by Lisa Tome
Brandy Walton taught a class last week that is expected to pay off long after the hour session was over.
The teens who attended the Candy Making class at Perryville Branch Library said they plan to use what they learned to make holiday gifts for friends and family.
"I can make gifts for any holiday for anybody in my family and friends," said seventh grader Emily Famularo.
With pretzel stick, round Nutter Butter cookies, empty chocolate wrappers, and a microwave, the children created chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate ghosts, orange chocolate pumpkins, and create your own filled chocolates.
"This is a for fun program. I like to do things they can use often in their lives," said Walton.
"This can be a hobby for them. It's educational and fun. They really enjoy food programs. They like anything that's hands-on that they can eat." She also said that most of the items used in the creations could be found at the dollar store.
Walton explained that like teens, chocolate cooking can be temperamental.
"It will burn you. It will seize up. It will smell really bad (if it burns)," Walton said.
The creations were both fun and lovely.
Most didn't make it home. The teens sat joyfully munching what they made.
"I learned to make candy. I would do it again just to do it," said seventh grader Gabby Fife.
"I would do this at home. A lot of my friends and neighbors would like this," said seventh grader Sydney Lynch. While the teens were waiting their turn to microwave chocolate or waiting for their creations to set, they also played a side game. That game had them looking at unwrapped chocolate bars and trying to guess what it was.
The 3 Musketeer Bar proved to be tricky for many of the teens.