I've always been a casual baker, nothing fancy. I do the chocolate chip cookie recipe from the back of the bag, and the occasional cake or cupcake for a holiday or birthday. But I've never done anything elaborate, and consider myself generally intimidated by terms like "candy thermometer."
It all started when my new friend Brette invited me to learn her homemade marshmallow making technique back in December.
That's where I had my first encounter with the dreaded candy thermometer. Turns out, it wasn't that hard. I was so encouraged I went out and bought one the next day.
And we used it again a few days ago for another joint project, this time to make homemade twix bars.
To amp up the learning and the fun, we decided to make two batches of the twix bars, one with caramel from scratch (that's where the candy thermometer comes in,) and one with store-bought caramel, melted down.
The caramel from scratch was the big winner, hands down. We had several taste testers volunteer, and all concurred. The extra effort was definitely worth it. (The candy thermometer earned it's kitchen space this month!)
We're going to make it a monthly thing, this candy making fun. Thank you, Brette, for inviting me into your kitchen. (And for getting me past my fear of candy thermometers!) It's been so much fun!
We've started a Pinterest board to collect recipe candidates. I can't wait to see what we make next! Stay tuned!