I can only handle watching this movie once in a blue moon because my heart can't take it! E.T. and Elliot pull at my heart strings so hard, they are gonna rip it right out of my chest. But the Halloween season is the perfect time to revisit this endearing film.
Shameless product placement is usually really annoying in a film, but in this one, not only do I not mind it, I really like it! I think because it ties in so well with the movie. Did you know they originally wanted to use m&m's? The company turned them down because they thought E.T. looked like "A cross between a stray dog with mange and syphilitic genitals" and they didn't want him to be the face of their product. Well boo to them! They don't deserve E.T., but neither do reese's pieces because they are not cruelty-free. But nostalgia gets a hold of us and we want some too! So here is my veganized version of the candy I loved so much in the 80's.
My vision for these were some kind of earthy vintage looking homemade version of the orange, yellow and brown pieces. But my natural food coloring didn't work well with my candy coating. I don't think artificial dyes would have worked either. But, on taste, I think I did pretty awesome. All of the flavors and textures are there. Crunchy, chocolatey and peanut buttery.
*Peanut Butter Filling
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup pure cane sugar
stir well until fully blended
1 cup vegan chocolate chips - melted
*Hard Candy Shell
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water - boil until it reaches 300 degrees.
Roll the peanut butter filling into little balls. Coat with the melted chocolate (I use Trader Joe's. Ghirardelli also has vegan choc chips, but always check the ingredients every time!) Set the coated balls in the freezer (about 15 minutes). I just took a spoon and drizzled the candy coating on. But I 'm kinda wishing I would have stuck them with a toothpick and let the candy drip over it as I swirled. I think that may have given it an even coat. But there is definitely enough crunch in the way I did it.
"You could be happy here, I could take care of you. I wouldn't let anybody hurt you. We could grow up together, E.T."
"I'll... be... right... here... "
Vegan Mofo #4