I cook the sugar to a hard crack stage 300. I have used some gel pigments after temp is reached. The candy coating is perfect for about 3 - 5 minutes and almost instantly begins to get sticky. I have tried two methods. One with Karo light syrup and another with Lorann oils high sweet (specifically used for high humidity areas). they both have given same results with stickiness. I have tried to place them in front of fan and has the worst results compared to not having a fan.