Matcha White Chocolate Crunch Bark

With mesmerizing swirls of matcha and creamy white chocolate on a base of dark chocolate and crispy puffed quinoa, this truly unique chocolate bark is a masterpiece of texture and flavor. Whether made as a homemade holiday gift or an indulgent treat for yourself, this matcha white chocolate crunch bark is both beautiful and delicious… […]

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With mesmerizing swirls of matcha and creamy white chocolate on a base of dark chocolate and crispy puffed quinoa, this truly unique chocolate bark is a masterpiece of texture and flavor.

Whether made as a homemade holiday gift or an indulgent treat for yourself, this matcha white chocolate crunch bark is both beautiful and delicious… and sure to be a new holiday staple!

Stack of cut pieces of Matcha White Chocolate Crunch Bark showing the layers, cup with matcha latte and bowl of matcha powder in the background

Chocolate bark is one of my favorite last-minute holiday recipes. I’ll often use up all the random bits of chocolate I have left from my holiday baking, swirling them into pretty (and pretty delicious) slabs of chocolatey delight.

Not to mention the endless possibilities of flavors and toppings… from peanut butter to creme de menthe, freeze-dried fruit to crunchy cookie bits. And now this one, featuring grassy matcha swirled with sultry white chocolate and a base of dark chocolate to offset the sweetness.

I actually first started testing this recipe last year, but I wasn’t completely happy with the appearance of it (turns out rainbow sprinkles aren’t always the best choice), and seeing as it was practically Christmas already, I ended up tabling the idea for this year instead.

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Saltine Toffee

Saltine Toffee is a fun and easy candy to make during the holidays! This salty-sweet treat is perfect for gifting.  I’m not sure where saltine toffee originated, but I’m sure glad it did. Sweet, salty, crunchy — what’s not to love? If you’re into making homemade candies for the holidays like homemade marshmallows or turtle …

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Saltine Toffee is a fun and easy candy to make during the holidays! This salty-sweet treat is perfect for gifting. 

Saltine toffee stacked on a white platter

I’m not sure where saltine toffee originated, but I’m sure glad it did. Sweet, salty, crunchy — what’s not to love?

If you’re into making homemade candies for the holidays like homemade marshmallows or turtle pretzel candy clusters, saltine cracker toffee is a must-add to your list.

This toffee recipe is great because it is so easy, and you might even already have everything on hand!

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What Are Marrons Glaces from ‘The French Dispatch’?

In Wes Anderson’s new movie The French Dispatch, slippery art dealer Julian Cadazio (played by Adrien Brody) bribes a prison guard with a marron glacé, or candied chestnut. The stone-faced guard unwraps the bite-sized confection and pops it into his mo…

In Wes Anderson’s new movie The French Dispatch, slippery art dealer Julian Cadazio (played by Adrien Brody) bribes a prison guard with a marron glacé, or candied chestnut. The stone-faced guard unwraps the bite-sized confection and pops it into his mouth. Watching the film in a theatre near the Palais Garnier, I found the casting choice of marron glacé highly satisfying. Like the aperitif trays and old world locales, it was one of many rich details of French life that Anderson wove into his tableaux.

Marrons glacés are a fixture of the holidays in France. Marrons, a special chestnut from the Ardèche region, are harvested in early fall and their delicate candied form proliferates in sweets shops around the country in mid-November. With their stylish packaging and Willy Wonka-esque colorful wrappers, they’re a lovely and timeless gift idea. Take it from Proust, who mentions them as a New Year’s gift in his great masterpiece Swann’s Way (which I am yet to read but I do know that the crumby madeleines made a greater impression).

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How to Store Homemade Fudge All Holiday Season Long

We are firm believers that you don’t need an occasion to bake something sweet, whether it be a layer cake worthy of a birthday party or a batch of cookies. The same can be said for fudge. While this confection is often seen displayed in a long lineup of treats at a holiday party, it can and should be enjoyed year-round. But since it’s the holidays and you asked, we’re here to explain the best way to store fudge, homemade or store-bought, on the counter or in the freezer.

Storing Fudge Anytime, Anywhere

Here’s the thing about homemade fudge: It’s temperamental. Way more temperamental than most cookies, cakes, brownies and bars, and quick breads, in fact. You need a candy thermometer, good-quality dark chocolate, and a careful eye to make it. Fudge is for all intents and purposes, candy. It’s important to store fudge properly to ensure that its creamy texture stays smooth and that its color remains a rich, dark chocolate brown.

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We are firm believers that you don’t need an occasion to bake something sweet, whether it be a layer cake worthy of a birthday party or a batch of cookies. The same can be said for fudge. While this confection is often seen displayed in a long lineup of treats at a holiday party, it can and should be enjoyed year-round. But since it’s the holidays and you asked, we’re here to explain the best way to store fudge, homemade or store-bought, on the counter or in the freezer.

Storing Fudge Anytime, Anywhere

Here’s the thing about homemade fudge: It’s temperamental. Way more temperamental than most cookies, cakes, brownies and bars, and quick breads, in fact. You need a candy thermometer, good-quality dark chocolate, and a careful eye to make it. Fudge is for all intents and purposes, candy. It’s important to store fudge properly to ensure that its creamy texture stays smooth and that its color remains a rich, dark chocolate brown.

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Easy Fudge

This Easy Fudge Recipe is the perfect treat for chocolate lovers! We make it every holiday season, but it is good anytime of the year. I am always up for a piece of rich, creamy, and decadent fudge! I love this fudge recipe because it is basically fool…

This Easy Fudge Recipe is the perfect treat for chocolate lovers! We make it every holiday season, but it is good anytime of the year. I am always up for a piece of rich, creamy, and decadent fudge! I love this fudge recipe because it is basically foolproof, it turns out perfect every single time.…

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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle is a classic holiday candy. Package your homemade brittle up in pretty tins for a delicious homemade holiday gift. I always associate peanut brittle with the holidays, even though you can make it any time of year. My nana – who taught me how to make pumpkin rolls, among other holiday favorites – …

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Peanut Brittle is a classic holiday candy. Package your homemade brittle up in pretty tins for a delicious homemade holiday gift.

Plate stacked high with pieces of peanut brittle

I always associate peanut brittle with the holidays, even though you can make it any time of year.

My nana – who taught me how to make pumpkin rolls, among other holiday favorites – always had a tin of peanut brittle out during the holidays. When I want to feel like I’m with her again, a piece of peanut brittle always does the trick.

This easy homemade candy is a crowd pleaser thanks to that crunchy sweet and salty combination. It is so great to add to a holiday cookie platter or package up to gift to friends and neighbors.

Really, you can’t go wrong with this classic!

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Rolo Cookies

Last week, I bought Rolo candies to make Rolo Pretzels. I didn’t use all of the Rolos so I decided to use the leftover candies to make Rolo Cookies. These cookies look like plain chocolate cookies, but there is a surprise inside. The chocolate co…

Last week, I bought Rolo candies to make Rolo Pretzels. I didn’t use all of the Rolos so I decided to use the leftover candies to make Rolo Cookies. These cookies look like plain chocolate cookies, but there is a surprise inside. The chocolate cookie dough gets wrapped around the Rolo candy. The Rolos melt…

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Reese’s Launched an Epic Peanut Butter Pie, Just in Time for Thanksgiving

I’ve had an ongoing relationship with Reese’s for years. By relationship, I mean I consume an excessive amount of peanut butter cups, peanut butter M&Ms, and Reese’s sticks on a daily basis. I open my heart to Reese’s day and when I eat too many pe…

I’ve had an ongoing relationship with Reese’s for years. By relationship, I mean I consume an excessive amount of peanut butter cups, peanut butter M&Ms, and Reese’s sticks on a daily basis. I open my heart to Reese’s day and when I eat too many peanut butter cups and end up with a stomach ache, I offer forgiveness and say to Reese’s, "it’s not you, it’s me."

So when my dearly beloved candy company announced that they were launching their largest peanut butter cup ever—a 3.4-pound, nine-inch “pie”—just in time for Thanksgiving, I imagined myself popping some Tums and diving fork-first into the biggest slice of chocolate peanut butter goodness to grace my Turkey Day feast. 3,000 Reese’s Pies, which are essentially just giant peanut butter cups, were available for purchase exclusively through Hershey’s website for $44.99, plus tax.

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How to Use Up Your Leftover Halloween Candy

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 
Today: Get creative with all of that leftover Halloween candy. Read More >>

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun. 

Today: Get creative with all of that leftover Halloween candy.

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Brown Butter Twix Cookies

The candy aisle at the grocery store is always a fun one. I am an adult, but I am still like a kid in a candy store. I love all of the colorful packages and I love checking out new products. I usually take my time and daydream about recipes I can creat…

The candy aisle at the grocery store is always a fun one. I am an adult, but I am still like a kid in a candy store. I love all of the colorful packages and I love checking out new products. I usually take my time and daydream about recipes I can create with all…

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