Thursday, June 30, 2011

Red, White and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars

red white and blue candy bar recipe from cherryteacakes.com
How cute is that? Imagine the shock and awe on your friends and families faces when they bite into a seemingly normal looking candy bar and BAM! It's red white and blue!

I confess the red and white stripes won't be the easiest thing you've ever done. I actually rolled my cookie dough through my pasta maker....and cookie dough is just slighly too soft for that to really go perfectly. You might be better off just doing three stripes and hand rolling...it's a toss up.

One of the keys to success for this recipe is white food dye. I'm not a food dye person, I'd prefer not to use food dyes ever, but, if you want a true white stripe....you just gotta add some chemically white goodness. Where to buy it? I find mine in the cake decorating aisle at Michael's crafts. It's not in with the other food dye though, so look around. If you find glycerin you're on the right path, if you hit fondant rollers you've strayed too far. Besides, how do you make red stripes and blue nougat without food dye? It's worth the chemicals for the cute factor....but only for holidays when all your regular dietary rules are already off. *wink*

The nougat you can flavor in any way you like. I chose rhaspberry but it can easily be vanilla, lemon, rum, mint, almond (oooh that would be lovely), etc.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you need a couple other red, white or blue recipes here are my others:
”orange
Berries n’ Cream Pavlova
”orange
Red White & Blueberry
”orange
Rhubarb Berry Crumbles
”orange
Strawberry Donuts
”orange
Cherry 'n' Chip Ice Cream
”orange
Strawberry Basil Ice Cream





















So if you're ready  to jump into making some red, white and blue raspberry candy bars let's get this happening!

Red White and Blue Raspberry Candy Bars

for the nougat:
2 cups sugar
2/3 cup corn syrup
½ cup water
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla
red food coloring
white food coloring

for the striped cookie base:
½ cup + 6 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
3 cups + 3 Tbsp All Purpose Flour
1 cup Confectioners Sugar
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp raspberry extract
blue food coloring

for the chocolate coating:
Dark chocolate

Begin by making the nougat. Put the sugar, syrup, and water into a small sauce pan and put over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar is melted.

Turn heat to high and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 248°, or until it forms a firm ball when dropped into cold water. While the syrup is cooking, beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks.

Slowly pour the hot syrup into the beaten whites of eggs. Beat the mixture constantly while pouring the syrup into the whites, and keep beating until the candy
begins to stiffen. Add vanilla. Add blue food coloring.

Turn the candy onto a buttered slab or platter. Allow to cool.

While the nougat is cooling, make the cookie dough.

Cream together the butter (I do not allow butter to soften), sugar and any flavorings you’re using. Beat until just becoming creamy in texture. Beat in the egg until well combined, make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the sifted flour and mix on low until a non sticky dough forms. Divide the dough into 3 pieces. Mix red food coloring into two pieces and white food coloring into the remaining third.

Roll out each portion between parchment paper to a thickness of about 2 mm. Refrigerate for a minimum of 30mins.

Once chilled, peel off parchment, and stack the layers. Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough into a 3x.75 inch bars. Pierce each cookie four or five times with a chopstick or the base of a thermometer. Arrange shapes on parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate for another 30mins to an hour.

Re-roll scraps and follow the above process until all scraps are used up.

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake until golden around the edges, about 8-15mins depending on the size of the cookies.

Leave to cool on cooling racks.

Cut the nougat into the same shapes as the candy bars, and stack on top.

Place two thirds of the chocolate in a double boiler. Melt slowly to 107 degrees. Remove from heat and stir until it reaches 110 degrees. Add in remaining third of chocolate and stir to combine until the mixture reaches 90-93 degrees. Use immediately.

Place a candy bar on a fork and proceed to spoon the tempered chocolate over it, covering completely. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Set completed candy bar on the sheet. Repeat with the remaining candy bars. Set the cookie sheet in the refrigerator to set the chocolate.

Eat and enjoy!

51 comments:

  1. How awesome are these!! Great way to show that USA spirit :)

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  2. Looks amazing...!!! I have to try with my country colors, it's less difficult, only red and white..!!!

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  3. These are so cute! It has to be fun to watch people's reaction when they find the surprise. And beautiful selection of red, white and blue recipes.

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  4. absolutely adorable! I agree, sometimes you just need to use food dyes!

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  5. Impressive work! Who would expect that to be red white and blue?

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  6. These are so cool! You are so creative!

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  7. soooooooo cute! Wow! I love it! I wonder if it would be easier to do it by layering ice cream? Maybe in a 8x8 lined with plastic wrap so you can pull it out, cut them, re-freeze and then cover in chocolate. hmmm!

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  8. Jana,
    Your desserts are always top notch, but this one was just way too cute. I don't know if I'd have the patience to run the dough through a pasta roller, but I will have to try these and see. Happy Fourth to you.
    -Gina-

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  9. Wow! Those are sure to make an impression. Beautiful.

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  10. It doesn't look easy at all... but it looks really fun!!

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  11. I am so impressed! Those are totally awesome! What a fantastic treat to celebrate the 4th!

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  12. I LOVE your Red, White and Blue round up! Thanks for sharing! Oh and those candy bars look ah-maz-ing.

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  13. These are amazing! I can't imagine how much time you spent making these! Wish I had the patience to make them this pretty!

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  14. These are adorable! I'm not brave enough to try making them but I sure can buzz yours and sit here and drool :-D

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  15. So adorable!!! Maybe someday I'll give it a try. Saving this just in case I get the urge next year :)

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  16. You are absolutely right, these are the cutest things every. I wish I had some to serve this weekend.

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  17. Awesome! They are so cute and clever! I've happily buzzed it!

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  18. I bow in AMAZEMENT!
    Good for YOU!
    These are too FABULOUS!
    What a HAPPY treat!
    xo

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  19. These are so pretty! I hope everyone appreciates all the effort that you went through. Have a great 4th!

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  20. These are just amazing. I am in awe. Not sure I could pull this dessert off or not. Not quite this talented yet.

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  21. Seriously, you are a genius. These look amazing.

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  22. oh.my. I was going to comment anyway to say how ingenious and gorgeous this idea was, and then i saw the word 'nougat'. You very quickly became my favourite person ever! I LOVE nougat!!!

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  23. Brilliant. So so very brilliant. LOVE these! I posted a link to your post on ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com :)

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  24. LOVE it! This is true eye candy:)

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  25. This is such a great idea! They turned out perfect!

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  26. These are so great! I just shared this post with our facebook fans... Yum, Yum!

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  27. Help me! I am on a diet this Blog is a really ... very very dangerous!!
    Saluti da Milano (Italy) Giulia

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  28. I am in love! These are cute and adorable and beautiful and such a surprise! So worth the effort, I'm sure.

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  29. Love this! Chocolate makes me go YUMMY! :)

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  30. Oh I love this! Sure to impress anybody - I know I'm certainly in awe =)

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  31. These made my jaw drop. They're awesome!

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  32. Those candy bars are so fun! I found your blog through Pinterest and am looking forward to trying some of your recipes. Especially some of the amazing ice cream flavors!!

    I am sharing a link to these candy bars on my blog later today!

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  33. Wow! These are amazing! Congrats on making the Top 9 with them : )

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  34. Fantastic! If back in the States I would definitely be trying this out - love the surprise factor. All these 4th recipes buzzing around are making me miss home. Thanks for the mini passport back :)

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  35. Almost first, you're the queen of blogs

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  36. What an incredibly cool idea. Your right, this would take a little effort but is so, so worth it. I don't have a pasta maker so at least there wouldn't be the mess of cleaning that up, right? :)

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  37. I made these this weekend!! They didn't come out as pretty as yours (the nougat didn't set as stiff as I expected, making covering them in chocolate difficult) But they still looked and tasted great!

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  38. the colors are awesome!!!

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  39. I made some, too. They sure didn't turn out as pretty as yours. I guess I am a spaz in the kitchen or something cuz DANG! Mine sure looked weird and my family prefers the nougat top to the cookie bottom. Oh well, you lose some and you, uh, well learn something new every day! :7) Thanks for the recipe and the something new!
    Liz

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  40. Wow, looks very tasty and sweet. I like it. Very awesome candy. Keep it up.

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  41. I made these and they didnt turn out at all. the chocolate melted my nugut. what a mess.

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  42. Love this. Thanks for posting such a wonderful idea.

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  43. These are spectacular!!! What a great 4th of July treat!

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