Sunday, July 28, 2013

Clear (part 2): Crispy Buckeyes

Michonne quickly discovers that Carl's real objective is not acquiring a crib for Judith…but rather, a photo of his mother. After learning from Morgan's writings, that the Grimes' home was destroyed by fire, Carl remembers that a local cafe had a framed photo of their family.

Michonne refuses to allow him to go into the cafe alone and after some effort, they leave with the photo. Carl is thrilled; he wanted Judith to know what their mother looked like. He thanks Michonne with a smile and they return to Morgan and Rick with their prize.

After packing up the weapons they need, Michonne confides to Rick that she knows that he sees things; and that she too, still talks to her deceased boyfriend. Surprised by her honesty, Rick hands Michonne the car keys and asks her to drive because he "sees things."

On the drive back, the mood would have lightened considerably. The Group now had the weapons and ammunition they needed to defend the prison. Carl would have unwrapped the sweets that Beth and Hershel packed for them to share on the drive.

Crispy Buckeyes are a twist on Ohio's traditional Buckeye candies. Made with only six pantry ingredients, these treats make use of crisp rice cereal to create their distinctive texture.

And when the dead rise; don't leave ANYbody behind. Especially if they're running after you carrying an orange backpack and begging not to be left behind.

Crispy Buckeyes

Chocolate Coating:
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet)
3 Tbsp. butter-flavored shortening

Candy Mixture:
1 cup peanut butter
1 jar (7 ounces) Marshmallow Fluff
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup crisped rice cereal

For the Chocolate Coating: Over medium heat, (or over medium campfire coals), combine shortening and chocolate chips in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Warm gently and stir frequently until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and set aside while preparing the candies.

For Candy Mixture: Over medium heat, (or medium campfire coals) combine peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and vanilla in a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven. Warm gently and stir until peanut butter and marshmallow fluff are melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in cereal. Mix until combined and allow to cool to room temperature.

Roll peanut butter mixture into balls (about the size of a small walnut). Using a toothpick, dip each peanut butter ball into the melted chocolate mixture. Place each candy onto a greased baking sheet or waxed paper. Allow chocolate to harden and then wrap candies in an airtight container.

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