Magazine article Sunset

Make It Sweet; for Holiday Gifts or a Special Treat, Homemade Candy Is Irresistible

Magazine article Sunset

Make It Sweet; for Holiday Gifts or a Special Treat, Homemade Candy Is Irresistible

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Is there anything more delicious, more purely self-indulgent, than a square of dark, creamy fudge or a piece of crunchy, buttery toffee? And when it's homemade, the treat is sweet indeed. This year, we're bringing back the tradition of candymaking.

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At its elemental best, most candy is nothing more than sugar and a few flavorings, transformed through sweet alchemy from a syrup base into old-time favorites like brittle, toffee, and fudge. Some simpler confections--like our white chocolate bark studded with cranberries and pistachios--require no sugar syrup or cooking at all. All our recipes and tips for making these treats have been tested by novice and experienced candymakers alike, to give you the information you need for great results.

Homemade candy is wonderful to have on hand for nibbling or offering to drop-in guests. Beautifully packaged, it also makes a personal gift for the holidays: Five-spice cashew brittle, rich maple fudge, or crunchy peppermint bark will inspire visions of sugarplums for everyone on your list.

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Before you begin, read the recipe all the way through and assemble all the tools and ingredients you will need. …

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