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A DIY guide to your favorite candies, sweets and confections

Had our early experiences not been marred by giant, tooth-shattering popcorn balls, we would have begun making our own Halloween candy years ago.

Better late than never, especially now that we're armed with the Field Guide to Candy.

This new cookbook and reference guide from author Anita Chu contains recipes for more than 100 candies, from nostalgic sweets like peanut butter cups and butterscotch drops to more grown-up confections like fleur de sel caramels. You'll also find entries for foreign favorites like pastelia (Greek honey candy) and Chinese milk candy.

And here's the perfect treat to serve your costumed Halloween guests: from-scratch candy corn (click here to download the recipe).