It’s autumn in New York City. The leaves are changing and there is a chill in the air. Halloween is tomorrow, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Changing leaves in Riverside Park on New York’s Upper West Side.
In addition to being Halloween Eve, today also happens to be a holiday…National Candy Corn Day! What better time to post my recent adventures in homemade candy corn?
I actually made this candy a week or so ago, and since then I’ve been asked for the recipe on multiple occasions. Even people who don’t generally like candy corn seem to like the homemade version. Unlike store-bought candy corn, which always has that weird-slightly-unplaceable-highly-artificial flavor, homemade candy corn tastes just like vanilla.
I didn’t create this recipe; it’s the one from Alton Brown’s website, which I followed pretty closely. The only change I made came during the assembly process:
When I started this blog, I chose the name “Baste Cut Fold” because it reflects both of my worlds–costume design and cooking. Baste, cut, and fold are all frequently-used terms in the food industry, but they all mean things to costumers and seamstresses, too.
I’m starting to explore my food-related interests in a more serious way, with a goal of someday working in the industry at a professional level. However, to some degree I’ll probably also always have my hand in the world of costumes. There are many ups and downs to working in the entertainment industry–rarely is it as glamorous as it looks from the outside–but I do truly enjoy the creative parts of my work, especially when I get to design with full creative freedom.
Preparing costumes for Broadway Bares
My cheerleader costume designs for Broadway Bares 2017
One of my favorite events to costume is Broadway Bares. Broadway Bares is a burlesque show produced annually by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. BC/EFA is a wonderful charity which supplies medications, health care, food, counseling, and emergency financial assistance all across the United States. Hundreds of designers, makeup artists, hair stylists, stage managers, technicians, dancers, choreographers, and other industry professionals volunteer their time to help create Broadway Bares each June, and all proceeds go to BC/EFA. This year’s show, held on June 18th at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC, raised a grand total of $1,568,114.
Although I have quite a bit of practice with making various hard candy recipes, somehow I’ve never tried my hand at making gummy candy before.
For my first attempt at gummy candies (and yet another post for National Candy Month!) I decided that I’d start with an existing recipe, rather than creating my own. I found this one from Our Best Bites. It seemed simple enough to follow, and the sparkly results were so pretty, I figured I would give it a try.
These yummy gummies contain just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients: sugar, water, and unflavored gelatin, as well as color and flavoring.