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Homemade Halloween with HIC

 

From homemade Caramel Apples to candy corn, the Halloween season is the perfect time for making delicious treats for family and friends. That’s why the Mrs. Anderson’s Baking U.S. Half Size Baking Mat is an essential tool for all your sweet-treat making.

Made from FDA-approved silicone and natural glass fibers, the mat is naturally non stick for quick release of foods and easy cleanup. When used for baking, the mat offers even heat transfer and requires no greasing or added oils. Durable and reusable for thousands of uses, the mat measures 11.625″x 16.5-” and fits standard 13 x 18″ baking sheets.

 

Caramel Apples

The caramel apple is believed to be ‘invented’ in the 1950s, and the treat became an instant hit  for Halloween. Some of you may even remember receiving a caramel apple while trick-or-treating!

These days, you may not run across a house offering up caramel apples on Halloween, but it is still one of the most popular fall treats to make — and eat!

  • 15 to 20 large Granny Smith apples
  • Assorted chopped candies or nuts, for coating
  • 1 (1-pound) box dark brown sugar
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup dark corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Skewer the stem-end of the apples with popsicle sticks. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with wax paper. Place desired coatings in large shallow bowls.

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, milk, corn syrup, maple syrup, vanilla, molasses and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil until it registers 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer, about 10 minutes. Immediately pour the caramel into a heatproof bowl; let cool to 200 degrees F.

Dip the apples in the desired coatings. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets to set and let cool completely.

Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/caramel-apples-1961196

 

Homemade Candy Corn

Even if you’re not a big candy corn fan, this one is definitely a keeper. Unlike store-bought candy corn, this leaves no strange, waxy aftertaste. Yes, it’s sugary, but you’re only eating it during Halloween season . . .  unless you change the colors and create red, white and green candy corn for Christmas!

  • 4-1/2 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1-1/4 cups
  • 1/2-ounce nonfat dry milk, approximately 6 1/2 teaspoons
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3-1/2 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1/2 cup
  • 3-3/4 ounces light corn syrup, approximately 1/3 cup
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 to 3 drops yellow and orange gel paste food coloring

Combine the powdered sugar, dry milk and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 4 to 5 times until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and water in a 2-quart pot. Put over medium heat, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add the butter, clip on a candy thermometer, and bring the mixture to 230 degrees F, about 1 to 2 minutes. When the sugar syrup reaches 230 degrees F, take the pot off the heat and remove the thermometer. Add the vanilla and the dry mixture, stirring continuously with a silicone spatula until well combined. Pour onto a half sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat. Cool until the mixture is cool enough to handle, about 10 to 15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Add 2 drops of yellow food coloring to 1 piece and knead the dough until the color is consistent throughout. Add 2 drops of orange to the second piece, and knead until the color is consistent throughout. Leave the third piece white. Roll each piece of dough into a strand, about 18-inches long. Cut each strand in half.

The nonstick baking mat is perfect for making sticky Halloween candy

Roll 1 of the white pieces into a strand that is about 1/2-inch thick and about 22-inches long. Repeat with a yellow piece and orange piece. Lay the strands side by side and press them together using your fingers. Cut the strand into 4-inch pieces. Lay the strands, 1 at a time, onto the silicone mat and press into a wedge shape, like a triangle. Use a wire butter slicer to cut the candies into pieces. If you don’t have a wire butter slicer, use a knife, metal bench scraper or pizza cutter to slice the dough into small pieces. Repeat the procedure with remaining dough. Lay the finished pieces on a piece of parchment or waxed paper to dry for 1 hour. Store in an airtight container with parchment paper between each layer.

 

Tuesday’s Tool: TWG Dual-Action Potato Masher

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A perfect tool for holiday meal prep, TWG, The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Masher from HIC, Harold Import Co., quickly breaks apart and mashes any soft, juicy or cooked produce without the use of electricity. Specially designed with a spring- loaded action, the serrated-toothed blades easily break open skins, while the wires and pierced plate mashes the inside pulp. From berries to squash, this versatile kitchen tool is an essential addition for cooking and canning. It is also great for processing cooked chicken livers for liver pate or hard-boiled eggs for egg salad or deviled eggs.

twgmasherMade of 18/8 stainless steel, the tool is more efficient than open-wire mashers – and will never rust.

Don’t let the holidays slip by, get your TWG, The World’s Greatest Dual-Action Potato Masher here.

 

 

Tuesday’s Tool: HIC Porcelain Lasagna Pan

 

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Get ready for the holiday season with HIC, Harold Import Co.‘s oven to table porcelain bakeware.  Our HIC Lasagna Pan is a durable and versatile baking dish for lasagna, casseroles, quiche, roasting veggies, making a cake, and more! Measuring 13 X 9 X 2-1/2”, our favorite lasagna pan features a generous depth to support layered recipes, and the easy-hold handles provide a comfortable grip and secure transfer in and out of the oven, and under the broiler.  It comes highly recommended by America’s Test Kitchen/Cook’s Illustrated, especially since it’s broiler safe! This pan transitions beautifully from oven to table – and, comes in colors, too. In addition to White, try Bayberry, Rose, Sage and Wheat.

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redYou can see our entire collection of Lasagna Pans, here. To purchase, visit here.

Tuesday’s Tool: TWG, The World’s Greatest Mix’N Masher

twgmixnmasherPotatoes, yams, pumpkin, squash, turnips, parsnips, apples, bananas, and more are easily mixed and mashed in one motion. This time-saving kitchen gadget is perfect for mashing potatoes and other softer cooked foods for deliciously prepared meals.

Extremely easy to use, simply peel, cut, and cook foods until fork tender. Drain well and return them to the pot. Press the wires of the Mix N’ Masher downward and repeat until the desired consistency is achieved.

The sturdy masher simply mashes by pressing the wires into the cooked food until the desired consistency. The specially shaped side wires scrape down the sides of bowls and pots while mixing and mashing to ensure every morsel is processed consistently.

The World’s Greatest 2-in-1 Mix’N Masher is made from FDA-approved 18/8 stainless steel. Rinse immediately before starches harden. Dishwasher safe for a thorough cleaning.

For more information about TWG, The World’s Greatest Mix-N Masher, visit our website. To purchase, click here.

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Tuesday’s Tool: Fante’s Mamma Maria’s Mezzaluna

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Fante’s Mamma Maria’s Mezzaluna Rocking Chopper quickly transforms ingredients with a speed and efficiency that’s unmatched by knives to save time during food preparation.

Made in Italy, the beautifully curved blade, with its half-moon profile, makes quick work of chopping and mincing foods. Featuring a 9-1/2” stainless steel blade with beechwood handles, this versatile addition to cutlery and chef knives helps prepare quick healthy meals. Use it for mincing and chopping garlic, herbs, fruits and vegetables, leafy greens, even block chocolate, and more. It doubles nicely as a pizza cutter, too. Its ergonomic design is comfortable and easy to use.

To learn more about the Mezzaluna, visit us here. To purchase, visit our Where to Buy page, or here.

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Tuesday’s Tool: HIC’s Round Bacon Press

 

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The HIC Cast Iron Bacon Press is a handy cooking tool that ensures bacon is cooked to perfection. The 7.75-inch round, cast iron press with a stay-cool wooden handle, holds bacon flat while cooking, which helps reduce splatter and curling, while creating crispier bacon that cooks more quickly. Because the bacon is held flat against the pan, heat is distributed more evenly, cooking all bacon at the same speed.

The press is ideal for bacon, steaks, pork chops, burgers and panini sandwiches, cooked on the stove or on the grill. It can also be used to press out whey when making cheese or thick yogurt.

Suitable for careful use on nonstick pans, season prior to first use and hand wash.

You can purchase the HIC Cast iron Bacon Press here.

Tuesday’s Tool: The World’s Greatest Bar Tool

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Nothing is better than having a multi-functional kitchen gadget that gets the job done, quickly, comfortably, efficiently, and professionally – and it looks cool, too. That’s exactly what makes a great bar tool, and exactly what you’ll get with The World’s Greatest Bar Tool from HIC, Harold Import Co.

It truly is The World’s Greatest. In fact, The World’s Greatest 4-in-1 Bar Tool was recently selected as a 2016 Editors’ Pick in the Housewares Category from The Gourmet Retailer!

This Bar Tool boasts a built-in bottle opener, can opener, fruit and vegetable peeler, and channel knife, all in one ergonomic design.  This versatile 4-in-1 gadget opens cans and bottles, peels produce, creates decorative garnish, and so much more.

The World’s Greatest Bar Tool is an essential addition to any home or professional bar, giving bartenders an advantage when making cocktails. Crafted from Japanese stainless steel for maximum precision and durability, the Bar Tool has a soft-grip handle that prevents slipping while ensuring comfortable use.

It feels comfortable in your hand, performs all the necessary functions when making cocktails, and is compact for easy storing in a drawer or on the counter.

TWGBartool_LemonMaking your special recipe Bloody Mary? No worries. The punch-style can opener easily opens tomato juice.

Adding a lemon twist or other garnishes to your cocktails? The channel knife helps easily create decorative garnishes.

Serving soda or beer, the tool easily pops off bottle caps and opens flip top cans.

The Bar Tool also handy for other entertaining prep, including cutting thin strips of cheese or chocolate, even removing potato eyes.

Great for garage, boat, camper, cooler, tool and tackle box portable coolers, tailgating supplies, tool boxes, and tackle boxes. Hand wash in warm, soapy water.

Head on over to www.HaroldImport.com to learn more about all of our innovative line of The World’s Greatest – those which go way above and beyond the normal call of duty — without ever losing sight of functionality.