Sour Candy Acid Drops
Harry Potter-themed recipe for kids
Makes about 40 candies
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon citric acid (see note)
1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Combine the water, sugar, corn syrup and cream of tartar in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture begins to bubble. Wash down the sides of the pan with a pastry brush dipped in hot water if sugar crystals have formed on the sides. Clip a candy thermometer to the pan and continue cooking over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches 300°F.
2. Remove the pan from the heat. Sprinkle the citric acid over the sugar syrup and stir to combine. When the bubbling has subsided, use an oiled teaspoon to drop teaspoonfuls of the sugar syrup onto the prepared sheets 2 inches apart to allow room for spreading.
3. To store candies, wrap them in sheets of parchment paper, making sure the candies don’t touch, as they will stick together.
Note: Citric acid is available in fairly small quantities on the Internet.
From The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Copyright © 2010 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Media, Inc. Co. All rights reserved.
Photo by Julie Van Rosendaal