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"There is nothing more fun than entertaining children.  They make the best guests!  Pick any sweet treat from Courtney's book and dazzle the little guests and adults alike!" - Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, editor-at-large Southern Living 

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Candy Land

Homemade TREATS make the holidays even sweeter!

MAKING CANDY mayseem daunting―until you see how easy our recipes are. You can even include kids in the prep. Best part? Made-by-you treats like these are the best gifts―after all, they come from the heart and dazzle the (sweet) tooth!

(Elizabeth Callahan Scholastic Parent & Child 2012-12-03)

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Yummy easy-to-follow candy recipes for kids to whip up and enjoy nibble by nibble! These delicious and cute treats are perfect for children’s parties, holiday parties, packaging up for friends, or simply enjoying at home. Loaded with party recipe ideas, this book is sure to become a family favorite!

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 7
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith; Spi edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142363022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423630227
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lindsay on November 19, 2012
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I purchased this book for the elementary library I work in, and the students have kept it checked out and off the shelf, so it's definitely appealing to kids. The recipes also look fun and not too complex, although I'll be honest that I haven't made any of them myself. It would be good for any kid who enjoys time in the kitchen or who has a sweet tooth :-)
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My daughter and I tried making a few of these for Christmas. The snowballs ended up too soggy, even after I added in more sugar and coconut to try and get them to firm up. The peppermint patties also needed more sugar added to get them to form the right consistency. Those tasted alright, but really, they weren't anything I wanted to eat more than a couple of, and I like mints and chocolate (we used the dipping tip. The rainbow sprinkle fudge was alright, that didn't need to have anything else added to make it work up well, but it really wasn't all that appealing as a fudge, the taste of the extracts was overpowering. I want my daughter to enjoy baking and candy making, but quite frankly, if what you make doesn't taste very good, or it doesn't work up as described, it doesn't actually encourage repeated efforts.
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I love this book this is a book that kids can take pride in and with help from parents and adults make their own candy. Kids need to be expressive and there ya go. Who knows some kids may love making their own candies.
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We love this recipe book. The recipes are very easy and fun to do with your child. We stocked up on the ingredients so that we can make a recipe on a whim and it makes for great parent/child together time.
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Despite small voices protesting to the contrary, children should not have too many sweets or candy. That said, some adults probably should reduce their own consumption too. But when you see books like this, it is so easy to forget that "good advice".

This relatively slim, colourful book presents a number of child-friendly and child-safe recipes to make your own candy creations. Your child can enjoy messing up your kitchen, creating their own goodies and maybe even experimenting a bit in the process. No hot sticky sugar solution or sharp knives to cut and grate ingredients are required. Just a bit of patience from mum, dad or another responsible adult, a bunch of ingredients, good humour and let the fun times begin. An adult should be nearby for the boring things like melting chocolate in the microwave oven and so on. It would be fair to say "children are optional, but desirable" for these recipes.

From beginning to end the book is richly illustrated with great, simple photography that draws you in to probably, over time, consuming many more calories than you have intended. After all, a responsible adult will want to ensure that the finished items are safe to eat, maybe time and time again... The recipes themselves are hardly complex creations of culinary genius but they are visually attractive, child-friendly and tasty. If you want Michelin star quality desserts don't buy this book, but if you want to spend some engaging, quality-time with a child...

A few niggles. Mostly that the author has forgotten that there is a world outside of North America and making reference to specific brand names is not necessarily the best thing for an international audience. One can guess, Google or improvise but why make things hard?
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Let me start by saying that the quality of this book is excellent! I love that it is spiral bound for ease of use in the kitchen. Also, the photography is great. That being said, I also have to admit that if I had flipped through this in a bookstore, I would not have made the purchase. It does have cutesy little treats, but I'd say it's geared more toward someone without enough imagination to think this stuff up on their own. Most of the treat recipes are based on candy melts. The book IS filled with treat recipes that almost any kid would love, and the recipes seem pretty easy to make. I was just a little underwhelmed by it.
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