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Rose Water Marshmallows

Candy, Desserts, General, Spring | April 9, 2014 | By

Rosewater Marshmallows

I admit it; I hibernated. I will avoid a rehash of the longest, hardest winter I remember ever in my life and get to the task at hand:  blogging.

Rose Water Marshmallows are a tribute to surviving the above mentioned winter and an homage to the eager anticipation of Spring.  The Spring rose of food coloring  is peeking through the snow sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar. Perfect. Spring has been peeking at us little by little even during a March 26th blast of snow.

Crocuses and Snow

I tasted them and immediately understood Confection as “a delicacy made with sweet ingredients.”  They are beautiful to look at and really unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. Yes, a marshmallow, but with that hint of rose flavor from the rose water they are unique and special…just like Spring.

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Apple Cider Caramels

Candy, Desserts, General | December 23, 2013 | By

Apple Cider Caramels

‘Tis the season for Apple Cider Caramels.  I love the slightly salty-chewiness of Fleur de Sel Caramels, but surprised myself by loving these even more with their smooth, buttery caramelness and  “bang-zoom” apple cider/cinnamon punch.  Once made, I have to go to great lengths to hide them:  there’s no way to keep it a secret with the smell of apple cider wafting through the house and that’s when my family vultures start circling!

The caramel making process is photographed and outlined in my Fleur de Sel Caramel post and this recipe is ever so slightly easier.  For wrapping, either buy the cellophane wrappers which will save a lot of time and are worth the money – about $14 for 1,000.  Or, cut up fifty, 4 inch squares of waxed or parchment paper.

Once upon a time, if you asked me what my favorite candy was, it would’ve been anything chocolate.  Now, it’s these.  I can hide them from my family, but how do I hide them from myself

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Fleur de Sel Caramels

Candy, Desserts, General | October 9, 2011 | By

Fleur de Sel Caramels

The road to happiness is paved with Fleur de Sel Caramels. I’m not sure there’s anything else to say. I can’t think of a reason to not make these. They are the creamiest, butteriest (hmmmm, that should be a word) of caramels with salt giving it the perfect salty-sweetness. In a word:  divine. I brought them to work and even the non-believers are now converts (did I just hear you say ooo la la?). And who doesn’t love to hear, “you really made these?” This is now my go-to gift for every occasion and I will definitely be cranking them out for the Holidays (yes, I’m going there) and have been asked to make them for a baby shower! The one thing you must own is a candy thermometer. It has to reach an exact temperature or you’ll end up with a really delicious caramel sauce (and you’re wondering how I would know that). It’s not a terrible mistake, but ever so slightly disappointing when you were expecting caramels. So what are you waiting for?

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