I made hard candy for the first time and had a blast doing it. I want to continue practicing with a goal of being able to sculpt some shapes by Halloween. I'm looking for tips for working with hard candy and in making shapes other than drops.
(After I got comfortable with drops, I started rolling logs and tried to twist them into shapes quickly but I don't really have any inspiration at that moment; I ended up with a few "S" and "U" shapes and "pretzels". Also, it cools so quickly and starts out very hot. Are there any tricks, for example, what shape do I first cut off the main candy to shape?)
Any advise, book recommendations, favorite recipes, or alternative websites for sugar craft will be much appreciated.