Friday, September 6, 2013
Summer may be coming to a close but we can still make summer inspired candy! For these bright beauties I combined some melted Make'n Mold green and yellow candy wafers with a little corn syrup to make a moldable chocolate paste. Then I formed little discs and sprinkled with rainbow dragees. These are coming with me to a party tonight. Happy little treats for our waning warm days!
Friday, July 19, 2013
The last time I was in Shane's Candies the store smelled a little strange. I was in Philadelphia to do a radio show on WHYY and a fine and thoughtful producer gave me a list of classic candy places that were a must to visit while I was in town. The last time I was at Shane's it did not look or feel like this. The candy did not seem dandy and in fact the place had no mojo.
Things have changed.
Two years ago Shane's was radically transformed into a magical and traditional confectionery emporium by Eric and Ryan Berley. The brothers spruced up what just may be the oldest operating confectionery store in America. The store originally opened in 1863 and today has historic touches that make it feel like a living sweet museum stocked with fresh and lovingly made candies. The gentlemen also run a sweetly styled classic Soda Fountain shop located just a few doors away.
Today, Shane's is a real candy gem. The attention to detail from retail displays to production work took my breath away. But not for too long as handmade clear toy candy and caramels were available for the tasting. Read this great write up in Smithsonian Magazine and plan your visit today.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
This week Beth demonstrated several almond-based recipes at the PMCA Annual Conference in Lancaster, PA. Here is her recipe for Almond Praline Truffles. Not to be confused with southern pecan pralines, this praline, which originates in France, uses a ground almond brittle to add flavor and crunch. Praline powder can also be used in cakes, pastries and ice creams and is commonly used to impart texture to ganache truffle centers.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Beth and I are currently in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the Pennsylvania Manufacturing Confectioner's Association Annual Conference. Today Beth will be demonstrating four almond-based candy recipes at the show, including homemade marzipan. To exhibit some of the many ways marzipan can be used we created this beehive showpiece, complete with a queen bee, using Odense marzipan. Stay tuned for recipes and more on the show!