Make Homemade Candy: Ribbon Candy

| December/January 1994

Makes 3/4 to 1 pound

• 1 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 to 4 drops flavoring of your choice
• 1 to 3 drops food coloring
• 2 tablespoons corn syrup

1. Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a 1 1/2-quart saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Continue to cook without stirring to the soft-crack stage, 290°F. With a pastry brush, continuously brush the sides of the pan with cold water to dissolve any sugar crystals.

2. Remove the pan from the heat and let it stand about 2 minutes, or until all of the bubbles in the candy have disappeared. Stir in the flavoring and coloring.

3. Pour the syrup onto a marble slab and let it cool 10 to 12 minutes, or until it is easy to handle. With a spatula, turn the edges of the candy into the center.

4. Tear or cut off pieces and pull them as you would taffy until they are light and satiny. Fold each piece back and forth like a ribbon, bend it around a finger or pen, or twist it into ropes. Let the candy cool completely and wrap it in plastic wrap.

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