The Ultimate Candy Book : More Than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats
Bruce Weinstein, author of The Ultimate Ice Cream Book, has the answer with this collection of confections. Try his rich chocolate truffles or any one of a dozen variations; sweet, chewy caramel with almonds or coconut; buttery pralines with crunchy pecans; or light-as-air divinity, nougat, and marshmallow. Craft your own candy Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree, pipe chocolate spiderwebs for a scary Halloween touch, or whip up meringue kisses for your honey on Valentine's Day. Bruce even offers step-by-step instructions for creating your own homemade versions of classic favorites like peanut butter cups, gummy bears, and chewing gum. If you have a sweet tooth or know someone who does, The Ultimate Candy Book -- filled with hundreds of year-round treats and gift-giving ideas -- is ultimately satisfying.
Weinstein's book, in the same style as his Ultimate Ice Cream Book, offers 100 or so basic recipes for delectable candies plus variations on the themeDmany recipes, in fact, include close to a dozen versions in all. The candies are organized into the three general categories of the subtitle and range from Fudge-in-a-Minute to Turkish Taffy (in grape, peach, and even fig flavors) to Hazelnut Brittle. There's even a recipe for homemade chewing gum. With its abundance of recipes, this is a good companion to Carole Bloom's several less-ambitious candy-making titles (e.g., Truffles, Candies, & Confections, Crossing Pr., 1996). Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.
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September 30, 2000
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Makes 4 to 6 Spiderwebs, depending on size
The perfect treat for Halloween, these chocolate webs make unique party favors. You can also use small webs to decorate a scoop of ice cream, or lay one large web on top of a ghoulish cake.
12 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped, or 12 ounces white chocolate chips
Butter or margarine for greasing the cookie sheet
Butter a large cookie sheet and set it aside.
Cut a piece of parchment paper large enough to fit the cookie sheet. Using a dark pencil or a magic marker, draw spiderweb designs, about 6 inches in diameter, onto the parchment, leaving 2 to 3 inches between each web. Turn the paper over and place it onto the prepared cookie sheet. You should be able to see your design through the parchment.
Melt 6 ounces of the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler set over hot water. if you don't have a double boiler, simply place the chocolate in a bowl that fits snugly over a pot of hot water.