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

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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?
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How do you form Marshmallow Ropes?

I have made marshmallows before and formed them into a pan, and then cut them into squares. That works fine and they taste great. I'd like to achieve the effect of the long marshmallow ropes that I ...
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How do I make candy shells?

How do I make candy shells like M&Ms or Reese's Pieces have?
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Colorful Marshmallow

How to make colorful marshmallow without using synthetic coloring agents?