I Love Desserts


A Baker's Field Guide to
Holiday Candy & Confections

by Dede Wilson


Holiday Candy & Confections These 75 festive treats from around the world will sweeten your celebrations through the upcoming holiday season and all year long.

These delectable recipes are presented in the same colorful field guide format and with the same user-friendly lay-flat binding as the previous books in Wilson's best-selling Baker's Field Guide series. Arranged in chronological order by holiday, the candies are all photographed in full color and accompanied by "field notes" and symbols that explain at a glance the type, description, whether it's kid-friendly or especially quick to make, whether the candy stores, freezes, or ships well, and much more. Each recipe is broken down into simple, easy-to-follow steps, and the cheerful tone encourages cooks of all levels to succeed. While the creative can try Panoramic Sugar Eggs (for Easter) or Marzipan Night Before Christmas Mice, recipes like the Easiest Fudge in the World (Fourth of July) or Easy Marbled Candy Corn Bark (Halloween) can be whipped up by anyone with a sweet tooth.

And these sweets should not only be saved for holiday celebrations. Recipes include both classic candies and new twists on old favorites. Parents can make treats from their past (such as Salt Water Taffy and Ribbon Candy) with their kids, as well as more "adult" morsels (like Chocolate Walnut Rum Balls) for themselves. There are also recipes for homemade versions of favorite store bought candies like Easter Cream Eggs, Peanut Butter Cups, and Star-Shaped Marshmallows. Armed with this book and a few simple ingredients, bakers everywhere can create unexpected, inspired delights for any occasion.

About the Author

In addition to the Baker's Field Guide series, Dede Wilson is the author of Christmas Cooking for Dummies, Appetizers for Dummies, The Wedding Cake Book (nominated for an IACP award) and, most recently, Wedding Cakes You Can Make. She is a contributing editor to Bon Appetit, and a repeat guest of the Today show and The View. Wilson is the host of Seasonings with Dede Wilson, which airs on PBS stations nationwide and has appeared on CNN, Food Network, HGTV, and the Discovery Channel. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Buy the Book!


A Baker's Field Guide to
Holiday Candy & Confections

by Dede Wilson
Harvard Common Press
$16.95 U.S.; $21.95 CAN
ISBN: 1-55832-309-0
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A Baker's Field Guide
to Holiday Candy & Confections



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