'candies' on Serious Eats

Soft Caramels

Buttery, chewy, soft caramel makes great candies and is a tooth-saving alternative for tough or hard caramel apples. I love making it with the seeds scraped from the inside of a vanilla bean, with fleur de sel sprinkled on the top. These caramels wrapped in a twisted square of waxed paper make wonderful homemade gifts. More

Cakespy: Chocolate Covered Potato Kisses

Turns out, potato is a surprisingly versatile candy filling, working very well with a variety of flavors and textures and making for a texture that is surprisingly creamy. This recipe for Potato Kisses is rich with sweetened coconut. And of course, like so many things, it's even better with a rich coating of dark chocolate. More

Cook the Book: Sweet Potato Pralines

I suppose I was playing it safe when I chose these Sweet Potato Pralines since the recipe only includes a scant two tablespoons of sweet potato. The finished candy didn't end up tasting all that sweet potato-y at all, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Regardless of the lack sweet potato flavor, the pralines were pretty spot on—sugary sweet with a great crunch and tons of nutty pecan nibs. More

Chocolate-Covered Almonds

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How to Make Gumball Flower Lollipops

[Photograph: Gourmet Mom-on-the-Go] I never felt compelled to buy gumballs and lollipop sticks until I saw these gumball flowers by Gourmet Mon on-the-Go. Stick small gumballs around a larger gumball with a ring of icing and you've got a cute and easy-to-make treat. [via Epicute] Related Pie Lollipops Oh My God, Maple Bacon Lollipops... More

Japanese Snack Review: Takoyaki-ya San, or Gobs of Goo

When faced with cute Japanese candy, my brain tends to switch to "automatic Japanese candy response mode" by taking whatever candy is in front of me and placing it into my shopping basket. I have no choice but to buy what goes into my basket. No choice. Even if it's something as ridiculous as Takoyaki-ya San, a gummy candy meant to resemble octopus-filled dough balls. I saw it while shopping at Mitsuwa in Edgewater, New Jersey, where I only had to look at the package for two seconds before deciding, "This probably isn't worth my money, but I'm going to buy it anyway." I wasn't enticed by the takoyaki resemblance though—the best part was that you had to make... More

White Rabbit Candies, Now with Kidney Stones

Milky nougat-like White Rabbit candies have been found to contain melamine, adding to the string of melamine-tainted dairy products coming from China. Melamine is an industrial chemical that can cause kidney stones and kidney failure, and has already sickened tens of thousands of infants in China. [via Gothamist]... More

Photo of the Day: Franks Bubble Gum

Would a dark pink, rod-shaped piece of gum intrigue you much? Probably not. But market it as Franks Bubble Gum and you have a winner! Same probably goes for flat, disc shaped gum—Flat Gum Patties wouldn't make for an enticing name, but Bologna Bubble Gum? Yeah!... More

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