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

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Does Turkish Delight have to be this difficult?

At the weekend I made some Turkish Delight based on the recipe featured in a recent BBC series called "Sweets Made Simple". Simple maybe, but highly effortful. The recipe is here, but the brief ...
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Can you candy salt? (Experiment Results)

Bear with me... I'm working on a pretty amazing ice cream. It's Dulce de Leche, made the kind of scary traditional way of boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk, then mixing that with a custard and ...
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Is it feasable to make gummy bear that have the same physical properties as regular ones without using gelatin?

I'm looking for some first hand experience with this thing. Most vegan gummy bears and similar candy use agar-agar instead of gelatin but the end result is nowhere near the original. The candy tastes ...
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Crystallization of sugar solution, and oddly crunchy candy with fudge-like texture after eating

I've been trying to recreate the results from: http://cookingsciencetradition.blogspot.com/2010/12/crystallization-of-sugar.html to very little success. My process: 1: Add 1 + 1/2 cups white ...
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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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Other than gelatin what makes gummy bears chewy?

From previous experiences, every time I try to make gummy bears they are more springy than chewy like gummies are supposed to be. I have been wondering, other than gelatin, what makes gummy bears ...
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Why Do We 'Simmer' Fudge Instead of 'Boiling' it?

I've noticed that many candy recipes (specifically fudge recipes) instruct you to boil the mixture, then reduce to simmer, until you reach a specific temperature. My limited understanding of physics ...
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How long does it take for sugar to get to the hard ball stage?

I tried to make nougat but just could not get to the hard ball stage.
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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 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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Does candy expire?

If so, is there any preventative measures I can take to prevent candy from expiring? I'm curious because Halloween candy after two years tends to look a little...off, and I'm not sure if it's safe to ...
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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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Why did my caramel come out grainy?

I made caramel on my induction cooktop. The temperature was correct, but the caramel texture is grainy, like all of the sugar didn't dissolve properly. Do I need a different thermometer? I used a ...
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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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Butter separation in english toffee candy

I've read recently some articles about English toffee candy and the issue of butter separation was mentioned there. I am looking for further information abut this phenomenon (what causes this ...
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How can I test my extracts for strength?

I made a couple extracts with Everclear and Buddha's hand and with habanero peppers (not combined). If I want to make some hard candy with them, how can I rough in how much to use so I don't end up ...
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Best way to impart rum flavor in caramel candies?

I have a caramel candy recipe that uses spiced honey instead of corn syrup that I really love. I also have a caramel syrup recipe that uses rum and it was a huge hit with the family. I am hoping to ...
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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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To what temperature should you take candied citrus peels?

I have been examining scores of recipes for candied citrus peels and I am unable to find an answer to this question. Most recipes indicate pretty standard candy making instructions; heat sugar/water ...
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How do I keep my melted candy windows in my gingerbread house from cracking?

I have melted hard candy in the windows of my gingerbread house, two days later the candy is cracked. Tried it again, using more candy, but it cracked again. The gingerbread wall with the windows ...
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How do I make my own chocolate chips?

I'd love to make my own chocolate chips from scratch. But everything I've produced seems to melt during cooking. It would be nice to make them based on the percentage of coco I like and it would be ...
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Peanut butter logs

I have a candy recipe for peanut butter logs which calls for 3 cups of powdered sugar. This is TOO SWEET. Is there any way to cut the sweetness?
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How to preserve cotton candy

For this Christmas, we wanted to do a particular packaging for biscuits using cotton candy. We have a machine to make it, and flavours to do different colors and flavourings. Now, the problem is that ...
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malted balls centers

How can make malted milk ball centers - not the chocolate covering? If I mix malted milk powder with any liquid it just melts into it. I don't have any way to compress the powder mechanically, which ...
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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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Should I bag hard candy or not?

I just made a few candy canes... If I'm going to transport them tomorrow, can I bag them up after they cool or should I keep them out as long as possible? I'm worried about them getting sticky
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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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Wax paper sticking to homemade taffy - what to use for wrapping?

I am developing a recipe for a taffy, and the candy itself is turning out perfectly. The major problem that I'm encountering is that the wax paper squares I am using seem to stick to the taffy after ...
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Can I make invert syrup in situ when making candy?

There are a couple recipes out there for invert syrup that basically say add some acid (citric acid or cream of tartar) at 0.1% w/w bring it up to 240 °F​/​116 °C then let cool. However, is ...
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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 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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What can I do with badly cooked honeycomb?

I've made a batch of honeycomb but I didn't quite get the temperature of the sugar right. Now it seems to have the consistency of toffee. What can I do with this honeycomb? It would seem a bit of a ...
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What are sugar-free sweets actually made from?

I was eating a sugar-free "Polo mint" the other day and the question popped into my mind "So, if this isn't sugar.... what is it??" I understand they use an artificial sweetener (Sorbitol), and ...
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Caramel Coating producing inconsistent results

I have been experimenting with a recipe for Caramel Coated Pecans. The problem I have been experiencing is that (I believe) the instructions are too general. The first time I used a 'larger' sauce ...
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Substitute for egg yolk in chocolate truffles?

I have a recipe for chocolate truffles (basically butter and chocolate) that also includes an egg yolk; presumably to help smooth it and increase the richness. I know that the recipe would probably ...
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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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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 is tamur (ingredients)?

My mate brought some sweets from UAE, it's something like Turkish delight, I think. It says it contains tamur, among other things. I believe tamur is the main thing it's made of, but I couldn't google ...
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How do you make Welch's fruit snacks?

The ideal goal is to replicate something similar to Welch's Fruit Snacks. We want something that is firm, flavorful, and not sticky. Has anyone come up with a delicious fruit snack recipe? Here is ...
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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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Metalic Foil on Indian Sweets

I want to make some authentic Indian sweets, but I have questions about the silver foil that is found on some of them. First of all, I can't seem to find it (in the United States); the closest I get ...
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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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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 can I unstick lollies stuck in a jar, welded by heat?

I left some humbugs in a jar in the sun on a kitchen shelf. They melted a bit and are now stuck in the jar. How do I get them out?
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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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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 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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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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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 ...