Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winchester Candy

Are you a fan of Supernatural? Around here, it is one of our favourite shows - especially when my sister's home. We will easily binge-watch hours upon hours of it, relishing the eye candy and postulating various theories as to the paranormal storylines taking place, often laughing our butts off along the way.

Winchester Candy

One of the common themes throughout the shows is the constant mention of food. Early on in the series, there is almost a whole show dedicated to the mentions of pie in diners as they cross the USA, and a couple seasons later there's an episode where the boys are told to use the phrase "fudge" rather than dropping the "F bomb". With those two things (which have quickly become inside jokes, along with the phrase "pig in a poke") in mind, I knew I had to try combining the two when I came around to making my holiday candy. A couple tweaks, a shop for cinnamon chips and a handful of dried apples later - BAM - I had my very own Winchester Candy. The best part for me was the sprinkling of ground Graham-Like Crackers on top of the soft candy, which added the "crust" missing from most apple fudges.

If you know Supernatural - and even if you don't - you'll love this Apple Pie Fudge!

Shared with Gluten Free Fridays 

Winchester Candy
Makes 32 pieces
⅔ cup unsweetened apple juice
2 oz unsalted butter
1 oz shortening
⅓ cup half and half or non-dairy coffee cream
1 ½ cups sugar
3 oz (½ cup) cinnamon chips
3 oz chopped white chocolate (a good quality)
½ cup diced dried apple
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp gluten free graham cracker crumbs, to top
  1. Line a loaf pan with parchment paper. 
  2. Boil apple juice in a large pot until reduced by half. 
  3. Add the butter, shortening, cream and sugar and bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.
  4. Boil until the temperature reaches 236F, stirring constantly to avoid burning. 
  5. Turn the heat to low, stop stirring, and cook until temperature reads 240F. 
  6. Remove from heat. 
  7. Add cinnamon chips, white chocolate, vanilla and nutmeg. 
  8. Stir until cinnamon chips and white chocolate are completely melted and cool to 110F. 
  9. Beat in diced apple. 
  10. Pour into prepared baking dish and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. 
  11. Cover and refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight. To serve, cut into squares.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 94.9
Total Fat: 4.4 g
Cholesterol: 5.6 mg
Sodium: 15.5 mg
Total Carbs: 14.5 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.3 g
Protein: 0.4 g