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Candy Makin’

By Paula Deen

Life is too short to not enjoy a sweet treat every now and then. I learned the art of candy makin’ from my mama, and it’s not a skill that everyone has. I’m glad I was blessed with it! Candy makin’ really is a science of sorts, but don’t let that intimidate you. Honestly, it always was my favorite kind of science.

Of course some candies, like 5-Minute Fudge, are easier to make than others, like Pecan Brittle, but it’s always fun to make regardless. And when it comes out just right, there’s nothin’ sweeter!

While my grandkids love eating their fruits and vegetables, they also love when their Ginny spends an afternoon in the kitchen makin’ all sorts of candy confections. Those boys don’t realize how lucky they are! They can eat all sorts of sweets, and burn them all off in no time with all their playing and fidgeting. But even though I don’t have the metabolism that they do, I still can’t help myself from snackin’ on a piece or two.

Enjoy some of my favorite homemade candies yourself with these delicious recipes:

Pecan Brittle

Pralines

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

5-Minute Fudge

Peanut Butter Cheese Fudge

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.

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