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

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Altering halvah recipe

Here is basic recipe for Halvah: Ingredients 2 cups honey 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups unsalted pistachios or almonds 2 cups tahini If I were to drop ratio of honey to tahini to 1:2, what would ...
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How to make shelf-stable gummie candy in a home kitchen?

I made this recipe for sour gummies: Gummies 2 C / 473ml fruit juice (I used apple) 2.5 C / 600ml water, divided 4.5 tsp citric acid 6.6 oz / 187g gelatin 22.4 oz / 625g sugar Coating 6 T sugar 3....
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How do you get a dry surface on gummie candies?

I made this recipe for sour gummies: Gummies 2 C / 473ml fruit juice (I used apple) 2.5 C / 600ml water, divided 4.5 tsp citric acid 6.6 oz / 187g gelatin 22.4 oz / 625g sugar Coating 6 T sugar 3....
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Chocolate molds in shapes of kitchen supplies

I am going to be making a gag gift for some friends. I want to make chocolates in the shape of pots, pans, and cooking utensils as they are in the process of closing on a new house. I have no issues ...
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How to adjust for making candy from corn syrup instead of sugar?

I've recently started to experiment with making hard candy from straight corn syrup rather than conventional sugar, and so far it has worked remarkably well. Aside from increased sweetness and ...
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Dalgona Toffee Burns When Adding Baking Soda

I've tried this every way from Sunday. I've had some success using a bit of corn syrup but I don't get the rise and melt in your mouth Texture that I prefer. So basically it's 4tbsp of white sugar,...
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Binding oil to glucose in candy

I'm trying to mix (coconut) oil into glucose using sunflower lecithin as an emulsifying agent, this is being mixed into a candy (vegan) mix that consists mainly of glucose syrup, pectin, colouring and ...
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For the life of me I can't get my nougat to set hard

Recipe: Syrup 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup 1/8 cup water (I dont think this does anything) Dash of salt Egg white 1 egg white whipped Dash of cream of tartar to stabilize the egg white 2 tbsp ...
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Savory Cotton Candy?

One thing I've always wanted to do is make savory cotton candy, but I'm not sure how to go about it. I understand that cotton candy is spun sugar so that introduces a challenge. I have a cotton candy ...
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I can't seem to get my nougat to come out right and I don't know why

I tried this pistachio nougat recipe once and it came out great. I've tried it two other times and the nougat hasn't set well at all. I'm thinking that this is because the recipe doesnt list a ...
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Substituting sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk [duplicate]

I am making caramel. The recipe calls for 2 - 12oz. cans of evaporated milk. I want to use sweetened condensed milk. Do I use the same amount?
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Dragon Beard caramel too soft

I had a few attempts at making Dragon Beard candy, and I can't seem to get a handle on the consistency of the caramel. Here's the recipe I use: 200g sugar 13g dextrose 1g lemon juice 130g water - ...
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My milk chocolate is grainy - how to fix it? [duplicate]

Below is the milk chocolate recipe I used. It's good enough, but grainy, not as smooth as I'd like. Any thoughts on how to make it smoother? Most recipes I find online have milk chocolate as an ...
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How are you supposed to eat ribbon candy?

This seems a bit of a silly question to ask, but I'm a bit confused, so I'll ask for help. I was gifted a box of Hammond's assorted classic ribbon candy for the holidays. I've never been much of a ...
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Safety of candies with cat in house?

I had several candies in individual plastic bags. I assembled paper bags to group together various candies to give to my classmates. I did this on a carpeted floor, with the plastic bags of candy over ...
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Will freezing preserve invertase

The age deterioration of the enzyme action of invertase is slowed under cold storage. I am wondering though, with freezing stop/slow it even more, or will it damage the enzymes beyond normal aging ...
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How many times can you reheat fudge [duplicate]

I made fudge. It did not set. Recipe left out crucial info: how long at soft ball stage? Cool slightly before beating? How long do you beat it? And how many times can it be "remade" or cooked before ...
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Switching out butter for vegetable oil (like canola) when making caramels

Before I ruin a batch, I'd like to check for ideas - are there any potential problems with using vegetable oil instead of butter for caramels? I already switched out from heavy cream to butter (...
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How to neutralize candied glacé strawberry and kiwi

I have 200 gm of candied glacé strawberry and 200 gm of candied glacé kiwi. I cannot eat it, as it has too much sugar for me. Is there a way to neutralize the candied strawberry and kiwi?
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Caramels without cream or condensed milk?

I have a chocolate caramel recipe that I love, but I'd like to tweak it to not use heavy cream, which I don't keep for anything else. However, I always have butter. Any thoughts on how I would need to ...
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My fudge is getting thick when I start to stir in marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts

Using carnation famous fudge recipe, when I add the marshmallows, chocolate chips and nuts it gets thick and the marshmallows are not melting completely. Am I cooking it too long or not long enough, ...
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How do I separate my melted rock candies?

I recently bought a a jar of rock candies and after one night, they have melted and all stuck together. How do I separate them again to eat them? (I tried freezing, it didn’t work!)
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The role of fat (butter, oil) in caramel-required recipes?

Why in some recipes with using caramel, like, for example, caramelized walnuts or chinese caramelized apples, its required to melt sugar in oil or butter instead of making caramel with water or just ...
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Does anyone know these candy

Does anyone know the name of this candy? It comes in a pink wrapper with an airplane on it
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Cheap/DIY approach to compressed powder candy

I'm interested in making tablet-style compressed candies (like sweet tarts or specifically the sticks from lik-m-aid), and while I can find ingredients on store packaging and figure out from there, I ...
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How do I prevent my sugar coating from melting on my gummy bears

I am making homemade gummy bears and I cannot prevent the sugar coating from melting way into a puddle of watered sugar? I tried drying the gummy bears for a day but it still melts away.
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Candy Apple Syrup Leftovers or ??/

I was thinking of making up the candy syrup and saving it to coat the apple later. I could take the candy syrup, and pour it on a buttered parchment paper, let it cool it bit and then blend a food ...
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why are my lollipops sticky? [duplicate]

I make lollipops at home in a silicon mold but every time as soon as I take them out the mold not even two minutes after they seem to develop a sticky coating how can I prevent that in the first place?...
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Why did my root beer hard candy turn to a dry crumble?

I just tried to make some root beer flavored hard candies. I was somewhat improvising the recipe, and I ran into a weird issue I haven't seen before. When I added the root beer flavoring to the heated ...
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Caramel without stirring or burning

Every Christmas I make caramels for family, friends, and neighbors. And every year I'm stuck with the same choice. Stir the sugar mixture while it boils to prevent sticking and burning but end up with ...
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Can I make this caramel the “usual” way instead of using golden syrup and condensed milk

I've been following this millionaire's shortbread recipe to make as a Christmas gift. In the second stage, the caramel recipe uses condensed milk and golden syrup instead of sugar and cream. For ...
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How to prevent chocolate covered items from sticking to the cooling rack?

I made my first chocolate covered creams as a Christmas test run, but I put them to dry on a cake cooling rack. This morning the chocolate was so stuck that when I took them off the chocolate was ...
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Buttermilk Fudge not setting

My grandma used to make buttermilk fudge for us every year for Christmas. I have tried and tried to make it and it never sets up. It tastes great if you want to eat it with a spoon. The recipe is 2 ...
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Homemade salt water taffy

Are there any techniques to aerate homemade taffy, particularly saltwater taffy. The professional saltwater taffy makers in Atlantic City, NJ and Ocean City, NJ use machines that pull the taffy over ...
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Preventing stickiness in Candy Apples

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 ...
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My Candy Apple is too brittle, how to prevent?

I am cooking the candy mixture to 302°F and dipping right away, but the candy seems to be brittle and not holding to the apple when you either cut into it or try and bite into it. How can I prevent ...
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What is the purpose of the jelly and milk powders in this energy bar recipe?

I modified this recipe for survival bars by moving the sugar to the wet ingredients and boiling them on the stove until soft-ball stage. My goal was to reduce the moisture in the bars and add a more ...
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Can I use aluminum foil instead of parchment paper for resting candied fruit?

I’m making candied fruit and I need somewhere nonstick to place them while they cool, but I don’t have parchment paper. I don’t know how much the sugar will stick to aluminum.
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How did my Turkish Delights/lokum end up tasting like orange?

I made lokum, or Turkish Delights yesterday. I used the more traditional ingredients - cornstach, cream of tartar, sugar. From what I've researched of the dish, you can have flavors of lokum ...
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Turkish delight is way too soft and too sweet. How can I make it more firm with way less sugar?

I'm following this recipe for Turkish delight. There are a few unwanted outcomes. First, is the instructions for preparing the cornstarch results in unwanted lumps, even when using an electric hand ...
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How do I add citric acid to my hard candy without it burning?

Every time I try a recipe and add the flavoring and citric, within seconds the citric burns and gives the candy a horrible taste. How or when should I add it so that this won't happen. I'm using a ...
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Tried making gel-type candy, it recrystalized as it cooled?

I wasn't sure if it would work anyway, but I always used to love the tubes of squeeze candy you could get when I was a kid. I tried to make it by modifying a hard candy recipe. I boiled it for about ...
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What is the best gelling agent for gummies? [duplicate]

So, today I did my first attempt at home made gummies using 35g of gelatine with 1 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar. When it cooled though, all I had was really tough jello. Should I just add more ...
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What function would tartaric acid play in the making of gummy candy?

I just made my first successful batch of gummy candy after trying 5 or 6 diff. Recipes. The problem is that 95% of "gummy" candy recipes are basically glorified jello jigglers....not what I'm looking ...
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Nougat does not set

I am trying to make nougat. First I used the following quantities to make one batch: 2 egg whites 440g icing sugar 2 Tbsp liquid glucose 3 Tbsp honey 4 Tbsp water I heated the sugar syrup to 145 ...
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Two temperatures for making caramel candy

When making caramel candy the recipe often calls for boiling a water/sugar/butter mix to one temperature, then adding cream and boiling to another temperature. Often the second temperature is higher ...
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Mixing starches with sugar to make chewy candies

This is a bit of a Moby Dick for me. There is this candy, Gingerbon, that that has a very tough (for lack of a better word) chew to them. The texture is like a very chewy taffy that sticks to the ...
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Can flavoring extracts be added to inverted sugar?

I'd like to try doing a recipe with inverted sugar (hand pulled cotton candy), but am entirely new to candy making. I have the instructions to create inverted sugar, but would like to add a flavoring (...
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Can I make Turkish Delight with jelly powder?

I have come across some Turkish Delight recipes calling for cornstarch, others for gelatin, some use both and one that uses store-bought jelly powder (aka gelatin dessert aka Jell-O). The jelly ...
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Can I turn my unset jelly into cactus fruit gummies instead?

I tried making prickly pear fruit jelly. I accidentally used regular pectin instead of low-sugar pectin. Is there a way that I can turn my unset jelly into cactus fruit gummies instead?

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