A candy thermometer takes the temperature of sauces, syrups, oil (for deep frying) and cooked sugar for candy. It may or may not have a pointed wand (usually not) because it is not inserted into solids. Candy thermometers range higher in temperature‚ often up to 400F.
Meat thermometers have a pointed stick or wand which is inserted into a solid mass, such as meat, chicken, fishor a casserole. The temperature range is typically lower than that of a candy thermometer‚ most go up to 200F.