Author's Diary, Day 4: Every book is missing something. Mine left out all the top-secret recipes -- for candy and desserts mostly, because we have a real sweet tooth in my family -- that my great grandmother and her daughters used to make a long time ago in Kentucky.
My mother somehow got her hands on my Aunt Butch's recipe for cream candy (left), a taffy-like concoction that is not something the faint of heart should try to make because, according to the instructions, you must "heat to 260 and run like hell to a cold countertop" to start pulling the mixture into a rope as it cools. Oh, and, "Butter hands and watch out for blisters."
I need my hands to type. So you can see why I haven't tried to make cream candy. Even my mother, a cream candy expert, is happy to get her supply these days from Ruthhuntcandy.com, which she says is "fine for store-bought."
After I wrote a newspaper column last week about cream candy, readers wrote to suggest another blister-free source of old-fashioned cream candy, Rebeccaruth.com (thanks to Martin and Galen). I'll be sampling some next month in Kentucky.