Feb 272012

January in National Candy Month.

Candy is made with sugar, honey, syrup, or a similar substance. It may also include chocolate, fruit, and nuts.

Candy has been around a long time. There are records showing Egyptians making candy 3,500 years ago. The earliest candy was honey covered fruits and nuts. During the Middle Ages, candy was considered a luxury; therefore, only the wealthy consumed it. In 1519, Spanish explores were introduced to cacao bean (from which chocolate is derived) by the Aztecs. In 1854 , the first packaged box of Whitman’s chocolate was sold. Since then thousand of candies have been created.

Why not make some homemade candy this month?

Angel Food Candy
make about 30

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup dark corn syrup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 pound chocolate melts (available in the candy section or cake store)
coffee liqueur, optional

Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
In a large pan combine sugar, corn syrup, and vinegar over medium heat.
Cook and stir until sugar dissolves.
Then heat, without stirring, until mixture reached 300°F to 310°F or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard, brittle threads.
Remove from the heat and stir in baking soda.
Pour into prepared pan. Do not spread.
Cool completely, then break up candy.
Melt chocolate coating with a few drops of coffee liqueur until smooth.
Drizzle over candy.

Celebrate with goodies from Zazzle

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