On today’s episode of THE FOOD SEEN, baker turned candy maker Jami Curl, knew that “Candy is Magic (the title of her current cookbook) since the day she broke the tedium of cookies and cakes by making a batch of Oregon Sea Salt Caramel. That’s the day Quin Candy was born. Many lollipops, marshmallows and gummy candies later, Curl spreads the doctrine of good ingredients: pure granulated cane sugar, GMO-free glucose, non-powdered dairy products (preferring instead fresh cream and butter), and all-natural extracts and coloring derived from fruits and vegetables. That’s how you craft core flavors like Strawberries with Lemon, Cherry with Almond, Roasted Peaches with Ginger, build bases like Popcorn Cream, Coffee Syrup, and innovate sweet with Doughnut Magic Dust. So go suck on a Sour Apple or Pinot Noir lollipop, chew on some Honey + Hazelnut Caramels, or savor a Smoked Cola Gumdrop, because candy isn’t just for kids anymore.

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Reprinted with permission from Candy is Magic, copyright 2017 by Jami Curl. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
 Photographs copyright © 2017 by Maggie Kirkland
Illustrations copyright © 2017 by Michelle Ott