I come by my love of nonpareil candies naturally. My Mom loved nonpareils. Some may think of them as sprinkles but they are different. Sprinkles, or jimmies as some people call them, are the longer candies used to decorate cakes and cookies. Nonpareils are round.
As a child, whenever my Mom took me to the movies, I would pick the sno-caps for my movie munchie. I still love them to this day. My husband is a big fan as well. Every holiday season he orders some from his favorite candy shop in Pennsylvania. This one was no exception.
So to celebrate national chocolate month I decided to recreate this favorite candy. Plus, I thought they would be cute for Valentine’s Day. I packaged a few in a cellophane bag and left them on each of my boys desks for them to find when they returned home from their day at school. They are really easy to make and bring smiles to all who enjoy them. My chocolate mixed nut clusters were a hit over the holidays I decided I needed more easy candy type posts. Once you get the hang of melting chocolate there is no end to what you can make. Two keys are being patient when melting and using a rubber spatula to stir the chocolate. I never use a wooden spoon to stir chocolate because moisture can linger and moisture is the enemy of melting chocolate.
Enjoy these candies as well as the other recipes from my blogger friends.
- 1 (11.5 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening (I used Crisco)
- 1 (3 ounce) jar of Valentine nonpareils
- In a heavy sauce pan over low heat combine the bag of milk chocolate chip along with the shortening. Stirring occasionally, with a rubber spatula, as it melts. Do not rush this process.
- In a small baking sheet or glass baking dish, add the nonpareils to the bottom to cover. You will not need the entire jar.
- Once the chocolate has melted, drop by teaspoonfuls onto the nonpareils, about 1 - 2 inches apart. Add more nonpareils if necessary. Repeat with remaining chocolate.
- Refrigerate on pan until chocolate is set. Store in single layer in the refrigerator.
Use other holiday colored nonpareils for different holidays.
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