MP received a great book a few months ago, called Eating in Maine by Malcom and Jillian Bedell. The book features seasonal recipes, reviews and food-inspired road trips from the Bedell’s popular blog, From Away.
Our family tested a number of recipes from Eating in Maine including a crowd-pleasing coffee s’mores pie and a decadent bacon jam, which is great on everything from cheeseburgers to baked Brie. These are recipes we will turn to again—each was straightforward, simple to make, and turned out exactly as pictured.
One of our favorite family recipes for Halloween are the fun and super easy Bacon & Egg candies. On a Friday night, we invited Grandma and Grandpa Potato over for a pancake dinner and afterwards, we made these candies together.
What you’ll need:
White chocolate (we used a 10 oz. bag of Trader Joe’s white chocolate baking chips)
1 lb. bag of M&M candies
1 lb. bag pretzel sticks
To start, line two standard baking sheets with parchment paper. Fill a small saucepan half full of water, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Next, place a heat-safe, metal bowl on top of the saucepan to act as a double boiler. Turn the heat down to simmer on your stove, and stir the chips until they melt.
While the chips are melting, have the kids prepare a bowl of pretzel sticks broken in half. Another family member (we volunteered Grandpa Nicky Potato) can gather the yellow M&M’s in another bowl.
When the chocolate is melted, use a teaspoon to place a drop of chocolate on the prepared baking sheet. The kids can carefully place a yellow M&M at the center of each, and then put two halves of a pretzel stick next to it.
When you’re finished, place the baking sheets in the refrigerator until the chocolate hardens (approx. 10-15 minutes). Et voila, you have bacon & eggs!
As Malcolm says in Eating in Maine, “Innat cunnin’?”
Our family had so much fun making these candies. They are cute, but they’re also delicious. MP, who is not typically a white chocolate fan, loved the sweet and salty mix of flavors. We can’t wait to bring them to a friend’s pumpkin carving party next week.
Interested in getting a copy of Eating in Maine for yourself? Find the book here for 20% off the cover price! And check out the Bedell’s super cool, new Kickstarter Campaign for a mobile sandwich truck in Rockland.
Happy Halloween, all!