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From the Back Cover

How sweet it is! More than 100 recipes plus terrific tips and tricks

Explore the art of cooking candy and create sweet masterpieces!

If you want to concoct irresistible treats for your friends and family, this book gets you cooking! You'll discover proper techniques and use them to create incredible candies. Recipes range from fondues to fondants, simple meltaways to decadent truffles, fun kids' treats to cream-filled delicacies. Indulge!

Discover how to

  • Choose the proper utensils and ingredients
  • Melt, temper, and mold chocolate
  • Fine-tune your skills with professional secrets
  • Create special holiday treats
  • Bag, box, or wrap candies for gifts

About the Author

David Jones has been making candies for more than 30 years. He owns Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen in Helen, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764597345
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764597343
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By E. Gonzalez on March 13, 2006
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There may be fancier candy-making books written by better known authors, but David Jones knows what he's talking about. He is a highly respected member of the candy industry and the owner of the Hansel & Gretel Candy Kitchen in Helen, Georgia, a popular tourist destination.

His recipes are precise and well written with much more information than you'll find in most candy books. Once you see them, you'll want to drop everything and get started making candy, David's way.

This book should be in every candy-maker's library.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By T. Hooper on May 8, 2008
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I found this book to be very approachable as a beginner. A lot of other candy making books assume that you have previous knowledge of the terminology and techniques of candy making. This book, however, teaches you from the ground up, so if you're not sure if you're ready for candy making, this book will provide you with the first step that you need in order to get started. Another nice thing about this book is that it provides a lot of recipes, so you'll never run out of things to try making. In particular, I found the chapters on making chocolates to be very useful. Chocolate making can be a fairly technical field, but the author of this book makes chocolate making easy to approach. If you're interested in candy making, but don't have any experience in the field, then this is the book for you.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By James Drouillard on January 10, 2007
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This is a great book for the home maker. I have years of experience making candies and this book covered stuff that even a very skilled home maker would use.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Csornok on August 16, 2009
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Whether you've been making candy for years, or you've never tried it before, you'll get lots out of this book. I actually run a candy-making business, and I still got quite a bit out of this book! The recipes are quite good and fairly simple. I got several ideas for tweaking recipies I already have, and got ideas for new ones. Plus they have a lot of good tips that everyone needs to remember.

The most important thing to remember, if you're just starting out making candy, is this: IT'S OKAY TO SCREW UP! Even us veterans have catastrophic failures sometimes; it just happens!

I've always liked the 'For Dummies' series; it's simple, straightforward, and easy to read and get something out of. Candy for Dummies is another great addition.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Allured on April 7, 2009
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These are great recipes written in a way that makes you want to try every one of the out immediately. Except for the fact that you don't want to put the book down because it is also fun, witty and insightful to read. It is rare to have a good recipe book that is also fun to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Professor Scott on June 21, 2009
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I bought this book for my daughter whom loves to make and experiment with candy recipes. I enjoy the fact that I have access to the book online! It's like a 2 for 1 special. Love that!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ann Digitalis on November 24, 2010
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The overall techniques in the book, such as tools you need, how to temper chocolate, the science behind candy making are good and presented in a way that is enjoyable. The recipes are where this book falls very, very short. I have made 3 of them now and they all were bad. The caramels never set, the jellies are way too soft and the cherry creme centers are also to wet and too soft and softened in the tempered chocolate. The ingredients you need to make candy are far too expensive to be wasting. All these recipes should have been tested, how do you publish a cookbook without testing recipes?

I'm very disappointed in my purchase. Would be home candy makers would be better served getting their recipes off the internet. Of course while your scouring the web for recipes you can learn the techniques you need making this purchase completely unnecessary.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By r3VOLution on September 13, 2011
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I was very disappointed because I assumed this book would contain a very obvious candy...hard candies! It did not. I had intended to attempt making healthful, sugar free lollypops for my kids and wanted a place to start but this book did not help me with that type of candy making.
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