candy and: get stuck by the needle doc, take the boy for his 3 year check up, have an eye exam, try to fit in a trip to the lab for some blood work on myself, have SR ALYVE with my high schoolers, assist with decorating our church for Christmas, take the boy to preschool, bake cookies with my mom, and celebrate her birthday. Now you may think I’m totally nuts for all of that. And you would be right… a little. But will you please notice that I did figure in some fun. I like baking cookies with my mom and decorating the church will only take place while I am there for my allotted work time. The taking the boy to preschool coincides with my church work schedule (considering I’m still trapped at the church because of the poop refusal). This means I get to chat with a good girlfriend about her recent engagement. EEEE!!! I’m so excited. At my age weddings are few and far between.
So while the next two weeks might be busy, they’ll be filled with lots of Christmas music and shooing my son from your coveted truffles. Because let’s face it. This is likely what will happen.
What I’m sure you guys didn’t know is that this photo is from last Christmas and the boy is actually licking Nutella off the spoon.? However, he was helping me with the truffles at the time.? Too bad for those of you that ordered Hazelnut last year.? Mwahhhaaahhhh!