How to make Clear Toy Candy / Barley Candy

There are several different recipes out there for clear toy and barley candy. See the recipe page to select one. Below you will find a basic starter recipe.
Things you will need:
  • 4 cups Cane Sugar (not beet sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon heaping of cream of tarter
  • Candy thermometer
  • Pot, preferable copper unlined
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Candy molds
  • Canola oil


Always make sure you molds are set up before you start.  First make sure your molds are clean then brush the insides with a light oil. I use canola oil.

I have found standing them on a Silpat makes for an easy clean up if you dribble candy.

Next in a pot add your sugar, water, and cream of tarter.  Stir carefully so the mixture does not splash up on the sides of the pot.  Insert candy thermometer and turn burner to medium high. DO NOT STIR AT ALL in the cooking process.


Watch you thermometer closely. Once it reaches 260F.  add color. Do NOT stir, the boiling action will incorporate the color.  

Once the mixture reaches 300F. remove pan from the heat.
Let the mixture stop boiling and cool for a minute or two.  Then pour slowly into the molds.
Optional: Clear toy candy does not have sticks but if you would like to add them you need to wait till the candy just starts to cool, then insert stick.  If you put them in too soon they will lean, to late, the candy will be to hard to insert the stick.
Once the molds have cooled till they are warm, open them up and check to see if the candy is firm enough to remove.  If still to soft close mold and wait. If firm enough, pop the candy out on to tray to cool. 
Let candy cool to room temperature then bag or display.

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