Book Review: Candy Making for Beginners by Karen Neugebauer


Candy Making for Beginners by Karen Neugebauer

Easy Recipes for Homemade Caramels, Gummies, Lollipops and More

Rockridge Press (February 18, 2020)




A sweet and simple guide to homemade candy

Get ready to turn your home into a fully-stocked candy store! This candy cookbook for beginners shows you how easy and fun it can be to make sweet treats that everyone will love.

Filled with expert guidance for those just starting out on their confectionary journey, this is a candy cookbook that will have you fixing up dozens of delightful delicacies in no time. Create everything from fudge and honey caramels to sour gummy worms and peppermint patties as you discover your inner candy maker.

This complete candy cookbook includes:

  • All kinds of tasty treats—Fill your candy bowl with a variety of sumptuous sweets that are perfect for every taste and occasion.
  • Beginner friendly—Keep things simple thanks to a candy cookbook filled with recipes meant for brand-new confectioners who don’t own specialized equipment.
  • No-cook candies—Take a break from boiling sugar and get your young chef involved with a selection of recipes that only require mixing and blending.

Calling all dessert fans: this candy cookbook is a seriously yummy addition to your kitchen!




Candy Making for Beginners starts with a list of key equipment and ingredients. Each candy section includes hints and tips. There are ingredient tips, techniques tips, and how to store each candy. Getting started requires only basic ingredients, a few pieces of common equipment, and some heat. Easy to follow instructions and a good variety of candy recipes.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (February 12, 2020)

ARC paperback provided by publisher


Karen Neugebauer is the owner and master chocolatier of Forte Chocolates. She’s ranked one of the top 10 chocolatiers in the world by the International Chocolate Awards and consults for the bean-to-bar craft chocolate industry in the United States and Brazil. Learn more at and follow her on Instagram @fortechocolates



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