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Topic: Dulce de Calabasas(pumkin candy)  (Read 1165 times)
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« on: October 28, 2007 06:17:59 PM »

I tried to make pumpkin candy, like the kind you get from mexican restaurants. I followed the basic recipe that i found online, by googling "pumpkin candy"

I did everything right, but the candy never hardened. it was all mushy. tasted good, but was mushy.

Does anyone have experience with pumpkin candy/know what i might have done wrong?

(P.S. i let it dry for a full 24hrs. the recipe said it would dry in 10)
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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2007 09:43:31 PM »

Hard to tell what happened.  Giving us a heads up as to the recipe would help. 

Perhaps your pumpkin pieces were too big or too small?
If they were mushy I almost want to say you cooked them too long.  Maybe next time, take a piece of pumpkin out and test it before you get to the "finished" time.  Cook the pieces till they are the texture you think they should be.

Another idea... when letting the pieces dry out: have a fan blowing on them.  And don't put them in the refrigerator- its too humid of an environment and won't let the sugar harden/dry.

Try it again though :good luck:

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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2007 03:46:25 PM »

Sometimes your altitude has a lot to do with candy setting to the right consistency. Weather also has a lot to do with it. The more moisture in the air, the less likely the candy will harden.

Also, I would think mushiness would actually come from not cooking long enough- the longer its on the heat, the more moisture will cook out of it- I'd try maybe lowering the temp a bit (so it doesnt burn) and cooking it a little longer. Stir often if its on the stove top so the bottom does not burn, too.

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