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BOCES Culinary Teacher Pens a Candy-Making Book

Meg Finamore, a culinary arts teacher at Erie 1 BOCES Kenton Career and Technical Center, has written a candy making book aimed at teaching home candy makers how to create professional-looking treats.

The book, Become a Candy Maker at Home, includes tips for working with chocolate wafers, more than 20 recipes and ideas for packaging the treats as gifts.

Her interest in culinary began as a student at Kenmore West High School when she was enrolled in Erie 1 BOCES culinary arts program at Kenton. After graduation in 2003, she attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and earned a bachelor degree in baking and pastry management in 2006. She received her master’s degree in vocational education from Buffalo State College in 2011. Following a year student teaching at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Career & Technical Center, Finamore now teaches juniors in the culinary arts program and occupational education students at Kenton.

Prior graduating from Buffalo State College, Finamore spent four years with Make’n Mold in Riverside, NY. While there her job was to teach classes on candy making and answer questions from customers when a recipe didn’t turn out as expected. She found she was often answering the same questions over and over. The idea for a book about chocolate wafers, also referred to as chocolate coating, began to percolate. But it wasn’t until February 2011 that the idea came back to her about creating a book for candy hobbyists.

“I approached Make'n Mold to see if they would be interested in working together on this project" said Finamore. "They were on board right away and offered me the space I needed along with all the supplies and even a photographer and graphic designer! I was so happy to be given full rein over this project. The entire process was a lot of fun."

The recipes are a combination of Finamore's personal recipes and ones the Make'n Mold company has been using for many years. She also pulled in some tips from a chocolates class taken in college.

“Working with chocolate coating is really quite simple; if you can melt the wafers, you can pretty much create a dessert that is attractive and tasty. Creating pastries involves a higher level of thinking and usually many more ingredients. I think this is the reason candy making is fun for so many people who may not enjoy baking,” she said.

Her favorite recipe? “I love the peppermint bark, it’s beautiful, and goes great with hot chocolate,” she said.

The book, published by Make’n Mold, is sold through their website, www.makenmold.com.

As part of the public education model, Erie 1 BOCES offers more than 25 career and technical programs to high school students in Erie County. High school students interested in learning more about how they can participate in various programs such as computer networking, dental laboratory and culinary during their normal school day should visit www.e1b.org/cte.

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