19 Jan January 19, 2012

Decorating with Chocolate VIDEOS 1 and 2

Lynn Hawks 7 Chocolate 101

Advanced and OH SO inspiring techniques in decorating with chocolate. Presented by Grand-Place Chocolates in Vietnam. Enjoy both segments. Gourmet Candy Maker will discuss equipment/tools you need, optimal kitchen conditions, work surface and tempering premium Chocolate in a companion video.  

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16 Jan January 16, 2012

Crunchy Nut Caramel Popcorn

Lynn Hawks 0 Candy Recipes

Superbowl Sunday is THE DAY for big, loud happy get togethers. Everyone thinks about serving hearty lunches and snacks like hot chili, chips & dips, hamburgers and beer but what about that sweet tooth? Home made Crunchy Nut Caramel Popcorn is a sweet treat that combines the favorite taste of popcorn and roasted nuts and satisfies the […]

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01 Jan January 01, 2012

Tools & Utensils for Candy Making

Lynn Hawks 11 Basics of Candy Making

EQUIPMENT FOR MAKING GOURMET CHOCOLATES   Being prepared, having everything you need at hand BEFORE you start your candy making projects-recipes will make the process easier and lots more fun.  Preparation is very simple and the tools are few.  Here is a list of MUST haves and a few items that make the process easier… […]

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CRANBERRY BARK is an all-time favorite during the holidays. Combining the seasonal ingredient of Cranberries into a chocolate lovers staple CHOCOLATE BARK makes for a delicious addition to your holiday assortments and a wonderful treat on any dessert table. Add roasted almonds to the mix and you have a treat that is at the top […]

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16 Dec December 16, 2011

Black Forest Truffles

Black Forest Truffles Originating from the CHOCOLATE COOKBOOK: “Chocolate and Confections From Home” this recipe is absolutely delicious. A departure from the purest Ganache recipe of heavy cream and premium chocolate. We highly recommend using PREMIUM chocolate vs Compound coating…  The flavor is unparalleled and certainly worth the cost and prep time.  Another Gourment Candy Maker suggestion: Use PREMIUM, Tempererd chocolate for coating/dipping […]

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Compound coating or compound chocolate is a popular, easy to use substitute for REAL chocolate. It is a sweet candy, comes in many colors, very affordable and does NOT require the process called tempering. To fully explain just exactly what compound coating is, the following article  posted on Sephra Gourmet Journal in 2009 explains compound chocolate or compound coating in great […]

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01 Oct October 01, 2011

Super EASY Gourmet Chocolate Fudge

Lynn Hawks 5 BLOG, Candy Recipes

  The basic recipe can be found all over the internet BUT this recipe has been modified to include PREMIUM CHOCOLATE! The difference is out of this world.  Resist the temptation to use chocolate chips. The results will not be the same! The Ingredients: 18 ounces PREMIUM chocolate  (Flavor of your choice, milk, dark or […]

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Did you know that OCTOBER is National Dessert month AND National Apple Month?? So…. What can we as candy makers do to celebrate? For starters lets celebrate both and give a DOUBLE DIPPED CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLE to our favorite teacher? Postman-lady, and/or neighbor?? October begins the season of yummy comfort foods, entertaining and celebrating with […]

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29 Sep September 29, 2011

Dble Dipped Caramel & Chocolate Apples

Lynn Hawks 1 Candy Recipes

Who can resist a super huge, double dipped Granny Smith Apple. Its a confection reminiscent of Fall and a favorite of almost everyone. What’s not to like?? Fresh crisp apple, rich, yummy, home made soft caramel coated in PURE gourmet chocolate! From there let you creative confectionery mind go wild! Our example has a final roll in chocolate chips!! […]

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31 Jul July 31, 2011

Rock Candy-Easy Summer Treat

Lynn Hawks 4 Candy Recipes

Rock candy is a great summer candy recipe that kids will love to make and then enjoy! It doesn’t include heat, safe for little ones and can actually be considered a simple science project Allow about a week to begin seeing the sugar crystals grow. Your kids will get up every morning to check the […]

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