Just 8 days until Christmas, but don’t panic! There’s still time to knock out some gifts from your kitchen (check out this post and this post for other ideas too…)! I found the Instant Pot that I purchased, is really helpful when making Christmas Candy! Here’s a couple of ways I found to use it…..
To use as a double-boiler, put 4 cups of water into the Multi-cooker (mine is an Instant Pot, but there are lots of other brands too), Place a glass or stainless steel bowl into the opening, set the dial to “Saute” . Adjust to medium. Once your almond bark or chips are melted, set to “Keep Warm” setting and it keeps the candy at the perfect consistency for dipping.
Once your pretzels (cookies, dried fruit, nuts, or whatever else you want to dip….) are coated, remove to a parchment covered sheet pan. Sprinkle with crushed candies (like peppermint….), coarse sugar, finely chopped nuts or sprinkles if desired.
You can also pour your melted almond bark (or chips…..) over popcorn (with mix-ins like pretzels, dried fruit nuts, etc….). Check out this Popcorn Crunch Bark recipe to get some ideas! YUM!
Of course, you can also make Bark with your melted candy. Here’s a few recipes to try….
Another way I found to use the Multi-Cooker, is by using the “Slow-Cooker” feature. This Crock-Pot Fudge is very easy to make (okay, I actually made my fudge in my old Slow-Cooker, that way I could make fudge at the same time as I was dipping the pretzels…..multitasking at it’s finest!). I made one batch out of these Sea Salt Caramels (and no….no-one paid me to say this, it’s just what I decided to do. Although, if someone wants to pay me, I’d be open to negotiations…. 😉 )
When I poured the fudge into the prepared pan, I sprinkled with some course Sea Salt (it just seemed like the thing to do….you can’t go wrong with Sea Salt and Caramel! ).
It tastes AMAZING!!!
The final way to use your Multi-Cooker for candy making is by using the “Saute” setting to melt/cook your ingredients. I found this Instant Pot Rice Krispy Treats recipe and she uses the Multi-Cooker to melt the butter/marshmallow mixture.
Make sure your “Saute” setting is adjusted to the normal setting.
Stir until marshmallows are melted.
I mixed in red & green M&Ms (since I had some on hand…..) with the Rice Krispies. Christmas Candy doesn’t have to be complicated! 😉
Need some other recipe ideas that the “Saute” setting could be used on (just a note – not all of the following recipes have instructions for using a Multi-Cooker, you’ll just be using your Multi-cooker and it’s “Saute: setting in place of the stovetop)..….
Oh! I almost forgot! Your Multi-Cooker’s “Saute” setting is also a great way to clean up the whole sticky mess too! When you’re ready for clean-up, fill the pot 3/4 full of water and a little dish soap. Set on “Saute” and as the water gets hot, stir to dissolve all of the stickiness…..
Let the water cool and finish the cleaning! YAY! ANOTHER reason to LOVE your Multi-Cooker!
What Candy are you making first?
Happy Candy making!