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GIVEAWAY: The Complete Photo Guide to CANDY MAKING and How to Make Painted Chocolates

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UPDATE: Congratulations to Debby! Her comment was randomly drawn to win. Thank you all for participating!

 

I’m always so impressed by the work and books by Autumn Carpenter, co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt, a cake and candy supply store, or a haven for folks like us.Her books are packed with information that is easy to access, exactly what the reader needs, never overwhelming, and always thorough.  The Complete Photo Guide to Candy Making is precisely all these things. Over 600 photographs guide you so you need never be intimidated by tempering chocolate or candy thermometers.  This book is especially handy for beginners (both nervous and brave) to use as an essential reference.

Here is everything covered, with about a jillion details in between:

All the basics and supplies you need — working with chocolate and cooked candies, including the sugar stages — dipped treats, barks and clusters (such as strawberries, pretzels, barks and adding decorations) — fudge — caramels — toffees, brittles, and hard candy — candy centers and fondant — truffles and ganache centers — marshmallows, divinity and mints — miscellaneous candies such as marzipan, gummies and taffy — troubleshooting tips (even the tiniest of details such as how to trim chocolate puddles from your dipped treats) — how to store candy and give as gifts.

Do you want to win a copy? Scroll to the end for the giveaway.

 

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WHAT I MADE: Pretty painted chocolates

I found this simple candy mold in the craft store, then I followed the instructions in the book for making molded chocolate, including the tips on how to “paint” details. Easy peasy, instant treats.

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I used candy melts in varying colors, available from the craft store. For the flowers, I melted just a few discs of each color in the microwave. With a small paint brush, I “painted” a flower design in the mold with the melted chocolate and let it set well.

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Then, I filled a disposable decorating bag (available at the craft store) with white candy melts, melted in the microwave, snipped a bit off of the tip and piped to fill each cavity. Pick up and tap the mold on the counter a few times and let the candy set well, about an hour or two. Then I popped them out, and that’s it.

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THE GIVEAWAY

Leave a comment here before Wednesday, May 7, midnight, EST

for a chance to win a copy of The Complete Photo Guide to Candy Making

Winner chosen randomly.

Winner has 48 hours to respond after being notified before another winner is drawn.

Ships to US addresses only.

 

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57 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Would love to win, this looks so fun!

  2. Michele Jones
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    My children and I would be able to have lots of fun with this. We love to make candies for holiday sharing. :)

  3. Adriana
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Sempre quiz aprender a fazer… e com esse presente seria ótimo!!!

  4. Annette
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Just love looking at the different stuff that u come
    Out with.

  5. Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    hola un saludo muy bonito y riquisimo se ve todo maravillosas fotos me encanta un abrazo Erika

  6. Roschelle
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    Would love to win this!!

  7. Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Your pretty painted chocolates are so, well…PRETTY!

  8. Missy
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    would love to win a copy of this book!

  9. ladywild
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    This looks fun

  10. neonmoon10
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    yum, candy!

  11. Dri
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Would love this – wherever you go with candy = insta-popularity!

  12. Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Oh I would really love to read this! I love making Candy for gifts!

  13. Posted May 1, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    What a cute idea for candy making. This would make a great gift to give.

  14. Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    I love seeing how you decorated with chocolate! I love that!

  15. Luz
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    This would be great to make candies with my daughter. Her 16th birthday is your deadline.

  16. Posted May 1, 2014 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I sooooo want this book, but the husband would kill me if I bought another cooking book. :)
    -L.

  17. Edit Churchill
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    This book looks awesome!! I have always loved making different chocolates, so would love to be able to try new ideas out!

  18. Nikki
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Such a fun giveaway!! Would love to win!

  19. Miriam
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Wow looks like a fun book!

  20. jan
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

    Fun giveaway!

  21. Kristin t
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win!

  22. Kristin t
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win!

  23. Posted May 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Permalink

    I’d love the inspiration to make candies more often, and pretty pictures are always a plus.

  24. Posted May 1, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win this book as candy and chocolate making/tempering is quite the passion of mine.

    Oh, and you just reminded me that I forgot to buy myself a peanut butter cup mold when I placed my US Amazon order. Ugh, duh me.

    As you know, I’m not a US resident but I do have a US friend that’s willing to ship it over. So *if* I win, it can be sent to a US address. I’m assuming that it’s still cool for me to enter?

  25. Kim F.
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm | Permalink

    This book looks like so much fun!!

  26. Sarah Nelson
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    It doesn’t seem like something so pretty could be that easy. I’m amazed that it is! Makes me wonder what else I’ve been staying away from because I thought it was way too challenging.

  27. Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    I did not know that Autumn Carpenter was co-owner of Country Kitchen SweetArt. Good to know! I’m always looking to learn more candy making tips and would love this book.

  28. Jen Y
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win!

  29. sandie
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    I love making candy!

  30. Amy tanner
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 12:32 am | Permalink

    I love to make candies and would to learn to make new ones.

  31. Posted May 2, 2014 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    I would love to win this book!

  32. areli hernandez
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    I would love to have it

  33. Taysha R
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

    Would love to experiment w/candy making

  34. Deborah
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this cute book!

  35. sarah f
    Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Looks like a great book!

  36. BIANCA
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    so cute!

  37. Debra Lee
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    There is nothing better than homemade candies!

  38. Lindsay Lee
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I would love love love to win this!!!

  39. Angie
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 2:58 am | Permalink

    This looks like so much fun!

  40. ColleenB. ~ Texas
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    Love your pretty painted chocolates. They are adorable.
    I would dearly love to win this.
    Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

  41. Anne N.
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    i would LOVE to win this book!

  42. Shannon Nelson
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    I love making candy and my family loves it when I make it. Would love to win this and learn how to make new candies.

  43. Lisa
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Those are pretty. I love new ideas that aren’t too time comuming! I tend to have too many ideas and not enough hours.

  44. jane d
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    I’d love to win this–yummy looking!

  45. Posted May 4, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Seems like such an amazing and helpful book!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  46. Jeannine DiBart
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    great give-away! Looks like a wonderful book!

  47. Debra D.
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    I HOPE I CAN WIN THIS BOOK BECAUSE I LOVE MAKING CANDY AND SUCH…

  48. Veronica rodriguez
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    Would luv this! Looking for cute ideas for my boys birthday party! Thanks for the opportunity.

  49. monica A
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I love making candy than buying store bought. It’s fun and your look like the almighty candy superhero in their eyes.

  50. Karen H
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    I love to make candy-it would be nice to have some new,creative ideas

  51. Patty
    Posted May 4, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Permalink

    It looks like an awesome book and I’d love to win it and not be so afraid of candy making! Thanks!

  52. Posted May 5, 2014 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! Now I’m thinking of chocolate…..

  53. Nancy Hilpert
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    That looks so fun!! I would love to win this book. It would be so fun to learn.

  54. Maya
    Posted May 5, 2014 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    This would be a great Mother’s Day gift to myself :)

  55. Barb
    Posted May 6, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    would be a great gift

  56. Lauren G.
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    What a fun book!

  57. Kelsey
    Posted May 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Looks like fun! I keep a bowl of candy on my desk at work; it’d be great to fill it with my own designs!

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