Friday, December 3, 2010

Christmas Candy

Kids Love To Cook. Make Homemade Candy With Them.

A skill that we seem to be losing in our society is cooking. Proper homemade cooking, the type grandma used to do. Homemade cooking should be taught to all kids, and it's up to you as a parent to do so. And start your kids with homemade candy.

If you start teaching your kids to cook something they don't like they probably won't develop a love of cooking. But if you start the kids out cooking homemade cakes or homemade candy you can just about guarantee that the kids will love it, and want to do more.

Last night I did some great cooking with my kids who are 8 and 11, and I can't still see their faces as they licked out the bowl. Kids love cooking something that is easy to cook and yummy to eat. Homemade candy is both easy to cook and yummy to eat.

And once they learn to cook some they'll graduate from candy to bigger things, and they'll have a skill for life.

There's some basic things to remember. And it applies whether they're cooking candy or anything else. Allow plenty of time and expect a mess. That's normal, and part of the learning to cook process for kids. Start them on a simple recipe and start them on simple steps from that recipe, so the hard ones yourself.

And of course you've got to keep them away from heat, so avoid candy, for example, that requires a syrup. Syrup is heated to a high temperature so kids shouldn't be stirring it, for example. No syrup burns.

There's some wonderful simple homemade candy recipes to begin with. I already mentioned syrup. I've suggest keeping away from making any candy that starts with a syrup to begin with. Many candies need a syrup, and getting the temperature right can be tricky, and a little boring for kids. So start with some simple candy recipes first. Pralines and truffles would be a good start.

But when you've got the kids confident at their cooking they can try so many different candy recipes. I just love toffee, especially the chewy type of toffee, how about truffles, or nougat. Yumm.

Now I'm hungry, got to cook some candy.

But seriously, homemade candy making is a fine way to get the kids to learn, and enjoy, the art of cooking. They're making something they will be guaranteed to love to eat, and they're learning one of life's essential skills.

So get out there and find some hot homemade candy recipes, there's thousands, including lots on my website. It's cheaper to make your own candy and it makes great candy. Get the kids involved, in the future they'll thank you for it.

More Information:

Find some great Homemade Candy Recipes? Visit Peter's Website Homemade Candy Ideas and find a great Homemade Candy Recipe and get the kids cooking candy.


  1. I think you are absolutely right, homemade cooking is a lost art. So many people just opt for the easy way out. What a great tradition to start with your children…making candy for the holidays. My daughter is too young now (she is 6 months old), but that is something that I will definitely start with her when she is old enough. I work with Better Recipes and if you are looking for some new and exciting recipes, I recommend you check out their Christmas Candy Recipes.

  2. Hi Jennie..thanks for the link and sure to try the new exciting recipes from Better Recipes.



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