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Remember these bad babies? I used to work at the snack shack at the tennis and swim center in high school and these would sell like crazy in the summertime. I swear, for every dozen I sold I ate at least two.
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place a Silpat on a baking sheet. Place three Jolly Ranchers in a group on your Silpat. (See pictures on my blog for placement). Only place 4 clusters of Jolly Ranchers on a sheet at a time, so there is enough space to place the stick in when they come out. Cook them in the preheated oven for 4 1/2 minutes. Watch them carefully because at between 4 and 5 minutes they will become completely melted and flatten out on the sheet. Depending on your oven they make take longer so it’s a good idea to test one alone on a sheet before you do a bunch.
2. The Jolly Ranchers will start to bubble up on the edges when they flatten out. As soon as this happens, pull your baking sheet out of the oven and place your candy stick at the bottom of the melted Jolly Ranchers. I twisted my stick so it coated it and was more secure to the Jolly Rancher. You have to do this immediately though. Leave the baking sheet on the counter. The sucker should harden in about 5 minutes. Then remove them from the sheet and place on another Silpat-lined tray. Repeat with the remaining Jolly Ranchers if desired.
3. In a medium sized bowl, combine the caramels with the water. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until caramel is completely melted. Let the melted caramel cool for 60 seconds then dip your suckers into the caramel. Tip: You need to do this fast and put the caramel-dipped suckers back onto the Silpat immediately or else the warmth of the caramel will melt the sucker and make it bend in half.
4. Let everything cool in the fridge for 1 hour and you’re good to go!
Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
Heather is a Texas native and the blogger behind Heather's Dish. She's mom to Weston, wife to Nate, and they live in Little Rock, Arkansas with their two "stubborn and saucy" dogs Bunker and Keira. In her blog, she shares her photographs, random musings (serious and silly alike), and all kinds of scrumptious recipes---and not just evil variations of her favorite mac and cheese. Her enviable TK recipe box is a testament to that. Go see for yourself!