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Frango Tango

on December 21, 2011 in Recipes | No Comments »

The first of our Holiday! Spectacular! Candy! Recipes!

Frango Mints
1 (12 ounce) package milk chocolate chips or semi-sweet chocolate chips
(= 2 cups)
1/4 lb butter, room temp (not margarine)
1 1/8 cups powdered sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons imitation vanilla
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or rum extract

Melt the chocolate over hot water, then cool.
Cream butter.
Add powdered sugar.
Add eggs; beat well.
Add cooled chocolate, vanilla and flavoring.
Mix well and drip on waxed paper.

Things we do:
Use dark chocolate chips. So tasty, sets a little firmer as well.
Play with flavorings – orange is great.
Use a pastry gun. Makes cute little shapes possible.

why she needs supervision

works better when attached to mixer

Creaming butter, the easier way

adding powdered sugar. May want to stop after this step, it's yummy.

eggs from our lovely ladies

add flavor

add flavoring & vanilla


Ooooh pretty

oooooh, pretty.

lock & load.

weapon at the ready

finished product

I got some awesome gingerdead men cookie cutter/press from my “bestie” of many years (don’t ask how many “many” is, I try not to think about it).

Not having any good, fresh ginger around, I got a recipe from a cousin for chocolate gingerbread. I figured the chocolate would make up for the stale ginger powder, right?

Ah, if only that had been the worst of my problems.

I made a few changes to the recipe. I used special dark chocolate chips, demerara sugar, dark molasses. Otherwise I left it alone.

Let me say that the world can breathe a sigh of relief that I am not involved in any kind of medical care. The carnage is pretty ugly.

The results…the cookie cutters are great. The recipe was pretty good, with my adjustments.
The baker…could really use some work.

Not our usual day for the Asian market, but who’s gonna stop us?  Huh?  No one?  Didn’t think so.

Today,  we were trying to shop on the cheap (because, you know, we’re cheap), and picked a lot of what we got because it was on sale.  It all fit with our, “try something new” thing, and it was all pretty durn tasty.

It went a little like this.

And for “speed review” of all the items shown here:

I found this Pocky ad on the back page of a Japanese magazine we got in at work last week.  I always wonder who donates them, you know?  Actually, I wonder that about a lot of stuff we get.


It was shopping day, and many foods were bought, hauled home, and tried out.

  • Doritos that taste like Cheeseburgers.  The first joke was, I should have gotten them with pickles.  Second joke was, You should have gotten them with Baconaise.  Here’s the thing though – they actually taste like a cheeseburger – with pickles.  A touch of mustard. Mayo, ketchup.   Cheese and bun.  Meaty, I don’t know how.  Crunchy and yet still that satisfying cheeseburger mélange that makes them so good.
  • Flings chocolate bars.  By Mars.  Victims of horrible marketing.  But really damn good.  They are directed towards women – naughty women. Not really naughty, just a little naughty.  WhateEver.  In my opinion, there are only two confections that need to be gender specific:  Yorkie and Pocky Men’s.  But back to Flings:  they are like chocolate meringue and chocolate truffle and chocolate coating and mica.  Yes, mica.  Like the mineral.  I get the impression that they failed in their test market, and that’s how they ended up at the Grocery Outlet.  But they really are good.   I’ll be going back for more of those.
  • Wensleydale with Tiptree Marmalade (cheese).  It isn’t shown on the site, but that’s who made it.  I got it because I always like to try new cheeses.  I love cheese.  Cheese is wonderful.  Anyway, it’s an odd thing.  It’s like, gritty, but smooth and sharp but yes, it has orange marmalade in it.  It’s odd.  I think I’ll like it.  I think I’d really like it on crackers, but I don’t think I have any crackers that would be good for them.  Maybe Ritz, or something similar.

I love going to the Grocery Outlet.  But it can be dangerous.