If you were to ask someone to think of their favorite recipe, you likely will hear all sorts of different dinner time selections. Quite a few desserts are going to be mentioned as well. Some of these recipes are going to be tried and true favorites while others may reflect the fad diet of the week currently raging in popularity.
Not very many people are going to mention candy recipes. The average person just does not make his or her own candy. Consider that to be a shocking revelation when you stop and ponder just the popularity of candy. If you really want an idea about how popular candy is, just look at the legendary Hersey’s brand. Candy brands like Hershey have become so large that they now require logistical and warehouse help getting their products shipped across the globe.
Making candy in your kitchen is not going to reach that grand a scale. You might never even thought about making your own candy before. To help you start your journey of making unique sweets in the home, here are four classic candy recipes.
1. Chocolate. Since we already mentioned the Hershey name, it might be appropriate to start out the recipe list by making chocolate. Melt up a massive amount of cocoa butter in a pan. In a mixing bowl, combine cocoa, powdered sugar, and powdered milk. Mix these ingredients all up. Pour the melted cocoa butter over the top of it and add in vanilla and coconut oil. Combine all these ingredients and pour them into a mold. Allow the liquid mix to dry and you end up with a nice new serving of chocolate.
2. Candy Canes. The holidays end up coming up a lot quicker than you usually think. When they arrive, you probably want to have some traditional holiday candy around the house. Candy canes are among the most common and popular. Candy canes can be made at home in a manner a lot easier than you might think. In a large pan, pour in sugar at very high heat. A half a cup of water then gets mixed in with corn syrup. One teaspoon of cream of tartar and some peppermint extract is then weaved in. Pour out half the mix onto a silicon sheet and roll it up.
Red food coloring is then added to the remaining half and then put into the oven. Repeat the silicon mat rolling with the newly red candy. The red and white candy are then rolled together to make candy canes.
3. Rock Candy. Rock Candy is a rather strange recipe because it can take well over a week to make. Some have even called it a science project of sorts. Maybe that is not a very far off description. The short description of how this candy is made focuses on boiling granulated sugar in water to make a sugar syrup. The syrup is then placed in a jar where it slowly dries over time. When it does, the rock candy starts to form. Usually, a thread or a stick is placed in the jar and the sugar hardens around it.
4. Gummi Candy. For those who like a little soft candy, gummi selections are perfect. Making them at home might not even require very much effort. All you really need to make gummi candy is Jello, gelatin, and molds. The mixture of Jello, unflavored gelatin, and water have to be heated on top of the stove. Once the liquid is heated, take it off the stove, and pour it into the desired mold. Allow things to cool.
We do have to be honest here. A lot of trial and error is going to be required when making any type of homemade candy. So, just consider making the candy to be a challenge. The challenge can be a fun one so why not give making your own candy a try?