23 December 2010

hard crack

we made lollipops!

making hard candy is pretty simple. just a few ingredients, brought to the "hard-crack" stage (300 degrees F) and then poured into a candy mold.

the trick is to avoid stirring the mixture, once it starts boiling (something do do with sugar crystals?). just let it sit there and bubble until it gets to 300. it does take a while. once you get there, remove from heat, add your flavoring (in our case, vanilla-cosmo's request) and then pour before it cools down.

homemade hard candy that looks, feels and tastes like store-bought, makes for one happy little boy!

certainly not nutritious, but tons of fun for everyone.


Anonymous said...

I've always been afraid to make candy because of fearing I couldn't achieve that "hard crack". Plus, as far as candies go, the boys are more into chocolate than they are hard candy. But yours look so beautiful!

mep said...

Those lollipops look amazing! I don't know if I could keep myself from stirring the mixture so I have doubts bout my success in such an endeavor.

mep said...

I meant doubts "about."