A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Curious if a project is for sale, or if someone wants to do a private swap with you?  Please Personal Message the member rather than posting on the thread.
Total Members: 302,560
Currently Running With Scissors:
671 Guests and 24 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: pansy candy  (Read 1613 times)
Tags for this thread: candy , pansy , gluten_free  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
yami mcmoots
« on: November 19, 2003 07:10:47 PM »

So I picked a patch of pansies on Sunday. Following a recipe for violet syrup, I washed the flowers, put them in a little mason jar, poured boiling water over them and let 'em steep for 24 hours. Monday, the liquid was a slightly disturbing dark-Windex blue (the pansies were a purplish variety - "Dynamite Wine Flash"). I put it in a pan.

Also in the pan were two cups of sugar, one cup of light corn syrup, and a dash of artificial vanilla. Stirred until the sugar dissolved, and then let it alone until my trusty candy thermometer registered near the "hard crack" stage (300 F). At this point, a spoonful of bubbly sugar-liquid dropped in cold water will make hard, brittle threads, like the one on my candy thermometer:

I had to lick it clean when I was done.  Tongue

Last step was to pour off the mixture into a pie pan (liberally sprayed with Pam beforehand, natch), leave it in the fridge to cool and harden, and smash it into pieces with the butt of a knife.



Pansies have a rather subtle, delicate flavor, so the finished product tastes mostly of corn syrup. I've bought another couple flats of plants, though, so next time I might be able to make a more concentrated solution.

Also next time... I want molds, and individually wrapped pieces! I think it'd be way cool to have a pansy (or viola, to keep it bite-sized) embedded in translucent hard candy - good as little Christmas package-toppers. Has anyone ever made hard candy in molds before? And what kind of paper can I use to wrap the candies?



THIS ROCKS   Logged
Diana
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2003 10:24:43 PM »

OOOOH! I am intrigued by this...I love the idea of embedding a flower into the candy!! Tres chic! Unfortunately I don't know about the mold issue, but you could wrap them in coloured or clear cellophane. Keep us posted on your findings...
THIS ROCKS   Logged
lilyblue
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2003 11:44:35 PM »

I would just want to add to make sure your flowers are grown organically.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

I Buy D.I.Y , get listed!
Debzy
Offline Offline

Posts: 553
Joined: 20-Nov-2003
I'm a Scouser!!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2003 03:33:49 PM »

would an ice cube tray work?
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw
lutheranchick
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2004 11:27:16 AM »

This seems like such an awesome idea for anything with a "victorian christmas" theme.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

When in doubt, sauerkraut.
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Texture Clash Your Outfit
Finding The Perfect Red Dress To Fit Your Body Type
Style Guide: Tartan Trousers
DIY: Two-Tone Oxfords in One Step!
The Hottest Show Trends From New York Fashion Week
Latest Blog Articles
Spotlight on: Book Making & Binding
@Home This Weekend: Magical Fairy Garden
DIY Summer

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2014, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.