Who doesn’t love candy? They are one of the best desserts to have if you wish to have something sweet in an instant without using a bowl or spoon.
However, why go to the store to buy candies every time you’re craving to have some? You can easily make them at home within 20-30 minutes. Not to mention, a candy jar is a perfect present to gift someone on Christmas or Easter. Want to impress your family and friends at your next dinner party? Present them with a tray of candies!
As easy as making candy sounds; if you want the perfect taste and consistency then there are some tips that you should follow while making candy.
Hence, in this article, we would talk about all the major tips and tricks in preparing candy.
Eager to learn more so let’s get started!
Tips and Tricks to Make the Best Candy
Use the Correct Equipment
Although you don’t need any specific cookware to make candy; but utilizing the proper utensils is essential. Candy is essentially made in a pot or pan! Regardless of which cookware you use, just make sure that the pot/pan is big. In fact, if you’re cooking rice or even a curry; chefs recommend that you use a large pot. Cooking in a small or cramped pan can ruin the consistency of the food item.
The same rule goes for candy and investing in a decent big pot can prevent the candy mixture from boiling over and spilling on the stove.
Furthermore, for the cookware that you do choose; we suggest that you avoid an aluminum pan and carry on with a heavy material pan as candy is prepared at a high temperature.
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Fresh Ingredients….Amazing Taste!
The best thing about candy is the endless amount of flavors you can cook them in; peanut butter, caramel, fudge and, the list goes on!
Making candy at home….take advantage of this and play with the flavors. Combine various ingredients; who knows you might even invent a new candy!
Regardless of which ingredients you use; just use fresh items. Avoid using chocolate that you kept in the fridge 2 months ago. It might not be expired but using a recently bought chocolate would have its own freshness to it!
Sugar, butter/margarine, milk; whatever the recipe demands, steer clear from stale ingredients.
Organization is The Key
Nobody loves a messy kitchen! What’s even worse is that whilst cooking, opening the refrigerator or cabinets every time you want to grab something.
This not only wastes time but at various occasions can be quite annoying as well; especially while you are making candy.
While preparing the candy mixture, you need to keep your eyes on the stove at all times as if not careful; the candy can burn in instant! Just imagine; for a split second, you go and fetch something from the shelf only to come back and see that the candy batter is overcooked. All your hard work was wasted!
So folks, before you start making the candy, layout and measure all the ingredients. Clean the countertop and always keep a dishtowel with you at all times to clean the mess.
Follow this tip and cooking candy would be easier than baking a cake.
Don’t Cook Without a Candy Thermometer
Candy is cooked at a specific temperature. Generally, candy is just sugar turning into a hard crack stage and this is done at a temperature of 300-310 F. Overcook it and you would ruin the candy.
Thus, a handy candy thermometer is the way to go! It’s made up of glass so be very careful while using it. They very often come with adjustable clips so they can be fixed in the middle of the pot while the candy cooks.
The thermometer should never touch the surface of the pan or else you’ll get a false reading.
Follow the Recipe
Making candy from scratch is only easy once you get the hang of it! If it’s your first time then get ready for some disasters; if you ace cooking candy at your very first go then you’re one lucky person. Several individuals mess up quite a few batches before preparing the perfect one.
Regardless of how many times you have made candy; do not play with the recipe. Follow each ingredient and measurement as stated because even if you mess up a single step or item, the whole candy batch would be ruined.
Storing the Candy
After you have made the candy and it has cooled down, move on to storing the candy in an airtight jar or container.
Several candies can be kept in a plastic wrapping sheet after dividing them into pieces. If you plan on gifting them to someone then we suggest that go the extra mile and get some pretty jars. Cut the candy and put them in the jar; finish off with a ribbon on the lid.
Let’s Have Some Candy
There you have it! These are only some of the tips and tricks which you should follow while making candy. Want to know more tips that are ‘in’? Reading our post about the hot chocolate bomb trend is a great idea.