4 Ways to Make Traditional Hard Candy (Hard Candy)

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4 Ways to Make Traditional Hard Candy (Hard Candy)
4 Ways to Make Traditional Hard Candy (Hard Candy)
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Hard candies or 'hard candies' are sweets known and appreciated for generations. Hard candies are known to retain their flavor and last a long time, as they are usually not chewed, but rather sucked, and are used as a lasting 'energy source' for people who are hiking, camping and other long-term outdoor activities.. Also, a few hard candies can satisfy some people's desire to consume several other sweets in larger quantities.

Best of all, with the proper ingredients and utensils, it's extremely easy to make hard candies. Once you're familiar with the crafting process, you'll probably be excited to make more and more candy 'lots'. Here you will learn how to make the basic recipe and some other variations.

Ingredients

Basic recipe

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 2/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup of hot water
  • food coloring

fruit drops

  • 450g of sugar
  • 100g of powdered glucose
  • 5ml or 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • A few drops of fruit extract (essence) - try pear, strawberry, peach, apricot, orange, lemon
  • Icing sugar for sprinkling

Lollipops (lollipops)

  • 450g of sugar
  • 15ml or a tablespoon of powdered glucose
  • 3 or 4 flavors and food coloring (orange, lemon, raspberry, mint, mint, etc.)
  • 150ml of water

'Traditional Barley Sugar Candy' (barley candy):

  • 250g of peeled barley
  • 5 liters of water
  • 1 kg of sugar

Steps

As the process requires some precision, it is important to understand some basic concepts before starting.

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Step 1. Before making any kind of candy, read the entire instructions for that recipe

It is important to know everything you will need before starting, as these recipes require efficient control of temperature and time at each step. Remember that any careless candy can burn!

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Step 2. Check the ambient temperature before starting

Sweets should not be made when the temperature and humidity are too high or on rainy days. The ambient temperature should be between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius and the humidity low.

  • If you are in an environment with a temperature below the ideal, make up for it by cooking the candy at 1 or 2 degrees above what is recommended in the recipe.
  • The altitude will also affect the result. If you live in high places, it may be necessary to make some adjustments, usually recommended for cooking in these conditions.
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Step 3. If you haven't already, buy a good quality candy thermometer

You have to get used to working very accurately when preparing candy. This is both a science and an art.

Never touch the base of the pan with the candy thermometer

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Step 4. Avoid changing the amount of ingredients in the recipe

The amounts are accurate because they work. Even the act of simply doubling the recipe can spoil it.

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Step 5. If possible, choose a stovetop that is larger than the pot itself, which would ensure a more even distribution of heat

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Step 6. Learn to analyze the temperature of each consistency point of the candy

This can be done manually or with the thermometer. While it's easier to do this with the thermometer, it's interesting to know how to do it manually. There are some articles on the internet that teach this procedure.

Method 1 of 4: Basic Recipe

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Step 1. Gather all ingredients and utensils before starting

Have everything at your fingertips.

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Step 2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water

Mix for about 5 minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Without stirring, bring to a boil, which should take another 5 minutes.

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Step 3. When it comes to a boil, turn the heat to 'high'

When the liquid reaches 150 degrees Celsius, add the coloring and flavoring to the mixture. This will cause the boiling mixture to incorporate all the ingredients properly

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Step 4. Check the thermometer until it reaches 150 degrees Celsius

If you don't have a thermometer, an alternative is to grab a glass of ice-cold water and drop a drop of candy. If it solidifies into a ball and rises to the surface, the mixture is ready for the next step. Remove it immediately when it reaches 150 degrees, preventing it from burning.

When you remove the sugar from the heat, the temperature will continue to rise. This will not be a problem as long as the mixture has been removed at 150 degrees

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Step 5. When it's still hot, add some flavoring and other drops of coloring

Quickly stir.

  • Mix colors to get different shapes. Add the coloring after adding the flavoring and mix it lightly to give it a swirling effect.
  • Mix flavors or pour mixture over dried fruit for distinct textures.
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Step 6. Pour the melted sugar over a shallow pan

Let cool. Spread the mixture well over the pan before it cools completely.

  • It is not recommended to take the mixture to the freezer as it will harden faster than ideal.
  • Try pouring the mixture over candy molds or muffin molds for other shapes.
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Step 7. When cool (30 minutes or 1 hour), break the candy into several pieces

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Step 8. Sprinkle with icing sugar

If you prefer, do not use sugar and serve the sweets as they are, with a 'glazed' appearance.

Confectioner's sugar helps keep the pieces from sticking together, forming a single large piece. If you prefer the sweets without the powdered sugar, be sure to keep them individually wrapped, preventing them from touching each other

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Step 9. Store if necessary

These candies are best stored in sheets of paper or metallized packaging.

Method 2 of 4: Fruit Drops

Fruit drops are very traditional sweets, which can have the flavor of your choice.

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Step 1. Gather all ingredients and utensils before starting

Have everything at your fingertips.

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Step 2. Prepare a shallow shape

Grease a mold with oil or place parchment/butter paper over it.

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Step 3. Pour the sugar, glucose and 175ml of water into a heavy-bottomed pan

Using a wooden spoon, mix until sugar dissolves.

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Step 4. Bring to a boil

After reaching a boil, cover and leave in the oven for another 3 minutes.

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Step 5. Remove the cover

Boil until it reaches 154 degrees Celsius.

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Step 6. Add the cream of tartar and fruit essence of your choice

Mix quickly.

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Step 7. Pour the mixture into the pan

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Step 8. Allow to cool until you can handle it

Using greased kitchen scissors, divide the candy into small pieces, shaped like balls.

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Step 9. Pass the balls over the icing sugar to finish

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Step 10. Serve or give as a gift

Sweets look great if wrapped in cellophane or stored in gift tins. If you are going to keep them in a can, line it with waxed paper.

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Step 11. Store in an airtight container

Be sure to protect the candy from moisture, which could spoil its appearance and make it sticky.

Method 3 of 4: Lollipops (Lollipops)

This is one of the easiest candies to make. Lollipops are also known abroad as ‘suckers’, ‘lollies’ or ‘sticky-pops’.

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Step 1. Gather all ingredients and utensils before starting

Have everything at your fingertips.

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Step 2. Quantify the flavors

Depending on how many flavors you use (3, or 4 for example), use a third or a quarter of each.

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Step 3. Pour the sugar and glucose into the pan

Add 150 ml of water. Mix and heat well to make sure the sugar will dissolve properly.

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Step 4. Add colorant

Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for another 3 minutes.

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Step 5. Uncap

Boil until reaching 130 degrees Celsius.

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Step 6. Remove from heat

Quickly separate into 3 or 4 servings and add the flavor of your choice to each.

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Step 7. Using a tablespoon or dessert, make small rounded portions and place in the pan

Place a lollipop stick on each ball, covering with a little more of the mixture if necessary.

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Step 8. Allow to cool and harden

Carefully remove them from the form. Wrap in cellophane or in a lollipop holder until ready.

Method 4 of 4: ‘Barley Sugar’ (Barley Candies)

This is a very traditional candy, generally known for the 'restorative' power of glucose, during long outdoor activities or emergency situations.

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Step 1. Gather all ingredients and utensils before starting

Have everything at your fingertips. Prepare a shallow shape by covering it with parchment paper or grease a marble base.

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Step 2. Cook the peeled barley in water for 5 hours

Keep the temperature low and remember that barley is easy to burn, so check the water level often.

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Step 3. Discard the liquid

The resulting mass will look like white jelly. Put it in the form.

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Step 4. Heat the sugar

Put it in the pan and mix until dissolved, over high heat.

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Step 5. Boil the mixture until it reaches 156 degrees Celsius

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Step 6. Pour the syrup over the shape or stone

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Step 7. Once the candy has cooled down enough to handle, immediately cut it into long strips using greased kitchen scissors

Rotate the strips as you cut, giving the candy its characteristic shape.

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Step 8. Allow the strips to harden

Once hardened, they can be individually wrapped in cellophane or stored in an airtight container lined with waxed paper.

Tips

  • These hard candies make great gifts. Place in cellophane jars or containers and decorate. Label the flavors.
  • It is highly recommended to use a candy thermometer. With it, it is much easier to know the right sweet spot.
  • If you don't have a thermometer, use a spoon to pour small drops of the mixture into ice water from time to time. When the drop hardens into lines or balls that can be handled and are not sticky, remove from heat. This point is known as the “ball point”.
  • If you want to innovate, try mixing flavors for new results.

Notices

  • Watch your teeth! It's always better to suck these hard bullets than to bite them.
  • Warmed sugar can be as hot as oil. If it gets on the skin, it will stick and burn for several seconds. Thus, preparing these sweets is not advisable for children. And even when teaching a slightly older child, always be close and supervising.
  • Sweets should be eaten in moderation and not as a routine part of a diet.

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