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Friday, October 16, 2009

Drop the Kit Kats: Tomorrow at Omnivore, Get Stoked for DIY Halloween Candy

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Pastelia anyone?
  • Pastelia anyone?
If you've been thinking about a DIY approach to your Halloween candy this year, check out local sweets expert Anita Chu tomorrow at Omnivore Books (3885A Cesar Chavez at Church). Chu will be on hand at 3 p.m. talking about her book Field Guide to Candy: How to Identify and Make Virtually Every Candy Imaginable (Quirk Books, $15.95), which details both traditional and exotic treats from around the world. In person, Chu is pleasant and smart, exactly the kind of teacher you want on any dive into at-home candy-making. Start with peanut butter cups, and work your way to pastelia, Greek honey candy. For another worldly foray, you can also do a batch of Turkish Delight. Chu's book covers not only how to prepare your sweet treats, but how to serve and later store them, too. Although, if you've done it right, there probably shouldn't be any candy leftovers to stow away. Which is a hopeful sign that the kids will save their tricks for the (decidedly lesser) spots that put out bowls of Kit Kats and call it a night.

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