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« on: October 16, 2012, 09:52:16 PM »

So I attempted to make some hard honey candy and ran into a few problems. I used a recipe of 2 1/2 cups of honey and 1/4 c butter. I heated the honey on med heat and all went well until I got to the hard ball stage. From hard ball to hard crack it kept getting burnt. I tried putting a 1/2 cup water at the start but ran into the same problem. What am I doing wrong, I even tried lowering the temp down one number on my stove.
(thank goodness I had extra honey laying around hehe)

Few other things I did...I have a candy therometer and watched /kept close eye on it, I reduced the heat a little to little avail. should I just skip the butter and just use honey?

Any help you all can give me would be greatful..
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« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 07:54:28 AM »

When I need to scald milk, melt sugar, butter, etc, I use a two qt. pyrex measuring cup in the microwave and it doesn't scorch or burn.
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 01:43:59 PM »

This is from the FaceBook group.

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Emil Kaluza said: Add 2 qts water to a 5 gallon stainless pot and 1 qt chamomile tea, steeped and cooled. Bring to boil. When boiling add parts of 25lb bag of plain sugar, mixing as you do. Monitor heat, keeping as close to 230 degrees as possible, adding sugar as able. When all the sugar is added, stir constantly and boil at 230 degrees. After a 10 minute boil at that temp, ad 1 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar. Remove from heat and let cool (this will take hours) to below 200 degrees. Whisk or stir rapidly until it begins to whiten. Can be down to 150 degrees. Pour into forms and let sit all night. They will harden, dry out, and whiten to a rock candy consistency and the bees will moisten and munch. Very easy and clean method of Winter feeding. There are hundreds of fondant and bee candy recipes out there, but I've reduced mine to the basics, though you can add a pinch of salt with water(I do), or add a quarter cup of lemon juice (I don't), or replace cream of tarter with 1 tsp of vinegar per pound of sugar ( I don't, never had a problem with cream of tartar). You can add 5 lb of Soy Flour for protein if you don't have much pollen in your hive. You can feed now as I do, but ants will be a problem until Winter, when its feed, close, forget, not having to open and lose heat from your hives until Feb
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 01:52:10 PM »

Straight honey will always burn before reaching hard crack stage...too much other good stuff in it besides the four "oses". That's why hard honey candy is not on the market.

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« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 01:54:15 PM »

Oh, you can find what they call "honey candy" but it is regular ol' hard sugar candy with a liquid honey center.

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