Get Ready to Channel Your Inner Willy Wonka with This Cookbook

(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

The book: Sweet Things by Annie Rigg

The angle: Little sweet treats to make and gift.

Recipes for right now: Bitter Orange Chocolate Truffles, Caramel Nougat Bars, Peppermint Creams, Toasted Coconut Marshmallows, Turkish Delight, Cherry Brandy Fudge, Almond and Pistachio Turron, Candy Canes

Who would enjoy this book? Those who want all the candy in the candy shop.

Quick Facts

Who wrote it: Annie Rigg

Who published it: Kyle Books

Other highlights: Every year, I swear this is the year that I’ll make all edible gifts for the holidays. Every year, I get distracted, discouraged, or otherwise dissuaded in my pursuit. But with Sweet Things in my hands, I’m starting to believe that this year might just be The Year.

This book is full of the kinds of candies that appeal to both my sweet tooth and my inner Willy Wonka. (I love tinkering with sugar, melting chocolate, and wielding my candy thermometer with gusto). Annie Riggs has included projects for everything from basic chocolate truffles to old-fashioned candy canes, and every classic candy store sweet in between. While I know I’ll have to curb my expectations in the looks department — Annie’s treats look so bee-yoooo-tiful — the amount of careful detail she’s included with each recipe makes me confident heading into the kitchen.

If you’re on my gift list, get excited: Your hand-crafted candies may look a bit nubbly, but I promise they’ll be delicious.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Sweet Things by Annie Rigg

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