Hope you have a safe and fun and
Last year I posted a Make Your Own Candy Corn recipe (<– click there) – my wife LOVES Candy Corn! Well for Halloween this year I have a different recipe that looks pretty easy to make – from the FoodNetwork:
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown for Food Network Magazine
- Prep Time:
- 1 hr 5 min
- Inactive Prep Time:
- Cook Time:
- 5 min
- 80 to 100 pieces
- 4 1/2 ounces confectioners’ sugar (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 1/2 ounce nonfat dry milk (about 6 1/2 teaspoons)
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 1/2 ounces granulated sugar (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 3/4 ounces light corn syrup (about 1/3 cup)
- 2 1/2 tablespoons H20
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 or 3 drops each yellow and orange gel paste food coloring
Combine the confectioners’ sugar, dry milk and salt in a food processor. Pulse 4 or 5 times, until the mixture is smooth and well combined. Set aside.
Combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup and water in a 2-quart pot. Place over medium heat, cover and cook for 4 minutes. Add the butter, clip on a candy thermometer and bring the sugar syrup to 230 degrees F, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the thermometer.
Add the vanilla and the dry mixture and stir continuously with a silicone spatula until well combined. Pour onto a half sheet pan lined with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until the mixture is cool enough to handle.
Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces. Add 2 or 3 drops of yellow food coloring to one piece and knead until the color is consistent throughout. Add 2 or 3 drops of orange to the second piece and knead until the color is consistent throughout. Leave the third piece white.
Roll each piece of dough into a strand about 18 inches long. Cut each strand in half and roll each piece into a strand that is about 1/2 inch thick and 22 inches long.
Lay the strands side by side (orange, yellow, then white) and press them together using your fingers. Cut into 4-inch pieces. Then, using a ruler or bench scraper, press each piece into a wedge, keeping the orange section wide and making the white part come to a tip.
Use a wire butter slicer, knife, bench scraper or pizza cutter to cut each wedge into individual candies. Lay the candies on a piece of parchment until dry, at least 1 hour. Store in an airtight container with parchment between each layer.
Photograph by Brett Kurzweil
I thought I would start off the special scary Halloween season here on DLT with some favorites from the past! Take a look at these (wow – really? 5 pages?? amazingly scary!)
Halloween | Dan Likes This! - Part 1
Ugggg – and this report right after Halloween! Wow – battery acid?!?!?
Do you have a lot of cavities? Perhaps it’s because you lost a lot of enamel sucking on sour candy when you were a kid. It’s almost as bad as battery acid—except it tastes much better.
Take a look at this chart and see who are the worse offenders.
Pure water’s pH level is 7, which is a neutral acidic level. At ph4, your teeth start losing enamel, one of the four tissues that make up teeth. Enamel it’s the hardest substance in human bodies. 96-percent is made of minerals.
As it turns out, typical sour candy is ph3, which is kind of crazy. It quickly goes to ph2.5—with Skittles, Baby Bottle Pop powder, Brach’s Gummi Bears, and Sqwigglies Gummi Worms—and 2.4 with Mentos Fruit Chew and 2.2 with Sour Skittles.
But it gets a lot worse. These are the three worse offenders—Altoids Mango Sours score a ph1.9 while Wonka Fun Dip Powder gets down to ph1.8. The worst is WarHeads Sour Spray, only 0.6 less acid than battery acid. [Northwest Dentistry via Kottke]
A cool look back in the history of Halloween costumes!
From Daily Infographic:
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to picking a Halloween costume I am not the most proactive. Whether it be shopping for a costume or even deciding what I want to be that year. Out of the past three years I think I have only had one costume selected before the night of, and it was only the day before that I had one that year. However not everyone procrastinates their costumes like I do.
At the afterschool program I work, as soon as October started the kids began asking what costume I had chosen to wear for Halloween. Some of the better suggestions I was offered included robot, skeleton, dinosaur, and some others. Department stores start their preparation way before any of us are even ready to accept the Summer is over and soon after Thanksgiving is shoved down our throats. Don’t get me wrong I love holidays, but the way they are commercialized these days just takes the joy out of them.
Today’s infographic A Costume for Every Era: 500 years of cultural inspiration gives us a look at the costumes we have worn over the ages and their inspiration. While one of today’s more popular costumes may be Angry Birds back in the 16th century Queen Elizabeth was one of the more popular costumes. Enjoy today’s infographic and let us know what you are planning for Halloween here! [Halloween Express]
One of the last of my Halloween posts – look at all this chocolate candy!
Pop Chart Lab’s latest creation is a kaleidoscope of junk food factoids.
What’s your favorite candy bar? Even if you’re one of those snobs who only eat that imported British stuff, your guilty pleasure of choice is probably somewhere on this crazy-detailed chart from Pop Chart Labs. (Bonus points for including Kinder Bueno, that bizarrely named treat that’s arguably more fun to say than it is to eat.)
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The chart, whose Wonka-esque name is “The Delectable Kaleidoscope of Candy Bars,” plots every candy bar under the sun and visually connects its ingredients to its similarly flavored friends. So with some close inspection, you can divine that the aforementioned Kinder Bueno contains hazelnut cream and, like the much more prosaic Kit Kat, is made with wafers.
What good is this information? Unless you’re an unholy hybrid of Augustus Gloop and a reference librarian, I’m not sure. But is it sure is sweet to look at.
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