Category Archives: Candies

Salted Maple Caramel Apples

Salted Caramel Apples

Candy making is more difficult than both cooking and baking, and being a good chef or baker doesn’t guarantee that you’re going to have success as a candymaker. Sugar is finicky, and recipes can go wrong with nothing more than a change in air temperature or humidity levels. This is why, even though I love to indulge in a caramel apple on occasion, I would ... Read More »

Black and White Rice Krispie Treats

Black and White Rice Krispie Treats

These are the best rice krispie treats that I’ve ever had. That said, I don’t eat rice krispie treats all that often, but every time I have had them they have been consistently tasty. Much like the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie recipe, almost everyone has used the original and it’s popular because it makes a very good product. But also as with chocolate chip cookie ... Read More »

Peppermint Marshmallows

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Ever since I first started making homemade marshmallows with a Thomas Keller recipe a few years ago, I’ve been hooked. I can’t count the batches of marshmallows I’ve made or the cups of hot chocolate that I’ve dunked them in. Plain vanilla is unquestionably my favorite, but even a marshmallow-lover like myself gets a little bored once in a while. It didn’t take me long ... Read More »

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

Peanut butter and chocolate are a good combination – great combination, in fact – which is precisely why there are so many peanut butter and chocolate confections out there. But commercial availability has never stopped me from putting together a homemade version of a favorite treat before, so when I saw a recipe for homemade chocolate peanut butter candies on on Bittersweet, I knew I ... Read More »

Mint Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

Everyone should try making truffles at least once in their lives. They are delicious and dead easy to make. Essentially, all you have to do is combine chocolate and heavy cream in a heat-proof dish (I tend to use glass bowls) and melt them together. Once the mixture – called ganache – is smooth, it is chilled slightly until it is firm and easy to ... Read More »

Maple Popcorn Balls with Cranberries and Pecans

Popcorn has been around for about 5000 years. At a site known as the “Bat Cave” in New Mexico, an anthropologist and a botanist, along with several graduate students, discovered layers of prehistoric “trash” stretching back thousands of years, which contained all manner of corn cobs and even popped corn. There were many unpopped kernels so well preserved that they popped when placed in hot ... Read More »

Pecan Divinity

I don’t know when it happened that “sweet” became synonymous with both unsophisticated and undesirable in desserts. As though there is some level of sophistication past which your palate is too evolved to eat sugar. For the record, I don’t feel this way. I love sugar and candy is the perfect way to showcase it. In fact, this week I did a complete 180-degree turn ... Read More »

Candy Corn Cookies

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Brachs Candy Corn are one of the great things about Halloween. They are small, sugary lumps that vaguely resemble corn kernals (think of the yellow end facing outward) and I, for some unknown reason, can’t seem to stop eating them. Oh well. They only come out once a year, so I can’t feel too bad about bringing a bag home. I picked up another bag ... Read More »

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