Making "candy" for the first time

@aconner (219)
United States
November 27, 2009 8:31pm CST
I think that I've decided that I'd like to make some candy for Christmas gifts this year. Since I've never done it I figured I'd better go ahead and give it a shot now to see how it turns out. Well, I wanted to make some Cheesecake pops and brownie pops that were dipped in white chocolate and some chocolate covered cherries. I went to Walmart and they didn't have some of the supplies I needed or some of the supplies was a little pricier than what I can afford right now. So I just got some oranges, chocolate (milk and white), and some pretzels. I just finished dipping the pretzels in chocolate and dressed some of them up with some crushed peppermint. They are in the fridge chilling right now. I also have some orange pills boiling in sugar water right now to make some candied orange pills. I might dip those in chocolate too, not sure yet. Anyone make candy often? Any beginners tips for me? What's your favorite homemade candy?
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@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
28 Nov 09
Hi aconner, I have never tried to make my own candy but I have aspirations of it. I bought a book last year that was a bargain, that has lots of recipes for all types of candy. I had a flick through it when I got it and it seemed a bit complicated for some of the recipes involving sugar syrup and such. I must dig that book out and give one of the recipes a bash. Homemade candy or chocolates would be a great and unique gift for Christmas
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
yes, the sugar syrups are a bit complicated. Last night while trying to make some citrus candy I checked on it and it was simmering and looked quite nice (like it was supposed to), I turned around for literally 30 seconds and when I turned back around it was almost completely black. UGH! I huge waste. But, we live and learn I guess. Good luck with your first recipe.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
29 Nov 09
Yes sugar syrups are touch and go that is why I have never tried it. Thanks I am having a go at something simpler this weekend coming, I will do some chocolate recipes, I think chocolate is easier to work with.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
yes, it is definitely easier. Good luck, let me know how it turns out. What recipe are you going to try, if you don't mind me asking?
@gloamglozer (1285)
• Australia
29 Nov 09
Pretzels dipped in chocolate aye? That sounds like a good idea, I haven't made any candy myself so unfortunately I can't offer you help or tips in that area but good on you for making your own treats at home for Christmas. Wishing you the best and joy for this coming Christmas. Also, isn't it a bit early to make them now since there is almost a month before Christmas?
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Thank you for the good wishes this season. Yes it's a bit early but since I've never done it before I wanted to do some test runs before actually making the gifts. My husband and I are enjoying the candy for now. I'll probably pick 5 of my favorites that i try before now and then and make them a few days before Christmas.
• Australia
29 Nov 09
Righto, I didn't think of that. Would mean you'd nail them come Christmas time.
• United States
28 Nov 09
I make Buckeyes every year and peanut butter fudge which is the easy kind. I will enclose the recipes. Buckeyes is what I can not keep enough of for every one all the time they go crazy for them. Peanut butter fudge is another favorite of most too which really my husband makes most of the time. Peanut Butter Fudge: Sugar Peanut butter water sauce pan take about 1/2 c. sugar put in sauce pan, add about 1 tablespoon of water over low heat stir until boiling add about 1/2 c. peanut butter and stir and pour quickly on to a pan and let set should start to set as you pour sometimes does not set sometimes sets to quick. All depends on peanut butter to. Some peanut butter will not do this. Natural we have trouble will for some reason. cut and serve. I recommend doing small batches because of the hardening quickly. Buckeyes: 2 1/2 c. Powdered sugar 1/2 c. butter 1 1/2 c.peanut butter 2 bags chocolate chips paraffin(wax)1/2 bar Take the powdered sugar and mix in big bowl with butter and peanut butter until well mixed. then make into small balls and freeze for about an hour before dipping. in small sauce pan put one bag of chips and 1/2 bar of paraffin and let melt. once melted dip balls and let harden. ( best way is to have on wax paper before ,melting the dip.)Then can serve. These are a few I use. My daughter makes hard tack and give for gifts. Her one she makes for her papa all the time for colds and that is her peppermint for it helps him when he has a cold. Hope this helps you some. If I think of anything else will post it here.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Wow, thanks so much for the recipes. Where can I find Paraffin at? I think I will definitely have to give the Buckeyes a shot. I love peanut butter and chocolate together. Also, what is hard tack? How would I make something like that?
• United States
30 Nov 09
You would find Paraffin in the baking department in most stores I got mine at IGA and Wal-marts before. Hard Tack is hard candy and is tricky to make that is why I let my daughter make it because my aunt gave her recipe 2 years ago and has been making it every year since but I have never had much luck with it. Will get recipe for you and add it here. Once I find it in my email of recipes. Glad to help.
• Mexico
29 Nov 09
Hi aconner: i haven't cook some candies yes, i just eat i have to say but with those ingredients and your care they should be a delicious experience. I think that if you know how to combine sweet flavors everything will be alright, just use your imagination and those Christmats gifts will be fantastic. XD. Lol. Thanks for opening this discussion. Have a nice day.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Yes, I think it will all turn out great. Thank you for your comment!
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
28 Nov 09
The only candy I've mad at home is fudge. w
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Yea, I think I may give the orange peels another shot and if I fail again I won't be messing with sugar syrup ever again. it was VERY messy. The chocolate, not so messy though, pretty easy to clean up.
@hhmfw0 (45)
• China
28 Nov 09
I haven't make such "candy" before.But sounds very nice to make one on new year's day.Maybe you can learn how to make from a cook book or search corresponding websites.Anyway,DIY candy will tastes more delicious.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Yes, the internet has been a great resource for recipes. Thank yoU!
28 Nov 09
First hi! Its a nice idea to make cookie,or"candy" for Christmas.I going to make some candies too. I'm gonna use some cookbooks,and some help from my mum. My favorite homemade candy are princes donuts. They are so nice,full of chokolade. I love chokolade! Did you try do make some 5 imn candy ? They are so easy to make,children can make it. I can wait the Christmas day,and all the candy and cookies. :)
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
What is chokolade? I've also never heard of 5 imn candy. I'd like to know more.
@checkmail (2042)
• India
28 Nov 09
Hello aconner this is checkmail and used to like the candies in mine childhood, but now am more of teeth consious.But I have never prepared an candy, have preapre jelly, cheeries, etc.Yeah according to your description it looks as well as taste great, and also know there are lot of diff candies avail for our christmas celebration.So think you too might wana join the candies group.Think i have tasted such homemade candies earlier when i had some catholic friends.Well am havign no experience in making candies, am weak in preparing sweets, else okay in everything.Wish you luck to prepare the best and finest candy for this christmas.Don't foget to yell loudly Ho Ho.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
lol, your post made me smile. I will definitely yell Ho Ho Ho!
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
28 Nov 09
Nice! Making sweets by yourself is funny and rewarding, as after that you can enjoy something really tasty :) I have never prepared candy, but I have prepared chocolates and cakes. Chocolates are really easy to prepare, you just need the melting type chocolate, condemsed milk, paper molds and a fridge! Melt the chocolate, mix it with condemsed milk, put the mix in the paper molds and let it cool in the fridge. Then you will be able to enjoy super tasty chocolates! I add some nuts or pieces of almonds too to make them even more tasty. You can try with coconut too ;)
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Why do you have to mix the condensed milk with the chocolate? Couldn't you just melt the chocolate and pour it into the molds? Does the condensed milk just make it a little softer? Just wondering.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
28 Nov 09
I haven't made any hard type candies. I stick mostly with chocolates. One of my favorites is for fudge that doesn't turn out grainy (which I absolutely hate) and it is soooo easy and people think I slaved for hours making it so smooth. You use two ingredients. A can of sweetened condensed milk and a bag of chocolate chips (semi sweet). You put the condensed milk in the top pan of a double boiler and then add the chocolate chips. You heat it until the chocolate chips melt and then spread it in a pan that you've greased with margarine or butter. Let it cool and then cut it in squares. The only draw back is that you need to keep the fudge in the fridge. If you don't have a double boiler, I use a smaller pan to put the water in to boil and then a larger pan to make the fudge.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
That sounds pretty simple. No, I don't have a double boiler but I did use a small pot in a larger pot last night while melting some chocolate. It turned out great. Thanks for the recipe, I'll have to give it a shot.
• United States
28 Nov 09
I love to make homemade candy. In fact one year I made each of my nieces and nephews their own little basket filled with treats. That was the best gift I ever gave them! The first thing I will tell you is that you need a good candy thermometer. Follow the instructions and you'll never be disappointed. Betty Crocker has a recipe on their website that is exceptionally simple. I have found most of my recipes on the internet. Good luck to you!
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Yes, the thermometer was one of the things that was a bit much for my budget at the moment. I was able to find some recipes on about.com. There were so many I still haven't made it through the entire list.
@thedaddym (1737)
• United States
28 Nov 09
My wife has made some candy over the years she makes fudge every year at Christmas time. She has also made chocolate suckers she made some that looked like roses one time for my daughter and my niece who were having dance recitals. She painted in all the details I was impressed. She also makes thse really awesome Bon Bons out of oreos.
@aconner (219)
• United States
29 Nov 09
Wow, that all sounds wonderful. Those are all things that I'd like to give a shot. I wanted to make some suckers but Walmart didn't have any of the pop sticks. I'll have to go to Michael's or Hobby Lobby.
@moneymommy (3420)
• United States
28 Nov 09
That sounds like such a good idea. Maybe I will make some candy for Christmas as well. I never tried it yet and it would be fun to do with the kids.
@aconner (219)
• United States
28 Nov 09
Yes it would be a lot of fun with kids. Especially the chocolate dipped _______, it's simple and then you could have them decorate with sprinkles, crushed nuts, and other crushed hard candies.