Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Matzo Candy

So my niece is just about to finish up her first year of college and I am sad to say that I am a bad Aunt and haven’t sent her a care package yet.

I know, I know, I know… Please don’t yell at me!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

I did see her over her Christmas break when she came and stayed with me. My kids had already gone back to school which was perfect because we sat on the couch for three days in our pajamas and watched a few seasons of Dexter. She got me hooked, thanks Sarah, and it took me another month to finish it. Does that coincide with so few recipes posted in the month of January? I believe it does.

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Since she is coming home May 1st, I figured I should get my butt in gear and send her something quick! I can’t let the whole year go by without even one package! Easter would have been perfect. I could have send an Easter basket full of candy and some happy treats to enjoy and share with her 37 roommates! Well, she’s Jewish. So no Easter basket, but how about a Passover pouch? I can still send her some candy so I’ll make kosher Passover candy.  I know that my procrastination has caused me to miss that too.  I guess I am the ultimate slacker.  I finally got to it and its all ready to go!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

This is a slightly different version of the Saltine cracker toffee candy that everyone makes, I just did mine with salted matzoh for Passover. It was my intention to use it for Passover but stupid me got the only “Kosher Not For Passover” box in the store. So guess what, no Passover candy.  But it doesn’t matter because the brown sugar, butter, and chocolate are not Kosher either!  Oh well!

I did find that I liked the matzoh in this recipe better than the normal salt crackers because it held up its crispness and the thicker cracker gave it better texture.  Also, you only have to put 4 crackers down instead of laying out over 30 of them in the pan.  I hope she likes the Passover pouch and the candy doesn’t melt on the way to Ohio!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Matzoh Candy
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
This is another version of the much beloved cracker candy made with saltine crackers but I used matzoh instead!
Author:
Serves: 20 pieces
Ingredients
  • 4 Matzoh crackers, thin and salted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 20 ounces of mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink sea salt
Instructions
  1. Line your 15x10 pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  2. Lay out your matzoh crackers, salted side up, trimming to fit.
  3. Put the butter and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan and bring to a boil.
  4. Boil for 3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and pour over crackers, spreading to cover all the crackers.
  6. Bake in oven for 5 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and turn oven off.
  8. Cool for 2 minutes.
  9. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips over the crackers.
  10. Place pan back in oven for a few minutes.
  11. When the chocolate is soft, spread evenly over the whole pan.
  12. At this point, I place the pan in the fridge to make the chocolate set up faster. You can leave at room temp if you like.
  13. When the candy has cooled and the chocolate set, break into pieces and store in an air-tight container until ready to eat!
 

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

There is a measuring tape because I had to measure my pan to make sure it was the right size. I have too many pans!!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Place your crackers salted side up!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Melt your brown sugar and butter in a heavy-bottomed pan.

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Once it comes to a boil, boil for 3 minutes.

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Pour over crackers and bake for 5 minutes. It will bubble like this.

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Spread with chocolate and sprinkle with salt!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

This recipe adapted from the recipe shown here!

Paleo | taketwotapas.com

Paleo and Whole30: A Delightful Dilemma

Many of you have sent me questions regarding the Paleo and Whole30 lifestyles that are being touted all over the internet.  I, personally have completed a Whole30 and currently maintain a 80/20 Paleo lifestyle which you can read about on my Paleo Challenge Page.  To answer some of these questions I have enlisted some help!  I am so exited to have Kelly Everson posting on my blog today to shed some light on these two lifestyles.

A little bit about Kelly…

Kelly Everson is MA in English Literature and an American Author. Her work comprises of articles appearing or forthcoming in over a dozen health information websites covering beauty skin care, weight loss, diet and overall men’s & women’s health. When she’s not educating strangers with her writing, she’s most likely researching about new discoveries in health, fitness and beauty industry. You can see more of her work at ConsumerHealthDigest.com. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Paleo and Whole30: A Delightful DilemmaPaleo | taketwotapas.com

It seems like they are some many different diet plans out there that it is hard to determine which ones are effective and safe to follow. Certain foods that are allowed on one diet are not allowed on another. It can be a little bit confusing. There are two diets that have been shown to be safe and effective at helping a person lose weight. The Paleo diet and the Whole 30 are easy to follow and will help the pounds come off.

Paleo Diet

Paleo diet has a simple principle that has to be followed. If the cave men did not eat it during their time you should not eat it either. Of course things are a little different. You do not have to go out and kill your own food. You can still purchase it at the store. Things that are included on the diet are foods that the cavemen could have hunted for or gather in nature. These foods include meats, fish, vegetables especially the leafy green ones, and seeds. Foods such as pasta, curial, sweets, and anything processed are off limits. On this diet a person does not have to worry about counting calories. They can eat when they are hungry and eat their fill until they are full. While a person is following this diet not only will they be losing weight fast but they will be gaining lean muscle mass.

How it Works

Before the time of processed foods cavemen were hunters and gathers. The genetic codes of the human body have not changed that much over time. People were able to eat the foods that they could find and the body would stay healthy according to this. When the industrial and agricultural revolutions happened quick and easy to prepare foods became popular. The types of foods that people ate changed but the way their body processed foods did not. The human body is not built to process these new foods.  The foods that are eaten on this diet are high in protein. A person will use the energy from the foods and there will be nothing left over to store as fat. Sugars and grains causes a spike in blood sugar and leaves a person feeling tired. With this diet there is no spike or crash. A person will be able to use the stored fat in the body for energy instead of carbs allowing them to lose weight.

Whole 30 Diet

This diet plan will help a person lose weight in just eight easy steps. A person will learn how to eat properly so the body can burn off extra energy and allow a person to lose weight. In addition to changing their eating habits a person will learn how to change their entire lifestyle so they can resist temptations and avoids foods that are bad for them.

Steps to the Whole 30 diet

  • Step one of this diet eliminates certain foods that have a negative impact on a person’s health. They will eliminate sugars, grains, dairy, and even legumes. A person will not be allowed to consume any of them for the next 30 days.
  • Step two cuts out alcohol from the system even if it is used during cooking. A person can eat seafood, vegetables, some fruits, and healthy fats including nuts and needs.  Once a person knows what is allowed and what is off limits.
  • Step Three allows them to pick a start date to officially begin this diet and change their eating habits for healthy weight loss. Many people say that the success of a diet depends on the support system a person has.
  • Step Four has a person seek out friends and family that will support them along the way as they are following this diet plan. They will provide encouragement and help a person resist the urge to eat foods that are off limits.
  • Step Five is very important. A person has to go through their house and get rid of all the foods including sugars and sweets that are not going to be allowed while on the diet. This will help them resist the urge to eat these foods and help prevent cheating while on the diet.
  • Step Six has a person avoiding the scale. Weight can change over the course of a day or two so the numbers of the scale are not very important on this diet.
  • The last step of this diet Step seven has a person putting this diet plan into action. Within the first couple of days on this diet they will feel healthier and feel like they have more energy.

These diets will not only help a person lose weight they will improve overall health as well. These diets will allow a person to eat the foods that their body needs and foods that will provide plenty of energy without the fat.

I hope this information has been helpful to you in deciding if one of these lifestyles will be beneficial to you!  Thanks again to Kelly for providing this article!  Hop on over to her Facebook or Twitter accounts to read more of Kelly’s articles!

Matzoh Candy | taketwotapas.com

Matzo Candy

So my niece is just about to finish up her first year of college and I am sad to say that I am a bad Aunt and haven’t sent her a care package yet. I know, I know, I know… Please don’t yell at me! I did see her over her Christmas break when she came… 

Read More »

Coconut Key Lime Jars

Coconut Key Lime No-Bake Cheesecake Jars

 Where is it said that crust has to go on the bottom?  I’m going full rebellion today and making crust that I am going to crumble on the top of my cheesecakes!  Every time I think I’m being slightly rebellious, I hear the Judd Nelson quote from the movie The Breakfast Club when the principal allows someone… 

Read More »

Pork Carnitas | taketwotapas.com

Pork Carnitas

It’s no secret that my husband, Brooks, is a better cook than me.  He doesn’t cook that often, but when he does, WATCH OUT!  He learned from his Ma-Maw how to make the best fried chicken and biscuits while he was still holding onto her apron strings.  He also does all the grilling, which is… 

Read More »

Pickled Boiled Peanuts | taketwotapas.com

Pickled Boiled Peanuts

Winter is in full swing in South Georgia!  You Northerners might be saying “Boo-Hoo” with an extremely sarcastic voice right about now, but it is much colder than us “Southerners” are used to. During the winter months, “Southerners” eat the fruits of our Autumn harvest, usually from Mason jars because they have been “canned” or pickled… 

Read More »