Hungry Happenings: Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men & Blog Hop Giveaway

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men & Blog Hop Giveaway

Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men | HungryHappenings.com

The holidays are a great time to make and give gifts of gingerbread. Today, I've teamed up with 19 other food bloggers who have created projects featuring gingerbread for our Give the Gift of Gingerbread Blog Hop and Giveaway featuring 20 Fun Gingerbread Themed Recipes. I love seeing how each blogger put a festive twist on a traditional favorite.

Give the Gift of Gingerbread Blog Hop and Giveaway
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Use the links below to hop from blog to blog 
to see these wonderful gingerbread themed recipes.

Before you go, check out my recipe and our big giveaway.

Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men | HungryHappenings.com

My contribution to this Give the Gift of Gingerbread Blog Hop are Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men. Now that title is a mouthful, I know, but I didn't want to leave anything out. These velvety smooth little desserts are bursting with caramel flavor accented by hints of cocoa and egg nog.

Christmas dessert recipe

When I first saw the carton of Caramel Egg Nog in the refrigerator section of my grocery store, I immediately knew I'd be baking something with it. It's wonderful served as a drink, but even better baked into a flan or custard. The caramel flavor is predominant which my egg nog hating husband appreciated. There are notes of nutmeg and cinnamon in the dessert, but they are quite mellow.

If you love egg nog, and can't find the caramel flavor in your store, just swap the two out in the recipe.

Cute Christmas recipes

I added some cocoa to the custard to create a richer flavor and darker color, and as it baked the cocoa rose to the top and it formed a crust, which is a nice contrast to the creamy custard. It's one of my new favorite recipes. I hope you like it too. 

Egg nog recipe

Caramel Cocoa Egg Nog Custard Gingerbread Men

Ingredients: (makes 24)

3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups Caramel Egg Nog (I used Hood brand)
1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

candy eyes, optional

Supplies:

2 Wilton Gingerbread Men Silicone Molds (12 cavities per mold)
baking pan

Instructions:

Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Bring a pot of water to a boil.

ingredients

Lightly whisk eggs, Caramel Egg Nog, and sweetened condensed milk together.

Custard recipe

Stir in the pinch of salt and the cocoa powder. Don't whisk too vigorously, or you'll end up with lots of air bubbles in your gingerbread men. 

Christmas recipe

Set the silicone mold on a baking sheet. Pour custard into gingerbread mold cavities. I baked one mold at a time. If you have room, you can bake both together.

Baking dessert

Pour boiling water onto the baking sheet, allowing the water to go half way up the sides of the mold, but not into the mold.

Gingerbread man dessert recipe

Bake  for 28-32 minutes. To see if the custard is done, pierce one of them with a sharp knife. It should come out clean. The cocoa powder will have risen to the surface. It creates a bit of a crunchy crust, which I really liked. 

Cool 1 hour then freeze for at least four hours or overnight.

Cute Christmas dessert ideas

Remove from freezer, turn mold over, and press the gingerbread men out. I suggest you pop them out over small dessert plates, or onto a non-stick mat. Move them while they are still frozen, as they get very soft, quickly. 

Allow them to defrost before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to a month. 

Egg Nog dessert ideas

Just before serving, add candy eyes, if you'd like. Don't add them too soon, or they will bleed onto the custard.



Thanks to Wilton for supplying me with the silicone gingerbread mold to make these festive desserts. I love working with silicone molds, and Wilton has lots of great molds for every holiday.


Giveaway prizes

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56 comments:

  1. Adorable as always! Thanks for all of your hard work & hope that you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks for bearing with me and working so hard too, Jill. I hope this is all smooth sailing soon, so I can get some rest!

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  2. oh my goodness these sound DEELISH! and utterly cute looking too! thanks SOOO much Beth for putting this all together and letting me be a part of it! and i must say, your oven is waaaaay clean! lol :>D

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    1. That is too funny. I'll tell you why my oven is so clean. A while back I was baking something, set the pan on top of a plastic bench scraper, and put the whole thing in the oven. About 10 minutes later, my house was filled with a noxious smell and my oven rack and bottom were covered in plastic. After we scraped and scraped to get as much plastic off everything, we cleaned the oven. I'm so thankful for a self cleaning oven. So, life in my kitchen is not always neat and clean!!!

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  3. This recipe sounds delicious!! I love all things eggnog. Thanks SO much for all your hard work putting this blog hop together, Beth! :)

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    1. Thanks! I'm so glad you joined us on this project, Robin.

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  4. I don't know how you come up with these recipes, but you do and boy oh boy are they cute and sound
    delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. This recipe is really amazing. The caramel egg nog is a great addition.

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  5. So cute! I think my husband would love these eggnog cuties! Thanks for another great recipe. I was also going to comment on your amazingly clean oven! :o)

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    1. I was happy to see how much my husband liked these. He's picky and hard to please:) I'm glad I did have a clean oven. I don't often take pictures inside my oven, because, believe me it doesn't always look that way!

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  6. These sound like a real taste treat and they are so cute too! Thanks for your hard work with this project; it has been fun! Hope you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks, Sue. As soon as I can get some rest, I'm sure I'll feel better. It is challenging putting together these group posts, but it's so fun to get to work alongside so many talented bloggers, like yourself.

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  7. i'm going to have to try out this recipe!

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  8. Never had custard but I love egg-nog and gingerbread men, def gonna give this a try if I ever get any silicone baking pans. Thanks for the opportunity to win some tools for my baking addiction.

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    1. I use silicone molds so often, and I highly recommend adding some to your kitchen supplies.

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  9. These are adorable, not a huge caramel fan so I'd probably use just regular eggnog and definitely the spiked kind! hehe

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    1. This recipe would be great with plain egg nog, or the spiked kind as well!

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  10. This are so cute! The kids (and adults) would go crazy for them...beautiful and super creative, as always! :)

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  11. Thanks for the giveaway !
    Brknopf at yahoo dot com

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  12. Thanks for the giveaway!
    garynonnemacher @ comcast.net

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  13. Beth, what a delicious version of gingerbread men! I am pinning this to try for the future! Thanks for all your work for this hoppin' party!

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  14. Such a great giveaway, would love to win this one!!
    spgoddess55(at)msn(dot)com

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  15. I love all these silicone molds. They are so versatile because you can bake with them, or use them to shape cooler things like chocolate or gelatin. Now, I just have to figure out where to store all the ones I want!

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    1. I love them too, but they are not easy to store. They don't stack. That's the only thing I don't like about them. Luckily I have a lot of cupboard space.

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  16. these little guys are so cute and sound delish! thanks so much for organizing with Jill and including me!!

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  17. I love gingerbread and all these ideas are fabulous! Di, bakerdi1@yahoo.com

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  18. these look yummy. I'm not a fan of egg nog, but my husband is, so i would make these for him all season

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  19. this is so awesome you do some yummy work

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  20. this is awesome you do some yummy work and thank you

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  21. Those little guys sound too yummy! Can't wait to give them a go!

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  22. I'm sad because I can't have one right now. Truth is I'd like 2, so I'm double sad.
    Beth, you are your creative mind, the sound so yummy.

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  23. Love it ... all those flavors in one little man ... especially the cocoa crust :)

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  24. You continue to amaze me with your creative ideas and recipes.

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  25. These are so cute, I have a friend who loves eggnog and would love these!! How do we sign up for the contest, I don't see a link??
    Mandy Hess

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    1. Hi Mandy, the entry form is right below the picture of all the prizes. The form lists all the prizes then there is a box that says "Enter to Win" "Leave a Blog Post Comment." You've already commented, but you need to add your name to the entry form too. If you can't see it, close out your Facebook page, then look again. For some reason, the open facebook pages is messing with the form. Sorry about that!

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  26. I didn't realize I like eggnog until this year! This recipe is definitely going to be added to my collection :)

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  27. Honestly I have never had eggnog before - I'm scared to try it! Maybe this year...

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  28. these are so cute and look yummy!

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  29. Love these! They look delish - can't wait to try them!

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  30. I've never had eggnog because of the raw egg but since this is cooked, I'd love to make it and finally see how eggnog tastes like!

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  31. these look delicious!

    jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

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  32. I can't wait to try the caramel eggnog cocoa gingerbread men. They sound delish.
    Dawn Dreppard

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  33. I'm not sure if I'd like the combo of flavors you used, but they sure are cute!

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  34. This is great, so many fun things, thanks

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  35. So many great things here, so cute, thanks

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  36. This is going to be a great goodie for a lucky winner....hope it's me!!!

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  37. I never would have thought about making custard gingerbread men, but now I'll be thinking about them all day!

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  38. great tips for silicone molds, thanks!

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  39. What a wonderful giveaway! I love your recipes and ideas

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