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How to make peppermint chocolate sticks candy.

I made this at 3am last night after being briefly comatosed (2 hours) from half pint of beer. With ice. I’m a cheap drunk like that.

# – Peppermint bark candy.

In my defense, I don’t normally knock out so quickly especially if I had something to focus on, such as a movie or a conversation.

But, it was a balmy evening, BF was busy with work so I was left to my own device, Charlie was sleeping quietly on my foot, I was flipping through a book called “The Chocolate Bible” while sipping iced beer and before I knew it, I fell asleep with peppermint bark in my mind.

# – Only 5 ingredients! #winning

I popped up after the effect of alcohol had worn off and all I wanted to do was make the damn candy. These things are fated.

The ingredients:

  • 200 grams of chocolate (by the way, I used Ikea’s 60% dark chocolates which are MUCH cheaper and taste significantly better than those overpriced cooking chocolates. Which is why I bought 1.5 kilograms of them :P)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint essence
  • 115 grams of granulated sugar
  • 150 ml of water
  • 4 tablespoons of dessicated coconut

# – First, boil the water and granulated sugar in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir until all sugar has dissolved.

# – Allow the sugar mixture to boil on its own for about 13 minutes or till it has turned into amber colour. Immediately stir in the peppermint essence.

# – Pour the mixture onto a greased metal baking tray. Don’t use paper like I did as it may stick. I had to painstakingly break off the bits with papers stuck on it to be discarded. Tilt the tray to make sure the sugar has spread out evenly. Be very careful as liquid sugar is extremely hot!

# – Leave it to set for an hour or stick it in the fridge for 15 minutes. The sugar should harden and you can lift it off the tray.

# – Bash the sugar into small pieces with the end of a rolling pin or a pestle. Set aside.

# – In the meantime, melt the chocolate. You can do it with a double boiler or stick it in the microwave for 2 minutes at Medium Low.

# – Dump in the peppermint sugar and dessicated coconut into the melted chocolate.

# – With a spatula, stir till everything is well coated.

# – Dump the mixture onto a silicon sheet or baking tray. With a knife or long spatula, spread it out as thinly as possible. Stick it in the fridge to chill for a minimum of 30 minutes.

# – When the chocolate has set, use a sharp knife to cut it into sticks.

# – Peppermint chocolate stick candy, DONE!

Fans of peppermint flavour would LOVE this! The peppermint candy gives the chocolate a lovely cool crunch while the dessicated coconut keeps the mint flavour from getting too harsh with its own brand of sweetness that would remind you of the sun, sea and beach.

If you asked me, this candy conjures up images of Christmas in the tropics, which is apt because I live in Malaysia. It’s 6 months too early but this is going into my Christmas menu for this year. By the way, unless you know how to temper chocolates (a process that keeps the chocolates glossy and solid in room temperature), you got to keep these babies chilled.


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A gamepad AND a smartphone? REALLY?

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make. All the cooking have set me back months in terms of gadget knowledge. I’ve only just discovered this nifty thing called Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY.

It’s the first Playstation certified Android smartphone, which makes it essentially a gamepad AND a smartphone. Before you brush it off as yet another phone that claims to provide gaming experience but often falls short of what’s promised…well, hear this.

Owning a Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY is akin to owning a PSP that makes phone calls (not just skype) and surf the net (not just at wifi spots) and check emails and twit and facebook and many more. How about that???

# – Sony Ericsson Xperia™ PLAY.

Here’s a more detailed specifications of the gamepad smartphone:

• Slides open to reveal touch-sensitive gaming controls with PSP-like gaming buttons.
• Fast gaming speed with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and WiFi/DLNA support.
• Massive 4-inch screen.
• Get behind the wheel of Grand Theft Auto, dribble on the field of Winning Eleven, visit the different realm of Final Fantasy, there is an unlimited array of PSP games available to download.
• 5MP camera with LED flash and GPS support.

Pretty impressive, eh?

# – Sexy…

So the next question is….how do I get my grubby hands on this thing!?

You’ve probably guessed it….from Celcom! Available from as low as RM848 on Celcom Exec plan, it’s so ridiculously affordable there’s no reason to not abandon what you’re currently using. Plus, you’ve got various attractive Celcom packages to choose from!

With Celcom, the more you talk, the more you save as there are automatic discount up to 30% every month. Heck, you’d definitely be saving some moolah with call rates that are as low as 10.5sen/min even after 30% discount! How about FREE mobile Internet and calls within network on weekends and a low monthly commitment? Celcom has it all :)

# – Information on Celcom’s packages.

If you signed up now, you’d get to enjoy a FREE Multimedia Dock DK300 and FREE exclusive games! That’s not all, you’ll stand a chance to participate in Sony Ericsson Xperia Play gaming contest to win RM100,000!

# – I WANT THIS!!!!!

What are you waiting for? Log on to http://www.celcom.com.my/smartphones/android.php#android1 for more details.

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