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Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home Paperback – September 6, 2011
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Candies (and chocolate) have their own requirements and rules, and I'd been meaning to get a specialized cookbook for a while. Not only does this book have a good range of recipes, but there is a great section at the front about candymaking in general, with well-illustrated instructions for caramelizing sugar and tempering chocolate.
Having enjoyed Nina's confections before, I had confidence for the caramel and chocolate recipes, but there is quite a lot territory in the book that Bonbonbar did not cover. I was intrigued by the recipe for applesauce jellies, and decided to whip up a batch. I expected something with basic apple flavor, probably similar to Applets&Cotlets, that my young niece and nephews would enjoy... but what I got was tender jellies with lovely caramel-apple aroma. Highly addictive. I can't wait to try some of the other recipes!
The author refers to candy as being "the most gem-like of foods" with its jewel-toned colors and the absolutely gorgeous photography by the very talented couple from the White on Rice Couple blog does so well at featuring each glorious piece. In case you are new to creating your own candies, there are step-by-step photos that teach how to temper chocolate, dipping and rolling candies, and how to correctly cook sugar.
There are sections for Crunchy, Chewy or Silky candy. New takes on classics, like the Pumpkin Caramels (so perfect for Fall), the Sour Cream Candied Nuts, or Strawberry Lemonade Marshmallows are excellent additions. Crystallized pansies and rose petals, white and lavender meringues (which would be fun to color to match with different holidays) or the vibrantly colored Jelly Candies are stunning to look at. And, if you are a chocolate lover, then you may enjoy the Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge or the Rocky Road Chocolate Bark. Whatever your personal favorites are, Sweet Confections is a beautiful book with excellent recipes for all types of the best candy making.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is OK - it has its pluses and minuses.
There are some very creative recipes, such as Pina Colada truffles, Peach Turkish Delight, Strawberry Lemonade... Read more
Top of the line candy book. I have over 2,500 cook books, yes you read that right-not really proud of it just using it as a point of reference. Read morePublished 19 months ago by C. Back
This book is awesome, my only complaint is the quality they look like a copy instead an original bookPublished on July 28, 2014 by Aurora Arias
THIS WAS AN OK BOOK --- SOME OF THE RECIPIES TURNED OUT OK ANS SOME DIDN'T -- I WOULD NOT BUY IT AGAIN KATEPublished on November 6, 2013 by KateM
watching food network, reading about the book on Craftsy prompted me to send for it, am very pleased--looks like a lot of wonderful recipes.Published on October 2, 2013 by Judy R. Smith
OMG! I have become fascinated with candy making, and this book gives step by step easy to follow direction. You can't beat the price. Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by Canaanite
I have been looking for a candy book. This one is a good basic book. I would recommend this book.Published on February 17, 2013 by Shannon Areias