I've always wanted to be able to make homemade candy as well as my mom does, but every attempt has ended in failure in the past. I've lost count of the times I've had to scrape hardened, burnt, or crystallized fudge or other confection from my pan, vowing never to try making it again.
Then I found this book and, thanks to a Kindle special offer and a gift card balance, decided to buy it since it was only going to end up costing me a couple of dollars.
After receiving the book, I immediately fell in love with the delicious photos of all the recipes. Which one to try first? I also loved the step-by-step instructions on basic candy making, including the chart for how to recognize the different stages of candy. So I pulled out my candy thermometer and thought, "What the heck, I'll try making candy one more time...."
I'm happy to report that, thus far, I've made:
- Maple Peanut Pralines
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge
- Honeycomb Candy
All were amazingly successful and downright FUN to make! The pralines didn't turn out *quite* like the author's, but I think that may have been an error on my part in what temperature to bring the sugar. They still were quite delicious, just a little less crystallized and a little more sticky than the picture.
The other two recipes turned out picture perfect and absolutely delectable... I immediately had to make another batch of each so that I could give Christmas gifts to all my friends!
My one complaint is that the recipes are pretty small yielding. I made double batches of everything and then, in the case of the fudge and honeycomb candy, made two double batches. Just using the single recipe wouldn't have given me nearly enough for the Christmas platters I was making. That's just a small nitpick, though, and easily remedied, so I'd still say this book deserves the five star rating.