Create Your Own Candy At-Home With These Essential Items
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It's near impossible to ignore all of the chocolate and candy displays out there right now with Valentine's Day right around the corner but that doesn't mean you have to give in to their hefty price tags. Creating your own candy at home is incredibly easy once you know where to start and incredibly rewarding once you start wowing your loved ones with homemade sweet treats.
A double boiler is a great thing to have in the kitchen for multiple reasons but especially for making your own candies. This is the exact double boiler that I use when making chocolates and I could not be happier with it. It's double pour spouts and heat resistant handle make it so easy to work with and it has a larger capacity than most others (but still fits any standard saucepan) which helps make each batch of chocolate go a little farther.
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A candy thermometer is absolutely essential when you're making your own sweet treats and this one is nothing short of pure genius. I mean, come on, it's a rubber spatula AND a digital thermometer! That is just so darn smart! However, I do know plenty of candy makers that swear by classic clip-on candy thermometers whereas I personally use this instant-read digital model.
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If you're a bit intimidated by the thought of making your own candies, don't be, because I'm here to tell you that you don't need to go all out to create delicious gifts for your loved ones. You can literally just dip a marshmallow, pretzel, strawberry or cookie into some melted chocolate using these convenient dipping tools and, voila! You're Willy Wonka!
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When it comes to finding a candy mold to fit your own personal style the possibilities are endless as there are so many fun designs on the market. I prefer working with silicone molds and this six-pack is my go-to because they're so easy to work with and all of the shapes are timeless. The only thing it's lacking is a peanut butter cup mold but luckily those are pretty easy to come by.
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If you really want to win someone's heart you should probably make them gummy bears and this kit comes with everything you need to do just that including a simple Gelatin recipe on the back of the packaging. It also comes with a convenient heat resistant silicone pinch-and-pour cup and a dropper for more precise filling on every batch. There's even a giant gummy bear mold out there if you're looking to blow someone's mind.
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Delicious, decadent cake pops are an undeniable happy place and this complete kit makes it ridiculously easy for you to spread your own cake pop cheer. It comes with all the tools and accessories required including a baking mold, microwaveable melting pot, decorating pen, lollipop sticks and a three-tier stand to display your creations.
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It's almost silly how easy it is to make your own lollipops. It all boils down to just sugar, corn syrup and flavored extract so once you add this lollipop mold and sticks kit into the mix you're well on your way to wowing the sweet tooths in your life. You can even use these molds for simple hard candies once all of the sticks are gone!
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Last, but certainly not least, the fruits of your labor deserve only the best presentation and these twist-tie cello bags fit the bill. If you'd like to individually wrap your candies before packing them up these colorful aluminum foil wrapping papers are really eye-catching, and these twisting wax papers look so professional.
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