Candy 101

Candies!!! Who doesn't like candies? It just reminds me so much of childhood, friends, of comfort, of melt-in-the mouth goodness. Kids... thumbnail 1 summary

Candies!!!

Who doesn't like candies? It just reminds me so much of childhood, friends, of comfort, of melt-in-the mouth goodness. Kids and sometimes adults too just can get enough of candies, so its no wonder candies are one of the world's most popular sweet tasting foods. Well, who can resist chocolate bars, jellybeans, lollipops, caramels?

Sugar is the main ingredient in most candies. Other ingredients like honey are added as sweeteners. Many other ingredients can be added to candies to make the flavors and choices literally endless. They could include milk, eggs, flour, nuts, flavorings and fruits.

My daughter was asking me what makes the difference between different kinds of candies. Like how come others are soft, creamy and chewy others are sticky and hard. The answer is how the candy is made.

Lollipops are hard candies and they are made by boiling sugar with corn syrup and water.

Butterscotch and brittles are made with butter or vegetable oil boiled with sugar. Most brittles are made with nuts like peanut brittles, almond brittles etc..

Caramels and toffees are examples of chewy candies and they are made by boiling sugar, milk and vegetable oil.

Chewy gumdrops on the other hand are made with boiling sugar mixed with gelatin or cornstarch.

Puffy candies like marshmallows are made by whipping air into sweet syrups. The air adds volume and makes the cany feel soft and smooth in your mouth.

Of all candies, I think the most popular are chocolates! Chocolate candies are made from cocoa bean. They are mixed with different ingredients like milk, sugar, nuts etc and sold as solid bars, chocolate covered bars..

The simplest candy is COTTON candy. Its simple coz it only has one ingredient - sugar. Sugar is melted in a container with tiny holes and then spun very fast. The whirling action of the container forces the sugar through the holes, making thin threads that melts in the mouth.

Candies are really great treats but we do have to eat it in moderation. It's not so good for the teeth as well as the waist but how come eating it just feels so comforting?



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