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4.24  ·  Rating details ·  29 ratings  ·  23 reviews
A sweet and simple guide to homemade candy
Get ready to turn your home into a fully-stocked candy store! This candy cookbook for beginners shows you how easy and fun it can be to make sweet treats that everyone will love.
Filled with expert guidance for those just starting out on their confectionary journey, this is a candy cookbook that will have you fixing up dozens of
Paperback, 134 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Rockbridge Press (first published February 4th 2020)
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Miranda Reads

I can't help my addiction...aka here's a video tierlisting all my January Books. Now that you know where this one stands, check out the video to see the rest!

The Written Review:

4.5 stars

These days most candy comes from giant factories...but it wasn't always so. Candy, like any food, has a long tradition of being lovingly created by someone in the home, with recipes passed down from one generation to the next.
As an avid baker, I absolutely adore trying out new recipes for muffins, cakes
MK ( Makayla)

If I ever remember to make a grocery list and get the ingredients together I'm going to make some of these yummy candies !

There are SO many interesting and unique candy variations that I've never heard of before like Strawberry Lemonade Truffles and Espresso Caramels !! 😍 I also really want to try making sour gummy worms which are my weakness , well basically anything gummy 😂.
Alicia Bayer
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a good basic introduction to modern candy making, though it would benefit greatly from more photographs. Most of the recipes are quite simple, though you'll need to get basic equipment like candy thermometers and learn simple techniques. The book is colorful with an attractive layout, but there are only photographs at the start of each chapter and not for individual recipes. Some recipes really require illustrations to make them easy to follow. I have a 20 year old candy making book ...more
Virginia Campbell
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Candy is dandy--and you'll learn to make scrumptious sweets at home with "Candy Making for Beginners: Easy Recipes for Homemade Caramels, Gummies, Lollipops and More". Author Karen Neugebauer, a Master Chocolatier and the owner and operator of Forte Chocolates, shares recipes and techniques for making a wide variety of tempting treats--including simple no-cook candies. Chapters include: "It's Candy Time"; "Barks & Fudge"; "Chocolate & Truffles"; "Caramels & Butterscotch"; "Brittle ...more
Feb 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: junk
What a waste of paper! Recipes being around from before the Internet, presented in a static form 15 years after YouTube opened business. And only sugar when it has been decades since humanity knows about dental cavities, obesity, diabetes.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I requested a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I will undoubtedly be denied as I do not have an ALA # (I am Canadian!). I am reviewing the book anyway on Goodreads and Facebook. #yourloss :-) AND because I love to cook and bake at home.

I had already read it via KindleUnlimited as my job revolves around healthy food, researching food/recipes, food deserts, community kitchens (so everything about food) AND literacy/getting people to read
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Candy Making for Beginners is a recipe and tutorial collection for candymaking by Karen Neugebauer. Due out 18th Feb 2020 from Callisto on their Rockridge Press imprint, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback and ebook formats (ebook available now). It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately. For
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cookbooks, nonfiction
I was given an opportunity via the publisher to read Candy Making for Beginners: Easy Recipes for Homemade Caramels, Gummies, Lollipops, and More. I was under no obligation to review this cookbook and my opinion is freely given.

The facing page to the title one has a great photo of some of the candy included in this cookbook, but this is one of the only ones. As I have dabbled in candy making before, knowing how the finished product should look is essential. Some of the candy contained within
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: callisto
Who doesnt love candy? Gummy bears and lollipops got us through childhood. Chocolates help heal our broken hearts. What would Valentines Day be without truffles, Halloween without caramel apples, Christmas without peppermint bark? And at a time when were looking at the preservatives in pre-packaged foods, and the desire to create something ourselves that will personalize a gift, why arent more of us making candy?

Maybe we just dont know how.

Master chocolatier Karen Neugebauer is here to help
Renee Knoblauch
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My husband is always trying to get me to make homemade fudge like his grandfather does. He is a master fudge maker at 93 years old and has been making it since my husband was a kid. Mine just doesnt come out even if I follow his step by step recipe. I can only make fudge if I use marshmallow crème. (My husband doesnt think of it as real fudge even if he eats it all.) I love to cook and bake and havent tried making candy.

This book has lots of tips and techniques throughout and recommendations on
Ramona Mead
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: advanced-copies
This is a really pretty book, I will say that! The photos are lovely, but there should be a lot more of them. The recipes aren't illustrated so you don't always know if your candy is coming along like it should. I made one recipe, the Champagne Gummy Bears (using alcohol removed Fre brand) and could have used additional guidance. For example it says to bloom the gelatin but doesn't explain what that means or what it should look like. And it says to microwave the mixture for 30 minute increments ...more
Bonnie DeMoss
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Candy Making for Beginners offers recipes for all of your favorite candies.

The most important thing for me is that the author provides a recipe for
"Mom's Fudge" This is real fudge, not the fake kind with marshmallow creme that tastes like frosting. No, the recipe is for real fudge from sugar, milk, and chocolate boiled to the appropriate temperature, with or without extra flavors added in. I hope people make this recipe and taste the difference between real fudge and the fake kind they sell in
Alyssa Edwards
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sweet Tooth!

This book has a large variety of recipes, all of which seem very easy to make for someone who has never made candy before. It has tips and techniques throughout the book and says which tools you should use for each recipe and all of the steps are laid out nicely and the explanations are easy to understand.

There are a total of 8 chapters:

Its Candy Time
Barks & Fudge
Chocolate & Truffles
Caramels & Butterscotch
Brittle & Toffee
Lollipops & Hard Candies
Gummies &
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Candy Making for Beginners by Karen Neugebaur has written a good candy book that is probably a good starting point for beginning candy makers that are willing to try somewhat advanced beginner recipes. The reason why I write this is her recipes while clearly written, with plenty of safety tips, do require the use of some "exotic" ingredients not normally found on a grocery shelf. In fairness, the author does provide sources where you can purchase the needed ingredients.

I LOVED how the author
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Ive made a lot of cookies in the past, but I never tried to make candy. My husband has mentioned a few times how much he likes fudge, but I was afraid to try it. Candy Making for Beginners finally gave me the resource and courage I needed, and he liked it!

At the beginning of the book is a list of equipment and tools needed for successful candy making, so I had
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
This book starts out by going over equipment needed and also key ingredients. There are recipes for barks & fudge, Chocolate & truffles, caramels & butterscotch, brittle & Toffee, Lollipops & hard candy, Gummies & chews, mints & party favors. The book is lacking in photos and some of the recipes could use photo instructions to help you understand what to do. I would say that this is more than a beginner level book. This is probably for someone that has dabbled in ...more
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sent this book by the publisher with the expectation that I would give an honest review of its content. When I requested this book I thought it would be a cookbook for various types of candy with a few helpful hints. Was I wrong! It is so much more!!! I have made fudge and peanut brittle but I have never tried anything harder than that. This book goes into great detail about the types of supplies that you need, what supplies each type of candy requires, why some candies change their ...more
Mandy Peterson
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been a little fascinated by the process of making candy, but it intimidates me too. So this book was perfect for people like me who are ready to take their curiosity and mess around in the kitchen a bit. Karen explains all the basics and gives tips on how to be successful at the beginning of each section. Recipes are given in step-by-step increments which should make them easy to follow. I wish there were photos for each recipe, but the photos included are colorful and whimsical. I ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
My girls and I love to bake and are looking to expand our skills with candy making. This book was the perfect way to jump into exploring making candies of all types and styles.

The introductory chapters get you well versed in what equipment you will find helpful and the basics of working with sugar and chocolate. What follows are many recipes, covering all types of sweet treats, that teach important techniques. Each one provides a wealth of information and many tips and tricks for success.

I have
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book takes the time to explain all the equipment you need to make candy. Unfortunately for me, I dont have much of it, but thats okay. There are also descriptions of each different type of candy at the beginning of each chapter. Photos are in limited supply, but for the cost of the book, I understand why.

Overall, this book is great for people who are new to candy making, but know their way around a kitchen.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Candy Making for Beginners Easy Recipes for Homemade Caramels, Gummies, Lollipops and More
by Karen Neugebauer from Callisto Media is a nice tutorial and cook book. There are nice easy to follow step by step photos for the tutorial. I found the book and recipes formatted for easy navigation of the book and easy to follow the recipes. For me, I would have liked more pictures of the finished recipes but still this is a great book for the beginner candy makers and even the more experience candy
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Candy Making for Beginners starts with a list of key equipment and ingredients. Each candy section includes hints and tips. There are ingredient tips, techniques tips, and how to store each candy. Getting started requires only basic ingredients, a few pieces of common equipment, and some heat. Easy to follow instructions and a good variety of candy recipes.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book it has fantastic tips and tricks for candy making. I really loved this book. I received this book from Calisto Publishing and Rockridge Press for an honest review. This is a great addition to your collection for those that like to make candy. I loved the conversation tables and safety handling sections they are perfect for those new to candy making.
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