Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Suckers


 Today I made suckers. I'll take you through the process and the dos an don'ts that I found out the hard way. 


First gather your ingredients and supplies. Here is the recipe I used. It's my mom's.

Suckers
1/3 c. corn syrup
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
1/4 t. food coloring
1/4 t. flavoring
Mix all ingredients except flavoring in a pan. Boil, without stirring, to hard crack stage (300-310 degrees).  Remove from heat and add flavoring. Pour into greased molds. Makes 10-14 depending on mold size.

 Here's the step by step:

Dump your ingredients in a pan and stir together.




Place candy thermometer in pan and bring to a boil. Do Not Stir.  When it reaches 300 remove from heat.  Add flavoring.   (Don't have a candy thermometer? Try using these tips.)



Pour into greased candy molds (I spray with nonstick spray) and place in sticks while still hot. (I know one of my molds is Christmas stuff, but you use what you have right?) Let cool and they should pop right out. 




Dos:

-Do calibrate your thermometer. If you don't use your thermometer very much then you want to know it's working right. For instructions on how to do that see here.

-Do wear an apron.  Which brings us to the don'ts.


Don'ts:

-Don't add food coloring after boiling.  The room temperature food coloring meeting with the  very hot candy causes it to splatter and it got all over my white shirt.  When I tried to scrub it out I scrubbed a little hole in the shirt.  Dang it! It was new too.

-Don't try to separate your candy in order to do two different flavors.  I knew that you weren't supposed to double or half candy recipes. But I thought I would try to pour half of the candy into another pan so I could do two different flavors. Well this is what happens.




Because the pan is not hot the candy cools way too fast and as a result I could only get one cherry flavored sucker. The rest was stuck in the pan.  (I just soaked the pan in hot soapy water and it came off pretty well.)

-Don't fill the sucker molds too full.
This is supposed to be a reindeer but it's had to tell.  


The kids loved the suckers! I will probably only make them a few times a year but it was fun to learn how and hopefully I will remember what not to do next time.


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5 comments :

  1. That looks like a lot of fun and it must feel great to know exactly what's in them too. Thanks for sharing! :)

    evie @ brown paper packages

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  2. I've always wondered how to make suckers like these! Thanks for sharing! Cute!

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  3. These are fantastic! Thanks for sharing the tutorial too!
    Lowri
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  4. My kids would love making these! Thank you for sharing at my party!
    ~Kara

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