Candy

Whether you prefer chocolate truffles or gummy bears, black licorice or sticky caramel, these sugary treats hearken back to childhood trick-or-treating and birthday piñatas. We love incorporating store-bought candies into some of our favorite recipes, like this one for chocolate chip cookies from Christina Tosi, as well as this colorful cocktail that's perfect for Halloween. We also enjoy making our own sweets, such as these chocolate truffles embellished with raspberries, roasted almonds and candied ginger. If you're a candy connoisseur or simply have a hankering for sugar, Food & Wine's guide to candy has a recipe for every occasion.

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Café de Olla Alegría

Amaranth is a powerhouse of nutrition and flavor: It is a complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids.This take on alegría, a traditional Mexican candy made from puffed amaranth seeds, features the flavors of café de olla, a Mexican style of coffee brewed with cinnamon and orange peel and sweetened with piloncillo, a raw brown sugar with rich molasses flavor. Here, maple syrup and granulated sugar stand in for piloncillo, adding a rich chewiness. The pan is hot enough to pop the amaranth when a few drops of water evaporate on contact.

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Red Hot Lollipops

Say goodbye to red dye no. 5—these scarlet suckers are naturally colored with dried hibiscus flowers. Lollipops owe their clarity and hardness to a lengthy cook time; the resulting evaporation allows the sugar molecules to pack tightly together, yielding these long-lasting treats. Cinnamon oil (and optional cayenne for spice lovers) brings warming flavor to these lollipops. If making the hibiscus dye ahead of time, let it come to room temperature before using to prevent the lollipop mixture from seizing. Stir leftover dye into cocktails or tea to add festive color. To package these for gifting, individually wrap dried lollipops in cellophane and secure with a decorative string or twist tie.
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Pistachio-Rose Brittle

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Brown sugar pulls double duty in this brittle: slightly acidic, it combines with alkaline baking soda to produce the thousands of tiny bubbles that are crucial to this brittle’s airy texture. It also gives this candy a deeper caramel color and flavor with a shorter cook time, resulting in a more tender snap. Quality saffron is key to both the flavor and color of this vibrant, crisp brittle that has great crunch. A striking contrast of green pistachios and pink rose petals makes it a visual treat, too.

Vegan Coconut-Ginger Caramels

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In candymaking, fat of any kind hinders crystallization, resulting in a softer texture. For these ginger- and chile-spiked caramels, plant-based fat from coconut replaces the typical butter, resulting in creamy, chewy caramels that are perfect for anyone on your gift list. Thai chile brings complex, fruity heat to these fragrant caramels; substitute a pinch of crushed red pepper, if desired. To reduce sticking, use kitchen shears to cut caramels into bite-size pieces; spray shears with cooking spray for extra protection. To package them to give as gifts, individually wrap caramels in parchment paper, twisting the ends to seal securely. Place in a cellophane bag or a decorative tin.

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