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Posted July 8, 2010
Great for hands-on learners
After getting the new Toys & Games and B&N@School departments in at my store, I bought this for my nine-year old cousin who is more of a hand-on learner.
The instructions are easy to follow, and each recipe is accompanied by a "Science Lesson" (a brief explanation of the science behind the candy making process), as well as a "History Lesson" (which gives the history of each candy). There are recipes for lollipops, gummi candy, liquid candy, marshmallows, and more.
- It actually makes real candy, not just congealed goo like similar children's toys. My biggest worry going in was that I'd have to face my cousin's disappoint when his candy turned into inedible gunk.
- You can mix and max flavors (Watermelon, Grape, & Raspberry), and adjust the "sour factor."
What could be better:
- The corn syrup is messy, and comes in big packets that contain more than is needed for any individual recipe.
Something to know in advance:
- Not all of the ingredients are included, so be sure to have food coloring, sugar, and non-stick cooking spray handy.
Adult Supervision Required: Some of the recipes involve using the stove or microwave, so be prepared to set time aside to help. :)
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