Kansas City, MO, April 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- About Cero’s Candy:
"Candy Pete" Cero, a Greek sailor, was lured to Wichita, Kansas, for railroad work in 1883. But Pete became ill and the railroad crew left him behind when they moved on. Without railroad work to pay his way, Pete turned to candy-making in 1885. Cero's handmade candies became popular with Wichitans, and Pete's business grew.
Since Candy Pete, three generations of the Cero's family have carried on his tradition. In 1999, Ed Cero, the last of the family's confectioners, was ready to retire, but had no family member to take his place. With a goal of giving back to the community that had supported Cero's over the years, Ed turned to an unlikely buyer: The Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas. It proved to be a sweet match. Cero's reputation and traditions would continue while working in conjunction with a program providing job training and a nurturing environment for special needs adults.
On November 4, 2010, Cero's returned to a family-owned business with the purchase by Mother/Daughter team - Pam and Darcy Bishop. Long-time customers of Cero's, the Bishops jumped at the opportunity to carry-on this Wichita Tradition. The Bishops are excited to share Darcy's candy-making skills combined with Cero's recipes. They look forward to expanding the product line and bringing back some old favorites.
Candymakers is available in both print and ebook format.
By Ed Cero
Publisher: BookStand Publishing
Published: October 2012
About the author:
Now retired, Ed, is doing more writing and occasionally teaches candy making. He enjoys watching his four grandchildren grow up. Ed and Maria still love to travel, especially to Italy and Greece.
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Recent Praise for Candymakers from Amazon.com Reviewers:
“This book was a delight to read. The tale of a boy growing up in a candy makin' family knowing he would one day own the company that had been in his family for generations and generations. A pleasant read with a sweet twist (mr. Cero gives a few of his families secret family receipts throughout the book!) would be a great gift to a loved one for Christmas or any chocolate lover!” – The Wolf
“This a fantastic book for anyone looking for tried and true candy recipes. I am currently learning the trade myself and this book is wonderfully straightforward and easy to follow. I am trying out the "New Orleans Style Pralines" recipe next. There is also a little history included in the book alongside the recipes which I love. This would be a great gift for any new chefs in the family or anyone who loves to cook.” - Earlyrisingcat