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I have seen this done at candy shops before, where the syrup is pulled/stretched 10s of times before they are allowed to cool off.

What chemically does this do to the sugar? How does this affect the taste?

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

It aerates the sugar (you do the same for taffy) - adding tiny bubbles in the final product.

It makes the finished product lighter and chewier instead of denser and hard.

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