{Book Review} The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook


I love candy. I know it’s bad for me but it doesn’t stop me sneaking off to Tesco after lunchtime and buying a bag of Haribo cola bottles or occasionally treating myself to a Snickers bar from the vending machine.

Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce

I take my candy seriously but Liz and Jen have their own candy company in Brooklyn, Liddabit of Sweets. They take their candy very seriously (while having fun)! I’ve seen a few recipes here and there on the internet for make your own gummy bears and I’ve made my own lollipops on the blog before, but this book takes chocolate and candy making to a whole new level.

The book is almost an encyclopedia. Each chapter, step, process and note all go into painful details. I received this book in December but was totally overwhelmed with what to make until now. The best thing to do, no matter how hard, how pretty and delicious the recipes in the very last chapter look, read the book first. Yes, the entire book, so you’ll know what you’re doing once you get into the kitchen.

The book has seven chapters. The first chapter is a very thorough introduction about candy making, how to best utilize the book itself and my favorite, there is a chart for every recipe in the book, a tick list so that you can easily pick which recipes have booze, nuts, dairy etc. All the recipes are listed in metric, ounces and American cups.

The rest of the chapters cover chocolate, gummis, crunchy, dreamy, party and candy bars. The recipes essentially increase in difficulty and if you’re new to candy making make sure to work your way up. The hot fudge sauce I made was divine!

I love the layout of the book. It’s jam packed with information but it’s very colorful, fun and you can tell Liz and Jen are very dedicated to their work. The only downside for me was that some of the recipes call for heavy amounts of chocolate from 1kg all the way up to 5kgs! As a two person household those kind of recipes would have to wait for a special occasion. Keep in mind that all the recipes are mostly technical in nature and will require time and effort.

If you’re interested in technical candy making, Sugar Baby would compliment nicely. It’s also a very detailed and thorough book with a different selection of recipes to Liddabit of Sweets.

I received a copy to review

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