Cotton candy: Usually finding this sweet treat means you're at an amusement park. Have you ever seen a cotton candy machine? They're rather large, impractical contraptions, and tend to fill air in the room with bits of cotton candy. But what to do if you want to make some at home? Check out this cool DIY solution - at $45, why not? Well, that is, if you have a drill press. Still, fun to watch!
We all have our family cooking lore: famed recipes that get passed down from generation to generation, and others that just get lost somewhere in between. Either a selfish cook doesn't share his closely-guarded secret, or a recipe doesn't get written down until it is too late. And then there's the cherished recipe that fails—perhaps it lacks a key ingredient or important step. These chocolate peanut clusters? They only lacked one thing. My Nana.
Remember those colorful candy buttons that come on strips of shiny paper? These candy buttons were a staple of many birthday parties, and they're great little accessories for decorating cakes and cookies. Well, you can also make these at home really easily!
While it's great to buy specialty products in-person from the maker, sometimes it's just not possible. (We don't all live near a food or farmer's market.) So to appreciate the full scale and variety of today's artisanal offerings, you have to go online. These nine marketplaces have you covered:
You know we're pretty crazy about Sriracha — that "rooster sauce" that livens up everything from eggs to noodles to beer. So we're totally smitten by these clever lollipops from Sprinkle Bakes — a little sweet, and a little spicy!
Jujubes: which came first, the fruit or the candy? Jujubes the fruit are rather plain-looking, small and reddish-brown with a mild flesh that is apple-like when fresh and date-like when dried. Jujubes the candy are brightly colored, artificially fruit-flavored and so chewy they could pull a filling out. In the LA Times, food historian Charles Perry recently revealed the connection between these two very different jujubes.
Q: Do you know a way to soften praline candy? I just received a dozen from a friend in New Orleans, and they are starting to dry out already. What can I do to salvage them and restore the creamy texture?
I mentioned last week that I was on a mission to create the ultimate party "snack bar," featuring homemade versions of store bought classics. Of course homemade Cracker Jack was at the tippy top of that list. After learning how easy the recipe is, now I'm cursing myself for not making it sooner!
If you're anything like me, you have your very favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, although you may occasionally stray into chocolate cookie land or thumbprint terrain during the holidays. I remain pretty true to what I know to be good. That being said, I've done a lot of experimenting with interesting flavor profiles and have discovered a few wonderful additions to your favorite cookie recipe.