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Hi I’m Betty and welcome to Betty’s Kitchen. Today we’re making a little Holiday treat or just a treat for any time of the year it’s going to be chocolate walnut chow mein bites so as you can imagine it’s going to have some chocolate. It’s actually going to have some butter scotch too. It’s going to have chow mein noodles and it’s going to be walnutty. It’s going to have some English walnuts in it so let’s get started. I already have heated some water here and you can see that I’ve got a pan over the top of it which is a double boiler top thing and I’m going to put my chocolate and butterscotch chips in there and get that melt that’s the first step so what I need is 6 ounces worth and you can say I have a 12 ounces container here of semi sweet chocolate more so and if I take half of them this is what we got so it’s about 1 cup.
That goes in and we’re going to melt those, along with that we’re going to melt some butterscotch chips. I finished up a bag and I just needed to get that one cut to match the one cup here because I wanted 6 ounces of those as well so just half bag, half standard bag or 6 ounces of each one of this. Put them in there and then we’re going to have to get it melted on the stove so I’m going to stir this around just a bit and I’m also going to add in some paraffin. I have some baking paraffin here and I kind of cut some of this into pieces so it will melt a little faster. I need about 1 ounce for this amount of material both the chocolate and the butterscotch.
So what I’m going to do right now is get my pot holders and go back to the stove and melt this and then I come and add those additional parts of the recipe and we’ll be making those bites.
I have my chocolate and butterscotch chips completely melted or melted well enough it might be well along here and there but you can see it’s over the hot water. I’m going to turn that off and then I’m going to bring the whole thing over here so I can show you how to finish up this nice little recipe. It’s really easy. It’s really fast. It doesn’t take long at all for those to melt and I keep them hot while you’re working on this.
So I’m going to get the other things that I’m adding in. I have what we call English Walnuts but you’ll see that they are called here shelled walnuts. This comes in a bag that has 4 cups and they are rather large you’ll see so I don’t think those are going to be very comfortable and a candy too so what I did was to take ½ cup of them and then I put them in the kitchen chopper to make them about the size that I would feel comfortable with some of them are very fine and then maybe a larger one would be like that. So just whatever you’re comfortable with and ½ cup before they are chopped then put that in and we have to scrape a little if you want all of the sort of pieces and then the next ingredient is going to be rice noodles and you could call them— they could be chow mein noodles. I can this is a 3 ounce can all of that will go in.
And that’s the part of the mixture so I’m going to mix it up and then I’m going to be placing individual bites here on this wax paper and I did cut the wax paper to fit the pan just to keep it steady and to keep it from curling. I would like to say that’s where I added my paraffin at the beginning. That’s just optional; if you don’t want the paraffin in it then you don’t have to. We’ve been making candy recently and bourbon balls and so on and when you put the paraffin in the finish to the chocolate is much better so I’m choosing to use it in this recipe but that doesn’t mean you have to stir this around.
You have your candy mixture mixed together and it’s nice and hot, what you want to do is to pour off the hot water and then you can put this back in place because it is around the bottom, it doesn’t want to sit very easily on count or you can let it go like that but I prefer the stability of having it on top of a pot. And then you can just let it go for a while, maybe an hour or so on how that’s setting out. You may want to come by and stir it one spin occasionally and you’ll notice that eventually it will start changing color and it will start changing consistency and texture and that’s when you’re able to make some shapes of it well say shapes necessarily but you can go ahead and put it on our wax paper by just bringing out some in this larger spoon and then using a smaller spoon to scrape that off and that will be one of our bites and if you want to work with that a little bit you can and then this will continue to sit at room temperature until it hardens.
At this point if you want to put it in the refrigerator it will be fun so I’m going to finish filling this tray. I will let them set up and with that paraffin in there they’re going to have a nice gloss finish. They’re going to look really nice and then we’ll put them in a candy dish or on a nice serving plate and I’ll show them to you later.
I have my pan of chocolate walnut chow mein bites in the refrigerator cooling off and you can see that at this point you can touch them and they’re not going to leave any print on your hand so I’ll just go ahead and remove these and put them on a plate that I got waiting for them and this will be a very nice little display and they’re very easy to pick up and eat you. You might want to store them back in the refrigerator or even freeze them. You could also put them in a sealed container but this is just a nice little thing that you can make particularly around the Holiday Season everybody is expecting a little bit of candy and this is a little unusual because it has the chow mein noodles which are a little salty and then it has the chocolate which with the semi-sweet chocolate. It’s a little chocolaty and then that’s kind of tamed down by the butterscotch flavor so here we go put that last one on top.
This will be our chocolate walnut chow mein bites.