Questions about confections (sweet foods) and how they are made.

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Can the Cadbury Creme Egg's filling be bought independently?

I want to buy the filling of Cadbury Creme Eggs to use it in another dessert. I remember that being available but I cannot come up with the keywords to search for it. Maybe something similar is sold ...
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How do I mimic trader Joe's (dark) Chocolate covered Espresso Beans?

I'm trying to mimic the thick, rich dark chocolate covered espresso beans made by Trader Joes. These sweet morsels have a thick chocolate coating that easily give in when bitten. The beans inside ...
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How can I minimize crumbliness in agar based candies?

3.5% agar agar makes a sturdy gel, which can be used to make candy. However, instead of dissolving smoothly in the mouth, the agar tends to break down into small chunks. Would adding a percent or two ...
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How do I make a Turkish Delight Syrup

I made turkish delight ice cream but the bits of commercial sugar coated turkish delight I folded through were rock hard when frozen and a possible problem for unsuspecting guests. So, I was wanting ...
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Storage of chocolates/candies in process (i.e. prior to cutting, dipping, etc)?

Especially around the holidays, it usually seems more efficient to build up a selection of projects in need of some finishing steps (usually chocolate dipping). What steps should one take to ensure ...
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Solution for uneven heating on an electric coil stovetop

I'm struggling to find a solution for my apartments coil stovetop and its uneven heating. I've never run into the problem until I started working on my holiday hard candy recently. I can't keep the ...
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Can I cool my toffee in the fridge?

I'm making some treacle toffee for tonight but think I've left it too late to cool naturally - will cooling it In the fridge affect the result too much, or just speed the process up nicely?
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vinegar in lollipops

How much vinegar can I use in a lollipop recipe without upsetting the "setting up" of the candy? There is a remedy for hiccups that uses sugar and vinegar as an instant cure and I desperately need ...
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What should I do with candied citron?

My inlaws just gave me a gift of candied whole citron (not just the peel) that they picked up from southern Italy. It was very thoughtful and just in time for Sukkot! However, I'm just not sure ...
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How do you add ingredients to fudge without stiring it?

There have been a couple of questions recently about making fudge, and a comment which came up twice in answers has got me wondering about something. (I'll admit, both answers are by Sobachatina, but ...
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Clarification on the process for making fudge

OK, so I'm trying to make fudge. The recipe which I'm following doesn't give all that much in the way of directions. So I'd like clarification of a few points, so I know what I'm aiming for. Am I ...
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How do you dry homemade lollipops so that they are no longer sticky?

I made homemade lollipops and they are set, but still sticky. How can I dry them, or what I can do so that when I wrap them they won't stick to the wrappers?
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How can I substitute English Toffee in cookies?

I found a cookie recipe which requires "English Toffee bars". I have never seen them around here, and don't know what they are. What are these bars? Is there any substitution I can use? How close ...
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How to create a gummy candy cake?

I want to give my gf a present for Valentine's day that consists on a board with glued gummy candy, marshmallows... all that lovely sweet stuff. When put all together it will be like a romantic ...
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What can I do with a large amount of glacé cherries?

I accidentally bought 1 kg of glacé cherries instead of the dried cherries which I meant to buy. Aside from fruitcake, which I hate, is there anything I can do to use these up?
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Why did my Turkish Delight come out flavorless?

Yesterday I made Turkish Delight, and today I cut it into squares and tasted it. This was the recipe: 330 ml liquid (apple juice, from freshly cold-pressed apples, strong flavor) A small amount of ...
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Substituting glucose syrup for glucose

I've noticed that many pate de fruit recipies call for a small amount of glucose in addition to sugar. My local store didn't have any glucose, but I have glucose syrup around. Can I use glucose syrup ...
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Boiled sugar disaster?

I attempted to make some hard sugar to use as windows for gingerbread houses. I thought I could do it without a candy thermometer as I have before, but obviously not. I tested it in ice water and it ...
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What can I add to boiled lollies to stop them from melting in humid weather?

I've made a gingerbread house this year and popped in stained glass windows. The windows are made of crushed up boiled lollies. I baked the gingerbread, then added the windows, then baked the bread ...
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What does pulling on syrup (in the semi-solid state) do to the texture/taste?

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 ...
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Can anyone identify this Chinese candy?

We just grabbed our customary mint on our way out of the Asian Bistro by our house but when we opened it, it wasn't a mint and the wrapper was almost all in Chinese (I think). It was an Asian bistro, ...
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What does adding butter to toffee do?

Some recipes for toffee call for butter, some don't. I'd like to know please what adding butter does, and if I do add butter, will I still be able to make the stickjaw type toffee? Thanks in advance.
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Pot selection for fudge

Is there a particular kind/size of pot recommended for making fudge?
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Why does my fudge always set up like a rock?

I've followed the recipe for an opera fudge (and several others) as close as I can, yet my fudge always turns out grainy and crumbly. The best results I've gotten have come from not washing down the ...
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What is the purpose of vinegar in this lollipop recipe?

I found a recipe for lollipops. It uses 2:2:1 ratio of sugar:water:vinegar. What exactly is the role of vinegar in it? The recipe was: 10 spoons of granulated/crystalic sugar 10 spoons of ...
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Turkish Delight is too wet

I've made a few batches of Turkish Delight in different flavours. The Rosewater, Vanilla and Ginger flavours have set beautifully but the Orange and Mint flavours have set to a point, and are ...
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What effects will xylitol have as a sugar substitute?

What effects does xylitol have when used in place of sugar? Will replacing sugar with xylitol lower the calories in my candy? Does it have a laxative effect if eaten in quantity? Will my fruit ...
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Does Splenda caramelize?

Hey y'all - do any of you know if splenda caramelizes and melts like regular sugar? My parents are doing a low-carb, low-sugar diet and I'd love to surprise them with some diet-friendly hard candies. ...
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How can I make vegetarian marshmallows?

My girlfriend is vegetarian and we have been trying to make marshmallows at home but so far after over four tries with agar agar we have yet to be very successful. We have made one batch that were ...
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hard crack candy coming out too sticky

I've made a few batches of hard crack candy, but so far every batch i've made has come out stickier than I'd like. by too sticky, i mean that the candies will stick to the parchment paper i store them ...
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How to make sparkling powder for candy?

When I was young, someone taught me how to make this powder you find on candy. It's acidic and seems to "sparkle" in the mouth, but I don't know the name and so I can't find a recipe. I suppose I ...
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Salted butter in toffee

What effects would using salted butter instead of unsalted butter have on a toffee recipe? I'm using the basic Equal parts butter and sugar Heat to soft crack (285 F) Poor into flat cooking sheet ...
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How can you pipe hot melted candy into free-form shapes?

I recently made free-form candy swirls out of chocolate-like coloured candy. When I got to the point of putting it into my disposable plastic piping bag, I had to wrap it in a tea-towel in order to ...
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Converting Peppermint Marshmallow Recipe to Raspberry

I have the following peppermint marshmallow recipe that I know works well: 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting the marshmallows' surface and the work surface 1/2 cup plus 2 ...
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Problem with gummy-bears being too much like jelly

I've been trying a simple recipe I found on the internet, which is a simple recipe consisting mostly of gelatin. The problem is that the end result is basically just a fruit-flavoured jelly ...
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What are the differences between candy thermometers and meat thermometers?

I know that meat thermometers generally won't handle as high a temperature range as candy, but I'm only planning to make caramels and fudge (so soft ball and firm ball) and that's within the range of ...
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How to Flavor Homemade Gum Drops

For favors that I am making for an upcoming party, I'm looking to do some old-fashioned homemade gum drops. I have found a recipe that looks do-able. It calls for candy flavoring. I've also found ...
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Substituting skim milk for whole milk in a caramel recipe

I'm planning to make a batch of soft caramels. Whole milk makes up about half the recipe. Since I only have skim milk on hand, can I substitute skim milk for the whole milk?
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Peanut-Butter Treat - Using Less Sugar and Less Butter

I'm making a chocolate covered peanut-butter treat this weekend. I'm going to play with the recipe, to have less fat and calories, and I'd like some suggestions. 3 lbs. confectioners sugar 1 lb. ...
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Hard Candy Hardens Too Quickly

I recently made some hard candy; 2 cups sugar 3/4 cups corn syrup 1 cup water Heat to hard crack I was hoping to be able to work with the result, coloring two halves and twisting them together to ...
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Why do my caramels turn out hard in the center?

I have made several batches of homemade caramels, and they have all turned out the same - soft around the edge of the 9x13 pan I use to cool them and hard as a rock in the center of the pan. ...
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How to make “honeycomb” less sticky?

I made "honeycomb" (otherwise known as hokey-pokey, not real honeycomb) using this recipe: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/hokey-pokey-36 It tastes delicious but it is supposed to be crunchy / ...
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Any secondary uses for taffy?

My sister got married recently and had a candy buffet at the wedding. Their colors were yellow and gray, and we now have a lot of leftover banana taffy. We're never going to eat it all at the rate ...
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turkish delight is “grainy”

I made Turkish Delight today. I used 2 large cups sugar, 1oz gelatine, 1 saltspoon citric acid and 1cup boiling water. Boiled all together for 15 minutes then halfed the mixture. Flavoured one with ...
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What is causing my butter toffee to separate?

Each year at this time, I make 4-6 batches of Butter Toffee (2c sugar, 2 c butter, 2 tsp vanilla, 6 tbsp water), but only about half usually turn out ok. About half way through the heating process, ...
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Any way to soften gummy candy?

Sometimes when I buy (cheap) gummy candy, it's a little too hard to enjoy. Is there a way to soften them? Preferably something that lasts, as opposed to perhaps heating them and eating them while ...
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Why did my “Turkish Delight” turn into a horrible goopy mess?

I don't normally make a lot of confections but decided recently to try a few new things. Yesterday I used this recipe for Turkish delight which I originally found on the Hydrocolloid Recipe ...
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What is Fondant?

I read about candies that have "fondant" in the middle used as filling - what is it? Are there other uses for it?
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How do I get caramels to turn out grainy?

Yes, I know the opposite of the usual question. I've been making candy since I was a little kid. My caramels are always smooth and creamy. My partner's father thinks they taste good but that the ...
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How to make spherical chocolate-enrobed candies?

How does one enrobe a candy center in chocolate in such a way that you get a smooth sphere with no ugly mark where it was sitting on a rack, or hole where it was held by a skewer?