Review of Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine
February 12, 2015, 10:18 am
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Jodi Levine, former craft editor and product designer for the Martha Stewart Living Magazine, wrote a whimsical make-it book titled Candy Aisle Crafts. These food crafts are charming and include candy cane necklaces, cookie planets, and a cookie castle cake. My sons are really interested in the illustrations. They have been asking me to make the cookie planets and the castle cake, which is really impressive in the picture. Turrets are constructed out of sandwich cookies and towers out of sugar ice cream cones.
My six year old, naturally, is interested in castles, planets, and construction. Those modern versions of snips and snails and puppy dog tails. As I am typing, his younger brother is looking at the book, saying “Holy cow. Candy canes. Hearts. Suckers. Birthday cake. Yum.” Now he is pretending to eat the illustrations. So, this book is a good book for families with young children. I haven’t made any of the recipes yet, as I am a little intimidated by some of them. The castle cake would be good for a birthday. Perhaps this summer. The kids have a four day weekend coming up. Perhaps I will attempt the cookie planets. That would be a good activity.
There is one recipe/craft that really caught my attention: Peppermint candy bowls. However, I am unsure what to put in them once they are completed. Ice cream, perhaps? And how many times could you use them? Once? Questions, questions.
If you like making crafts/baking, this is a good book to have on hand. I really like the chapter on marshmallows. The animals that can be crafted out of marshmallows are very cute. Imagine crafting a cow out of a marshmallow and putting it on the rim of a cup of chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Very charming,
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for writing a review. I am under no obligation to give a favorable review.