Nonpareils Candies

The French term for button candies is nonpareils, which means "without peer." No one who remembers them from their youth would argue with that appellation. Nonpareils-dark chocolate buttons topped with sugar beads-are the caviar of childhood.

  • Yield: Makes about 50
Nonpareils Candies

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vegetable shortening
  • 1/4 cup white or colored sugar beads

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In the top of a double boiler or in a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring with a rubber spatula until smooth.

  2. Spoon the melted chocolate in nickel-size circles onto prepared baking sheet. Cool for 20 minutes; sprinkle with sugar beads. Let nonpareils harden in a cool place for 4 hours before serving.

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