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Food: Candy Canes

Recipe from: https://www.thespruceeats.com/candy-canes-recipe-521012

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray

3 cups/21 ounces granulated sugar

1 cup/11 ounces light corn syrup

1/2 cup/4 ounces water, divided

1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 teaspoon red gel food coloring

Optional: 1 teaspoon white gel food coloring

  • Spray two rimmed baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Preheat your oven to 200 F. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and 1/4 cup of water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat; stir with a heat-proof spatula until the sugar dissolves.Wet a pastry brush in a small bowl filled with the remaining water. Using the wet brush, wash any sugar crystals off the side of the pan. Do not stir the syrup. When the syrup comes to a boil, insert a candy thermometer and continue to cook, without stirring, until the candy thermometer registers 285 F/141 C. Remove from heat. Let the bubbles subside, then stir in peppermint extract.
    Pour about half of the syrup onto a prepared baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.
    Stir red food coloring into the remaining syrup. If necessary, add more dye to achieve a vibrant shade.
    Pour the candy onto the remaining baking sheet, and allow it to sit briefly until it forms a “skin.”.
    Remove the other baking sheet. Remove from heat. Let the bubbles subside, then stir in peppermint extract.
    Pour about half of the syrup onto a prepared baking sheet and place it in the preheated oven.
    Stir red food coloring into the remaining syrup. If necessary, add more dye to achieve a vibrant shade.
    Pour the candy onto the remaining baking sheet, and allow it to sit briefly until it forms a “skin.”
    Spray a bench scraper or metal spatula with nonstick cooking spray, and use the tool to “knead” the candy. Flatten the candy, then fold it back over itself. Repeat this process for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the candy is significantly cooler.
    Put on your food-safe plastic gloves. Stretch the candy into a long rope, then fold the rope in half and twist the candy until it melts back into itself.
    Repeat this process for 2 to 3 minutes, until the candy takes on an opaque color and a satiny finish. At this point, the candy will be warm—you should have some trouble pulling and folding it.
    Stretch the candy into a rope, about 2 inches in diameter, then return it to the oven, where it will stay warm and pliable.
    Remove the other baking sheet from the oven. At this point, you can knead white food coloring into the candy.
    Pull and fold the candy in the same fashion, until it becomes opaque, glossy, and difficult to manipulate.
    Stretch it into a second log, about 2 inches in diameter.
    Remove the red candy from the oven. Cut a 2-inch segment from the white log and another from the red log, then put the remaining candy back in the oven.
    Squeeze the two segments together, until they form one two-toned log, then stretch the candy again. This step will determine the thickness of your candy canes—you can make thinner ones (with a 1/4-inch diameter) or thicker ones (with a 1/2-inch diameter).
    When you’re happy with the candy’s width, twist the rope to form those distinctive candy stripes.
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