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Maverick Digital Candy Thermometer Giveaway

Maverick Digital Candy Thermometer Giveaway

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I have patience in some areas of my life.  In one of my pre-cupcake jobs, I trained computer neophytes, walking them through such basics as how to use the arrow keys to navigate in a document and when to double-click vs. right click (making sure to clarify that right click does not mean to write the word “click” in Notepad).  These days, I can sing Itsy Bitsy Spider to my toddler and still enjoy his wide mouthed grin on the twentieth rendition.  However, when it comes to standing by a stove watching the number go up on a candy thermometer, I have zero patience.  I tend to walk away and come back just in time to see my caramel/candy/anything in my pot burnt and inedible.  I always set a timer that beeps to tell me when my cupcakes are done, but I had never seen a candy thermometer with any kind of alert feature.

Twitter to the rescue:

I asked my tweeps if anyone had heard of a candy thermometer that beeped when it reached the correct temperature.  Gesine Bullock-Prado, author of Confections of a Closet Master Baker: One Woman’s Sweet Journey from Unhappy Hollywood Executive to Contented Country Baker, responded right away to tell me about the Maverick!  This was the thermometer of my dreams (if I were to dream about thermometers).

I dropped the folks at Maverick an email letting them know that I couldn’t wait to review their product and share it with my readers.  They were game and sent me a candy thermometer to review right away (I love being a cupcake blogger!).  I put the Maverick to test on my Shirley Temple lollipops.  The lollipop recipe warned not to walk away from the saucepan.  Yet, I boldly set the Maverick to the Hard Crack setting and wandered off to do something else.  I trusted my new best friend Maverick (doesn’t that sound like a cool boy’s name – give me credit if you name your son that) completely and it didn’t let me down.  It beeped at exactly 300 F and my lollipops were perfect on the first try.

Do You Need a Maverick?

Update:  This contest is now closed.  The winner is comment number 132:  Congrats!

Maverick is giving away a Maverick Candy Thermometer to a Cupcake Project reader!  To enter, leave a comment on this post (Facebook, Twitter, or email comments do not count for this giveaway) with the following:

  • Have you ever made candy?  If so, what is your favorite kind of candy to make? Feel free to link to recipes.  If you haven’t, which candy will you make first?
  • A way to contact you if you win.

The fine print:

  • All entries must be in by 11:59 PM CST on March 1.
  • I will randomly draw the winner using
  • Prizes can only be shipped to U.S. or Canada addresses.
  • If I do not hear from the winner within one week of contacting them, I will draw a new winner.


For a second chance to win a Maverick candy thermometer, be sure that you like Cupcake Project on Facebook.  I’ll be posting a second contest there soon.

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225 comments on “Maverick Digital Candy Thermometer Giveaway”

  1. Melinda says:

    I love to make truffles. If I had a candy thermometer I might branch out into more demanding types of candy! You can contact me at myn at iyerfamily dot net.

  2. Kimberly says:

    A Maverick thermometer giveaway? Yes!

    I’ve never made candy, but have always dreamed of doing so. What will I make? It would have to be lollipops because they are fun no matter how old you are!

  3. becky says:

    I made caramel bugels- omg… So good!! Rma910 at gmail dot com

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have burnt more caramel and myself more than I care to admit. I have had the worse luck with candy thermometers. Maybe this will be the answer to my prayers?!?

  5. Charlotte says:

    I haven’t made candy before but I really want to make my own candy canes and also learn how to do other cool sugar art work! It seems like it would be lots of fun!

  6. Lauren says:

    I’ve never made candy, but I’ve always had a desire to… If I ever get an opportunity, I think I’d like making lollipops or some version of salted caramels.

  7. Meghan says:

    I have never maed candy before (unless the fudge made with marshmellow creme counts), because I don’t have a candy thermometer and I’m scard to make any without one. I’ve had a candy thermometer on my “wish” list for quite awhile.

  8. Deniece says:

    have been playing with sugar lately, this would help me a lot! love that it beeps to let you know when it’s hot enough! =)

  9. Bethany PHAM says:

    just think of all the beautiful candy sugar cup cake decorations one could make with this…

  10. I made candy with my Mother once when I was little – we made mint meltaways – you know, the ones in pastel colors with the little nonpareils? It was so much fun and I won first price in the local fair! I haven’t made candy since but have been dying to make some as gifts for people. I haven’t because I don’t have a thermometer… so this would be great!
    SBorgnis at gmail .com

  11. Linny says:

    I’ve never made candy – I just keep bookmarking recipes for someday when I’m lucky enough to have a candy thermometer! I’d start with caramels, and then who knows!? Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Mimi says:

    I love making candy and a good thermometer would great enhance my success rate. Our family favorite is peanut butter fudge.

  13. heather says:

    I’ve never made candy before, but have always wanted to venture on something sugary, but have been afraid of burning. I’d like to try something caramelly.

  14. Eileen says:

    I have tried to make all sorts of candy – the key word being tried. I will give the evil eye to anyone who tells me it’s easy. Maybe if I had the right thermometer, it would be! I’m actually quite adept at all other kinds of cooking — from main courses to baking. I would love to master candy as well. I can be reached at blisssmt at hotmail dot com.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    I’ve made truffles with all sorts of fixin’s (I can’t usually eat store/shop bought b/c of nut allergies…booooo). I’ve also made dulce de leche chews accidentally by overcooking!

    ajgauthier at gmail dot com

  17. michelle says:

    Peanut brittle, for sure! It’s one of my favorites to make! You can contact me at mghione14 at gmail dot com.

  18. Michelle says:

    I just made candy for the first time this past holiday season. I made Dark Chocolate Cookie Dough truffles and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Candy Truffles. I’d like to expand beyond truffles but don’t currently have a candy thermometer. I think this could be a great tool to help give me the courage to move beyond the truffle. I can be reached at

  19. Rachael says:

    I remember making chocolate molds with my mom when I was little- I’ve never made anything fancier candy-wise.
    I would love to make lollipops! These Shirley Temple ones look really really good. I’d give them to all my friends.
    And then I’d make beer ones. :D

  20. Sandra Adams says:

    I love making marshmallows & truffles & caramels, and have candy thermometer that I hate! :) Definitely time for a new one. sandraadams at gmail dot com

  21. Amy Nguyen says:

    I have never made candy because for some reason the process always intimidated me! I’ve always wanted to try to make different flavored jolly ranchers!

  22. Ms. Hobby says:

    I don’t make candy – but I’ve been wanting to make hi-hat cupcakes, and haven’t been able to without a candy thermometer!

  23. Anonymous says:

    i love making salty butter caramels – yum! i don’t have a thermometer so no two batches are ever the same – but they’re still good!

    love your site!!

    mrgh03 at yahoo dot com

  24. AshleyRae says:

    i have been looking at getting one of these! That would be amazing! :) Happy Friday & Happy Weekend!

  25. I’ve never made candy or caramel because I haven’t broken down and bought the required candy thermometer again. I’ll have to start making candy if I win!

  26. Rebecca says:

    I haven’t made candy but I did use a candy thermometer recently when making Italian Buttercream frosting.

  27. Omg, this couldn’t have come at a better time! One of my new year resolutions is to make salted caramel from scratch and I was thinking that I’d need a candy thermometer do to it and I was going to go out and look at candy thermometers this weekend!!! :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have always been intimidated by making candy. I’ve screwed up basic caramel several times, so I figurd that I surely would mess up other candy. Maybe this thermometer will make a difference? becki_sue at comcast dot net

  29. The only candy I’ve ever really made is fudge, or chocolate dipped stuff. I’d love to try suckers or hard candy.

  30. megan says:

    I have never made candy but it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. Maybe I’ll start with your lollipops!

  31. Liz says:

    I have never made candy, but am completely intrigued by the lollipops you made. I make fudge, but I don’t worry about the temp. Maybe it would be better if I did?!?

  32. Sara says:

    This sounds amazing! I have a really old style candy thermometer that always fogs up and slides down the side of the pot! My favorite candy to make is marshmallows.

  33. Laura says:

    I am getting into making marshmallows, and would love to have this cool thermometer. Especially since my regular one just broke! I am hoping to get a book on more flavors or marshmallows, and an also looking into making lollipops!

  34. Emma says:

    I’ve never made candy, but I’ve been eyeing a lot of recipes that call for homemade caramel-this thermometer would make me-and my friends-very happy! :)

  35. Kate says:

    I love to make caramels. I’m too nervous to make hard candy – I’m afraid it will burn or burn me or be too soft. The first thing I’d tackle is a simple hard candy. Nothing too fancy, just to get the sugar cooked correctly!

  36. J.C. says:

    I have been making Black Pearls (caramel cognac milk chocolate ganache covered in dark chocolate) a lot recently. Super good!

  37. I’m actually hoping to give this to my dad! He loves peanut brittle and made some last year. It was so tasty! He got frustrated at his dinky $5 thermometer, though!

  38. I’m actually hoping to give this to my dad! He loves peanut brittle and made some last year. It was so tasty! He got frustrated at his dinky $5 thermometer, though!

  39. I’m actually hoping to give this to my dad! He loves peanut brittle and made some last year. It was so tasty! He got frustrated at his dinky $5 thermometer, though!

  40. I’m actually hoping to give this to my dad! He loves peanut brittle and made some last year. It was so tasty! He got frustrated at his dinky $5 thermometer, though!

  41. Anonymous says:

    I love making candy! Caramel is probably my favorite to eat but I also enjoy making glass candy (in molds or not). I’ve even experimented a little with using tea as flavoring. Fun stuff.

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  43. Sourkraut says:

    I’ve made my own caramel, which I once overcooked so much I wound up with hardened caramel. In other words, I sure could use a proper thermometer like this one!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Ooooo! I tried to make caramels over the holidays without a candy thermometer. Big mistake! I totally need this.

    zesmerelda at gmail dot com

  45. Karen Kaye says:

    I’m a huge fan of making peanut brittle! There’s nothing like it when it’s freshly made. I’d love to have a digital one instead of the glass one I use. I’m at

  46. Darragh says:

    I love making toffee! It’s relatively easy as far as candy making goes, and it’s always a big hit! Yum!

    darragh204 at sbcglobal dot com

  47. rocio says:

    i would love to make more candy! so far i’ve only made truffles but those were delicious :)

  48. I’ve only made caramels before but I’m looking to try more candy-making in the future!

  49. Lisa Joanne says:

    I’d LOVE to make candy, but my every attempt has been embarrassing, to say the least. Without a good candy thermometer, it either comes out too hard or too sticky. My last attempt was lollipops. I’ve stuck to chocolate truffles ever since. Though my next attempt may be chocolate-covered beer marshmallows!

    Dixie719 at gmail dot com.

  50. Marina says:

    How exciting, I so need one of these thermometers in my house even if I don’t win the prize. I love making candy, fudge, brittle, you name I will try it, but like you have wandered away and ended up with some not so great results.
    You can contact me at mcrego at shaw dot ca

  51. Jung says:

    I’ve made dark salty caramels before but for some reason it never came out the way i wanted it to. It was alway a little too thin. I’d like to master my caramel making skills before I move onto anything else. You can contact me at

  52. Heather H says:

    I’ve never made any candy, but I would LOVE to try my hand at taffy. Is that too ambitious? Hopefully not!

  53. Liz says:

    Does the fudge recipe on the side of the marshmallow fluff container count as “making candy”? If so, then yes! Oh, and I’ve also made caramel sauce, standing there staring in terror at the boiling sugar trying to find that line between “golden amber” and “burnt disaster”. You can contact me at lizwoolf AT gmail DOT com

  54. kate says:

    I’ve only ever made chocolate and caramel, but I would love to try hard candy. My favorite is making unusual truffles.

  55. Mia says:

    I have made red candy apples….and yes I agree it is hard to stand around and wait and the minute you turn around it’s burnt…ugh!

  56. I love to make bourbon balls! With an awesome tool like the Maverick, I may venture out to try making brittles and lollipops.

  57. Cake Story says:

    WOWIE! My thermometer is so old school, it never seems to be long enough or fit right so I have to hold it over the bowl/pot. I have never made candy – seems intimidating!

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  59. I’ve only made a batch of beer carmel with pretzels. My candy thermometer failed me in that they were too hard for my liking but very nice flavor. If only I had a way to know they reached the exact temperature I needed! I would make this again if I won…

    oops I forgot to add how to contact me. milkeywaystar_kk at hotmail.

  60. shortoldlady says:

    Does fudge count? Years ago I made caramels for my father – he enjoyed them but my fillings never forgave me. I’d love to try my hand at candy making – what’s a few more pounds between friends?

  61. Heather M says:

    I’ve attempted suckers and taffy, but I have the same patience level as you do. I’d love to try it again. :)

  62. Ari says:

    I’ve been meaning to get a candy thermometer! I want to make caramel sauces, and my mother has a recipe for a walnut tart that I want to try. I also want to make homemade pecan brittle…

  63. allison says:

    I am so glad to know about this thermometer!!! I cant tell you how many things I have ruined due to horrible candy thermometers!!! I love to make caramel and popcorn balls.

  64. Oh my word! This thermometer sounds like a dream. I shy away from every recipe that calls for a candy thermometer because I just don’t want to deal with it. But to have a thermometer that would allow me to multi-task? Sounds like a new gadget that I have to have so that I can get back in my kitchen making goodies. Thanks for the opportunity.

  65. S. Fearon says:

    I’ve never really made candy, I’ve made caramel before but not hard candy, actually this would probably fix my inability to make fudge!
    msfearon at live dot com

  66. Sarah says:

    I’ve tried making homemade taffy before and it was a disaster. I don’t know if it was the recipe, humidity, or me but it was a big FAIL. Maybe with this thermometer, another attempt would come out successful and I could snack on yummy taffy! :)

  67. denise:) says:

    I needed this like yesterday!! My nougat was NOT nougat- in fact, my hubby could have used it for wood putty.

    I hope to have pics of the Milky Way cupcakes on my blog next week- thanks for your awesome cupcake research!!

  68. Marie says:

    I think the only candy I have made is fudge. I have tried caramel rather unsuccessfully.
    I have been wanting to make marshmallows, but my lack of candy thermometer has held me back. I hope I win!

    marie at azalumni dot com

  69. I make cream caramels and fudge every Christmas!

    lisa at lisamantchev dot com

  70. Oh, man, what a cool thermometer! I make fudge all the time (peanut butter is my hubby’s favorite) and it’s such a pain with a regular glass thermometer… the glass steams up and makes it difficult to read. This would rock my socks off!

  71. Joy says:

    I would love love this. I already burnt out a few thermometers :D

  72. Vanessa says:

    I’ve never made candy- melting things to a certain temperature has always scared me since I’ve never had the proper equipment (i.e. candy thermometer!!).

    I’d love to try making some caramels or lollipops!

  73. bakerbarth says:

    Truffles, caramels, brittle. If I had a thermometer I would be able to do so much more!!

  74. Erin says:

    DUDE. Candy making scares me to the nth degree because of the temperature demands. But…if I had a super-duper candy thermometer like this, I would totally be brave enough to try!
    libgirl9 at hotmail dot com

  75. Me says:

    my specialty is the candied fruit that goes into the stollen over the holidays…and with this I wouldn’t have to use my husband’s brewing thermometer!

  76. Meg Johnston says:

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I still haven’t gotten around to buying a candy thermometer yet.

    I’ve made candy a few times before, but without a thermometer, it’s never really worked for me. I made peanut butter caramels a few months ago, and while they were a bit softer than I would have liked, they actually set and I felt so proud. I think my favourite kind of candy to make is truffles.

  77. Rosie says:

    I’ve made marshmallows, but I’d love to make caramels and chocolates.

  78. Anonymous says:

    I’ve made candy before, but with inconsitant results – n0 candy thermometer! This one looks like a winner.

    dbrrtt1 at yahoo dot com

  79. Elizabeth says:

    yes i have made candy, i have made fudge and almond roca. it is a ton of fun.

  80. I have never made candy before, either! I would love to try – possibly lollipops. But I would also use the thermometer for IMBC!

  81. Redwinechick says:

    I’ve made almond roca and peanut brittle. That was many years ago, BEFORE kids…maybe this could reinspire me to make candy again!

  82. AP says:

    Caramels! And I burn them often too. :(

  83. Vikki B says:

    I have made candy – usually just caramels, but one year I made candy canes for Christmas. They were amazing (though a lot of work to pull them).

  84. I actually have this thermometer!! I’ve had it for years and I LOVE it!!! The first thing that I made when I got it was homemade marshmallows… yummmmmm :)

  85. Sarah says:

    I love caramels – this would help so much!

  86. Laura says:

    I’ve made anything from marsmallows to almond butter toffee to caramels (my favorite).

  87. c. simpkins says:

    I love to make chocolate candies, but with a candy thermometer i could make so much more!

  88. I haven’t really made candy yet, but I am really ready to try. I don’t have a thermometer yet and that’s all i’m waiting on.

  89. Callan says:

    Never made candy, but wanted to try making raspberry marshmallows with a friend… unfortunately, we had no thermometer. I’d love to try, though!

  90. Alexa G. says:

    I’ve never made candy but I would love to make rock candy

  91. I’ve never made candy before, but I’d like to make some simple candies to later crush up for windowpane cookies!

  92. Kimberly says:

    I’ve made truffles and that was a lot of fun, but I’ve always been slightly afraid of making something that would require precise temperature. This would be great for relieving some of that fear.

  93. trang says:

    I would love one of these babies. I’ve been looking for a candy thermometer for years and haven’t found one yet.

  94. Molly says:

    My father’s gift for Christmas is always candy, so I have a multitude of seasonal memories stirring peanut brittle and caramels on the stove. He was always the temperature master, but I’m soon to be on my own and would love to be able to make my own candy!



  95. I have never made candy before–it seems to daunting! But I would love to try it out with this awesome thermometer.. I think I would start with caramels :)

  96. Denise says:

    My favorite treat to make that involves a candy thermometer is homemade marshmallows!

    lennonninja AT gmail dot come

  97. Tugs Girl says:

    Caramels have been my obsession lately. I’ve had a couple of batches turn out to be “soft caramels” because of my impatience and probably due to the bubble in my candy thermometer. A digital thermometer would be so awesome! No more guessing if it’s on the mark or not!

  98. Jen says:

    I love to make my version of a certain candy bar with 5 layers: pretzel, peanut butter, caramel, peanuts and chocolate. Everything is straight-forward but the caramel (again, with the patient waiting!), so I’ve been looking around at candy thermometers. Thanks for the review, this one sounds pretty good!

  99. Grace says:

    Never made candy before. Honestly, it’s because of the lack of a candy thermometer so maybe I’ll be lucky. I think I’d like to try your Shirley Temple lollipops first if I win.

  100. Oh I think Maverick is caling my name. The candy I always wanted to make is a chocolate rum truffles but the recipe always ask for a therometer.

  101. Stephanie says:

    I’ve made caramel several times and cashew brittle once. I think I like making caramel the best because its so simple and so delicious!
    stephanie.jordan (at)

  102. Jen says:

    This looks so cool!

    I have never made candy before, but would love to try lollipops for the kids, or some caramel for a cupcake filling/topping.

    purdyjen at yahoo dot come

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  105. Ron says:

    Haven’t made any candy before, and would love to start experimenting with peanut/walnut brittle.

    sorry for the other posts, I didn’t include my email.
    ron at rounds dot org

  106. I have not made candy before – but we do lots of Jams and Jellies – I would LOVE to expand that to some hard candies!! :)

    InkyFingrz at aol dot com

  107. Katie says:

    I’ve never made candy, but sugar art competitions make me drool. I’d LOVE to try some basics!

  108. Tara says:

    I’ve made lollipops. It’s been quite a while though.

  109. Tayler says:

    I like making fudge. In fact, I’m doing so right now. In FACT I’m waiting for the fudge to cool to 110 degrees and have to keep getting up and checking on the thermometer, trying to see through the half inch thick layer of sugar…. Perhaps the baking gods will have pity and give me this thermometer…

  110. Tayler says:

    I like making fudge. In fact, I’m doing so right now. In FACT I’m waiting for the fudge to cool to 110 degrees and have to keep getting up and checking on the thermometer, trying to see through the half inch thick layer of sugar…. Perhaps the baking gods will have pity and give me this thermometer…
    Sorry, I forgot to add my email >.<

  111. Sarah says:

    This would be a miracle! I get by with the standard candy thermometer but it would be great to have the option of walking away from caramel and not making it a touch hard to chew. This year for Christmas I made vanilla, sea salt, gingerbread and pretzel/stout caramels. I have lots of other ideas and maybe with this tool I would test them.

  112. Dawn says:

    This would be so perfect as my candy thermometer just cracked. I had made glass candy and fudge at xmas time, but would love to make truffles this year at some point, as well as homemade marshmallows. You can reach me at dawn.perkowski1 at gmail dot com.

  113. willbear says:

    Fudge and caramel! My mom makes her version of “fudge” every year, which is really a botched job that everyone just fell in love with, so she just goes ahead and over/under cooks it every year. I would love to make salt water taffy someday.

  114. willbear says:

    Fudge and caramel! My mom makes her version of “fudge” every year, which is really a botched job that everyone just fell in love with, so she just goes ahead and over/under cooks it every year. I would love to make salt water taffy someday.

  115. m(oose) says:

    My grandmother makes the most amazing candy for everyone in my family every Christmas. If I had a candy thermometer, her candy would be the first thing I’d make!

  116. Anonymous says:

    I made peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge for the first time this past Christmas. My first batch turned out so great, so I thought “this is easy”! Second batch was a huge flop! Other than that, when I was very young, I remember making hard peppermint candy with my Grandmother. I think I need a thermometer for that though!! Thanks for the chance to win one!!



  117. Rachael says:

    I love to make caramels at Christmas time. This past Christmas, I cooked them too long because I have the old candy thermometer that is hard to read unless you look at it just the right way. The caramels were hard as a rock!! My husband had to cut them for me with the sharpest knife we own. You can contact me at

  118. Alisa says:

    I have not made candy, other than a few failed attempts at fudge. I’d love to succeed at fudge for once! I would also probably make some caramel candy. (Contact me at this email address, or leave a comment on my blog.)

  119. Steph says:

    How very cool. My mom used to make suckers with us when we were little. I should get some molds and try it!

  120. I love making toffees—my homage to Almond Roccas :)

  121. elle says:

    I’ve made taffy several times, sometimes it turns out and sometimes it does not. I would love to try truffles because I’m not much of a candy fan (besides chocolate). lauwil07 at gmail dot com

  122. oh my! what a delicious giveaway! i use my non-beeping candy thermometer all the time for jams, fudge, and more importantly, peanut brittle or ANY kind of peanut candy!

  123. witknitter says:

    My kids are too old to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider to, but that’s why we have grandkids! My “older kids” still like homemade sweets though, and my candy thermometer is as old as they are.

  124. Lisa in NJ says:

    I have not made any candy yet, but I’m working my way there. I would love to make lolly pops when I start. My son can’t have many things because of food allergies, so I’m learning how to make allergen free stuff. I would love to find an allergen free chocolate recipe I could learn. I would love this for making my poured fondant. You can reach me at xmstazx AT aol DOT com

  125. Mitzi says:

    My husband & I like to cook, so we’ve made fudge, peanut butter balls, cream cheese mints, etc. I’d love to win the thermometer, so we can do some hard candy. YUM!

  126. I have worked with choclate but never sugar but this would definately make me less scared to try it. i would make organic sugar free lollis for the kiddos. Tanya H->

  127. Britni says:

    I’ve always wanted to make candy but haven’t had the courage to try without a candy thermometer – and one that would let me know when it was the right temperature at that!
    I really want to make sea glass candies, they look so gorgeous…I’m thinking rootbeer flavor mmmmm.

  128. I haven’t tried to make candy yet, other than a few very basic things. But I recently inherited my Great-Aunt Bernice’s recipe box, and along with the cookies and other baked goods that I’m already comfortable with, there are a lot of candy recipes – and my childhood memories are full of the sight and taste of her homemade treats! I think winning the Maverick could inspire me to get started on some of her recipes – and I will also admit that as a veteran soap-maker, I can come up with a few more good uses – like making sure my oils are the exact right temperature to combine with my lye water!

  129. kmeyers74 says:

    First let me say – love, love, love the new logo!
    Would I use the maverick digital candy thermometer … .um HECK YES! I make caramel year round! For almost every holiday – because I make it to put in my dark chocolate turtles and I make angel food candy too. I’ve wanted to try hard candy again, but the ONE and ONLY time I made it, burned, literally and I was using the regular old candy thermometer. So, yes I would use this!
    Thanks for the chance,
    @kvriesema on twitter

  130. Sarah says:

    I like making all kinds of candy, one of my latest adventures was English Toffee.

  131. Anonymous says:

    Love making candy and caramels for my 9 grandchildren and could use a new thermometer…….mine has worn out so I can’t see the numbers on the scale anymore.

  132. Judy says:

    I have stopped making candy because I don’t get the temperature just right. I made fudge and carmels but gave it up. I didn’t know this thermometer even existed. Boy, what an answer to prayer.

  133. Yael says:

    The only candy I’ve ever made is truffles and a toffee bark, but I would love to make more.

  134. I love to make peanut brittle, but really only have the patience to do it around the holidays. Because it takes so long to get it to 295 degrees, I stand next to the boiling pot with my current novel of the moment. I read a few lines, look up at the thermometer and then read a few lines more… this goes on for quite some time. Well, this past year, I was reading a hard cover copy of the latest Jodi Piccoult book that I had borrowed from a friend and I ruined it when some of the hardened sugary syrup landed on it! It cost me $35.00 (and it was a few weeks before I got to read the ending of that book)… the good news is that the peanut brittle was tasty!

  135. Anonymous says:

    I would love to make candy if only I had that thermometer! I have made toffee beofre. You can contact me at

  136. I love to make caramel. At my high altitude keeping an eye on the temp is important! Thsi would be an awesome tool :)

  137. Anonymous says:

    My family loves it when I make homemade butterfingers! And it’s so easy, 1/3 c light corn syrup, 1/3 c water Mix till combined. Add 1 c granulated sugar. Cook till it reaches 310 degrees. Take it off heat and add 1 c creamy peanut butter. Smooth into prepared pan and score with greased knife. When it has cooled completely break it at score marks and dip into melted chocolate and cool. Tastes just like a butterfinger!

  138. Amy says:

    The only candy I’ve ever made was cinnamon candy in high school and that was just a guess as to how long to cook it as I didn’t hav a thermometer and still don’t. The only thing I would like to try is suger bubbles for my cakes but need a thermometer for that! BTW I love your blog and I am getting ready to open a cupcake bakery in my home town!! Thanks so much!

  139. Alice Fiman says:

    ohhhhh….fudge! It’s a dual purpose word – it’s what I try to make and then what I end up saying when my dessert doesn’t harden…finally I gave up. But it’s still a joke among my work “family.” They still remember my frosting that was supposed to be fudge…

  140. Anonymous says:

    First off, I love your blog!! I really want to make the Shirley temple loli’s! I have made caramel but it burned:( I hope to beable to make many more candies with a maverick thermometer:D.

  141. JudyR says:

    I tried making salted caramels, but my candy thermometer wasn’t very good and they just didn’t come out good.

  142. Paula says:

    I make my own caramel at Christmas because I use it in the turtles I make for gifts. It takes forever, but it’s worth it. I would love to have one of these! I have a really hard time with my glass one! Thanks for the chance to win.

  143. Merideth says:

    The only candy I have ever made is peanut brittle.

  144. Anonymous says:

    A Maverick thermometer!! I will love one to make pecan meringues.
    You may contact me at

  145. Nancy says:

    I really need this!!! I make alot of divinity, fudge, caramel and also have a bad habit of walking away for what seems like a quick second. I need a signal to get back to the stove promptly!!!

    Nancy @

  146. Tricia says:

    I’ve made toffee and carmels…my to do list includes peanut brittle.

  147. barbara says:

    I would love to make carmels. I have never done it before. I also “Liked” you on FB. Thanks

  148. susitravl says:

    I have made a lot of candy but never any type that requires the use of a candy thermometer. I would make my husband some peanut brittle if I won this.

  149. susitravl says:

    Like you on FB (SusanB)

  150. Options Mom says:

    I was always afraid to make candy because of the whole thermometer thing, but now I make fudge using Gale Gand’s recipe with a crude thermometer – fudge is our favorite…I also make mochi too which is a kind of “Asian candy.”

  151. Anonymous says:

    I would love to make proper torrone (Italian nougat). Mine is always so soft and runny.


  152. jriina says:

    I always make my mom’s butter brickle at Christmas only now without nuts because one of my sons has a nut allergy. My boys are old enough to do some cooking with Mom and would love to try making caramels and a thermometer like this would be perfect.

  153. 350° says:

    I’ve attempted to make toffee with chocolate, followed by making caramel but what I have used a candy thermometer mostly for has been to make homemade marshmallows.

  154. Tanya Willis says:

    I love to make toffee, and my grocery store thermometer doesn’t always tell the truth. I would love to have the Maverick!!

  155. Keico says:

    I would love to make homemade lollipops, but i’ve always been too afraid. Hopefully the candy thermometer will help squelch my jitters!

  156. Misty Dawn says:

    I love to make homemade toffee, but I actually broke my thermomater yesterday. I totally need to get a Maverick!

  157. caroline k says:

    i’ve only made chocolate lollipops out of a kit from michael’s but now that i have kids i think it would be really fun to make candy with them! i’ll prolly start with something chocolate!

  158. Christine says:

    Having so far dropped two of the glass candy thermometers to their death and my eternal panic that I have contaminated my house and children forever, I would love to win a thermometer! I would first make salted caramels and then some of those caramel cages and shards to use overtop of some other dessert. Great initiative on the thermometer!
    I can be reached at

  159. Corey says:

    I completely understand what you mean about patience for some things but not thermometers. I make fudge at work, but I don’t know if that counts and I’ve “lost” all of the thermometers and now go by “when it feels like it’s done”. I’d love to make candy though. Lollipops sounds like so much fun! You can contact me at dressagesong at Yahoo dot com

  160. Candi says:

    Licorice Caramels & Popcorn Balls. Gotta have a candy thermometer for both!

  161. Kay says:

    This is the best giveaway! I’ve been wanting one for so long! I would probably want to try making ribbon candy-it looks like so much fun!

  162. O MY CUPCAKES!!!!!!

  163. Abbey says:

    I’ve never made candy but if I did, the first thing I would make would be spun-sugar crowns for cupcakes!

  164. Aileen says:

    I’ve made caramel before! I can imagine it’s so much easier with a thermometer than just sitting there guessing what color and share it should be. Thanks for the giveaway!


  165. Becky says:

    I have never made candy, but I would make caramel, because it goes so well with chocolate

  166. I’ve made lots of things that are candy inspired, but never tried making candy itself. The one thing that is ridiculously hard to find (and expensive if you do) are salted caramel chocolates… that would definitely be my first venture.


  167. allensmall says:

    My favorite thing to make it caramels.

  168. Erica says:

    I love making caramels! Though with a fancy thermometer I wouldn’t be so scared about the burning, or over-hardened caramel!!
    Contact enchirico at gmail dot com

  169. DeAnn says:

    I just renewed my love for a god thermometer when making candy.

  170. cfiggee says:

    I made taffy once in college. The best part was buttering up your hands in order to pull the taffy.

  171. Cristy says:

    Salted butter caramels. I’d like to give candy canes a try this Christmas.

  172. Stacy says:

    I used to make chocolate molds with my mom when I was younger, but would like to try other candies like lollipops & truffles. I never thought I could make my own truffles before, but thanks to the other people posting on this site, I may have to try to find recipe for that! :)

  173. Bethanne says:

    I absolutely love making caramel…but i know if i walk away for even a second I am toast. I also work with melted sugar for some buttercream recipes.

  174. Sarah says:

    ooo now that’s an awesome thermometer!

    i keep planning to make more candy – but work gets in the way.

    truffles are fantastic to make though.

  175. Susan says:

    I used to make toffee with my mom every Christmas but since I moved out I haven’t been around to help her make it. If I had the thermometer I would get the recipe from her and give it a shot. I jsut love making all my own stuff and would love to expand into candy.

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  177. Protein Girl says:

    I have tried to make whoppers and other candy, but the only success I have had is with chocolate!

  178. Angie says:

    I tried making fruit jelly candies from a recipe at It was not very successful. Having a thermometer that I could’ve set and walked away from might have helped! I would love to give it another try!

  179. Nancy says:

    I recently go into making caramels and the Maverick would be perfect for that!

    nbarinque at gmail dot com

  180. the only candy I’ve made is leche quemada with my mother and grandmother. I’ve tried making it without them, but I can never get the consistency just right.

  181. Kerry says:

    Toffee is my basic candy of choice, but I love the concept of this thermometer! I don’t have the patience to sit and wait until things get to the proper temperature.

  182. Patricia says:

    I haven’t made candy before, but I would love to make caramels.

  183. Anonymous says:

    Ellen said…
    I’d love to try making candy, but I need the right tools for the job. The Maverick would do the trick in attempting to make caramels.

  184. grace says:

    my favorite to make only has that distinction because it’s my favorite to eat: caramels. :)

  185. Chris says:

    I attempted Candy Corns last year around Halloween. They were yummy! However, kneading the color into the candy was so challenging. First it was really hot, but then gets hard as it cools. Ugh!

    I am working up the courage to try caramel.

  186. I’d love to make divinity candy and I need a new candy thermometer to do so :-)

  187. I am getting into the candy making world. My husband so far loves what I’ve made, but I do want to play more with sugar. So far my marshmallows have been a huge hit!

  188. Kallie says:

    I’ve never made candy, mostly because I’m afraid to! But I’d love to try fudge and caramel.

  189. I love to make fudge. I make lots of truffles & filled chocolates, barks and bars. I’ve made a batch of Christmas tree lollipops but, I reeeeeally want to make some ribbon candy (successfully!) :) My email is or my phone number is on my website at

  190. Anonymous says:

    I love making homemade Turtles at Christmas, so I use a thermometer to temper the chocolate and make caramel. They’re sooooo good!

    Freckles72 (at) Mac (dot) com

  191. emerzim says:

    Tried to make lollipops with disastrous results several years ago. Have had better luck with caramel lately. Used an old candle making thermometer until I broke it and HATE my replacement. Would love to try this one!

    emerzim at yahoo

  192. carole says:

    I”ve made candy before but it”s been a long time ago…… grandkids have been asking about making suckers but I”ve never tried it yet..maybe if I won this I would try it

  193. Jennifer says:

    I would love to make fudge!

  194. Judith says:

    I love to make candy, but it is always a guessing game…”is this a hard ball?”. Even if I don’t win this I will buy one. Its perfect!

  195. Shelly says:

    I have one unsuccessful attempt at making marshmallows under my belt. Tasted delicious, but boy does that stuff stick to EVERYTHING!!!

    I have a bunch of candy recipes I want to try, but haven’t been brave enough yet. I think lollipops would be my first project! So cute, and who doesn’t love a lollipop??!

  196. I’ve never made real candy, mainly due to my fear of cooking with a candy thermometer. I’ve only made fudge that requires no thermometer. This digital one looks foolproof enough to ease my fear – even if I don’t win I might buy one!

    – Maggie

  197. Anonymous says:

    I took a candy class awhile back and learned to make my favorite candy ever Divinty and nut brittle and recently experimented with toasted coconut and caramel…I use a reg candy thermometer but would love to try an electric one…

  198. Anonymous says:

    I make fudge and it never really turns out right. I as told that I definitly need a themometer. Maybe it will work.
    Fudgically challenged,

  199. G'ma Jan says:

    I’ve never made maple candy, but I’d use this for making my homemade fudge first.

  200. G'ma Jan says:

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  201. Emilyah says:

    I have been wishing to make my grandmothers peanut brittle and chocolate turtles for 5 years and still haven’t purchased a thermometer. Grandma gives one to each granddaughter and I somehow failed to receive one so this would be great to win.

  202. Pamela says:

    I make pralines on a regular basis and have gotten pretty good and eyeing when they are ready but would love to try making them with the real gear of a candy thermometer. My pralines are a family recipe so can’t share it but they are delicious! Twitter @RayExperience

  203. ab says:

    I make toffee. I would like to make caramel, but my attempts have been less than successful.

  204. YDANIS says:

    I would love to make caramel candies but have never had much luck boiling sugar for icing recipes. This would be perfect to venture out on new quests. Thanks!


  205. kelseykeyes says:

    I love making penuche, using my Grandma’s recipe! kelseykeyes at gmail dot com

  206. Danielle says:

    Every Christmas I make batch after batch of the old fashion Hershey’s fudge recipe. MMMMmm! Would love to have one of these thermometers!

  207. Miss Cupcake says:

    I’ve wanted to make candy for awhile but haven’t been brave enough to buy the thermometer and get some good recipes. I’d make root beer candies first. They are delicious.

  208. Fairietopia says:

    I make homemade marshmallows a lot! This past Christmas I put mint & green food color in them & cut them out with cookie cutters! My contact info is

  209. Kimberly says:

    I love caramel, and since I’ve broken three different cheapo thermometers in the past year making it I think it’s high time I get a decent one!

    My favorite caramel recipe right now is the Salted Caramel recipe from Baked. I use it in cupcakes, cakes, coffee, cocoa, icecream, you name it!

  210. Anonymous says:

    I’ve never made candy but have wanted to try it for years. I need a candy thermometer first though. I’ve been meaning to get one!

    bonochickkat[at]hotmail dot com

  211. Jodi says:

    I have made candy before, but isn’t my fav thing to make because of the thermometer dilemma! I’ve made lolli’s & liked them, but I think my brittle was better. I’d love to win this Maverick as it would make candy making so much easier!

    You can contact me

  212. kim says:

    I love making marshmallows and caramel.

  213. Angela says:

    I love to make fudge and other chocolate candy creations.
    Contact me at aensming at gmail dot com.

  214. Kath Family says:

    I have never made candy but would love to make something with chocolate and mint! yum-o. With 2 babies, however, I need all the help I can get :)

  215. Susan says:

    I’ve been wanting to try to make caramels, but I only have a cheap thermometer. I’ll definitely try them with the maverick.

  216. Chelle says:

    I’ve only made the candies you make from the chocolate discs you buy at the grocery store. I have dreams of sea salt caramels!

  217. Rosemary says:

    I used to make great big lollipops with my mom when I was little, in bright colors, and we’d hang them in the windows at Christmas time. Until my baby sister stuck her hands in the hot sugar as it was setting. I’d love to try again, now that she’s old enough to know better ;-) Mostly, though, I use my candy thermometer to make meringue buttercreams …

  218. Stella says:

    I don’t make much candy. >.< The most I've ever done is melt chocolate and an attempt at meringue. I'd like to be able to make a proper merignue or perhaps a nice caramel. I may be contacted at stellasayswhee at gmail dot com.

  219. Nicci says:

    If I had a candy thermometer that cool, I’d probably finally take a chance and make toffee… something i’ve been wanting to do for ages, since i’m allergic to nuts and i have a hard time finding nut-free toffee.

  220. I’ve never made candy. I recently started culinary school and I can’t wait to learn how to make it. I think the first thing I’ll do will definitely be chocolate.

  221. Margaret says:

    I don’t make candy but I do make swiss meringue buttercream and italian meringue buttercream for my cupcakes!! Having a digital thermometer would no doubt save me the puzzled looks from my teenage daughter as I hover over the stove – or it may cause more puzzled looks as she tries to figure out what the new gadget is :) My e-mail is ;)

  222. Andie says:

    I made caramel once. It came out truely awful. Part of the problem was probably the humidity, which is unreasonably high in my hometown in Texas.

  223. Gigi says:

    I make toffee each year during the holidays. This is requested by many of my friends. The original recipe was given to me by my late mother-in-law.
    Like you I get soooo bored waiting for my toffee to reach the right temp.
    Have never heard of this thermometer before, but would so love to try it out. I’ll even make some toffee for you (and this is not a bribe :-) )

  224. Anonymous says:

    I’d love one of these!

  225. Joleen says:

    It’s wonderful that you are getting thoughts from this article as well as from our discussion made here.

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