I have always made Easter candy from a recipe handed down from my Grandmother, so a couple of years ago I decided that I would like to branch out.
Cookbooks pictured received.
After a disastrous attempt in which I tried to make candy apples for my mother and ended up with a painful burn on my finger, I had sworn off candy making for a while. That’s why I was excited about 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes by Jane Sharrock.
I decided it was the perfect time to try again. This book is packed full of delicious recipes and candy making tips. Each recipe has a brief description and many have a variation on the recipe you can use instead. Several of the recipes have pictures and a few even have pictures to accompany the step by step directions.
The thing I like most about this book however, is that the recipes are broken down in the back of the book by Novice (super simple), Novice (easy), Average, Advanced, and Expert. The recipes I decided to make were Aunt Mary’s Favorite Fudge, Lollipops, and Dainty Mint Puffs, which all fell under the advanced category.
Even though I don’t consider myself an advanced candy maker, I decided I would give them a try. The directions were very easy to follow, and each of the recipes were so delicious my family and I can’t stop eating them.
The fudge was smooth and creamy, the lollipops were sweet and delicious and the Dainty Mint Puffs were light and full of mint flavor.
I will definitely be using the recipes from 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes again and would recommend it to anyone looking to make candy, no matter whether they are a novice or an expert. I am so excited to try out other recipes for our next family gathering.
I was also lucky enough to receive for review Sensational Buttercream Decorating by Carey Madden. This book is full of 50 projects for luscious cakes, mini-cakes, and cupcakes. I can’t wait to create one of these designs for the next birthday party!