TIPS & ADVICE
Strips of candied grapefruit peel, candied orange and lemon rind, and whole kumquats are delicious Christmas sweets—whether you enjoy them plain or dipped in chocolate.
There are two ways to turn sugar into caramel: the "wet" cooking method and the "dry" cooking method. Learn how to make a basic or flavored caramel sauce. To turn the sauce into caramel candies, cook the sugar-butter-cream mixture to the firm ball stage: 242 degrees F (116 degrees C). Pour into a buttered pan and cool before slicing.
Beautiful, basic molded chocolates are surprisingly easy to create at home. Confectionery coating is the easiest to use—and it comes in a rainbow of colors and flavors. Couverture is high-quality chocolate that is more expensive and harder to work with because it requires tempering before you pour it into molds.