3 Delectable Bonbon Candy Recipes

What is a Bonbon?

A Bonbon is basically a candy that has a center of sweet fondant, fruit, or nuts. These centers are usually coated with chocolate or confectioner’s sugar.

According to Wikipedia, “The word Bonbon stems from the French word ‘bon’, which means good. These days, the word Bonbon refers to several types of sweets across the world.”

If you plan on giving your homemade confections as a gift or displaying them at a party, you will want to purchase mini candy boxes or mini muffin cups.

Shelf Life: If you keep your candies refrigerated, they should last 10-12 days.

Here are 3 of my favorite recipes.

Chocolate Bonbons

1 c. finely chopped nuts

1/2 c. butter, softened

1 c. peanut butter

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 c. confectioner’s sugar

12 oz. pkg. chocolate morsels

2 Tbsp. paraffin wax

Combine nuts, butter, peanut butter, vanilla and powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Stir by hand; shape into balls. Dip into melted chocolate morsels and paraffin wax mixed together. Use fork to coat and drop onto waxed paper. Let cool and store in an airtight container.

Butterball Bonbons

2 c. flour

1/4 c. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

1 c. butter

1 tsp. vanilla

2 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts (pecans)

confectioner’s sugar

Mix all of the above ingredients together (except for the confectioner’s sugar) and roll in 1/2″ balls. Place balls on cookie sheet. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. As soon as they are done, roll the balls in confectioner’s sugar while still hot. When cool, roll in sugar again. Store in an airtight container.

Peppermint Bonbons

1 lb. vanilla flavored confectioner’s coating

1/2 c. whipping cream

1 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

Crushed peppermint candies

In a heavy saucepan, melt confectioner’s coating over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in whipping cream and peppermint extract. Beat at high speed with mixer until smooth. Chill in freezer for 25 minutes or until candy is stiff enough to be shaped. Form candy into round balls. Roll balls into crushed peppermint candy pieces. Arrange on a non-stick baking mat, let cool. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.

Christmas Cookie Recipe – Peppermint Christmas Cookies

Peppermint has a rich, vital history that reaches back before the origins of Christmas. This highly prized candy and medicinal addition derives from the peppermint plant. A brief history follows this Christmas cookie recipe made from chocolate and peppermint. Another Christmas cookie recipe, especially peppermint Christmas cookies, ranks high on many a holiday cook’s wish list. This recipe adds chocolate and brown sugar to yield a Christmas concoction to add cheer to office parties and family gatherings.

List of Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of softened butter.
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar that has been firmly packed
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons table salt
  • 1/4 cup powdered cocoa
  • 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup peppermint candy. Use about 8 candy canes or hard peppermint candy

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place peppermint candy inside a plastic bag. Use a wooden hammer or rolling pin to coarsely crush it.
  3. Cream the butter and shortening with an electric mixer at medium speed.
  4. Gradually add granulated sugar and brown sugar while continuing to beat well.
  5. Add eggs one at a time. Make sure eggs are beaten in well blended as you add them.
  6. Add vanilla extract.
  7. In a separate bowl, combine all-purpose flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa.
  8. Add flour mixture to butter mixture. Beat until blended.
  9. Fold in semi-sweet chocolate morsels.
  10. Fold in crushed peppermint candy.
  11. Use a tablespoon to drop cookie dough onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Keep rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3″ apart.
  12. Place cookie sheet into the center of a preheated 350-degree oven. Bake for 12-12 minutes. Do not over bake.
  13. Remove from oven to wire cooling racks. Enjoy!

This peppermint and chocolate cookie recipe yields 2 1/2 dozen Christmas cookies

A Brief History of Peppermint

Peppermint was first brought to the United States during the colonial period. Europeans, English and Russian cooks had long discovered its additive value in wines and other recipes. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used peppermint oils in wines and sauces. Its distinctive flavor and cooling effect has been used as a remedy for toothache and morning sickness. The American northwest produces much of the peppermint used in today’s pharmaceuticals, candy, gum and elixirs.

Shedding Pounds This Holiday Season With the New Candy Cane Diet

The holidays are a time of joy, spending time with family, friends, and avoiding fruitcake at all costs. Throughout December, we’re bombarded by platters of brownies, pies, cookies, cheese plates, gin fizzes and those tins of stale flavored popcorn. When I’m offered sweets or appetizers at work, cocktail parties and my parent’s house, it’s easy to put on a few pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years.

In order to combat the added calories, I developed a very simple “Candy Cane Diet” that works which I first jokingly blogged about on MySpace back in 2005. Sounds weird, right? But believe it or not, people actually used MySpace at one time. And for the handful of friends that may have read it six years ago, I’ve been on this seasonal diet (Nov-Jan) since then and revised the plan with even more research to back up my findings.

The Facts:

1. Peppermint works as a natural appetite suppressant. I noticed years ago that eating a peppermint candy cane after a meal kept me full and not reaching for more goodies.

2. This diet is less expensive than weight loss supplements, drinks, or paid programs.

3. Whether you have a sweet tooth or not, this diet works and canes can be substituted with Peppermint tea.

Here is how the Diet works:

Diet Plan*

1. Eat a well balanced breakfast around 400 calories. It’s okay to drink coffee too.

2. After a reasonably portioned lunch, skip the cupcakes or cookies and grab a candy cane.

3. Snack around 3pm-Like oranges, nuts, pretzel crisps, string cheese, Greek yogurt with honey & berries.

4. After dinner, as soon as you feel full instead of indulging in desserts, grab a candy cane.

5. Doing steps 1-4 most days will allow you to eat more at a holiday dinners or events during Dec.

*Actual weight loss results may vary and may increase tooth decay, (but trust me it works). The candy cane must be the standard size & peppermint flavor (watermelon, blueberry or fruity candy canes won’t work. (Box of 12= 40 calories each. Try to stick to 2-3 canes a day)

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This diet is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. And exercise (even if it’s just walking) and drinking H20 helps, as with any diet.

Added Benefits:

1. A candy cane is a festive edible accessory during the holidays. Cuter than a lollipop, and much healthier than cigarettes. Plus, they easily fit in your purse, pocket or clutch.

2. No hostess will feel the need to force goodies or egg nog down your throat if they see you with candy.

3. Minty fresh breath in case you meet Mr. or Mrs. right under the mistletoe.

4. You can lose weight & still eat your favorite holiday foods in reasonable portions a couple times a week.

In closing, I also just read last week I just read yesterday in Better Homes & Garden magazine, (Dec. 2011, pg. 181) that “Next time you need a nudge to exercise, try a peppermint stick. Studies suggest the fresh scent can rev mental energy and boost athletic performance.”