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Pumpkin Seed Candy

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Submitted By: Hauntmistress
On: 10/05/2002 09:34 PM

Serves: 30 Pieces
Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Occasion: Halloween
Effort: Average

Ingredients:
1 cup hulled pepitas

1/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup honey

3 tbs. cold unsalted butter, plus 2 tbs. melted for brushing

How to Prepare:

Heat a lg. skillet over medium-high heat. Add pepitas; toast, stirring constantly until seeds pop and become slightly golden, about 3 min. Transfer to a bowl to cool.

Place sugar and honey in a sm. saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve sugar, about 3 min. Add pepitas, and continue cooking until temperature registers 285 degrees on a candy thermometer, 3 - 4 min. Remove from heat, and stir in cold butter.

Let the mixture cool to 240 degrees, about 4 min.

Meanwhile, brush the inside of fifteen 1 in. diameter black paper cups with melted butter, reserving 1 tbs. Spoon a scant tbs. of the honey mixture into each cup. Brush a clean work surface with the remaining butter, and spoon the remaining honey mixture on it so mixture will continue to cool.

When remaining candy is stiff and cool enough to handle, about 6 min., cut into 3/4 in. pieces with a greased knife. Put one piece of candy in center of each of fifteen 4-by-4-in. pieces of orange cellophane wrap, gather cellophane at the top, and secure with a twist of a 4 1/2 in. piece of floral wire. Wrap the ends of floral wire around a skewer to form tendrils.
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