Sally’s Candy Addiction and Peanut Butter Buckeyes (Page 53)
I’ve made myself a Chai Tea Latte and am sitting down to do my best to give Sally’s Candy Addiction the review it deserves. The more I like a cookbook, the harder it is to do a review. I get so excited that my adjectives tend to run around and bump into each other. I’m hoping the Chai Tea Latte will give them some direction.
When I was sent a copy of Sally’s Candy Addiction to review, I didn’t just walk back in the house with book in hand, I flew. My outside cats never knew I could move so fast. The inside cat knows – after all, she witnesses it each time a chocolate craving hits me.
I have always been a huge candy lover – eating it AND making it. I’m one of those who makes candy year-round. I just don’t understand those people who only make candy at Christmas.
What’s up with that anyway?
I almost always have some sort of fudge or other candy made up for my family to enjoy – a fact that has always set well with my husband, daughters, and sons-in-law and their many sweet teeth. Candy make their days sweeter which, in turn, makes my life sweeter.
Whether you’re a candy addict like me and the lovely author, Sally McKenney, or tend to make candy only a couple of times of year – Sally’s Candy Addiction simply has to be the next cookbook you buy. Actually, it should be the next anything you buy.
I think a lot of people would make candy more often if they realized that it isn’t as tough as they think. When most people think of candy making, they picture temperamental candy thermometers, hard to make fudge, and diva-like divinity.
Okay, okay, I’ll admit it. Divinity can be a real diva, but fudge isn’t remotely hard to get along with and today’s thermometers couldn’t be more agreeable. Many candy cookbooks in the past would lead you to believe that candy making takes endless time, ingredients, and patience. In her gorgeous, colorful, and endlessly FUN cookbook, Sally McKenney proves that candy making isn’t difficult and it doesn’t require endless time, ingredients, or patience.
One of my favorite recipes from the book (Chocolate Crunch Candy Bars, page 59) only has two ingredients. Two!
In addition to tons of delicious, easy to follow recipes, Sally’s Candy Addiction has an opening section that serves as sort of a Candy Making 101 – whether you’re new to candy making or a sticky-handed pro, you’ll absolutely love this section. You’ll refer to it often as you enjoy the delectable world of candy making.
Some of the topics covered in this section include:
- kitchen essentials for making candy
- why you needn’t fear the candy thermometer
- the difference between chocolate tempering and melting
- candy cooking stages
- candy-making basics
- key ingredients, with Sally’s expert advice on each
Chapters in Sally’s Candy Addiction:
- Can’t Beat a Classic
- The Chocolate-Covered Chapter
- Endless Truffles
- Caramel, Toffee, and Brittle
- Nuts and Sweet Treats
- Oh-So Fabulous Fudge
- Just Add Candy
Recipes in Sally’s Candy Addiction Include:
- Southern-Style Pecan Pralines
- Easy Vanilla Buttercreams
- Candy Apples
- Vanilla Cake Pops
- Strawberry Buttercreams
- Chocolate Coconut Candy Bars
- Strawberry Pretzel Bark
- Simply Chocolate Truffles
- Caramel for Dipping
- Chewy Cream Caramels
- Easy Pretzel Toffee
- Salted Honey Cashew Brittle
- Peanut Brittle
- Sweet Heat Caramel Corn
- Pretzel M&M’s Puppy Chow
- Popcorn Balls
- Rocky Road Fudge
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Fluffernutter Swirl Fudge
- Shortcut Chocolate Fudge
- Birthday Cake Fudge
- Cookies ‘N’ Cream Fudge
- The Great Milky Way Cake
- Snickers Cheesecake
- Crazy Candy Deep-Dish Cookie Cake
- And many, many more…
In a candy-coated nutshell, Sally’s Candy Addiction Cookbook is the only candy cookbook you’ll ever need. Throw out any candy cookbooks you have that make candy making sound as complicated as calculus or as fun as a tooth extraction and replace them all with Sally’s Candy Addiction.
Order your own copy today and (like me!) you can begin testing out candy recipes for Christmas baking and gift-giving. My family loves when that sort of thing goes on.
Not only are there countless candies that’ll be ideal for delicious gift-giving, you might also consider grabbing one or two copies of the book for gift giving as well – paired along with a great candy thermometer, it’d be the sweetest gift imaginable.
The way I figure it, anyone I give a copy of this book to will make some candy that they’d feel compelled to share with me.
Always thinking. Always.
About the Author
Sally McKenney is a food blogger with an enormous sweet tooth. Or should we say… a mouth of sweet teeth! She worked in finance for four years before dedicating herself full time to the millions of fans that follow her increasingly popular website and now books,Sally’s Baking Addiction and Sally’s Candy Addiction. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, Kevin, and their rescue German Shepard/Rottweiler mix, Jude. Sally is a food blogger for People.com. When Sally isn’t on the computer, practicing yoga, or spending time with family and friends, you can find her baking in the kitchen or behind the camera.
Sally’s favorite dessert is apple pie, and her perfect weekend would always involve baking something yummy and hiking with Kevin and Jude.
See Sally’s Candy Addiction for more information.