The scariest but sweetest holiday of the year is upon us. Before long Halloween will arrive, with its fun-sized bars stuffed into orange buckets by gleeful children. But candies don’t need to be store-bought. In fact, making them at home makes them that much sweeter. Get some helping hands together, and flip through these 5 candy-themed cookbooks.
The Ultimate Candy Book: More Than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats, by Bruce Weinstein
Dessert-connoisseur and QVC personality Bruce Weinstein knows a thing or a thousand about sweets. This book is a ‘sequel’ to The Ultimate Ice Cream Cookbook, wherein he guided readers on how to make mouthwatering cold treats. The similarly titled, Ultimate Candy Book boasts over 700 recipes. The recipes are easy to follow, and the opening chapter gives an in-depth guide to candy-making for newbies.
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Truffles, Candies, and Confections: Techniques and Recipes for Candymaking, by Carole Bloom
Author Carole Bloom has quite a few sweet cookbooks under her belt (including two dessert cookbooks for the Dummies series). In this tome, Bloom spoils the cooking reader with directions on how to make truffles, caramel candies, and fruit candies. While most kids don’t want to get fruit in their Halloween tin, candied fruit might just make the cut! This book is for the more seasoned confectioner.
The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook: How to Make Truly Scrumptious Candy in Your Own Kitchen!, by Liz Gutman
Even when it’s not Halloween, many venture out to Brooklyn to taste treats from Liddabit Sweets. The boutique’s candymakers, Liz Gutman and Jen King, are known for many delights—The Twist Bar, Chai Latte Lollipops, Chocolate Mint Meltaways. Most cooks don’t give away their secrets, but Liddabit Sweets believes sharing is caring. The The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook means bringing a liddabit of New York into your hometown.
Hand-Crafted Candy Bars: From-Scratch, All-Natural, Gloriously Grown-Up Confections, by Susan Heeger, Susie Norris, Joseph De Leo
When kids grow up into adults, they have to give up childish things like trick-or-treating. It’s so unfair, but as teachers keep repeating, life isn’t fair. But those who are handy in the kitchen can make their own mature treats, and very immaturely choose not to share them with kids who come knocking at the door. Take the drugstore candybar to the next level, with elegant recipes like Candied Mint Citrus Zest Bark and Dark Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bar (even the titles are a mouthful!).
Mother Estelle’s Easy Homemade Candy Cookbook, by Hilda Cooper
For those who are into vintage sweets, Mother Estelle’s Easy Homemade Candy Cookbook is a must. It will have cooks dejavu-ing, as their taste buds soak up the nostalgic flavors of a time gone by with scents of butterscotch, gummy gels, divinity, and so much fudge.
What candy cookbooks do you love?