Saturday, December 11, 2010

Chocolate Candy Cups (Christmas DVD Set Giveaway CLOSED)

Yesterday I got started on making some Christmas Candy for the holidays. I still have so many things to get baked and I feel like I am running out of time.
Good thing these Chocolate Candy Cups are quick and easy to make. I usually just melt chocolate almond bark and add all my yummy mix in's. I like to make pecan cups and crispy crunch cups out of crispy rice cereal.

A while back I saw a recipe at Delightful Country Cookin that used a combination of german chocolate, chocolate chips and chocolate almond bark instead.
 I have to say I really love this combination so much better than just plain old almond bark. All of the chocolates mixed together add the perfect chocolaty combination.

Instead of melting the chocolate in the slow cooker I did mine in the microwave. I prefer this method so I can keep an eye on the chocolate and prevent scorching. I also like to add the chocolate to mini muffin tins and make candy cups.

It is so much easier and the mini liners add such a nice touch. Our favorite mix in's are chopped pecans and crispy rice cereal. But you can also use almonds, peanuts, toffee pieces or marshmallows. There's no rule here so just pick your favorites.

Well our candy making rolled over into today. So the kids and I popped in a Christmas DVD and finished making all of the candy that we planned. We had such a great time making vanilla pretzels, saltine toffee candy and watching Christmas shows together.

What movie did we watch? Well an old standby of course. The Original Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer!! I love all those old classic Christmas movies from when I was a kid. You know the ones. Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
I remember when I was a little girl just waiting for all the classic Christmas show to come on TV. My brother and I would circle the date on the TV guide so we wouldn't miss them. Then when they finally came on we would sit together and watch all the Christmas shows and munch on mom's Christmas Butter Cookies.

I sure do miss the days of being a kid. I am so glad all the original classics are still around. It really wouldn't be Christmas If I couldn't watch all of our favorite Christmas movies with my kids. To me the original classics never get old.

I was so excited when Classic Media contacted me and asked me if I would review the new Original Christmas Classics DVD Boxed Set in Blue Ray. Now the kids and I don't have to sit back and wait for our favorite classic movies to come on TV. We can just watch them anytime we want and more than just once. So needless to say I am enjoying my very own set of my favorite Original Christmas Classics.

The new boxed set also includes a bonus music CD featuring the songs from the classic movies including “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” (Burl Ives), “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” (Brenda Lee), “Frosty the Snowman” (Jimmy Durante) and “A Holly Jolly Christmas” (Burl Ives) and more! Now we can enjoy all the classic songs in the car as well.


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December 15Th 2010.

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Before I go here is the recipe for the chocolate candy cups. These make a great teacher gift. I like to mix and match candy cups and place them in clear plastic gift bags. Just tie on a pretty ribbon and gift tag.

Chocolate Pecan & Chocolate Crunch Candy Cups


1 - 24 oz package of chocolate almond bark
1 - 16 oz package semi sweet chocolate chips
1 - 4 oz package bakers German chocolate bar
1 1/2 cups pecan pieces & 1 1/2 crispy rice cereal
mini muffin liners
mini muffin pan

Directions: In a large Pyrex bowl add the chocolate almond bark. Make sure to break the bark into smaller squares.

Add the German chocolate bars and the chocolate chips. Place in the microwave and using the defrost setting melt the chocolate mixture in 3 minute intervals until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. Make sure to stir between each interval.

While the chocolate is melting add one liner to each muffin cup. After the chocolate is melted separate into two different bowls.

Add pecan pieces to one bowl and crispy rice cereal to the second bowl, stir the mixture in each bowl to combine. Working quickly add the chocolate mixture to each mini muffin cup.

Fill to about 3/4 full. Let the candy cups sit on the counter until the chocolate hardens.

Cook's Note: I don't add all the mix in's together. After the chocolate is melted I separate the chocolate into bowls and add nuts, crispy rice cereal or marshmallows individually. That way I can make all sorts of different candies. Nut cups, peanut cluster cups, crunchy rice cups or marshmallow ones.


welcome to our wonderland said... #

we love the grinch who stole christmas.

Bonnie from Iowa said... #

I love White Christmas with Bing Crosby.

Karen said... #

Hey! I just made these yesterday in my slow cooker. I think next time I will try the mini muffin liners--it does look better. They were tasty though.
I love all the classics but my favorite is Rudolph.
I love your blog and already follow you on facebook.
Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

Tammy said... #

I LOVE the Grinch Who Stole Christmas!!

Margie Huddleston said... #

Our favorite movie this time of year is "It's a Wonderful Life" with Jimmy Stewart. Gives you a warm and thankful reminder of what matters most.

Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have shared it with countless folks now! :)

Merry Christmas!

Tammy said... #

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Loretta said... #

I am going to make this candy tomorrow. "It's a Wonderful Life" my all time favorite movie. It wouldn't be Christmas without it.

StitchDoll said... #

I love Frosty the Snowman! I believe this is the reason for my obsession for snowmen.;) I love your awesome blog and I'm also a fan of yours on Facebook. I have tried several of your recipes with great success of not only the turnout, but the family loving them too! Keep up the great work! Kudos!

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Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Stitdoll you can enter one more separate comments for being a facebook fan.

Tiff said... #

My favorite has always been the Garfield Christmas special. Thank goodness for You Tube since I didn't see it listed this year.

SnoWhite said... #

I've been loving Elf this year -- but I think my all time favorite is Rudolph!

Susanne said... #

My favorite show is "It's Christmas, Charlie Brown".

Susanne said... #

I already follow your Facebook page.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... #

Oooh I LOVE those classics! I just wish my kids were into them like I was, lol. But I think A Christmas Story might be my fave. =)

I (plan) to make candies for Christmas, something, not sure what.

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... #

I'm a facebook follower!

Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said... #

I follow you on twitter and used your retweet button. =)

Jennifer said... #

Our new family favorite is Elf! :)

Nicole said... #

My favorite nowdays is White Christmas. I'm a sucker for musicals :).

Nicole said... #

I also follow you on FB.

Sue Pate said... #

My all time favorite Christmas movie of all time is the 1951 version of A Christmas Carol with Alistar Sim.

stacy said... #

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

stacy said... #

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Sue's Crazy Life said... #

I follow you on Facebook

Sue's Crazy Life said... #

I follow you on Twitter

Anonymous said... #

We love ALL things Christmas, especially How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966). My kids are younger so we are still creating our traditions, but so far that one is our favorite.

I Play Outside The Box said... #

I love...It's a Wonderful Life.....and a wonderful life it is!!!

Jess said... #

My favorite is Frosty the Snowman!

Jess said... #

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Kanga said... #

Growing up, it was Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and The Little Drummer Boy! These days, our family loves to watch The Nativity Story and Polar Express ... Christmas Eve tradition!

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Kanga said... #

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Kanga said... #

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annemarie said... #

Hand down I love Frosty the snowman.

Diane said... #

The Polar Express!

Kelly said... #

The original Grinch is my favorite Christmas movie. My husband teases me because I always sing along. But I would love to have this set to watch with my daughter as she grows up!

Patti said... #

Ive been busy trying to get candy made also! Have you made the cheese logs yet? I got mine made this weekend! I would love to own the set of classic christmas shows!! I agree, it just isnt christmas without them!! I am already a follower of your blog as you know and have you as a friend on facebook as well!! Ive got my fingers crossed! Merry Christmas to you and your family. P. S. My favorite Christmas movies is "The Homecoming"( a Christmas story about the Waltons) I always watch it on Christmas Eve.

sue said... #

My all time favorite Christmas classic movie is "The Bishop's Wife"-the original one.Second best is "The Man Who Came to Dinner" with Monty Wooley.
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Aunt lodi said... #

My favorite is White Christmas with Bing Crosby, my grandboys would love your giveaway though. Love all your recipes.
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Aunt lodi said... #

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Anonymous said... #

I think I may try making these this week for my students...I made them last month the homemade oreo cookies and they LOVED favorite movie is Emmett Otter's Jug Band Christmas~~ My girls love it now=)


Amanda W. said... #

Love your recipes! My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas :)

momof2girls said... #

I love the Home Alone Movies for the Holiday's.

momof2girls said... #

I am a fan on Facebook.

Anonymous said... #

Any of those classics listed above. Yay Rudolph!

Anonymous said... #

I follow you on Facebook

Amanda W. said... #

I am now a Facebook follower too :)

Anonymous said... #

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway! @aliciamarie28

Gailanne said... #

I think the original Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer has to be my favorite!
Thanks Tina for the chance to win an awesome giveaway, stay blessed!

Gailanne said... #

I've been a Follower for about a year now, and thank you you for so many recipes that have turned into favorites in our house. Merry Christmas Tina!

Tina at Mommy's Kitchen said... #

Forwarded Comment: Miracle on 34th Street is my favorite Christmas Movie. My grandchildren would love me to win the DVD Christmas Movie Contest as much as I love getting your recipes via email and enjoying the opportunity to try a new recipe or two. Keep us the great website. Thank you.

MaryAnn Grove said... #

Love all the Christmas movies and when I sit down to watch, I always have a box of tissues handy. Miracle on 34th Street and Meet Me in St Louis are my 2 all time favorites. Both showed Margaret O'Brien at her young best. These DVD movies are the ones that I shared with my children and grandchildren. Thanks for the opportunity to win them. MaryAnn

anniebakes said... #

i love miracle on 34th street! stop by, i'm having a giveaway as well,


Lauren (PB&G) said... #

I LOVED Frosty when I was younger! My mom and I used to watch it all the time! We also watched Santa Claus (that original with John Lithgow and the evil candy canes - lol)

jderouin55 said... #

I like chevy chase christmas vacation

jderouin55 said... #

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Kirby said... #

I love love Christmas Vacation, of course the kiddos can't watch it but this movie makes me laugh so hard year after year! For the kids, its def. Frosty!

Hannah said... #

One of my favorite Christmas movies would have to be's hilarious and a cute story!

cowchipper said... #

the original Grinch stole Christmas

cowchipper said... #

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cowchipper said... #

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Anonymous said... #

frosty the snowman

Anonymous said... #

it's a wonderful life is a wonderful movie


Melissa Haydon said... #

We have several favorites, but one we have to see every Christmas is National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! Love that movie, its just so funny!


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Anonymous said... #

I like Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer. Watched it since I was little - Darrell, listerville@ centramedia. net

Donna Blassingham said... #

I love 'It's A Wonderful Life' much to learn from this film!

Pillie said... #

My favorite is White Christmas. Happy Holidays to you!

Jaclyn said... #

It's a toss up between the ORIGINAL Grinch or Rudolph :)

mathstamp said... #

I love A Christmas Story and the Santa Clause story from the 80s with Dudley Moore in it. I watched it over and over as a kid and thought it was magical. Thanks!

Jaclyn said... #

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Jaclyn said... #

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Anonymous said... #

It's a Wonderful Life.

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susitravl said... #
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susitravl said... #

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susitravl said... #

Oops - messed up my original comment.

We laugh like crazy people when we watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Caren said... #

It wouldn't be Christmastime for us without "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

Becky said... #

I love Frosty the snowman and my 4 year old thinks its called Frosting the snowman!

Becky said... #

I already follow you on facebook :)

Tennille said... #

We watch Polar Express!!

Anonymous said... #

I LOVE Charlie Brown Christmas!!!!

Holly said... #

Gosh, I like so many of the Christmas shows that I could not pick just one. I remeber watching Rudolph, Santa Claus is coming to town, The Little Drummer Boy, A Christmas Story, Charlie Brown, etc. And I also remember that Willy Wonka only came on at Christmas too.
Thanks so much for the chance to win!! And I LOVE your site by the way! I am on here every week.

Susan said... #

My favorite old school Christmas movie is White Christmas. My "newer" fave is Elf:)

Amy said... #

We love Elf!

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Chrissy said... #

My fave holiday movie is Home Alone!!!

Anonymous said... #

It would be hard to decide what my favorite Christmas movie is. All of the old classics are good. I have really enjoyed watching all of the Christmas TV movies this year. I even enjoy watching them over and over.

Dianne said... #

There are so many Christmas movies I love to watch..
Of course the ones from the gift box, and The Christmas Story. Love to have it snowing outside and drinking hot chocolate and watch a Christmas movie...

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

I love almost every Christmas movie ever made! I think my favorite has to be Charlie Brown's Christmas, because of all of the memories I have of our family huddled around the fire with hot chocolate and it playing on tv.

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

I'm now following you on Facebook!

Becky (So Very Blessed) said... #

I just tweeted about the giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers! I love these movies and I can't believe the giveaway is for the BluRay version!

Stacie said... #

We have our MUST SEES during every Christmas Season....ELF, THE POLAR EXPRESS, and SPONGEBOB Christmas. If we get a chance to watch Charlie Brown or Rudolph on TV that is great too. Staciele(at)netins(dot)net

Stacie said... #

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Anonymous said... #

My family loves to watch the Little Women movie starring Winona Ryder on Christmas. Its not your typical Christmas themed movie, but it does have several scenes involving Christmas.
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Courtney :) said... #

An old favorite would be Its A Wonderful Life, and a newer one I love would have to be Elf! Happy Holidays! PS I love your little candy recipes, we've already made and few to give out!

Courtney :) said... #

Lynette said... #

I think my all time favorite Christmas Movie is A Christmas Story (I think that's what it's called). You know, the show with Ralphie and the "You'll shoot your eye out", and the classic leg lamp. Love It!

Lynette said... #

I follow you on Facebook!

Anonymous said... #

My favorite is Santa Claus is coming to town. It hits on the part when christmas mr. and mrs claus get married on the most holy night of the year. So even though it is a christmas cartoon it on the real reason for the season. Plus I like the fact even more that Mrs. Claus was slim and pretty and ended up like most of us after reading your website plump and yet still jolly and pretty!

Anonymous said... #

Hi, i love Santa Clause and A Christmas Carol. My kids are still very young, so we are just starting some traditions. So love your cinnamon rolls and will be preparing it for Christmas brunch ,I especially love your baking christmas goodies with your kids, so I'm doing that with my kids as well, especially these chocolate cups. Winning your dvd giveaways would help us build unforgettable traditions.
More power to you, and thanks so much for sharing your recipes, it has inspired me to venture in kitchen stuff especially bread baking as i have always believe it is just for experts. Now i bake my own bread and am willing to experiment with your guidance.

Anonymous said... #

I love White Christmas~~~

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Anonymous said... #

My favorite christmas movie is "A Christmas Story" It is very funny!!

Samatha said... #

My all-time favorite Christmas movie is "It's A Wonderful Life."

Merry Christmas!


Samatha said... #

OOPS! forgot my email address...
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Alison said... #

Christmas Vacation is my favorite!

Karan said... #

I can in no way pick a favorite Christmas Movie. Love them all and watch them all many times during the Season. Glad my husband is good at Christmas and lets me watch them.

I made these also yesterday. Had a bake week end with hubbie and granddaughters.

Julia said... #

Yum! Your chocolate pecan & chocolate crunch candy cups sound amazing! It seems like they are really easy to make, and the perfect treat to bring to a Christmas party. I have a six month old daughter, so I need recipes that are simple. I work with Better Recipes and I feel that they offer a nice selection of holiday candy recipes. If you are in search of something really special to bring to your holiday party, then I recommend you check out their Christmas Candy Recipes

Stacia said... #

My favorite Christmas Classic movie is either A Year Without a Santa Claus or Rudolf. Memories!!

HANSON GIRL said... #

My favorite Christmas movie is "A Christmas Story". You're gonna shoot your eye out!

Southern Girl said... #

Oooo, I'm going to have to make those candy cups this week!

And my favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story! I watch it multiple times every season. ;)

Avril said... #

What a great give-away Tina! One of my favorite xmas movies is National Lampoon's Christmas with Chevy Chase...such a funny movie!!!

adb6 said... #

I love the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Shellym said... #

Elf and A Christmas Story are two of my faves, but we watch them all!!

Shellym said... # I'm a Facebook follower! :)

Shannon said... #

My favorite Christmas movie is the animated Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Shannon said... #

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Shannon said... #

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Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior said... #

I adore Christmas movies and Christmas music. I'm happiest the day AFTER Thanksgiving because that's when I can legally listen to my favorite Christmas carols. I love the Christmas cartoons -- Frosty the Snowman is my favorite. I like the rummer Boy, as well. I also love the "Christmas Story" -- it's NOT enough that I tune into USA so it plays for 24 hours on Christmas --even while I'm sleeping. I also play the DVD nonstop. I will NEVER tire of that movie. Yes, the movie plays WHILE the sounds of Christmas carols fill the air. The giveaway is a merry idea!

Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior said... #

I'm now following you on Twitter. When I first discovered Twitter, I HAD to have it -- even though I didn't know EXACTLY what it was. Thank you Ellen DeGeneres! So, I have ONE follower. Does my entry count if I'm only tweeting to one person? A stranger, at that! Oh well, I'm following on Twitter. Now on to Facebook. What IS Facebook, exactly?

Debra "Deb" Dresden Disney-Dior said... #

Where is Ellen DeGeneres when you need her? Okay, don't ask me how one goes about following Tina on Facebook. I know as much about Facebook as I do Twiiter. Okay, I "hit" as many tabs as I could and the ONLY thing I could find, was "How to be friends with Tina." I hit THAT button. Does that mean I follow Tina on Facebook? I know, I know. Yes, I'm the "blonde" that started ALL the blonde jokes.

Amanda said... #

It's so hard to choose a favorite christmas movie, but White Christmas has to be my all time favorite.

Amanda said... #

I follow you on faceook

Anonymous said... #

My favorite is "It's A Wonderful Life"

Sean Grey Hanson said... #

Ahhh... nothing like vanilla pretzels. Yummy!

Anonymous said... #

I had a quick question about the recipe. Are you adding both choc mixtures to each muffin cup? So they are getting pecan mixture and rice krispie mixture?

redrob123 said... #

I have several favorites that I watch year-round: White Christmas, A Christmas Story, Christmas Vacation, and Scrooged. I'm off to follow you on facebook now!
Robin E.

Gilbert said... #

I would mark the dates for the christmas shows. I love Frosty!

Quiarga said... #

My favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th St. I've loved it since I was a kid.

Katrina said... #

Rudolph the REd nosed reindeer is by far my favorite Christmas movie.

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Anonymous said... #

One of our favorite movie's to watch at Christmas time is Plains, Trains, and Automobiles. My husband and I have to watch it every year and every year it gets better!

katharinethegreat said... #

Our all time favorite is Rudolph, however a new one we like is Prep and Landing! Thanks for all the great recipes.

Stacey said... #
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Stacey said... #

My favorite movie has been Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, ever since I was a little girl. My family still makes fun of me about how I used to start watching it in October, every weekend, when I was young, to get excited about Christmas! My kids were watching this in the car yesterday, and I still know almost every word to the movie!

Amiee said... #

Santa Clause is Coming to town has always been a favorite of mine! Tina I found your blog this Summer and have been making a lot of your recipes since. I can't think of a single one that my family has not liked! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Holiday Season!

Amiee said... #

I also follow you on facebook...wish I knew how to tweet but I don't. Have to get one of my kids to show me how! Merry Christmas!

Melony said... #

My favorite, although I haven't seen it in YEARS, is "Nestor the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey". I used to cry EVERY time!

Barbara30909 said... #

I love the Christmas season and what it stands for, so I love all of the movies centered around this time of year. However, my favorite Christmas movie is Christmas in Connecticut. It is an old movie, but one I watch every year.

Judy W said... #

I love Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town. The kids and I still watch it even though they are in their 20s now!

Debra Goins said... #

My favorite Christmas show is a tie between Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph. Unfortunately I have been watching both for over 45 years.

Donna said... #

I love A Christmas Story.

Anne M. said... #

I follow you on facebook! =)

Anne M. said... #

my all time favorite is Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas the original animated one! I finally this year got my own copy and I'm so HAPPY! I love all the oldies though when it comes to Christmas movies =)

laurie said... #

frosty the snowman

laurie said... #

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Jessie said... #

Oh, I saw these over at Southern Plate. I think she calls hers Holly Jollies or something like that. Good gifts for Xmas.

Priyanka Kumari said... #

Tell me some egg less recipe and which is I will get easily in.India. ..