|Pros of Making Hard Candy
|Cons of Making Hard Candy
|Creates a more memorable experience
|It is temperamental
|You can do any flavor
|Makes a mess
|You shouldn't need to run to the store
|No guarantee it will turn out good
I love hard candy to snack on throughout the day. It is a great way to meet my sugar cravings while not consuming nearly as much sugar. Today I found myself longing for something to suck on as I held a screaming baby. Finally, after my baby decided to sleep, I slipped into the kitchen to whip together some sweets. This candy was going to turn my day brighter, or so I thought:)
Pros of Making Hard Candy
- It is more of a memorable experience. The making of candy immediately takes me down memory lane. I remember reaching above the fridge and pulling out a piece of blueberry hard candy. I remember trying to decide what flavor sounded best to add to the sugar water. If you want to build memories, making candy is a great way to do it.
- You can do any flavor. Candy at the store is limited to other people's imagination. I love the ability to look through the extracts and decide what flavor I will experiment with that day.
- You don't need to run to the store. Although some recipes are more elaborate, all you need to make hard candy is sugar, water, and flavoring. Hint: A candy thermometer is helpful but isn't necessary.
Cons of Making Hard Candy
- It can be temperamental. As I boiled the sugar water today, I decided to multitask. The mixture had 90 degrees more to go. I began some work on my computer, and before I knew it, my sugar water had burned. I ended up throwing it out; it is not the first time I have failed at this process.
- It makes a mess. Cleaning up hardened sugar is never fun. You can save this hassle by just going to the store and selecting a ready-made candy.
- You have no guarantee it will taste good. When purchasing my selection of candy, I know how the candy will taste. When making it at home, there is no guarantee I will like it. Who knows, it may end up tasting like burnt root-beer.
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Written by: Kristen