Field Guide to Candy is Out! Win a Copy of Your Own!

October 5th, 2009

FieldGuideCandy

Two years ago, one of my long-cherished goals suddenly blossomed into reality: I was offered the chance to write a cookbook. A great deal of testing, retesting, writing, and rewriting later Field Guide to Cookies emerged.

One year ago, just as the reality that I was now published was sinking in and the sight of my book in bookstores was becoming less surreal, fate came tripping round again: I was asked if I’d like to do a companion piece to my book, on candy.

Today, I’m happy to announce that my second book, Field Guide to Candy, is officially out in bookstores and available online!

Taking on candy was a truly exciting challenge for me. I had learned basic confection-making in pastry school and always wanted to keep expanding my knowledge. The plethora of renowned chocolatiers and candymakers in the Bay Area also served as constant inspiration. I’d take home a box of chocolates from Charles Chocolates or toffees from Fiona’s Sweet Shoppe and dream of reproducing them at home. Now, with the second book, I was able to turn my apartment into a miniature candy factory (sometimes a great thing, other times maybe not so much).

In Field Guide to Candy, I explore 100 candies from all around the world, from fudge to toffee to peanut butter cups to truffles. One of the reasons I think I’ve worked well with the Field Guide format is that I have a natural tendency to categorize things. It’s how I figure things out, by determining how they relate to each other and fit into the big picture. Knowing that toffee, caramels, and taffy are all variants of working with sugar, or that fondant and fudge are based on similar principles suddenly makes it easier to grasp the dizzyingly wide world of sweets.

I’ve tried to break the world of candy into bite-size categories in my book, from chocolates to sugar candies, to even a simple classics section. If you’re wondering if caramel corn, peanut butter balls, and rocky road made it onto the list, be assured these childhood favorites are there.

I’ve also included notes on the all-essential tasks of working with chocolate and working with sugar. Knowing how to work with these ingredients is integral to candy-making, and surely the root of many candy-making fears. I’ve tried to address many of the common pitfalls, and provide guidelines to make tempering chocolate or cooking sugar a snap.

Also, anyone who’s ever had a favorite candy, be it Milky Way or gummy bears or peppermint patties, likely knows there is a fabulously colorful history behind candy. From the origin of saltwater taffy, to Joseph Fry’s creation of the first chocolate bar, to why English toffee and sherbet mean different things in the UK and the US, there are plenty of fascinating stories once you pull back the sugary sweet curtain. Learning about the history behind some of the most well-loved candies was definitely a highlight of the research I did, and I hope that you’ll find the tidbits I share in the book as entertaining as I did.

 

Finally, in creating the photos for the book, I got a chance to work with Tucker+Hossler, a very talented SF-based team. Their experience in working on cookbooks really shone through as we blazed through a three day photoshoot. I’m really happy with the art direction for this book; as you can see, we got to do a bit more styling this time and come up with some really lovely shots. Just as with the Field Guide to Cookies, there is a photo of every candy in the book!

You can find Field Guide to Candy at your local bookstore, or order it from Amazon, Quirk Books, or Chronicle Books.

Most exciting, there’s going to be a party!! if you are in the Bay Area, I’d like to invite you to the book release party for Field Guide to Candy which will be

Saturday, October 17, 2009, 3-4 PM at

Omnivore Books

3885 Cesar Chavez Street

San Francisco, CA 94131

415-281-4172

 

Omnivore Books is like my my fondest foodie dream realized: a bookstore filled exclusively with books about food. The owner, Celia Sack, knows so much about food literature: the fabulous vintage cookbooks displayed throughout the store are from her collection. I had a great time speaking there last year about my cookie book, and I’m extremely excited to be able to celebrate the release of Field Guide to Candy there! I hope to see you October 17!

Even if you can’t make it, I’d like to thank all my readers for their continued support by giving away two copies of Field Guide to Candy. Just tell me your favorite candy in the comments below, and I will randomly pick two winners at the end of Sunday, October 11. Good luck and happy candy-making!

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176 Comments so far ↓

  • Jamie #1

    Wow! Isn’t that exciting and congratulations! What a thrill! I’d love to win a copy of your cookbook. My favorite candy? Difficult! Either chocolate-covered soft caramels or chocolate-covered marshmallows. Yum!

  • deeba #2

    Congrats on your second book Anita. No mean feat & an excellent one. My fave candy is the English toffee that the nuns used to sell in the tuck shop in school! Good luck to you for the release & book signings. Wish I lived in the US!!

  • Lauren #3

    Hmmm, I’d have to say my favorite candy would probably have to be Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nut Turtles, but if marshmallows count as candy then peppermint marshmallows.

  • christine u #4

    omg, it’s already out! congrats, anita!! i love peanut butter cups…and toffee, too…

  • Mina #5

    It’s truffles – in every way! But actually chocolate is my favourite.. ;)

    Wish you all the Best with yout new book!

    Mina

  • Aparna #6

    Congratulations Anita on realising your dream. One more book and it’ll be a hat trick! :)

    I don’t like toffee or caramel types of candy but if its chocolate I love it (so long as it isn’t the liquor filled kind). :)

  • Dani #7

    I have so many recipes tagged in Field Guide to Cookies that I haven’t been able to try them all yet. I have only taken baby steps with candy making. I really look forward to the tips and techniques which you’ll be providing in Field Guide to Candy. And there will be time to play with it and (hopefully) learn enough by Christmas to make candy good enough for gifts! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. My favorite candy is any kind of chocolate-covered nuts.

  • Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy #8

    Even more than cookies, I am really a candy freak, to be honest! I’m excited about your cookbook!!

    I used to love Goetze Caramel Creams but I’ve been avoiding most things made with corn syrup so I haven’t eaten them much – ditto for Candy Corn and all things caramel. But I love them probably the most of all candy. Last weekend I made some caramel at home (with honey instead of CS) and it was great so I’ll probably try to recreate them now.

    Here in Italy, I crave Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and chocolate with caramel or peanuts in it – here it’s mostly almonds and hazelnuts. And of course things made with marshmallows, which are not popular here, or are only the French colored versions which are definitely different from our plain white ones.

  • Maureen in Oakland #9

    Congrats! It looks fantastic. And peanut brittle is my hands down favorite candy.

  • Renee #10

    Wow! That is so awesome!!! You should be super proud of yourself!

    My favorite candy is really good dark chocolate.

    Good luck!!

  • JanJan #11

    I remember picking out MilkMaid caramels from my Halloween loot so I could gobble them up right away. Now, mention anything caramel or toffee (anything browned sugar and butter!) and I’m interested!

  • Ria #12

    Anita,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! The front cover tells a lot about the contents of the book! WOW!

    My favourite candy is FUDGE, especially Chocolate Pistachio Fudge. I love the contrast of the colours in it…deep brown n green :)

    Thanks a bunch for the inviting us! :)

    xx

  • Maddox #13

    Congratulations on the book! How marvelous.

    Favorite candy? Oh definately slightly salted hazelnut pralene truffles…today…

  • Eva #14

    i recently found your blog, and it’s been a real joy to read. congratulations on your second book.

    by the way, my favorite candy is dutch liquorice.^^

  • Julia #15

    My favorite candy: leche quemada, or burnt milk candy. Mmmmm…

  • Lisa #16

    Congratulations again, Anita! So happy for you! :)

    xoxoxox

  • AmyLynn #17

    Caramels!

  • Maybe #18

    Congratulations for your second book ! My favourite candy is salted butter fudge (I’m French so I don’t know if it’s the right translation…). Can international reader participate to the giveaway ?

  • AmyRuth #19

    Oh my lovely goodness…. truly. I make toffee with dark chocolate and toasted almost slices. Its wonderful. My children’s teachers receive it for Christmas presents. They (the teachers) love my children. he he
    So I would love to learn more about other candy making from you and your book. Please and thank you for this opportunity to receive your gift.
    AmyRuth

  • Michelle #20

    anything chocolate will be my favourite =)

  • Chocolate Shavings #21

    I’d have to say lolipops and carambars! Your books sounds great!

  • Valerie #22

    Good Morning! YIKES, a candy book, a girl after my own heart!! Ummm…*gumdrops* would do it for me!!! Thx loads, Valerie xo

  • Alicia #23

    I love Snickers! Yummy :D

  • sara #24

    Oooooh, cool giveaway! I’d have to say my fav candy is Reeses! :)

  • Becky #25

    Chocolate covered cherries especially at Christmas.

  • Jalanda #26

    My absolute favorite candy is Chocolate Turtles. Love the nuts, caramel and chocolate. Yum!

  • Amarielle #27

    So hard to choose! Depends on my mood, but for now, sour candies (e.g. lemon heads). Congrats on the book!

  • Kati Angelini #28

    Oh, congrats and I am thrilled for you!! You are the field guide queen-I love this style of books-keep up the great work. My fave candies are pb cups and toffees, but there are soo darn many more, thanks for the chance to win a copy of this exciting new book!

  • kristina #29

    Congratulations! How I wish I could attend the party! I’d love to enter the giveaway. My all-time favorite candy is my grandma’s walnut chocolates :) K

  • Alessia #30

    Way to go, Anita!
    My favorite candy would have to be truffles – as for the flavor, I don’t know… that varies :)

  • Kim U #31

    Sounds like a really interesting cookbook! My favorite candies are peppermint patties, followed closely by peanut butter cups.

  • Tammy Adin #32

    The book sounds wonderful! My favorite candy is white chocolate fudge.

  • Denise #33

    Congratulations on the last book! I hope the sales are great!
    I wish I could buy your books, and any of the books you recomend… but Amazon doesn’t ship to my country…
    I love skittles btw!!

  • Emily Z #34

    All candy is my favorite! If I had to narrow it down however, it would probably be jelly beans or licorice.

  • Sharlaine #35

    Wonderful and Congratulations, my favorite candy is fudge, love it, love it, love it!!

  • Diane McNeil #36

    This book is gorgeous and I can’t wait to win one and buying one for Christmas, I have the perfect person for it.
    My favorite candy is anything with nuts, chocolate and caramel, so turtles win.

  • Devyn #37

    My favorite candy are cold reeses peanut butter cups – i keep them in the fridge!

    Keep up the good work, girl! love the site!

  • Qte #38

    Congratulations, your new book looks super-fun and delicious! I would LoVe to win one. So here is my favorite candy: TURKISH DELIGHT. (especially the one with double roasted nuts: yummm!!)

  • Stephanie #39

    First of all, congratulations on the new book! It has been such an exciting year for you! Secondly, my favorite candy is snickers. I could eat a bar every day and be completely happy :)

  • Akane #40

    I can’t choose only one favorite candy! My favorites are: dark chocolate truffels, daifuku mochi, licorice jellies, panforte and dark chocolate dipped nuts and coffee beans.

    Congrats for your fantastic book!

  • s.tai #41

    congrats! i vote for dark chocolate covered nuts.

  • Brandy #42

    My favorite candy….hmmm. Do I really have to choose JUST one? I *heart* ALL candy but I do go though spurts where I will crave one specific kind – right now it’s peanut butter cups. However with the holiday season coming, that will change – I do so love those candy canes!

    In case I win my email in words is:

    brandy underscore jarvis at hotmail dot com

  • Double Dipped Life #43

    Congratulations on the publication! It looks great! I have to say my favorite candy is caramel apples!

  • Meredith #44

    My favorite candy is the peanut butter cup…I have a weakness for it.

  • pat #45

    Almound mounds are to die for! I treat myself only once or twice a year as they are addictive.

  • Amanda Penhale #46

    My favorite candy is one that I made in school. It is a Pecan Buttercrunch. It has a toffe center with tempered chocolate and salted toasted pecans on top. It was my favorite thing I did in school.

  • Anda #47

    Congrats! I have your first book and I will surely get this one too.
    I love caramels and truffles.

  • Blair #48

    Anything chocolate and peanut butter!

  • Esme #49

    Turkish delights-I love the soft jelly, perfumed taste with just a sprinkling of sugar on top.

  • Sarah GIanocaro #50

    My favorite candy is dark chocolate truffles :) Congratulations on another book, Anita!

  • Annalise #51

    My favorite candy? That’s a hard one. But my favorite is probably Reeses Peanut Butter Cups.

    Congrats on the book, I think I’m going to have to buy it!

  • Anne #52

    Congratulations!! The book looks wonderful! My favorite candy? Milk chocolate, especially combined with hazelnuts. Yum!

  • Dolce #53

    Congratulations ! This looks yummy… and doable… Which is even better. I’ll go see the book at Amazon right away !

    My fav candy… Well… I would say the French “fraise tagada”, which is a strawberry flavored marshmallow, shaped like a strawberry and covered in red sugar. Truly chemical and amazingly good !

  • Stephanie #54

    That’s a tough one, but I really enjoy twizzlers…for homemade I love truffles. Congratulations on your 2nd book! What an accomplishment

  • Kat #55

    Congrats on the book =) I have way too many favorite candies but Ferrero Rocher is my ultimate comfort!

  • Mala #56

    Hi there,

    My favorite candies would be Toffees, caramel choclates, sugar candies…. Yumm….

    The book sounds great !!!! It would be really great to learn more from your book.

    Thanks again for the give away !

    Mala

  • Lisa J. #57

    Congratulations on the new book! I love to cook, and especially bake, but when it comes to candy I’m pretty easy. Any kind of chocolate covered peanuts!

  • Gina Lane #58

    My favorite candy is my own homemade peanut butter dark chocolate cups.

  • Charlynne #59

    Congratulations on the new book!

    Tough thing to do, but if I have to narrow it down to two it would have to be chocolate-peanut butter cups and peanut brittle.

  • Debbie #60

    I think it really depends on my mood…but I’ll take milk chocolate anytime! :)

    There’s one that I LOVE that I used to eat in Hong Kong when I was little…Kinder Bueno…mmmmMMM…that decadent hazelnut chocolate cream…mmmmMMMMMM…

  • Rosa #61

    congratulations! i do love a chilled twix, but that’s mostly for the shortbread

  • lisa #62

    Congrats on the 2nd book! That’s great news! I love Omnivore Books (it’s in my old neighborhood!) I only wish I could be there for your book signing.

    Hmmm, my favorite candy has to be any kind of dark chocolate truffle variation…

  • Myla #63

    Congratulations!

    Tiger butter’s my favourite!!

  • Mimi #64

    Congratulations on your new book. My favorite candy is brown sugar fudge, or anything brown sugar flavored.
    Mimi

  • Julie #65

    Congrats on the book! I’m all for chocolate covered orange peels and chocolate and caramel covered marshmallows.

  • Lucy Vaserfirer #66

    I love pâte de fruit and anything chocolate. Also, congratulations on your new book!

  • Lisa Blank #67

    Congrats on your new book! I fondly remember buying your first book as gifts for family members last year and including a tin of cookies made from the book. It was a hit!

    It’s hard to narrow my favorite candy down to one, since it’s subject to change at any time. Let’s just go with a current favorite: Italian torrone.

  • Patricia #68

    It’s really hard to choose one candy as a favorite, I love them all so much… but if I had to pick only one today I would say pralines.

  • Dee #69

    Aww..how awesome is that….Congrats on your second book!!
    Love everything from sees candies especially the Toffee-ettes®

  • Vickie #70

    Hi,

    I’ve been following your blog for more than two years now and I regret never having commented before.
    Congrats on the second book, your phtotos are amazing! And so are your recipes.
    My favorite candy has got to be fudge or anything chocolately.

    Vickie

  • Collette #71

    Favorite candy? Hmmm, sadly enough it’s probably chewy mini sweetarts. I know, I can’t explain either.

    And Congratulations! The book looks lovely.

  • Willow #72

    I honestly don’t think toffee (preferably with almonds and coated with chocolate) can beat. I also like nougat with almonds. But I am completely delighted to see that daifuku mochi is in your candy book; when I saw that, I knew I *had* to find this book. Congratulations! :)

  • Rachel B #73

    Anita, congratulations on your second book!! I hope to see you at my favorite store on earth, Omnivore.
    My favorite candy is the dark chocolate covered bordeaux from See’s Candies. It’s brown sugar buttercream center covered with tiny real chocolate sprinkles.
    link to sees.com
    Also, are those lovely pastel pillows in the silver dish in the photo on top of the post marhsmallows? Or another type of candy? I assume the recipe is in the book. :)

  • Faith Kramer #74

    Congrats. Wishing you lots of sweet success.
    I have many favorite candies but right now the object of my desire is (very stale) chocolate malted milk balls.

  • Lindsay the Scoop Adventurer #75

    Congrats on your second book, Anita! I would have to say that my favorite candy is anything dark chocolate, but especially the Endangered Species brand 72% dark chocolate. Yum!

  • Jacquie #76

    Homemade marshmallows!

    Congrats on your new book. Looks deeelish!

  • Adi #77

    Congratulations on the release of your new book!
    My favorite candies are sour wine gummies.

  • abbey #78

    sea salt caramel — most days— current guilty pleasure (that I’ve so far avoided actually eating) – candy corn.

  • Lauren #79

    Does fudge count as candy? If so, the milk chocolate is my fave! Other than that I love Lifesaver gummies!

  • steph (whisk/spoon) #80

    congratulations–your new book is lovely! picking a favorite candy is a toughie, but i’d have to say truffles.

  • Kerrin @ MyKugelhopf #81

    Congratulations on book #2! The categories sound perfect – the book will be real easy to use and find things fast. Looking forward to the recipes and photos, and to the stories and history too!

    Favorite candy? Tough question. Buuut, if I have to chose… sponge candy/honeycomb, dipped in dark chocolate. Mmmm!

  • sarah #82

    my favorite candy is Reeses pieces!

  • Jen T. #83

    Congratulations Anita! I don’t know if I have a favorite candy, but I guess I really like gummies and chocolate-covered peanuts.

  • Amy #84

    Congratulations! One of my favorites is homemade Russian Fudge (it’s no coincidence I make a huge batch of it for Christmas).

  • Louise #85

    congrats!!! my favorite candy is caramel candy :)

  • Maria #86

    I can’t wait to have this book in my hands:) I loved your cookie book and I know this one will be just as fabulous. Congrats Anita! I am sure I will be making lots of candy for the holidays.

  • Renee Ting #87

    Yay!!! Congrats!! Can’t wait to see it! (no need to enter me in the drawing)

  • Rachael #88

    Snickers!

  • Rene Rodgers #89

    I love making Toffee! I can’t make it very often though, because I can and will happily eat the entire batch :D.

  • snooky doodle #90

    nice!! peanut butter cups and liquorish are my favourite

  • ReNi #91

    Congratulations to your new book!
    ReNi

  • Judith #92

    My favorite is that rainbow coconut candy they have in the South. Congratulations!

  • Maggie #93

    peanut butter cups with just the right ratio of chocolate to peanut butter!

  • Cathy #94

    I love Maltesers!

  • Hannah J #95

    Hmm… my favorite candy would deffinetly be gummies shaped like over easy eggs :)

  • Caroline Côté #96

    Congratulations for your new book! It looks delicious! My favorite candy are chocolate nutty truffles :D Thank you!

  • Karen #97

    I love Mars bars!

  • shoshana #98

    Homemade marshmallows in pretty much any flavor, but my absolute favorite might be cranberry marshmallows dipped in dark chocolate. Out of this world delicious

  • Sarah #99

    How can I pick a favorite? I’ll go for top two: caramels and anything peanut butter and chocolate.

  • Andrea Lowther #100

    Congratulations on your book. I love candy, because it makes me happy. I go through different stages of what I like, however you can usually find Candy Corn in my cabinet.

  • Laura #101

    congratulations! my favourite candy is definitely chocolate truffles, preferably filled with praline… yum…

  • Caroline #102

    Congratulations on your 2nd book! I wonder if we’ll hear about a 3rd book soon!

    My favorite candy would be tagada from Haribo.

  • Hannah #103

    Congratulations on the cookbook. My favorite candy is anything with chocolate and hazelnut. Mmmm.

  • Joyce #104

    Congratulations to you…. very nice of you to give us a chance to win ur books. i would say chocolate truffle would be my best candy..hehe.. have fun party

  • jo #105

    Congratulations on your 2nd booking! I thought the Cookies one was great and look forward to seeing this one on the shelfs soon. My fav has got to be peanut brittle, love the crunch and the sugar fix!

  • Jessica #106

    Congrats! My favorite candy has to be anything sour, though I also love gummy bears!

  • Angela #107

    Good luck! Peanut brittle and fudge!! Yummy!

  • Anna #108

    Caramels :) yum.

  • Jessica "Su Good Sweets" #109

    Congratulations! My favorite candy is chocolate truffles.

  • Jenny #110

    My favourite candy… i really like those chinese peanut candy, traditional and yet wholesome. Whole roasted peanuts covered with sugar syrup and coated with toasted sesame seeds… with each bite and chew, the peanuts just burst with peanuty flavour… simple but yet nice.

  • Carlene #111

    Congratulations on your 2nd book. My favorite candies are Velati’s Caramels (available only by mail order these days)and really, really good dark chocolate covered vanilla and/or fruit cremes…

  • Corynn #112

    Skittles are my favorite!

  • Kirsten #113

    Turtles (the candy, not our hardshelled, slow moving friends) or thin mints. Chocolate and mint, mmmmm….

    Congrats on your book Anita! Come to New York!

  • Betty #114

    Does marzipan count? Because oh man, marzipan.

  • mags #115

    Congratulations! This is so very exciting.

    My favorite candy is toffee covered in milk chocolate. That and Twizzler Cherry Bites.

  • Jill #116

    Congratulations on book #2!

    I like just about any kind of candy, but one that stands out are fruit slices: those jelly candies that look like a slice of fruit and they’re covered with sugar. So good!

  • Jit #117

    I love Mars candy bars.

  • Angie #118

    I love gummy candies with all my heart! :)

  • Josiah #119

    I like lollipops!

  • Belle #120

    Red gummy worms.
    And chocolates from Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates in Wichita, Kansas.

  • Amanda #121

    congrats on your new book! my fav candy is sour patch kids but my fav chocolate is lake champlain 60% dark chocolate!

  • My #122

    Congratulations Anita. How exciting! Re: my fave candy — that’s hard cuz I like everything…especially candy with almonds in them!

  • maddy #123

    Circus Peanuts!

    Just kidding, my favorite candy would have to be gummy bears.

  • Kendall #124

    Mmm…favorite candy? That’s difficult. Do chocolate covered strawberries count? Or is that more fruit?

    Mmm…I’m hungry now.

  • Elizabeth McWilliams #125

    Congrats on your new book coming out! Favorite candy is definitely Chocolate covered honey comb, both milk chocolate and dark chocolate are equally delicious.

  • Debbie #126

    Congrats on your new book! Wonderful! My favorite candy–See’s chocolate covered bordeaux’s. YUM!

  • Yael #127

    Congratulations! I love your first book “Field Guide to Cookies”! Hope I can win this one, but will buy it even if not. Favorite candy? Hmmmm, that’s a hard one since I LOVE candy- but I will go with twizzlers red licorice- simple but divine!

  • Susan #128

    Ok. Really good chocolate covered cherries or sallted caramel covered in dark chocolate. Congratulations on the book!

  • Christi #129

    That’s so impressive to have another book out already! Congrats!

    My fav. candy is homemade turtle candies!

  • Kath #130

    Caramels, always caramels! Any way, any time doesn’t matter! So happy for you – the book looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • alexis ellis #131

    My farvorite would have to junior mints.

  • Suzanne #132

    Congratualtions on your book!! I’m looking forward to peruing it, although candy-making does intimidate me a little. My favorite candy is dark chocolate-covered caramels.

  • Asha #133

    Anita.. Congratulations on the book!! :)) Candy is an interesting subject.. Will look out for the book at my store (but I hope I win one from you :) ).. Anyway my favorite candy is “Almond Joy”. My grand aunt used to bring it for me during her annual visits when I lived in India and the love still holds :)

  • Jelli Bean #134

    My favorite candy is a simple milk chocolate truffle. No nonsense, just gooey chocolate goodness. MMM. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Cookbook #135

    Congrats on the new book! My favorite candy is the classic Toblerone bar.

  • sandhya #136

    Congrats on your book anita… My fav candy is chocolate truffles….

  • Chris T. #137

    Congratulations & Kudos to you for both books published. It’s a great achievement and don’t forget to give yourself a big PAT on your back!

    My favourite candy brings back memories to Chinese New Year candies which I had not have in many, many years. It’s pillow shape (rectangular with the ends kinda tucked in like ‘inverted c’ at both ends. It is not overly sweet, crunchy on the outside and yummy melty inside with a taste of peanut butter…Oh,if only I know how to make these. By the way, I think it was covered with a piece of rice paper too, then the wrapper. I always let the rice paper melt on my tongue first before eating that yummy candy. It truly brings back sweet memories!

    Cheers and goodluck on your book release party, Oct 17 2009 – A Great Day to Remember for you!

    God Bless
    Chris

  • Wynn #138

    Dark chocolate covered caramel. Yum!

  • Amanda #139

    Divinity is my favorite, just walnuts in it – no candied “stuff” or pretty colors. Fluffy sugar stuff! Marvelous…

  • Meghann #140

    Congrats on the new book! I can’t wait to pick up a copy of it. My favorite cheap candy would have to be Almond Joys or the old school Bit O’ Honey. For something fancier I love an exotic flavored truffle. Yum!

  • Meghan #141

    Congratulations on the new book! What fun. I love candy, especially gummies! Gummy bears, gummy worms, fruit jellies… mmm, candy!!

  • la peca #142

    Wow!! Congratulations!! Such great accomplishments. I wish I were in the Bay Area to celebrate alongside. Me? I’m all about truffles…as long as they’re good quality chocolate. :)

  • Diane Ocon #143

    My grandma used to work for Annabelle’s when I was a kid…my favorite candy is their Abba Zabba’s. And their Big Hunks!

  • Anita #144

    I love chocolate truffles…. actually anything chocolatey.

  • Annie S #145

    Hi,

    Congrats! I am commenting for the first time thou i am pretty everyday on your blog . Would love to own both your books for in India we still do not have detailed books on cookies and candies:)

    Fav candy is peanut butter cup and all kinds of truffles:)

    thanks for posting such delicious recipes
    Annie

  • Jill B #146

    Hmmm. A good truffle (meaning an “actual” truffle, not some factory-made block-o-chocolate).

  • Carol #147

    I love all forms of Kit Kats — though sort of along those lines, Coffee Crisps as well! :) The books looks fantastic!

  • Bing #148

    Scharfenberger chocolates are my favorite!

  • Sarah #149

    Congratulations! Two books: so impressive!

    My favorite candies are dark chocolate truffles and fruit chews (ie, Starburst) . . . so different but each are bite-size and fill different types of cravings.

  • Annie D #150

    My favorite candies are dark chocolate vanilla creams. There is a local candy company here in Ohio called Ben Heggy Chocolates and their candy is awesome!! I dream about their dark chocolate candies and also their caramels. They are heavenly! Congratulations on your book. I would love to learn how to make candy.

  • Betsy #151

    Your book sounds great – congratulations! My favorite candy is buckeyes (the state tree of Ohio and, for those who aren’t familiar, they are chocolate covered peanut balls). Yum!

  • Suzy #152

    Congratulations, Anita! This is so exciting! I love toffee. It is by far the best candy around. Anything with it, is a zillion times better in my opinion!

  • Jess #153

    all of it?? I love caramel and chocolate together :)

    Congrats on the books!

  • Sarah #154

    Milk bottles! They’re vanilla flavored white bottle shaped candies. Yum!

  • sylvie #155

    Only 2, that’s hard! I’d say fudge and toffee. Congrats on the new book.

  • Nirmala #156

    Congrats Anita! And wishing you many more field guides ;) My favorite candy is a simple cadbury milk chocolate bar (no additions :))!

  • doreen #157

    Candy is my weakness, so I don’t know that I have one favorite. In fact, I have several! Red Vines and anything with caramel make me happy, but See’s rasberry buttercreams make me swoon!

    *fingers crossed*

  • jane #158

    Congrats on the book ! Any type of caramel candy is my fav :-)

  • Rachel #159

    congrats! fantastic book with very nice pictures. wish i’m in US. my fav candy would be the rabbit milk candy. :D

  • Lindsay #160

    I love Peanut Butter Cups and have a soft spot for Almond Joys. Your book looks fabulous. Can’t wait to check it out ;)

  • Chris Quinones #161

    I love a GOOD peanut brittle. Congratulations on your newest book!

  • Nicole #162

    Wow Anita congrats with the new book!

    my favorite candy is chocolate toffee turtles! Love love those! yummy!

  • Tracy #163

    Congratulations on the book!

    Trying to pick ONE favorite candy is a difficult task but since moving to Kentucky, I would have to say bourbon balls. Nothing like the cookie crumb rum balls I grew up with but a boozy, creamy center enrobed in rich chocolate and topped with a pecan- yum!

  • Mati #164

    When my mom was pregnant with me, she had a powerful craving for those orange circus peanuts, which otherwise repelled her. Sure enough, years later I rediscovered them and craved them too… although they’re really pretty gross.

    Otherwise, chocolate and coconut marshmallows.

  • Eunice #165

    Cadbury Flakes!

    Wow. A job that incorporates photography, food and writing. Do you need a assistant? Because that’s like a dream come true!

  • brittany mcmillan #166

    congrats Mine would have to be caramel dipped apples :)

  • Julie #167

    My favorite candy to make is truffles. My favorite candy to eat would be candy cane marshmallows.

  • Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes) #168

    If the cover is anything to go by, this book is going to be just as successful as your previous book! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  • Deepthi #169

    My favourite candy is my grandma’s sesame brittle (chikki, in Hindi)that she made using cane sugar and all kinds of delicious spices. When I was a kid, I used to take them to school and told all my friends that I had a chikki tree from which I used to pluck off a few chikkis every morning ;). They all believed me! :)

  • Laurel #170

    Congratulations! Isn’t it wonderful when you can have so much fun and make a living too? My only other question is why there are never any book signings in Waxahachie, Texas? Of course, we don’t have a for real bookstore but hey, they’ll order it for you.

  • Eleanor #171

    I would love to win a copy however, I cheated and bought my copy……. It arrived a few weeks ago and I can’t decide which one to make first!

  • anahita #172

    Dark chocolate covered honeycomb pieces!

  • maike #173

    Charleston chews … frozen :)

  • omri #174

    I thought that my favorite candy is somthing else, until I saw your “formal strawberry” it look so GOOD!!! I hope to win this thing, because usaly english-recpie books get to isreal….:(

  • David #175

    I just bought your book Field Guide to Candy. I was very impressed with how well you made the recipes so easy to follow. I had to check out your website. I work in sales and finance all day long. My escape and outlet is making desserts and dishes for others. Bringing a smile to people at the end of the day makes all the rest of the torment go away. Thank you for bringing a smile to my face. I don’t want the free book. I would rather buy it to show support. Thank you for your blog and talent!

  • Olivia C. #176

    I know this has been out now for a few years, but there aren’t words to describe how much this book ROCKS!!!! :) Every recipe in it is golden, and I can’t get enough! Thank you so much for an amazing resource!! :)

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