Jolly Rancher is a kind of "glass candy" made from a mixture of sugar and corn syrup. You can customize the taste and color of this recipe. Individually wrap or coat the candies with powdered sugar to serve them without sticking to your hands.
- 600 gr sugar
- 355 ml corn syrup
- 177 ml water
- Food coloring
- 15 ml cherry, strawberry, lemon or other flavor extract.
Part 1 of 3: Cooking Candy
Step 1. Grease your pan with vegetable oil
Place the pan near the stove on a flat surface.
Step 2. Place a large saucepan on the stove fire
Add sugar, corn syrup and water. Raise the stove heat to medium heat.
If your stove is cold, use medium-high heat
Step 3. Attach your candy thermometer to the pan
The tip of the thermometer should be submerged in the syrup mixture.
Step 4. Stir constantly
The sugar mixture will reach a boiling point.
Step 5. Continue to boil the mixture
The mixture will boil until it reaches a temperature of 154 degrees Celsius. Be patient, as it can take some time to reach this temperature.
It is very important for the candy to reach a temperature of 149 to 150 degrees Celsius, which is considered a "hard-crack." At this point the density of the sugar will change
Part 2 of 3: Adding Flavors
Step 1. Remove the pan from the stove
Grasp the handle of the pot and keep stirring the contents.
Step 2. Pour in your flavor extract
Jolly Rancher flavors include cherry, apple, lemon, watermelon, strawberry and grape; then you can make these candies in groups to get a bag of candies with different flavors.
Step 3. Add a few drops of food coloring to match your flavored extract
For example, a green apple flavor should be green, while a cherry flavor would be red.
Step 4. Continue stirring until the candy stops boiling and bubbles stop forming on the surface of the mixture
The texture of your candy will be smoother thanks to the extra mix; however, the mixture should still be very hot when you pour it into the pan.
Part 3 of 3: Splitting the Candy
Step 1. Pour the hot candy into a greased baking dish
Let it cool on a flat surface until you can lightly touch it. Check the candy with your finger. The candy should be a little firm but easy to shape.
Step 2. Turn your pan onto a cutting board
Try to do this move in one quick motion so the candy doesn't stretch.
Step 3. Make strokes on the surface of the candy every 2.5 cm with a knife into rows
Rotate the cutting board 90 degrees and make strokes on the candy every 1.3 cm in the opposite direction. This will result in a rectangular Jolly Rancher candy.
Step 4. Cut off the candies a second time
Wrap each candy in wax paper or cellophane while the candy is still warm. Try to keep the candies separate and airtight so they don't absorb too much moisture from the air.