Here is the recipie I use for winter candy:
15 lbs granulated sugar (about 30 cups)
3 lbs white corn syrup (12 oz = 1 lb.)
1 quart water
Mix all in a large pot and boil to 230-235 degrees. Put the pot into a sink of cold water (this helps cool it faster) and cool to about 200 degrees. During the cooling process beat with an electric mixer to fluff up the mixture. The cooling down/beating process only takes about 5 minutes. Pour into molds (cookie pans, baking dishes etc.) about 3/4 to 1 inch thick. Put in garage to cool. If you need to cut into sections, a pizza cutter works well. Flip pans over and run under hot water for a minute to release fondant. Store in plastic bags separated by wax paper.
The funny story:
I was in the grocery store buying sugar and corn syrup for the fondant, and when I went up to the check out, the cashier said "I know what you're doing!" And for a brief second, I actually believed her and got excited! She said "you must be making some pecan pies!?!" Then my inner voice said "oh yeah, that's what normal people do with this stuff" So I said to her "That would be a very good guess if I were normal, but no, I'm actually feeding my bees!" She said "Oh, you keep bees... that must be very.....interesting!" So I said "Oh yes, it's fascinating......" then I looked back at the line of people behind me and my inner voice spoke up again and said "she's being polite stupid, get out while you can!" So I smiled, said "well have a great day" and went home to make some fondant! It's tough when you live in a sub-culture and try to operate in the real world! :lol: