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Candy Time!

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I was talking to my friend Amrita about hoping that crushed candy canes are in stock in the grocery stores this year, and she was kind of appalled that I’d buy pre-crushed candy canes. A few weeks later, my friend Joe comes back from Atlanta and what does he have with him? A pretty mason jar of candy canes that she crushed for me!

And appropriate timing. I don’t really have anyone in particular I wanted to make candy for this year, but I still wanted to make a batch before I really buckled down to study for my upcoming exams. I think I might try to make candy more often (ie, more than once a year), because watching it transition from stage to stage is cool and makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something really sciencey and fancy. This year, I made some toffee and some peppermint brittle. I might make a tiny batch of peppermint bark later.

Either I read my thermometer wrong, my thermometer’s inaccurate, or the given temperature was too low. I think the it needed 30s to1min longer, to get to the proper candy stage. Instead it’s in a weird stage where it’s crunchy and yet still chewy. Thankfully, it still tastes wonderful. :) ( I need to figure out if there’s a setting to leave smilies as punctuation, instead of turning them into images).

The peppermint brittle is interesting, and tastes like hard butterscotch candy with candy cane pieces. In other words, it’s really good! In the future, I might decrease the salt a tiny bit, and try to spread it even thinner. And maybe add more mint extract.

But all in all, the recipes turned out well! Now to figure out what to do with all of it…

Written by Aba

December 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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  1. Oh! Yep, I want that Peppermint Brittle. Pardon me while I cleanup the drool on my keyboard. A few weeks ago I replaced the water in a standard fudge brownie mix with some super strong espresso and then mixed in peppermint pieces before baking. Those brownies were sinful.


    December 8, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    • Those sound like brownies to die for! I need to try that! Peppermint pieces take so many things to a divine level. :)


      December 8, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  2. You…you make your own candy? So we’re best friends now right?


    December 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

    • lol! There’s a fierce little someone who’ll fight you for that role. :) Candy making is surprisingly easy if you’re patient and observing. It’s all about stirring and watching.


      December 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

  3. Hey, I just made some toffee the other day as well. The first batch turned out in what I can only assume is that stage you’re talking about – kinda crunchy, but mostly chewy….maybe a bit crumbly?? So, the second batch I made using my own modifications to the recipe and I upped the temperature to 315* instead of the recipe’s recommending 285* —> Perfection! :) :)

    I told my husband while we were doing it that I like candy making because it’s like science! :) So fun to do and really quite easy.


    December 12, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    • Ok, so my thermometer isn’t broken! Sorry your first batch suffered the same fate as mine, but I’m happy to hear you got it figured out! I’ll aim for 315 the next batch I make of this. I should’ve stuck with the recipe I used last year, but I liked that I didn’t need to buy corn syrup for this one.

      Candy making seriously is one of the more fun things to do in the kitchen. :D


      December 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

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