A way to keep homemade suckers from sticking together?
I've been making homemade, hard-candy lollipops and need to find a way to keep the suckers from sticking to each other or the plastic bags.
I've found rubbing powdered sugar on them works great but I would like to keep them looking glossy.
Does anyone know of a trick to accomplish this or something I could purchase perhaps?
That's a good question, Ashley. I think the powdered sugar idea is probably your best bet, but I can understand you wanting to have the clear, lovely finish of the shiny hard candy.
I'm wondering if your candy is getting so sticky because you aren't boiling it hot enough. Are you boiling to 290° or 300°? You'll probably have better results if you bring the temperature all the way to 300°.
Another culprit could be humidity. Humidity tends to add to the sticky problem.
I wonder if you could just lightly coat the lollipop with a bit of vegetable oil before slipping it into the wrapping or bag to keep it from sticking? That might do the trick, but I'm not sure.
Of course, then you'd have slightly oily lollipops. :)
Has anyone else solved this dilemma and found a way to keep homemade suckers from sticking together?