Questions tagged [candy]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30
votes
4answers
3k views

Can you candy salt?

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 ...
23
votes
5answers
7k views

Blown sugar globe with smoke enclosed inside - is it a plausible candy to make?

There is a candy called "smoke sugar", that was made by a character in a story - it was a bubble of blown sugar, with a breath of hickory smoke in the center. The ingredients as listed were powdered ...
22
votes
4answers
25k views

Making Fudge or Candy While it is Raining or Snowing

I've heard and old wives tales that when you try to make fudge or candy when it's raining or snowing outside that the fudge or candy will not set. What is the truth behind this tale? If it is true, ...
20
votes
4answers
4k views

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 ...
18
votes
8answers
144k views

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 (Jell-O?),...
18
votes
5answers
67k views

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 ...
16
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
15
votes
1answer
22k views

How do I make candy shells?

How do I make candy shells like M&Ms or Reese's Pieces have?
14
votes
7answers
68k views

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 ...
14
votes
7answers
67k views

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 / ...
13
votes
6answers
96k views

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 they'...
12
votes
6answers
7k views

Edible straws that look like plastic ones

I'd like to make some root beer float cupcakes. The recipe suggests garnishing them with a decorative (non-edible) straw. But I'd like to kick things up a notch: is there such a thing as an edible ...
10
votes
5answers
11k views

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 ...
10
votes
1answer
5k views

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.
10
votes
1answer
747 views

How Much Ammonium Chloride for Home-made Salt Licorice?

I want to make my own Scandinavian style salt licorice. I was able to buy ammonium chloride at a local spice store, but I am not sure how much to use. My research, so far, has suggested a ...
9
votes
3answers
11k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
9
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
3k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

What are these sweets from 16th century?

I keep seeing them in old European paintings from 16th - 17th century. I think they still must exist present days. White irregular shaped sweets on the left hand side.
9
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
357 views

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 ...
9
votes
1answer
127 views

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 ...
8
votes
4answers
1k views

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?
8
votes
2answers
4k views

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 gives in when bitten. The beans inside ...
8
votes
1answer
272 views

How to prevent filling getting squeezed out of chocolate coated candies?

I made some chocolate coated peanut butter candy-eggs, and after I dipped the first egg in chocolate and set it on the rack to cool, the filling is getting squeezed out. How can I prevent this? For ...
8
votes
1answer
969 views

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 ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

Making Fudge - temperature/humidity calculation?

About 15 years ago as a student I used to work at a fudge making store. I remember it was not quite as straight forward as boil, cool, sell. There was a certain calculation to determine the correct ...
7
votes
4answers
3k views

How to inject carbon dioxide into hard candy, to make popping rocks?

I have a great idea for a unique candy recipe, but to achieve this I need to be able to make pop rocks. The pop rocks would be inside the candy. Doing some research I have learned that pop rocks ...
7
votes
1answer
722 views

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 ...
7
votes
1answer
471 views

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 ...
7
votes
3answers
5k views

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, ...
6
votes
4answers
14k views

Does Splenda caramelize?

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.
6
votes
6answers
971 views

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. ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How to cut peanut brittle

I would like to be able to cut peanut brittle into neat squares. Everything I have tried does not result in a 'neat, straight cut', a quick Google search shows some very expensive 'industrial' ...
6
votes
3answers
39k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
7k views

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 water 4 ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

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 gems ...
6
votes
1answer
233 views

brittle layered nut candies

A couple years ago I was given a box of delicious Soan Papdi made by Haldiram Co. The ingredients listed are: almonds, pistachios, vegetable ghee, sugar, wheat flour, gram flour, cardamom. It had the ...
6
votes
4answers
13k views

Making super-sour sweets — issues with stickiness

I've successfully home-made gummy sweets -- my preferred flavour currently is scotch bonnet chilli. They are made of sugar -- heated until just below hard-ball temperature, gelatin, chillies. The ...
6
votes
1answer
5k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
204 views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
6
votes
4answers
9k views

I always burn my fudge. Why?

I'm trying to learn how to make fudge. Usually, I have no problems following recipes, but this one seems to be particularly difficult: 1 can of condensed milk (397 g) 115 grams of butter 450 grams of ...
6
votes
1answer
4k views

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 ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
6
votes
1answer
142 views

Making liquorice--temperature advice

We're experimenting with making black liquorice from scratch. We've been using backstrap molasses, liquorice root powder, aniseed powder, and star anise. All the recipes we've found say equal part ...
6
votes
2answers
931 views

How to successfully make candied ginger?

I tried to make candied ginger from fresh roots, but the result didn't turn out like I was expecting. The recipe I followed had me simmer the slices of ginger in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups of brown ...
5
votes
1answer
386 views

Dicing Hot Tamales (candy)

I wanted to cut up some Hot Tamales candies for cookies, but had a horrible time cutting them. I couldn't get the candies small enough and they stuck together. I tried cutting with a knife and a ...

1
2 3 4 5