Sweet Confections: a (very sweet) Giveaway

September 09, 2011, 11:52 am  Posted by Lark

Sweet Tooth Aficionados—rejoice! We are so very pleased to announce the publication of Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home by Nina Wanat. With step-by-step photos and a clear and friendly voice, Nina guides you through the ins and outs of making candy in your own home kitchen.

Luscious chocolate fudge, crunchy golden peanut brittle, melt-in-your-mouth pear hazelnut truffles, sugarplums, lollipops, and coconut shells: they’re enough to make a person feel weak in the knees, and they’re only some of the 40 recipes found in this delicious journey through the world of handmade candy. I could list them all, but I thought you might like a little eye candy to tell the tale (sorry, I can’t avoid perfect puns like that one). Here are a couple quick page snapshots:


Chocolate Stars


Fruit Jam Jellies


Mixed-Nut Dark Chocolate Truffles


Orange Walnut Chocolate Nougat


Peanut Brittle


Rocky Road Chocolate Bark


Vanilla Caramels




Sweet & Salty Snack Tray


Salted Chocolate Caramel Lollipops


Vanilla Marshmallows



Now that you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and temper some chocolate (or grab the nearest bag of chocolate chips to satisfy your craving while you read), I invite you to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book and some super sweet candymaking materials!

To celebrate the release of this gorgeous book, we’re hosting a giveaway of Sweet Confections and a veritable smorgasbord of candymaking goodness. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Sweet Confections and the following items for making and packaging your own candy:


1 plastic candy mold with 12 star shapes
Package of red tissue paper
Package of red and white striped waxed paper
Spool of red and white twine
Spool of thin polyester white ribbon
Spool of thin polyester red ribbon
2 brown paper “takeout” containers
12 small brown paper bags
20 small silver paper boxes with lids
2 medium white paper boxes with folded lids
2 rectangular white paper handled boxes with see-through window
35 lollipop sticks
50 clear bags
50 red foil candy wrappers
48 light pink scalloped treat wrappers
48 dark pink scalloped treat wrappers
100 white paper candy cups
7-inch silver colored metal tin with lid
4-inch red colored metal tin with lid


To enter for a chance to win, please leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, September 16. Any comment is fine, though I’d love to hear what you would do with the book and pretty supplies if you won them. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries and notified by September 20. Click here for the official rules.


68 Responses

    Crystal W. says:

    What a fun book!  I am looking forward to getting into baking treats for the little one we are expecting soon.  There are so many great ideas for holidays and birthday parites!  I have minimal supplies for such activities so it would be great to win all of the gear, too!

    Teri C says:

    Wow all of those treats in one place is a blessing!
    I would totally take over the treats for Open House and the kids school’s Bake Sale. I think that every birthday for the five kids would have a treat table.

    Susan Susanlambert says:

    oooh   this would be great for making gifts for friends!  And many of the candies look like they could be mailed.
    SusanLambert    I would love this book!

    Kaya H says:

    I would make a lot of treats to share with my ladies at book club! Then I would have a back to school party for the neighborhood kids. We usually just have cake pops but this would  expand things! That book I have had my eye on, looks so delicious.

    Weegems says:

    I think this will be a fabulous book! I love to make treats, and just in those pictures I saw 2 things I must try to make! 

    Everything looks so good! I’d have to make the marshmallows first. Marshmallow care packages for everyone.

    I would send everything to my daughter.  She has recently graduated from college and she could use this to make delicious treats for friends and family for gifts.  Or of course – make treats for herself!

    Mandylikespie says:

    Oh my goodness! Christmas candy crafting galore. What a beautiful book and fabulous stash of prizes!

    Anonymous says:

    My studio work is based on sugar, sweets, and consumption.  my MFA Thesis exhibition included at corset made from cast hard candy.  And most recently, I’ve made a fruit loop party dress.   (viewable on http://art-geek.com)
    I feel that this book (and collection of tools & goodies!) would be very beneficial to me, as I would be able to work on a smaller scale and experiment even further with confectionary treats as artwork.

    Katmandew says:

    everything looks amazing…would love to make some right now

    Ally says:

    My sister and I live together and love to bake and cook together. This would be a great way to help us learn about making some more sweets and candy things (we’re normally a bit cautious about trying).
    Plus, I accidentally grabbed the ten pound instead of six pound bag of sugar and I’d love a way to use it up! ^_^

    Jes2jba says:

    YUM! How beautiful… I love making tarts and little things that are pretty to eat. What would I do with the book and goodies? One word – holidays!

    Jujubysarah says:

    Ohh lovely! I make my own chocolates and am always looking for fun new recipes. With the fancy packaging kit, my friends would get some awesome presents!!

    Janel says:

    Looking through the sample recipes I think my family would devour every one of them. Of course, they would all make wonderful Christmas presents too!

    kenna says:

    nothing says love like a bunch of sugar.mmmmmmmmmmmm

    Dollie says:

    I would invite my sister over, and make all kinds of fun sweets :)

    Wow…what an amazing giveaway you are having. I just recently started to make candy…this would be a great addition and help to me.Thanks….ciao4now64@yahoo.com

    Kelly Massman says:

    I think I’d invite some of my son’s friends to make Christmas candy, enjoy the candy with them; take lots of photos for scrapbook pages!! Thanks a bunch for a chance to win this fun prize!

    Susan Hahaj says:

    Oh Yum! those caramels look especially delish! I would use this book and the supplies to make Christmas presents! Susan purrpage3 at verizon dot net

    Megan Stoeckl says:

    Fantastic! I’d use the items to make some candy for my toddler and husband! Megan 

    Dell says:

    I see wonderful homemade goodie gifts for Christmas if I win.

    SewLindaAnn says:

    I would first go to the fruit jam jellies. Those chocolate covered rasberry jellies in candy stores get me every time. I would love to make fresh jellies!

    Nasly Yadid says:

    I would be making sweets for my children and kissing good-bye store bought candy. I love knowing exactly what’s in the things my family eats.

    Teri says:

    I would use all this great stuff to make Christmas gifts for my clients, friends and family!  Fun!  And yummy…  :)

    Readerwoman says:

    My family has wonderful Christmas baking traditions, and we would love to add candy to the list of things we make and give this year! I am a fourth generation Christmas-Cookie-Baker, maybe it is time for some new traditions! Thanks for the opportunity to win! :)

    Michael says:

    I would make everything over the span of a year and get very, very fat. 

    Melissa says:

    What a wonderful and generous giveaway.  This is the sort of project and grandma would love to do with her 4 grandkids aged 3 to 8 (blended family).  Thank you again for your generous gift to your readers

    Cemetz09 says:

    Oh my goodness, I love this book!  I’m pretty sure my husband would want me to make the vanilla caramels right away.

    Allison Coe says:

    I am eager to try making candies other than caramels and truffles.  I love making caramels and candies with caramel (like turtles), but I would love to try making jellies, nougats, and marshmallows!  This book looks like so much fun and perfect for experimenting with before the holidays!  

    Dbarclay103 says:

    The photography is so beautiful, I would love to win this book and all of the beautiful supplies.  I would then make  delicious confections for my grandmother, and her sisters for her 90th birthday celebration.  They are a group of talented chefs and bakers, and would really appreciate the gifts.

    Anonymous says:

    When I heard about this giveaway, I thought that if I won I would give it to my niece for Christmas.  But having seen how beautiful and thorough it is, I’m quite tempted to keep it for myself and make candy for my niece!  Thank you for the giveaway.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

    I do day care, and I would love to make candy with the children – especially my Saturday children, who are all school age, and would really have fun.

    brunerjj at yahoo dot com

    MelodyJ says:

    I would wait until the holidays and make sweet treats from the book.


    Awesome! This looks like so much fun, and these treats would make great gifts!!

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

    patmomnyc says:

    I would invite My friends to prepare some yummy candies and then I will give them to my kids friends

    Jaime says:

    This looks like an awesome book! Would love to make all of these!

    Cathy in Az says:

    Oh my when I read about this book I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I would love to make some of these to hae with friends and family! We’d be BFFs forever. I do hope I win!
    Cathy Krynski

    Amy L says:

    I love to make treats for my family.  I’d use this kit to make some yummy things for the holidays, and for a couple of family birthdays that are coming up soon.

    What a beautiful giveaway! If I win I can see myself making candy and sweets to mail to my brother’s families in OR and WA, also sending them to my step-grandchildren for Christmas. I would also make some tasty treats for my best friend’s New Year’s party. 
    I would used this set over and over again!
    Jenyfer Johnson

    Shaiha W says:

    Why I would make some candy.  I have always wanted to give it a try and I would have everything I need to get started.

    Shaiha W says:

    Why I would make some candy.  I have always wanted to give it a try and I would have everything I need to get started.

    Kristin says:

    What an amazing giveaway! I would definitely make the chocolate stars (adorable!) and the marshmallows. The marshmallows would be perfect for hot chocolate with cooler weather finally coming. :)

    Debra Lee says:

    I love making candies for gifts for the holidays!

    Ladydandelion8 says:

    wow! my mouth is watering.

    Lisablue_42 says:

    Marshmallows are so fun and sticky to make.  And what could be better than giving these treats out to friends.

    Suze says:

    I think I NEED this book! Every picture looks edible! I can see using the supplies for treats at Christmas – hand them out to friends and coworkers.

    nik says:

    I would make treats for my sister’s 50th birthday. Cheers!

    Sheila says:

    Love making candy.  Pick me!!

    I would love to make everything, but I would start with the caramels because Nina makes the most amazing caramesl ever!

    susan w says:

    Christmas presents! Yes. TY!

    susitravl says:

    I would use it all during a weekend candy-making/baking binge.  Then I would have a very happy husband and my co-workers would love me.  

    Lindsay says:

    I’d make something delicious and fall-like for friends for Halloween (maybe the nougat with orange rectangles on top?) and then really go all out for Christmas and make TONS of goodies to give away and to eat myself!

    Alyswen says:

    Ooooo, I would make enormous lollipops, nougats, and truffles.  Then I would set them next to objects to make those objects seem really small.  And then of course I would eat the yummies.  Pictures would be taken of course.


    Leann Lindeman says:

    Wow, nice giveaway.. just in time to make treats to giveaway at Christmas!!  thanks for the chance to win.

    lee says:

    treats for the holidays fall and winter coming up! yeah! thank you for the giveaway!

    Donnamariehanna says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.  I would use the materials to make to give during the holidays.

    Thien-Kim Lam says:

    I think this candy set would make a perfect mother-daughter date with my 5 year old. We can make candy together! kimstoys at gmail

    Casey Sharpe says:

    I’d make candy with my 9 year old sister- she’d absolutely love it!

    Casey Sharpe says:

    I’d make candy with my 9 year old sister- she’d absolutely love it!

    Lynn says:

    Mixed-Nut Dark Chocolate Truffles… what poetry! If I had this lovely book and supplies I’d start making those truffles for everyone I love.

    Sarah Kap says:

    Yum! I’d be making lots of treats for my birthday party next month!

      Sarah Kap says:

      Not from America, but I’ll buy the book anyway! Mmmmm!

    Cathy says:

    I am just learning how to make candy, this books looks wonderful, and to win the giveaway would really make my day!

    Carol Stone says:

    i would have a Candy Making Party with my friends and just add a little wine.

    Magpie says:

    Oh gosh I would so love this book! Saw her recipe for pecan taffy and am planning to make it this week end. Such an AWESOME giveaway! would be great to make candy to give as Christmas gifts. Think candy makes the best handmade gift :) 

    R Carter says:

    Sah-weet! I would use it to make lots of candy for my little girls’ b-day coming up…and then eat most of it with the adults, these kids don’t need anymore cavities or sugar highs!

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