Candy, candy candy! I don't know if you love candy as much as I do; actually I doubt it because i'm pretty obsessed with candy. But even if you don't love it, i'm sure the kids do, so why not learn how for their sake.
Learn These Candy Making Tips
Thanks to The Spruce Eats you'll have the happiest kids on earth in a matter of minutes. Check out their easy to follow instructions on how to make sweet treats.
Candy Making Equipment
Candy making does not require any specialized equipment, so to speak. Most can be made with the regular tools you already have in your kitchen. However, if you plan to make candy often you should definitely invest in a thermometer.
As noted by The Spruce Eats, “Candies that are based on a sugar syrup—sugar and water boiled together—often give instructions to boil the syrup to a specific temperature.” This is where your thermometer will come in handy. However if you dont own one the “cold-water method” of temperature checking will do the trick.
Testing your thermometer
The Spruce shows us how to properly test your thermometer!
- Insert your candy thermometer into a pot of water, and bring the water to a rolling boil. The bubbles should be constant and vigorous. At sea level, the boiling point for water is 212 F or 100 C. This will be our baseline.
- Leave your thermometer in the water for five minutes, to give it time to get an accurate reading. Make sure that the bulb of the thermometer is fully immersed in the water, and that it is not touching the bottom or sides of the pot—this can give a false reading.
- Now inspect the temperature on your thermometer, making sure that you are eye level with the thermometer and not looking at it from an angle. Is it 212 F / 100 C? If so, your thermometer is accurate!
The Cold water method
You can figure out the candy temperature by using the cold-water method. This has been used by cooks and candy makers around the world; it can be used for many different types of candies such as toffees, fudges and caramels.
You'll need a bowl of ice cold water and while the candy is cooking, periodically drop a small spoonful of the candy into the bowl of ice cold water. The next step is to immerse your hand in the cold water, then try to form the sugar into a ball, and bring it out of the water.
How to Pull Candy
For the full tutorial on how to pull candy check it out here
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