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

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What temperature should “simmer” be for candying fruit?

I want to make Candied fruit more efficiently, and all the recipes I have found say basically "bring simple syrup to a boil, then lower to simmer with the fruit/peel in until translucent" So my ...
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home made cough sweets didn't set properly

Please could you help me find out what went wrong? I have made these before and they were slightly soft, but edible. This batch half set, but still runny Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 ...
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Can I candy pomegranate?

It seems that making candied fruit is easy: cut it thin and boil in sugar syrup until ready. I'd like to make candied pomegranate, keeping the seed-surrounding bubbles intact. Will it work, or will ...
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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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Ingredients vs. Temperature Control in Chocolate Fudge

In reading through a LOT of different approaches to making fudge, I am wondering about how the non-sugar ingredients affect the issue of temperature control (both heating AND cooling) and, therefore, ...
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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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Are there any situations where untempered chocolate is better than tempered?

Every chocolate-based recipe I've seen either requires tempered chocolate or can use either tempered or untempered chocolate. Are there any recipes or techniques that specifically require untempered ...
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Softening nougat candy

Is there a way to soften nougat candy (Brach's peppermint)? I live in a dry climate , have had them for a year, and don't want to break any teeth. On the other hand, I don't want to throw them away. ...
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What are marshmallows?

What are marshmallows and how are they made?
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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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What is a good technique for making candy floss (cotton candy)?

I have a candy floss machine, but I'm struggling to get the floss all together. It just flies around and makes a mess of the bowl. It looks like this: What is a good technique for making a stick ...
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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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How do I prevent grainy fudge?

I want to make peanut butter fudge. My dad can make it perfect by just eyeballing it and dropping a spoonful in cold water to know when it is just right. but I have never been able to do it that way. ...
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What is wrong with the pan in which I make my caramels, and what kind of pan should I be using? [duplicate]

I am an amateur caramel maker! I have made caramels for years, but recently my caramels have started turning really hard. I have a new pot, and I think it holds the heat for too long, as the ...
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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 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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Candied almonds made In a crock pot didn't harden, are still gooey

I made candied almonds In a crock pot according to a recipe. They did not get a candy coating on them. Now I have a large bowl of gooey nuts and don't know what to do with them. They are too expensive ...
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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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How is Botan (the Japanese rice candy) made?

I was wondering if anyone might know how they make Botan Rice Candy? I have searched the web but no leads.
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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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Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY?

Can anyone identify this RED GINSENG CANDY? Do you know where to buy? In 1992, a realtor in Edison, NJ, gave me one of these wonderful candies. She didn't know where to buy more because the ...
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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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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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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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Vanilla fudge attempts turn into caramel

I am absolutely addicted to making my own candies and confections, and I just adore making all kinds of fudge and truffles. However, I seem to have this issue whenever I go with a very simple recipe: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...