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The Ultimate Candy Book: More than 700 Quick and Easy, Soft and Chewy, Hard and Crunchy Sweets and Treats [Paperback]

Bruce Weinstein
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5 Jun 2012

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.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks; First Edition First Printing edition (5 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688175104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688175108
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 19.3 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,406,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough are the award-winning authors of nineteen cookbooks. They are contributing editors to Eating Well and columnists for weightwatchers.com, and they contribute regularly to Cooking Light, Fine Cooking, the Washington Post, and other publications. When they're not teaching cooking on Holland America cruise ships, they live in rural Litchfield County, Connecticut, with a fairly sane collie named Dreydl.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 6 Mar 2008
Never judge a book by its cover. Because the cover is the only really good part of this book. There are no other pictures so a lot of guesswork is involved. The measurements are all in American so lots of conversion is required (I am still unsure how you measure a cup of butter - do you have to melt it first?) but most disappointingly, the majority of the recipes are how to take a series of ready made items and rearrange them to make something else. There are some recipes from scratch but you have to hunt for them. They also use lots of US brand ingredients that you would have to substitute for.
Tempering chocolate is never fully explained and the method suggested is not the easiest to follow. It is also repeated endlessly :-(

Overall very disappointing.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good recipes, bad for the beginner... 28 Jan 2003
By Todd M Kover - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book as one my first to learn about the art of candymaking, before I really made much.
I got it, read through it and found the recipes looked tasty but were seemed to assume some degree of expertise despire the attempts to lay out the basics early in the book.
I ended up setting it aside in favor of other books to help me learn the art.
Now that I'm more familiar with "the art", I've gone back to this book and made a handful of the recipes with extreme success.
In short, a good book for your collection, but not the place to start.
41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TONS of recipes to satisfy any appetite but no photos 2 Jun 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The author provides alot of valuable information on what kinds of ingredients to use and what kinds of tools to use. He's included MANY clear, concise recipes. Unfortunately, there are no photos at all; there are only simple black and white drawings here and there. If you can get past the lack of photos and can do with imagining how your candy would look like, buy this book.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet dreams 15 Oct 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
At first, I thought, impossible. Me, candy. They won't mix. But they do. Weinstein starts with the quick and simple recipes--ones that I can whip up in no time, like Bourbon Balls and Chocolate Pretzels. But then he moves on to Soft and Chewy or Hard and Crunchy treats. Like brittles, barks, divinities, fudge, chocolate-covered cherries, pralines, turkish taffy, and raspberry cups. It just goes on and on--to over 700 recipes in the end, even if there's no end in sight. It's a wonderful book--and a great deal, really. So many recipes, a reference book, as it were, that's simply impossible to exhaust. What fun Christmas, Valentine's Day, and my birthday will be!
25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars inadequate instructions 20 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I haven't tried all the recipes in this book, but I bought it because I was interested in techniques for making fondant and chocolate-covered candy. However the techniques are not well described and simply wrong - for example the method for chocolate tempering leaves out several steps. I only discovered this when I went to another cookbook to find out what I was doing wrong. Now I use this book for ideas, but other methods for technique. This book is not for novices. Very disappointed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Candy Shop 9 Jan 2007
By Soccer Mom - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book for my daughter for xmas. She wants to be a pastry Chef (thanks to the food network). So far, she has made the carmel corn (absolutely fantastic), the homemade marshmallows (amazing)and carmel (gooey fun).

The only down side to this book is that there are NO pictures, NONE. Not demonstrating or showing the final product. We may need to purchase another book that has pictures.
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