Monday, December 17, 2007

Not the best start

I won't include the recipe because the first candy I attempted to make this holiday didn't turn out anywhere near to how it should have and it was all my fault.

Well actually I can tell you the recipe, it was just 1 cup sugar, 1 cup dark corn syrup, 1 tablespoon vinegar cooked without stirring to 300 degrees and then stir in 1 tablespoon baking soda. Pour into buttered 13x9 pan (don't spread, it won't fill the pan completely), then crack into pieces when cool and dip in chocolate.

This was similar to a Nigella recipe which uses honey but her recipe just boils 3 minutes. My candy thermometer is wonky and I got impatient and didn't wait for it to get to 300 degrees (it had been cooking way longer than 3 minutes) so instead of crunchy light candy I got chewy, Bit-O-Honey- like candy, without the honey and almonds. Not that bad really but not quite as flavorful at Bit-O-Honey.

I wrapped the candy in wax paper but I'm not sure if it will end up with my treat packages. I don't want to be sued for dental work. It's not any more chewy than Bit-O-Honey, Mary Janes or some types of taffy but I'm not sure what people would be expecting when they bite into this.

I was ready to call it a day but after cleaning up I decided to go ahead and start my Chocolate-Dipped Caramels. They came out perfect this year. I overcooked them last year but they were just right this year. You know what the secret was? I remembered to turn on some Christmas music, something I forgot to do when I tried to make the other candy. I put on my favorite Christmas CD that my online friend Tammy burned for me for a Christmas swap a few years ago and all was right.

It's going to be a crazy week so I probably won't be around every day. I'm sure a lot of my readers won't either. I can't believe it's almost Christmas!

Question of the Day: What is your favorite Christmas CD?


ThursdayNext said...

From my childhood, it is a tie between Andy Williams and John Denver with the Muppets.:) Now, it is Sarah McLaughlin's Wintersong.
Enjoy the week and happy cooking!

Anonymous said...

Don't really have a particular favorite. Two that I am enjoying this year are ones that DD brought home. Trans Siberian Orchastra and the music from Charlie Brown's Christmas, by a pianist whose name escapes me at the moment (and am too lazy to go see).


Sara said...

John Denver and the Muppets! I put it in my car on Saturday.

meddlingkidd said...

Nat King Cole's Christmas Album!

Kim said...

The Brian Setzer orchestra Christmas CD is rockin'! It always puts me in a festive holiday mood.