Here's a really fun question from Merry123, who writes:
We're in search of really good candy recipes that will hold up in shape, appearance, and taste in warm weather for my older kids (preteen/teens) to make for county fair projects. In past years they've made fudge, mocha truffles, candied orange pecans, chocolate covered marshmallows from the Martha Stewart website, and pâtes de fruit. They're open to new ideas and challenges.
Well, we have quite a lot of candy recipes in our archives, Merry! Maybe one of them will offer inspiration? Here's a big list we compiled last Christmas:
Here is our whole archive of candy recipes, too. The two recipes pictured above are:
What about a caramel candy? Caramel is a great skill to learn, and there's so much in the process to learn about caramelization, how sugar is heated, and what the stages are. Perhaps they could make three kinds of caramel: a very soft taffy, a firmer flavored caramel, and a brittle toffee, to demonstrate their mastery of the subject.
Readers, do you have any suggestions?
(Images: Faith Durand)