Skill level. To check your sugar syrup has reached the correct stage without using a sugar thermometer, place a bowl of very cold water next to the hob. Using a clean spoon, carefully take a little of the syrup and drop it into the bowl of cold water. Leave to cool for a moment then pick up the ball of syrup.
How can you tell if crack is hard without a thermometer?
Hard Crack: With a clean spoon, when the syrup dropped into ice water it separates into hard, brittle threads that break when bent. You can actually hear a crack when the syrup hits the cold water. Once you take the syrup out of the cold water you can feel how brittle and sharp it is.
Whats the difference between hard and soft candy?
At the soft crack stage, the syrup forms threads that are just pliable. At the hard crack stage, the threads are brittle.
Can I use regular thermometer instead of candy thermometer?
The simplest answer is yes—but it all depends on the thermometer. Meat thermometer usage can easily be applied to making candy, as long as the temperature rating is high enough, so read on for the answers to all your thermometer questions!
What is the difference between hard crack and soft crack candy?
At the soft crack stage, the syrup forms threads that are just pliable. At the hard crack stage, the threads are brittle. Once the syrup reaches 171 °C (340 °F) or higher, the sucrose molecules break down into many simpler sugars, creating an amber-colored substance known as caramel.
Is Taffy just sugar?
Taffy is a type of candy invented in the United States, made by stretching or pulling a sticky mass of boiled sugar, butter or vegetable oil, flavorings, and colorings, until it becomes aerated (tiny air bubbles produced), resulting in a light, fluffy and chewy candy.