Monday, April 6, 2009

Do You Wish Your Kids Would Cook More. Teach Them To Cook Homemade Candy.

By Peter Bertonich

School holidays have arrived, the kids are home. But occasionally mom isn't quite so delighted. What are you going to do with the kids? How will you keep them entertained? Teach them to make homemade candy.

There aren't many people who don't like candy, homemade candy especially. And the kids love making it and eating the results too. It's not that hard to make candy if you choose one of the easier recipes and the kids will enjoy the process.

Last night I spent the evening making candy with my kids. They loved it and you should have seen them lick out the bowl. They could hardly wait till it was ready to eat.

I really think it's important to get the kids cooking early. The earlier the better. They will start to enjoy the results and the process and start learning some skills. And making homemade candy is the very best place to start.

And it seems to me that the art of cooking is slowly declining. I believe that they are even making new homes now with no kitchen. But it's sad to think that so many kids will never learn the joy of a family day spent with everyone in the kitchen.

But there's a few things to remember. Always allow plenty of time because cooking with kids always involves more time than you imagine. And you will always have mess, that comes with the territory. Kids must make mess to cook it seems, so you'll have to clean up later.

And remember the golden rule. Always cook double the recipe, because if it's good then everyone wants some and you run out so fast you'll be cooking some more again tomorrow.

And it's not just the kids that love homemade candy. It makes a fine gift for friends and family, and it's something that the kids can give that they really did make themselves. And grandma will just love getting candy from the grandkids.

So if you've got kids, and you're looking for good ideas for things to do in the school holidays, get them making some homemade candy. It starts them off learning a skill they'll use all their life, the skill of cooking.

So get the kids making candy and into the kitchen. But remember, don't eat all the candy in one go like the kids and I did last night.

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