Gourmet Candy and Nuts
When hosting your next party, consider setting out gourmet candy and
nuts for before and after dinner snacking. Candy and nuts creates the
perfect combination of sweet and salty while gourmet candy and nuts makes
a statement beyond the ordinary snack mix. Typically, chocolate is the
preferred accompaniment to nuts, but variations of candy and candy coating
will create an appealing and appetizing snack dish.
When serving gourmet candy and nuts, you can of course buy prepared portions
from a variety of sources and this saves time. However, if you are looking
to make a statement or would like to create a large batch of gourmet candy
and nuts to give as gifts, it is less expensive to prepare your own mix.
Begin with a varied selection of finer nuts such as macadamia, cashew,
pistachio, and hazelnuts. You can choose to roast them or not, add seasonings
or leave plain. Next, determine the sweet flavors that will go best with
your selection of nuts. For example, macadamia nuts beg for a white chocolate
companion. You may choose to coat the nuts in the chocolate or make your
own molds. Similarly, some people do not enjoy cashews with milk chocolate.
Experiment with dark, light, and milk chocolate to find the perfect combination.
To make your candy and nut mix with flair, melt chocolates and pour into
small, decorative molds. Additionally, consider coating fruits, such as
cherries or raisins that will go well with your mix. For a truly gourmet
candy and nut mix, try filling chocolate molds with a creamy liquor center.
Pistachio and Irish crème are a delectable combination. Be creative
with different flavors and textures.
To package gourmet candy and nuts, be wary of whether the candy will
require refrigeration and package accordingly. Decorative tins and plastic
containers are nice for a mix that requires air tight storage or refrigeration
and candy boxes likewise work for mixes that can be left out for a few
days. Either packing method is especially useful if you plan to make gourmet
candy and nuts as gifts.