Ok, here's the situation. I put a pan of water and sugar on a medium high flame and went away. Some time later I found a smoldering black mass overflowing the pan. It took some time to clean up (anybody know how to remove burnt caramel from stainless steel?).

I threw the burnt caramel away, but later started wondering. There is a sweet called 'carbon' and I have no idea how it's made, but it looks the same as what was in the pan... So there's the question. How is 'carbon' made?

Edit The question was whether the burnt sugar is edible. The answer of course is: no.

  • I just read that 'carbon' is made from a sugar/water mix (80/20) with black coloring mixed with a caramel. Apr 15, 2011 at 22:47
  • My black smoldering mass has been adequately disposed of... Apr 15, 2011 at 22:48
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    What exactly is the question? Your title doesn't seem to match the main content of your post, and you also partially answer one of your questions in your comments. Apr 16, 2011 at 0:41
  • A method that could work when cleaning your pot is scrubbing it with a lump of sugar.
    – johnny
    Apr 16, 2011 at 5:57
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    For the record, never, ever leave caramel unattended. It boils at high temperatures and if someone were to 'just dip their finger in it' or a kid were to come along and knock it off, they'd be very badly burnt. Apr 16, 2011 at 8:03

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I think what your looking for is called poured sugar oil moulds(rings) that you want to use ant shape is okay then use 2 lbs sugar,1 lb water, 6.55 ounces of glucose and food colouring if you want.make a syrup with the three and then boil until it reaches 260F add food colouring continue to boil until temp. reaches 330F plunge the pot into a cold water bath to stop the cooking.remove from water and let stand 2-3 minutes to thicken. Pour mixture into moulds until 1/4 inch thick. Once edges have setenough remove the ring. Use a little reheated sugar to attached pieces together like a glue.this can be used as a base for any center piece you want to create with other sugar pieces

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