For some of us with an affinity for all things candy-coated, sugared and dipped in or filled with chocolate, every month seems to be candy month. However, June is a particularly sweet four weeks thanks to its designation as National Candy Month. Our quick and simple candy recipes below are sure to satisfy even the most demanding sweet tooth.
Food Network Magazine’s recipe for a Balloon Bouquet (pictured above) with jelly beans and a cherry licorice bow is every kid’s dream snack on a stick. Taking just moments to put together, this fun sweet treat is an ideal last-day-of-school indulgence.
Bring a concession stand favorite into your kitchen with Food 2’s video of Alton Brown making Easy Homemade Cotton Candy. Using just a whisk and a metal rack (no fancy equipment needed here!), you can make stove-top fluffy candy clouds any day of the week.
Browse more sweet recipes after the jump »
Candy in moderation is a sweet treat for kids, but have you tried incorporating it into recipes?
Allen Salkin from Food Republic recently attended the Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival where he wrote about the use (or overuse) of a popular carbonated candy in dishes. Not one, but two well-known chefs used popping candy in their recipes to create a “wow” effect with the crowd during an opening showcase. Salkin argues in his article that “perhaps there are ways creative people can recast tired things and make them work anew.” Others, like sous chef Amy Kalinowski of Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink say, “That was 2008. It’s not original anymore.”
Original or not, this classic candy keeps reappearing in recipes and products across the country — like Chuao Chocolatier’s famed Firecracker chocolates.
If you’ve never had popping candy like Pop Rocks before, these tiny bits literally pop and tickle your tongue infamously — lighting up your mouth in wonder.
We’re willing to bet that they’ll create buzz at your next party. Try these Food Network recipes with Pop Rocks and let us know if they were a big hit on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments section below:
Nostalgic Popping Candy Cupcakes (pictured above)
Raspberry Rose Pots de Creme
No Cook Pop Rock Cheesecake
- Artist Amy King of New York, New York, renders playful pops good enough to eat. Click the image to expand it.
The Dish is teaming up with Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell, founders of They Draw and Cook, all December to share holiday recipes drawn by artists and inspiring all sorts of seasonal cooking with Food Network chefs. Each day, stop by the Dish for a new drawing and Nate and Salli’s liner notes about the illustrations and the artists. Tell us which you like and why. A dollop of this, a dash of that and some talent add up to interesting ideas in the kitchen. Visit theydrawandcook.com for more recipes showcased as art.
Everything about Amy King‘s lollipop illustration is delightful and cheery. The holiday season is particularly fun for the young and the young at heart, and it’s the time of year when you might take the time to cook up something sweetly special. We think making pops would be a super-fun kitchen activity to do with your kids, especially the decorating! Amy, the artist who created this picture, is a great surface and textile designer, and you can see some of her excellent pattern work in the background of this illustration. We thrill at her combining her joys and sharing them.
See more illustrated recipes for holiday sweets today on They Draw and Cook, and check out candy-making recipes and techniques from your favorite chefs here on FoodNetwork.com:
—Nate Padavick & Salli Swindell from They Draw and Cook.
So Adam Gertler returned to Food Network this week with a new show entitled, Will Work For Food [Mondays at 8:30pm/7:30c]. Adam is exposed to a pretty wild world of food jobs which made us wonder… Which Food (job) Have You Worked For?
Here’s a quick round-up from The FN Dish staffers:
* Ice cream bicycle boy — bike with mini-freezer on the front
* Pea picker — endless hours in the sun for pennies per pod
* Amusement Park ‘Fried Dough” Fryer
* Candy Girl at the first multiplex theater in Long Island
* Hostess for uppity tourist trap in East Hampton
* Bacon cook in Vermont — ah, grease in the hair
* DC Nightlife Critic — countless brewery tours (& tastes)
* Dude Ranch Cook — quit over Alan Jackson brouhaha
We want to hear yours… Spill it!!