Homemade Suckers

There are a lot of posts out there on sucker making so I’m not going to do another one, just tell about our experience.  There are also a lot of recipe’s available on the web, all with the same 3 ingredients, (water, sugar, corn syrup) just different proportions.  Of course you can add cream of tarter to help keep the syrup from crystallizing, but we don’t have any problems so left that out..

The proportions we use are: 2 c sugar, 1 c water, 1/2 c corn syrup

Now, I know everyone uses a candy thermometer, (go to hard crack stage (300 degrees)) but you don’t have to.  I use to have a thermometer, until one of my children broke it, so then I learned how to tell when the sugar mixture is ready and it’s really not that hard.

The liquid starts out clear with few bubbles, as it thickens, it starts to turn a light yellow/brown color and the amount of bubbles grow. Watch out though because you don’t want the liquid to become very dark, it is ready just as it starts to change color.  One other good, it’s ready test, is the cold water test.  When you put a little of the liquid into cold water it curls and is stringy and hardens immediately.

Moving onto molds.  sucker moldWe use to have white animal molds, but they were left behind in a move so my Mom kindly got us a new mold.  It is amazing! Thanks Mom! Nothing ever sticks, the suckers come out easily, and though it doesn’t look like there is a spot for a stick, there is.

This is the amount of suckers we get from one batch.  We just finished making tangerine and fruit punch and now we are making root beer and cotton candy.  We added 1 tsp of flavoring per batch.

One of the funnest aspects is playing with the stringy sugar.  Great science or home economics experiment!

sucker strin sherrad sucker string sherrad sucker strings sherrad sucker string gin sherr sucker string sucker strings sucker stringingMy kids have a birthday part to go to so we made the suckers as part of the gift.

sucker bouquet sherrad sucker bouqet asa sucker bouqet as sucker bouqet asa surprise

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. icookandcode
    Oct 03, 2014 @ 21:24:29

    Thank you for this unique recipe 🙂 P.S Please check out my recipe blog http://icookandcode.com/

    Reply

  2. Ema Jones
    Oct 04, 2014 @ 06:50:16

    My reaction would be the same as your kid’s 😛

    Reply

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