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About the Author

Jane Sharrock, a third-generation candy-maker, began collecting candy recipes in grade school. She was born and raised in Oklahoma.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: HP Trade (August 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557884323
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557884329
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,131,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on November 3, 2005
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Serious, this is the best book on making candy out there. I've looked, I know. I own over 300 cookbooks, and yet, if I want something sweet, this is my go to book. Not only has Jane Sharrock taken all the mystery out of making candy with 27 pages of easy to follow directions and instructions, she rates every recipe, telling whether it's Novice Super Simple, Novice Easy, Average, Advanced, and Expert. She tells you how much the recipe will make and exactly what you need to make it- not only the food ingredients, but all the utensils, so you can be sure you have everything on hand before you start.

The recipes themselves are a treasure hoard of delights from the elegant to simple, from complicated to comfortable. Generations of her family are represented by recipes and she tells delightful anecdotes about most of them along with the recipes. Because such a broad range of time is covered, you'll not only discover new treats, you'll find family favorites.

My only word of warning is that there aren't many pictures, so if you're someone like my friend Lindsay that thinks cookbooks need pictures I wanted to warn you, but I still recommend this book! It's perfect the way it is.
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To be perfectly honest, I thought that candy making was a lost art, or at least one on the verge of extinction. If so, then Jane Sharrock has definitely revived and resuscitated that art and brought it to a new generation. She has collected, tested, collated and preserved hundreds of recipes, and presents them with such a sense of joy and passion that it is impossible not to get caught up in her enthusiasm.

It would be difficult to imagine that there could be a stray candy recipe that has somehow managed to escape inclusion. You are sure to find some of your old family favorites, along with plenty of candidates for new family favorites, like "Marry Me Toffee", for example. Anyone who samples it invariably uses one word to describe the taste...."addictive!". It almost turned into "Divorce Me Toffee" when I took some along on a camping trip and my husband and I ended up trying to hide it from each other. Better make an extra batch of this one.

"Luscious Raspberry-Fudge Truffles" is another yummy creation. With ingredients like cream cheese and raspberry preserves, it is obviously not your "politically correct" truffle recipe.......but, who cares about politics when they are this easy to make and outrageously delicious!

A convenient feature of the book is that each recipe is assigned a skill level from super simple to advanced. Although I would have to rate my talents more towards the "super simple" end of the spectrum, I have on occasion ventured up to the "advanced" level recipe with surprising ease. Armed with a candy thermometer and the easy-to-follow directions, it is just one small leap from novice to expert.

"Who Wants Candy" is quite literally a walk down memory lane through fields of bonbons. It is a great collection of recipes and just a lot of fun to read.
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This book is wonderful! It is filled with tried-and-true, well-tested candy recipes clearly written to ensure success, and prefaced by complete descriptions of why they're so special. My only quibble (and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars) is that it has the worst index on the planet (e.g., Luscious Raspberry Fudge Truffles aren't under R for Raspberry, F for fudge, C for chocolate, or T for Truffles, but L for Luscious --which you may not remember is in the name when looking for the recipe), and includes every possible version of every candy, rather than those that taste the best. Nevertheless, it is a wonderful book, and very highly recommended
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I really liked the way this book is laid out, and the way it was written. The author could not be more clear about how easy or difficult a recipe is, what it might taste like, and how to make an easy variation if desired. She really lets you know what to expect during the process, what's going on, and how to do the job well.

The "easy" recipe took me maybe 20 minutes to make, at the most, and there wasn't a whole lot of cleanup. I'm lucky to get a home-cooked dinner on the table that fast. To get a confection done in that time? Well, let's just say it made my Christmas party a whole lot easier. The ingredients didn't cost a fortune either.

I thought about taking off a star because the recipes are just a little sweeter and simpler than I like my candy - I would prefer something with a little more depth of flavor (e.g. darker chocolate, subtler flavor undertones). But I think most people would like these as-is, because all my friends and family loved it. To be fair, too, the author gave me options for how to change up the recipe and I can use those in the future. The best thing about this book is the know-how and the tips & tricks for success from the author. Those are the kinds of things one usually learns at the expense of burned ingredients, ruined pans, and a wasted afternoon. Not so with this book - it's foolproof.

As far as I am concerned, this book is a fantastic place to start learning how to make candy. I will use her recipes again, but also I can now use other more complicated recipes, perhaps in some of my other cookbooks, because the author has clear steps on what to do (something I could not find elsewhere). This book gives you real confidence to give candy-making a try.
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