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Fun Candy Facts

 

Now that Trick or Treat night is over and all of the candy has been collected here are four of ten interesting facts about candy from the blog Fooducate:

Candy became widely available only 130 years ago. Until then, people would make their own fudge or caramel at home.

Candy is a health scapegoat – 100 years ago, doctors blamed candy for the spread of polio. In the mid to late 20th century it was blamed for tooth decay. Now it is blamed for obesity.

Candy accounts for only 6% of the added sugar in the American diet. Soft drinks and juice account for 46%.

Candy lacks the “health halo” of granola bars and fruit juice. But, nutritionally there is much less difference among them than would initially seem.

Very interesting to say the least.

You can get the other seven (7) fun facts by clicking here, or clicking the Fooducate link above. 

Featured Recipe(s)        Baked Tortilla Chips 

Today’s recipes are some great ways to use left over tortilla shells. The chips are also a good for use on holiday buffets or just for easy entertaining any time of year. These are also fun for children to make. They are quick and easy and inexpensive too.

I will give you the basic recipe first.

Baked Tortilla Chips

This is what you will need:

Tortilla shells

Melted butter or oil

Salt 

This is what you do: 

Brush the tortillas on both sides with the oil or melted butter. Sprinkle each side with coarse salt. I used plain Kosher salt.

Cut the shells into eight wedges.

Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 for about 8-10 minutes until the edges are brown and the chips are golden. You can turn the wedges if you so desire about half way through the baking.

When the chips are done remove from the oven and let them cool completely.

These are great for any kind of dip you make or buy. A platter with vegetables and these chips for dipping is perfect for the holidays. Later this week or next I will share a few dip recipes with you.

NOTE: Those of you who are good with numbers will notice there are only 7 chips on the plate, even though I baked 8. Mea culpa. I couldn’t control myself before I took the picture and I ate one. I ate the rest right after I took the picture.  What can I say? When it comes to good food I am easily led astray!

Salad and Soup Crackers

Using the same recipe you can also cut the shells into long strips. These are delicious as crackers for any type of soup or salad that you like. 

Useful Hints: If you wish you can also add some pepper to your basic Tortilla Chips.

They will keep for about 3 days in a plastic bag. 

Now Let’s Have Some Fun

Once you know the basic recipe you can add anything, ANYTHING, your little ‘ole heart desires to these chips.

I would add one small caveat. Depending on the spice or herb you use, you may not want to salt the chips at all.

Below I have a few of the spices you can add to these chips.

Believe me, garlic salt makes these even more addictive.

However, these are just a few ideas. Use what ever you want and like.

I have a made a few for you to get your creative juices flowing.

Cinnamon and sugar is a great treat for your kids after school or any time for that matter. I use butter on this chip, rather than oil. Butter  just tastes so much better with cinnamon than oil, don’t you think?

Lemon pepper and oregano is great if you are looking for a little Greek flavor.

Here are a few other ideas you can try:

When the basic chips are hot from the oven add some peanut butter and honey for a wonderful after school snack for your kids.

Serve with eggs instead of toast for breakfast.

Make a Mexican Layer Dip. There are dozens of this dip recipe. Use your favorite. Basically you are just going to build a dip by placing cooked hamburger, refried beans, cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes, green onions, and anything else you like in a bowl or on a plate. Place some of the basic tortilla chips around the dish or stick some into the dip itself. Add some Mexican seasoning to the chips if you like.

Make an individual pizza. Brush a whole tortilla with melted butter and some pizza sauce or dried spaghetti sauce mix, top with oregano and Parmesan cheese and bake.

Have a little shredded cheese left over in the fridge? If you are like me, what is left over is too little to use in a recipe. So I often throw it on a salad. But you can also add some the last minute or two of baking to these little treats.

One last idea:

Orange Parmesan Chips

Here is what you will need for 48 chips:

½ cup butter

6 tortilla shells

1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate undiluted

½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Optional: chopped fresh parsley

This is what you do:

Melt the butter over low heat. Off the heat stir in the orange juice.

Lightly brush the tortillas with the butter orange mixture.

Sprinkle some of the cheese over each tortilla.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Check often as the cheese can burn quickly. Not good for the cheese to burn. Remove from the oven. If you are using the parsley, and they are prettier if you do, add it now.

These are great served with orange slices.

OK. So I ate a few of these chips too. I just can’t help myself. Plus it is cook’s prerogative to sample the food to make sure it tastes just right!!!

As you can see, the basic recipe is infinitely adaptable and changeable to just about anything you want and like.

So have some fun.

Go crazy.

Make your own  unique Tortilla Chips.

I have been snacking on these all afternoon. Now I am so full I am not hungry for dinner. Sigh………….

Cost Basic Chips

6 Tortilla shells                     $1.14

Melted butter or oil               $0.45

Salt                                    $0.04

Total cost for 48 chips = $1.63

The cost of the flavored chips depends on the herbs and spices you use.

Cost Orange Parmesan Chips

½ cup butter                          $0.90

6 tortilla shells                        $1.14

1/3 cup orange juice               $0.72

½ cup Parmesan cheese         $1.18

Fresh parsley                         $.22

Total cost for 48 chips = $4.16

Bon Appetit!!!!

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1 comment to Fun Candy Facts

  • Very creative! I hope you had some help eating all those chips! Seems a lot for one day.

    The butter and cinnamon reminded me of going to the next door neighbor when I was a pre-schooler and getting a treat of buttered white bread with sugar on it – something my mother didn’t do. But my mother made great cinnamon rolls from the left over pieces of pie crust. So simple, but what a treat!