(Las Vegas, NV)
Hardening candy that won't set?
I think I did not boil my candy long enough and now I can't get it to harden. The recipe said to beat it until it held together but it doesn't seem to want to. Is there anyway I can make it harden a little?
What kind of candy are you referring to? What recipe are you using?
It may be too late now to get it to set. Perhaps you can use the mixture as a sauce on ice cream or as a taffy or something depending on how it ended up.
It's hard to give an appropriate answer to your question or any suggestions on hardening candy without knowing more details.
If your candy recipe called for being heated to a certain temperature (hard tack stage) and you didn't get it hot enough, then it isn't likely to get hard. It's the heat that determines how soft or hard the final candy will be.
If you'd like to give more details, add the recipe here and we'll see if we can come up with some suggestions as to what went wrong.