Amish stories. Amish chocolate-covered candy recipes.
I tip my hat to you.
Imagine being raised with Amish homemade candy.
Manifest imagination into reality. It's relatively easy to make highly praised Amish-recipe candy.
I, the author of this book, was born and raised Amish. (But you don't have to be just to make the taste-bud inspiring candy.)
Mom taught me cooking. When I was a tyke, she learned that I loved candy, really loved candy. (Story in the book.)
The Amish lifestyle is pretty much void of modern conveniences. The recipes in this book are updated for modern kitchens - each recipe tested, tasted, and tweaked to be as perfect as possible and yet easy to make.
Because you make this candy with your own ingredients, you know what's in it - no guessing or crossing your fingers when presenting your sweet creations to family and friends.
The recipes in this book are the result of Amish childhood memories and conversations with siblings. They are based on my Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe (included in the book) and on other Amish recipes perused for techniques and suggestions.
The recipes come with stories.
Even before the recipes, you'll find a story about a little Amish boy (me) and his adventure eating as much candy as he possibly could, with his Mom's permission.
Then, an overview of how to make the candy center and cover the candy with chocolate, so you can quickly become skilled.
In the book, you will find these chocolate-covered candy recipes and stories.
~ Crunchy peanut butter candy center (for people who like peanut butter, the crunchy kind). You'll read about how the recipe was developed from Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe.
~ Creamy peanut butter candy center (for people who prefer creamy peanut butter candy). The chapter contains a synopsis of how it is different from the crunchy peanut butter candy center.
~ Cinnamon candy center (for cinnamon lovers). Find out why I almost gave up on this. And about stumbling on the what worked.
~ Chocolate candy center (yes, chocolate-covered chocolate candy). It took several approaches over a few months to find an ingredient combination for the candy I remembered from childhood.
~ Mexican seasoning candy center (for people who like sweet and savory). The recipe story is about creating the special seasoning for the chocolate-covered candy.
After the recipes, you'll find information about the kinds of chocolate to use and how to melt chocolate.
In addition to Mom's Peanut Butter Cups recipe and the chocolate-covered candy recipes, there is a bonus.
The bonus is a new recipe for easy-to-make cinnamon-flavored chocolate candy. It is not a filled candy, but cinnamon-flavored chocolate. The chocolate has a subtle cinnamon flavor that makes a person smile.
All the recipes are as easy to follow as I could make them.
There is no cooking to make the candy centers. Mix the centers, cover the entire candy with melted chocolate, and let it dry.
Then, share the joy of your Amish chocolate-covered candy with the people you love - and the people you want to impress.
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About the Author
Will Bontrager was raised Amish in Iowa and Wisconsin, USA. (There's lots to say about the Amish, but that's outside the scope of this particular bio. If interested, do a web search for "Old Order Amish".)
At almost 17 years of age, during year 1970, he left home to go to high school and experience the world outside the Amish community. He never returned to the Amish lifestyle.
His primary interests, other than interacting with people, are cooking, writing software, and writing both non-fiction and fiction.
He has been cooking pretty much all of his adult life, and is now writing about it.
He has been writing software exclusively for websites for a couple decades, since 1997. The software website with a lot of his non-fiction articles is Willmaster.com.
His non-fiction Amish recipes, fiction stories, tools for writers, and other interesting content are at the WillBontrager.com website.
Life is too fun to slow down.