Nothing does the trick like candy. Serve it after dinner with coffee for an easy dessert or keep some on hand for a quick pick-me-up. And if you need a hostess gift, take some along; I’ve never seen anyone protest the gift of candy.
Here are several delicious candy recipes. I like them better than what I can buy. You might need some special equipment to make them. The peanut brittle and toffee must cook to high temperature to harden; this process requires a candy thermometer, which eliminates the guesswork. Also, be sure to use a heavy 2 1/2-quart saucepan with a fairly narrow base so the thermometer can reach into the mixture. You will also need a wooden spoon and potholders.
Pulse the apricots, walnuts, currants and sugar together in a food processor until they’re minced to a medium texture. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
Use your hands to work in the honey and lemon juice with a kneading motion. Divide the mixture into rounded teaspoons, then roll into smooth balls.
Place the coconut on a paper plate. Roll each ball in coconut until it’s well coated.