I've decided what I will be, should the artist/illustrator/whimsy-stitcher thing not work out in the long haul:
On a recent excursion to Atlanta with the Squirrel Mother and our best Andy, we went to brand-new F.C.S. (Fancy Cooking Store), where I scurried around excitedly and acted like a loony...grabbing things here and there and emitting little yelps of glee. One thing I grabbed (and promptly paid for) was a heavy-duty bon-bon baking/chocolate molding tin. It is a really beautiful object itself, and as you can see, even more beautiful, tasty things come forth from it.
I think that most chocolate molds these days are flexible, thin, plastic...and though they are probably easier to work with, I think I would be hard-pressed to find one that makes such beautiful candies. The floret-mounds (there are two on the left) are my favorite, I think. Or maybe the wee star.
I filled them with various good things that I whipped up in tiny quantities...quite a few had tasty peanut-butter candy centers (just small balls of peanut butter mixed with a tiny bit of butter and lots of confectioner's sugar) and the others had mint and orange cream fillings, respectively. Mint, because there are NOT ENOUGH milk chocolate/mint combinations. I can never find them! And orange is just so lovely with chocolate. The creams were confect-ed of milk, butter, generous amounts of confectioner's sugar, and extracts of peppermint and orange. We surprised our dinner guests with them, and I think they were a hit.
I've got a bit of work ahead of me, so I'll stop going on about candy-making. But it is so fun...I could go on for much, much longer!
Happy Saturday, dears.