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Odds are you have several wooden spoons in your kitchen, but you will need one dedicated for your candies, cookies and ice creams. If you have guests that will be cooking in your kitchen, you should hide any candy specific multi-use tools.

Most wooden spoons come in beechwood, but I have seen maple and even cherry wood in addition to synthetic wooden spoons. If you go synthetic, make sure it can handle the high temperatures encountered when making candies.

I use my wooden spoon mainly for stirring caramels, toffees, ice cream custard bases and for mixing delicate ingredients to cookie dough that an electric mixer might damage. I think a lot of wooden spoon manufacturers recommend that you hand wash them, but I just throw them in the dishwasher. Although they may dry out and crack after a few years, they get super clean.

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