I have a confession. I'm addicted to buying seasonal candies. And not just candies that are around only for specific seasons, such as Cadbury Mini Eggs (the world's perfect food). I can't resist the allure of the Reese's peanut butter cups or the Hershey's kisses in all their foil-wrapped loveliness of rotating colors. (I'm convinced that green Hershey's kisses taste better than any other.)
So of course, when I saw the first bags of Halloween M&Ms on store shelves, I had to buy them. The last thing I need are little bowls of M&Ms lying around within reach, so I've been storing the bag in the cupboard, waiting for the perfect recipe, which turned out to be this: an ooey, gooey, ridiculously sweet adaptation of a Pillsbury recipe.
But as I was making the brownies, I discovered that M&M/Mars is taking advantage of those of us with seasonal candy addictions by offering not only Halloween M&Ms, but also autumn colors M&Ms. I expected orange, brown, and black, and ended up with red, gold, and brown. Whatever color your M&Ms, these brownies showcase them nicely.
In other news, I recently received this award from Merut of Eating with My Mouth Open.
Thanks, Merut! Stop by her refreshingly witty blog for a visit -- she's got lovely photos, and even lovelier recipes.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I must go buy my Halloween M&Ms.M&M Caramel Brownies
Makes about 2 dozen
1 box chocolate fudge cake mix
1/2 c. butter or margarine, melted
1 cup evaporated milk, divided
35 caramels, unwrapped
1-1 1/2 c. M&Ms (miniatures or full-sized)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 pan with shortening.
As usual, I used cooking spray, which was too slippery for this batter. It was miserable. Do as I say, not as I do.
2. Mix cake mix, butter, and 2/3 cup evaporated milk until well blended. Spread half of mixture in pan and bake 15 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, heat caramels with remaining 1/3 cup evaporated milk over low heat. Stir occasionally until caramels are melted.
4. Sprinkle 1/2 cup M&Ms over partially baked crust.
5. Pour caramel sauce over M&Ms. Although the M&Ms may appear to be drowning, resist the urge to rescue them. That caramel is hot.
6. Run fingers under cold water when you can't resist the urge to sample a caramel-covered M&M. Swear you won't include this in your blog post.
7. Drop remaining batter by teaspoonfuls over caramel mixture.