October 1, 2010

Candy Corn (no gelatin!)

Around this time of year Candy Corn starts to come out on the shelves... as we all have probably noticed. Mom has always looked forward to getting a few bags of candy corn- and if she can find the little pumpkin ones, bonus! :-)

Problem is, the Candy Corn that we've found is made with gelatin. I think it's pork gelatin. And lots of High Fructose Corn Syrup (a la battery acid). We happen to have a cookbook that includes a recipe for this popular treat- with neither of the above ingredients included! I also found a recipe for "Corn Syrup" in that cookbook, which is basically just a heavy sugar syrup.

The cookbook is a PDF e-book called, Insider’s Cookbook- Master’s Edition,” from http://www.e-cookbooks.net/

I haven't tried either of these recipes yet, but hopefully we'll ghet to soon. Anyway... Enjoy!
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Candy Corn
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup white corn syrup
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup powdered milk
food coloring (optional)

Combine sugar, butter, and corn syrup in pan and bring to a boil
stirring CONSTANTLY. Turn heat low and boil 5 minutes. Stir
occasionally. Remove from heat and add vanilla. In a separate
dish, combine powdered sugar, salt, and powdered milk. Add all
at once to the mixture in the pan. Add food coloring if desired.
Stir until cool enough to handle. Shape into creative pieces.
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Corn Syrup
2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cream of tarter
Dash of salt

In a heavy 2 1/2 quart saucepan, combine all ingredients over medium heat.
Stir till mixture comes to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover pan and cook
3 minutes, just to reduce crystal build−up on sides of pan. Uncover and
cook, stirring often to "soft ball stage"−−or when you drop a little from a
spoon into a glass of cold water and it drops to bottom of water in a soft
ball. Cool the syrup completely and store in covered container at room
temperature to be used within 2 months. Makes about 2 cups.

1 comment:

  1. THANK YOU! I've been thinking about this very thing lately. K is excited because we are now going to attempt making our first batch of candy. :D

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