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Candy Coating

Also known as confectionary coating. This candy-making product is tempered, ready for melting and sets up quickly at room temperature. Available in blocks or discs at grocery stores in white, milk…

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Candy Making Tips

It's actually quite easy to make candy from scratch if you keep in mind these pointers.

Make sure that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the…

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Chocolate Lovers' Treat

Here’s a tip for all you die-hard chocolate lovers. Dip bite-size pieces of your favorite homemade fudge into a melted chocolate of your choice. Place on waxed paper until set and enjoy! —Gina…

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Chocolate-Dipped Candy

When making chocolate-dipped candies, use shortening. Margarine contains some water, which will cause chocolate to “seize” or curdle, so it can’t be used to dip or coat candies.

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Cooking Candy to Hard-Ball Stage

Candy is cooked to a hard-ball stage when a candy thermometer reads 250°. Drop a small amount of the hot candy mixture into cold water. When cooled and removed from the water, the candy will…

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Cream Candies

When coloring the mixture for the centers of cream candies, use paste or gel food coloring. Liquid food coloring may make the mixture too soft to hold its shape. —Barbara S., Oswego, New York

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Crushing Hard Candy

My family loves peppermint cookies, ice cream and desserts. To crush candies or candy canes, I put them between two large plastic lids (like those from coffee cans) and tap with a hammer or meat…

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Crushing Peppermint Candy

To easily crush peppermint candy, put candy in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; seal. Using a hammer or flat side of a meat mallet, pound the candy on a sturdy countertop until crushed.

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Dipping Round Candies

Sometimes it is handy to use a toothpick to dip round candies such as truffles and peanut butter balls into melted chocolate. —Jill Langham, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Is Your Peanut Brittle Too Sticky?

For best results, make candy when the humidity is below 60%. Use a candy thermometer to be sure ingredients are cooked to the proper temperature.

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Keeping Homemade Candy Fresh

After you've gone to the trouble of making candy from scratch, be sure to store it properly so it stays fresh longer.

Stored in an airtight container in a cool dry place, most homemade candy…

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Lesson in Chocolate

Chocolate will stay fresh for about a year if kept in a cool, dry place. Dark chocolate can be stored even longer.

Sometimes chocolate develops white or gray "blooms" on its surface. This…

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Quick Chocolate-Covered Candy

Making candy doesn't need to be a time-consuming task. Here's a simple recipe for making chocolate-covered treats. Chop eight 1-ounce squares of semisweet chocolate. Melt chocolate and 1 teaspoon…

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Varieties of Confectionery Coating

Confectionery coating—sometimes called almond bark or dipping or candy coating—is available in white, milk and dark chocolate varieties. It's available in many different forms. At your…

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