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Nov 19, 2007 07:55 AM

Where to Obtain Amernick's Caramels?

Hello all - I am looking to buy some Amernick caramels. Since Ann's bakery has closed, where can they be purchased now?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. The recipe is in her book "Special Desserts." It is published by Clarkson Potter, copyright 1992. It's out of print but you can find a used copy on Amazon pretty inexpensively. That is where I bought my copy.

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    1. re: Dakota Guy

      She's at Palena, maybe she'll make some to order.

      1. re: chowsearch

        I think she left Palena. I checked the Palena website and it no longer mentions her. It's been 5-6 months since I dined at Palena so someone else probably knows more.

        1. re: Dakota Guy

          For what it's worth, I've got an article from the Northwest Current of Sept 12 that says she "remains involved with Palena but will no longer put in the physically demanding shifts" and is working mostly on promoting her new book right now. It also says she still makes wedding cakes for old customers.

      2. re: Dakota Guy

        Thanks all for the replies. We found a copy through Amazon as well Dakota Guy.

        The wife made some over the weekend - *very* close to Ann's - I was very impressed. They were a little "gritty", and didn't seem to melt in your mouth as nicely, but the flavor was perfect.

        If anyone would like the recipe, let me know. Thanks again!

        1. re: pittpanther

          I just went ahead and ordered Special Desserts from Half, but I can't wait for it to arrive. I've been looking for this recipe for years. Do you still have it?

          1. re: pittpanther

            I remember my mom warning me not to scrape down the sides of the pan when
            boiling the ingredients for making fudge, that would make the fudge gritty. Could
            be your wife did that when making the caramel. Just a thought.

            Really, candy making requires some practice. Darn the luck !!! It may take several
            attempts for your wife to get it just right.

            1. re: pittpanther

              Would you be willing to send me the Amernick caramel recipe? I'd love to try making them this holiday season. They were a favorite when I lived in DC.

          2. Sorry if I'm stating the obvious, but she's got an email address on her website:

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            1. re: wookyluvr

              Also according to her website she gives pastry classes.