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

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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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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 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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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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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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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 “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 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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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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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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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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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 make candy shells?

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