For your food-loving friends with grown-up palates, choose from our collection of sophisticated candy for gift-giving. The sweetness of these candies is balanced by bittersweet chocolate, tea, sea salt, toasted nuts, or a splash of rum, bourbon, brandy, or liqueur.
The caramel cools quickly, making it impossible to roll all the hazelnuts before the candy hardens. Enlist the help of others, or make only half a batch, snacking on any that remain in clumps. A candy thermometer is helpful -- though not essential -- when making pralines. To determine if the mixture has reached the soft-ball stage the old-fashioned way, drop a little into cold water. If it forms a small ball, it's ready.