The Definitive Collection of Candy Recipes!
I was recently sent a great candy cookbook to review, FILLED with some of the best recipes of all time. I was actually planning to save my review of 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes: Brittles, Caramels, Chocolate, Fudge, Truffles and So Much More (Amazon link) for September because I wanted to tell you all about it right before Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas baking.
Then, this morning, it hit me – what if you’d like to try out some of these recipes over the summer before making candy for your family and gifts.
Besides, is it ever the wrong time to make candy?
I’ve read a lot of candy cookbooks in my time (I even own a couple of great ones), but I’ve never seen a collection of candy recipes quite like this one. Not only does this cookbook contain every type of candy you can imagine, it has a lot you could never even begin to mentally conjure up!
One of my favorite things about 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes is the fact that each recipe has ingredients you can easily find – no matter where you live, you won’t find yourself asking, “Will my store even have that… and, if not, what am I going to use for a substitute???”
The recipes are also highly do-able, for any level of cook – newbies and veterans, alike. The step-by-step instructions are crystal clear and the author includes countless tips and advice that can only come with experience.
Even though I’m a chocoholic and am more fudge and divinity obsessed than anyone has a right to be, the first recipe I actually looked for when the cookbook came in the mail was for a childhood candy I remember my mom making – “Potato Candy.” It’s hard to find the recipe and on the few occasions I have come across Potato Candy recipes, they’re never “quite” like I remember.
I’m THRILLED to say that I found exactly what I was looking for on page 104 – the Potato Candy recipe I remember and I’m beside myself with happiness!. It’s called “Potato Pinwheels” and has the exact ingredients I remember using when I made this candy with my mom – a cooked potato, vanilla, confectioner’s sugar, peanut butter, and pecans (or walnuts or peanuts).
Tuxedo Fudge (left) and Chocolate-Cherry Creams and Elegant Sparkling Strawberries (right)
Some of the 300 Candy Recipes Include:
- Elegant Sparkling Strawberries (Gorgeous for Christmas!)
- Golf Balls
- Potato Fudge
- Classic Pecan Roll
- Caramel Pecan Roll
- White Taffy (and other taffy recipes)
- Glass Candy
- New Orleans Roasted Pecan Pralines
- Mom’s Divinity
- Cherry-Nut Nougat
- Peppermint Taffy (also a must for Christmas)
- Brown Sugar Taffy
- Chocolate Fudge Recipes
- Five-Minute Fudge
- Christmas Fudge
- Candied Citrus Peel
- Peanut Butter Fudge Recipes
- Creamy White Fudge
- Pumpkin Fudge (A Halloween tradition)
- Creamy Orange Fudge
- Coconut Fudge
- A lot of other fudge recipes!
- Martha Washingtons
- Coconut Bonbons
- Kentucky Bourbon Balls
- Spiced Pecans
- County Fair Nuts
- Lollipops (again, great fun for Halloween)
- Old Fashioned Popcorn Balls
- Microwave Caramel Popcorn
- Carnival Candied Apples
- Old-Fashioned Caramel Apples
- Simple Barks (White Chocolate, Chocolate-Nut, Cherry Almond…)
- Chocolate Coconut Drops
- Chocolate Marshmallow Turtles
- Triple Delight Pecan Patties
- Chocolate Peanut Clusters
- Rocky Road
- Heavenly Hash
- Caramel-Nut Marshmallows
And the list goes on and on and on and on.
Marry Me Toffee (left) and Lollipops (Right)
The step-by-step candy bible for home candy-makers.
With hundreds of recipes for mouthwatering candies, chocolates, pralines, crèmes, fudges, toffee, holiday treats and no-bake cookies, this candy cookbook covers the traditional to the exotic.
Complete with easy-to-follow instructions and 75 step-by-step photos, this is a treasure trove of information and inspiring recipes. Although many are intimidated at the thought of making candies at home, Jane Sharrock shows how to master a few basic principles that every candy maker should know. She makes it easy to produce delicious goodies in the home kitchen.
See 300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes for more information. This is definitely a cookbook you’ll want to have in your candy-making hands long before Halloween and Christmas. This is going to be our most delicious holiday season ever.