Hi, I’m Alana. Wife, mom, daughter, friend, amateur gardener, coffee guzzler, shower singer, hiker extraordinaire and life-long learner from British Columbia, Canada. This blog is where I hope to be able to grow from an aspiring meal maker to an outstanding culinary creator. This is where I need your help. I invite you to join me on my journey of food exploration by providing feedback on the recipes we create here at Cool ‘til Yummy, so we can turn them into drool-worthy masterpieces together!

How to preserve homemade gummy bears

How to Preserve Homemade Gummy Bears

The only thing holding me back from buying gummies in bulk is that they are too limited in flavor. If I’m not mistaken, there’s only about five standard flavors in the market – or at least for Haribo – raspberry, lemon, orange, pineapple, strawberry.

How to make Jelly Beans

How to Make Jelly Beans That Your Kids Will Love

Last Easter, I made several treats. My jelly beans are always a crowd favorite, and so I made a bunch of them this year. When it comes to who enjoys jelly beans, age really doesn’t matter. I hope you would agree that that is an all-ages treat.

How to make caramel without butter or cream

How to Make Caramel Without Butter or Cream

Sometimes I love to make a caramel sauce that doesn’t turn into a hard or chewy candy when stored. The kind of sauce that’s not too thick that I can drizzle it over desserts and drinks anytime.

Colourful Rock Candy Sticks Made Fast

How to Make Sugar Crystals Fast

I’ve enjoyed these recipes because they are kitchen science experiments that I did with the kids. These are great ways to incorporate some science learnings (and a lot of patience) while teaching them basic kitchen skills and food appreciation.

Homemade chocolate s’mores with vegan marshmallows

How to Make Marshmallows Recipe Without Gelatin

This is a homemade marshmallow recipe without gelatin that is easy to make and tastes just like the regular ones. You won’t even notice the difference! So if you want to a Vegan marshmallow recipe, then this is for you.

Maple Syrup On Countertop

How to Make Hard Candy Out of Maple Syrup

The maple candies are always a hit with the kids. I mostly like the creamy and nutty ones – because I love peanut brittle, remember? If you haven’t read my two peanut brittle recipes, please check them out as well. I have a microwave peanut brittle recipe and a corn syrup-free stovetop version you might want to try.

Freshly Baked Homemade Chocolate Dipped Donuts

Does Melted Chocolate and Butter Harden?

I was making dipping chocolates in a client’s home kitchen when she asked me something I get a lot from different people: does melted chocolate and butter harden? This is a common question most beginners or first-timers have. It’s a very legit question, I might add, because I was guilty of this. I learned my lesson the hard way.

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