I went shopping yesterday and came home with a humongo-mega bag of gummy things. Worms, teddy’s, fruit slices, fish, rings, sharks and something that looks like an anatomical part, but the bag assures me is a soda pop bottle.
This treasure trove has a place of honor in my pantry, right next to my twizzlers, dark chocolate, reese’s cups, m&m’s, peppermint bark, caramels, sweet tarts, candy canes and hot tamales.
I think I have a candy problem.
And when one has such a problem, keeping your expenses down on your habit is critical. Thats how I stumbled upon these great websites for buying candy online….and in BULK!!!
What kid (or candy addicted adult) could balk at eating fish that are this colorful, mouth pleasing and sweet! Candyfavorites.com and Candydirect.com offer 5 lb bags of Swedish fish – the original- for around $20. Order a minimum amount on each site and earn free shipping. Not hard to do, for true sugar freaks.
Caramel- not just for apple dipping at Halloween, caramel is making a comeback in gourmet candy stores across the US. With a touch of European flair. Salt Caramels are a luscious, smooth, butterscotchy pairing with the sharp tang of sea salt. Hard to find, except online, but oh so easy to make.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 5 tblspn unsalted butter
- 1 tspn flaked sea salt (fleur de sel)
- 1 tspn pure vanilla extract
- parchment paper
Arrange parchment paper in the bottom of an 8 by 8 baking dish. Grease with flavorless oil.
In a large, deep pot, heat the sugar, corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water over medium heat. Meanwhile, in a saucepot, heat the cream, butter, vanilla , and 1 teaspoon of sea salt until it just simmers.
Swirl the sugar mixture until it turns the color of caramel. Careful, one minute it’s so clear you think you can walk away, the next, it’s burnt.
Stand back and add the warm cream mixture. It will bubble up violently. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture reads 248* F on a candy thermometer.
Pour into the prepared baking dish, and refrigerate until firm. Roll one side tightly inward, until you come to the middle. Separate that roll from the rest of the caramel. Then roll the remainder. You’ll have 2 logs. Cut each log into 8 equal pieces, and top lightly with more sea salt.
Store in an airtight container.
AND….what goes better with caramel than chocolate? Nothing, thats what.
Dark chocolate of 75% or above, has been shown to actually have significant health benefits….along with the four food group of candy, candy corn, candy canes and syrup.
Candy.com carries organic and natural dark chocolates, and not so dark chocolates with unique additions: chilies, oranges, cherries, raspberries.
And for those sophisticated adult parties where discretion and disguise of your childish habit is desired, these Gummy Shot Glasses are just the thing. No one will know the $75 per ounce diamond filtered, Russian vodka your shooting back is actually a precursor to the main event- gummy goodness in multiple flavors. 🙂 Sneaky girl.
Finally who remembers these?
You can find other nostalgic treats from your childhood (and even your great grandmothers childhood, but trust me the candy she ate was not too creative….) at websites like oldtimecandy.com and NostalgicCandy.com
Of course, nothing quite meets the emotional euphoria and mind dazzling experience of walking into a candy store, with its walls and walls of lined glass cases, all colorful and sweet. Dylan’s Candy Bar in NYC is just the place, a mecca trek on an annual basis for the true worshipers of the confectionery gods.
And now, some gummies await.