Monday, November 05, 2012

Homemade "Starburst" type candy

Mike found a candy recipe that turned out to be just like Starbursts.  You probably have to plan ahead to get the ingredients, because they are not something I imagine most people have on hand.  Then again, we actually had them all on hand.  We have a baker's kitchen, I guess.  Making this was so spontaneous we went from finding the recipe on the web to finished candy in about 15 minutes.

Lemon candy that is just like Starburst

4 tbsp butter (I used salted)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon extract
1/2 tsp citric acid
1-2 drops yellow food coloring (optional)

You will also need:
9x5 loaf pan or a small shallow tray
cooking spray (something nearly flavorless)
medium saucepan
pastry brush
candy thermometer
wax paper
sharp knife

Line the loaf pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.  You won't fill the pan.  This recipe is just enough to make a Starburst-size thickness in the bottom of your 9x5 loaf pan.

Melt butter, corn syrup, and sugar in medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  When the sugar has dissolved, wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.

Cook until candy thermometer registers 245 degrees F.  It cooks up really fast.  By the time I had put my thermometer in the pan, it was already 251 or so.  Oops.  I went ahead with the recipe anyway and it turned out great.

As soon as candy reaches 245, remove pan from heat and stir in lemon extract, citric acid, and food coloring.  Food coloring definitely optional since the candy is naturally a yellow color anyway.  Also, Mike said his opinion is that 1/2 tsp citric acid was not enough...he wanted a more sour or tangier candy.  I liked it the way it was.  Anyway, might want to experiment with that next time.

Stir it all up and pour into your prepared pan.

After it sets (not sure how long I waited, but less than one hour), take the candy out of the pan and cut into pieces with a sharp knife that you have oiled with cooking spray.  The candy is very sticky and you will probably need to rinse the knife and re-oil it after every few cuts.  Wrap the pieces in wax paper.

We'll definitely be doing this again with other extract flavors!

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