The really big thing we learned to do was pull sugar. Heat it to hard crack, ~315F, then add color and use oiled metal tools to move the sugar around. When it's cool enough to handle, start pulling. And that's it, folks. Well, that, and about twenty years of practice to get anything good out of it. It also probably takes as long to build up heat-resistant hands. These are the first rose petals I pulled. As you can see, the one at the bottom is already cracked because I pulled it when the sugar was too cool. Needless to say, we all went home with blistering red hands that day.
We got to play with colored marzipan this week...rather like Playdoh, only edible. I don't think it tastes any better though.