Candy or Confectionery Cookbook
Is there a cookbook or website that's a reliable source for recipes for classic confections? A friend and I want to make some candy for the holidays--fudge, peanut brittle, divinity.
As for the tools of the trade, I do have a digital thermometer, pastry brushes, Silpats, etc.
Guess it depends on what your definition of "classic" is? The Joy of Cooking, IMHO, is a very good beginner's guide to candy making and has good basic instructions on fudge, divinity, penuche, pralines, etc. You should start there.
This is my second year making boxed chocolates for Christmas gifts. I just bought Candymaking by Ruth Kendrick. The fresh raspberry fondant is so delicious. Besides fondants there are recipes for caramels, divinity, nougat and marshmallows, jellies, brittles, fudge, etc. You can buy it on Amazon.
Also, Anita Prichard's Complete Candy Cookbook. Tons of recipes for the old favorites including some "easy" shortcut recipes for caramel, fondant and an uncooked marshmallow. Amazon lists some sellers of the book with new and used copies available.
I second Ruth Kendrick's Candymaking. In my house it's nicknamed "The Mormon Candy Cookbook". I love this book because it has a lot of candymaking theory as well as great recipes. My favorite recipe in the book is the very easy, very delicious Cream Fondant which can be made any flavor you can add and makes wonderful centers for chocolates. My fav homemade variations of this recipe are chocolate-covered Jasmine Chai (I add ground jasmine flowers, lots of vanilla, and a little cardamom) and Chocolate Lavender (cocoa powder, lavender flowers, vanilla) which always go over well. Happy candymaking :)