OK, so this doesn’t sound like a name for a chocolate creation, but it is! Why did I make a edible backyard with raccoons? Because I could!! But why?? Well, you’ve probably guessed I have the greatest parents in the world and love them with all my being. Whenever something comes up my mind goes crazy with ideas to make something for them. They have a wonderful house high in the hills. In the very back corner, downstairs looking through 2 sliding glass doors is a patio. And on that patio are raccoon’s (and a few skunks, deer) that come for their feeding. The raccoon’s like dog food! Just a piece of heaven in the hills. So, I decided to recreate that back patio…in chocolate!!
I started with the base making a huge chocolate chip cookie and cut out a large square. I took some milk chocolate melts and added some yellow chocolate melts to lighten the color to match the tiles they have in the back. While the chocolate was still wet I scored some squares to mimic the look of the tiles. They have a little wooden shed in the back I recreated with Rice Krispie treats then painted with chocolate. I found some chocolate sugar sprinkles I put on the roof while the chocolate was still wet to look like shingles. I added the little heart shaped wreath and basket like they have on their shed.
Next I started on the raccoons. Using my cookie dough candy recipe (below) and some pretzel stick for the legs, I formed the candy into (as best I could) little raccoons. They came out a lot bigger than the actual ratio of raccoon to patio but I needed them to be bigger to add the details. After making the shapes of the raccoons I chilled them for a few hours then dipped in chocolate. I used white and black chocolate to paint on the faces.
To make the shrubs I took some pretzel sticks and dipped them in chocolate and on wax paper to make branches. Then taking green food color tinted some coconut and used green melted chocolate to glue the “leaves” on the branches to make little bushes. Using more chocolate I glued the bushes all around since they have a beautiful yard full of flowers, trees and shrubs. I needed to recreate some flower pots they had on the side so I made some peanut butter fudge, dipped in chocolate, sprinkled with some toffee chips and a few pieces of green tinted coconut. It was like making a doll house you could eat!! I added some of the toffee chips to mimic the dog food they put out for all the critters and a few little extra details and I was done!
All this was wrapped up with a ribbon. Needless to say they loved it, after we all quit laughing!!
And I made the card using my chocolate raccoons to make it just that much more funny!
And here’s one of the star’s of the real show!
Cookie Dough Candy
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy. Add the flour, milk and vanilla; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Shape into 1-inch balls (or your desired shape or size); place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet or plate. Loosely cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours or until firm. Use your desired melting chocolates, melt and dip balls into chocolate and let set. Decorate!!