Reheating Hard Candy

by Andrew
(California)

Does reheating hard candy work?



I tried to make hard candy, but I stopped heating too soon and it didn't reach hard crack. Can I reheat my already-cooled candy until it reaches hard crack, or am I stuck with this soft candy?


Thank you,
Andrew








Hi Andrew,

The question of whether or not you can reheat your hard candy mixture and try again is a matter for debate and opinion.


For example, some visitors have said that they've had success by reheating their peanut brittle mixture both in the microwave and on the stove top in order to get it to set properly.


The common denominator in all situations is that you have to be extremely careful and watchful to make sure that the candy mixture doesn't burn.


You definitely would have had more luck reheating the candy while it was still warm, but you may still be able to salvage it even though your candy mixture has cooled.


I've got a tremendous sweet tooth, but I'm NOT a science buff. The truth of the matter is that candy making definitely has a lot of science behind it. The way the sugar crystals melt and re-form, etc., is part of the equation and different variables lead to success or failure in candy making.


I personally haven't tried cooking hard candy back down again in an effort to boil it to a higher temperature, so I'm interested in hearing your results. Just go slow and let us know how it turns out for you.


Theoretically, melting hard candy successfully should work. One of the hard candy Christmas recipes calls for melting hard candies in the oven to create a "stained glass" effect. It's a lovely concept.


I'm definitely looking forward to hearing back from you on whether or not reheating hard candy mixture to the required temperature is going to fix your soft candy. Do let us know!


Blessings,
Angie


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Dec 29, 2016
It works! NEW
by: Pandora

For some reason my almond roca didn't go to hard crack. I was reluctant to try reheating it again to hard crack, but what did I have to lose? I reheated it with 1/4 cup water and kept my eye on it. I really don't think my thermometer helped. Neither did dropping a little bit into cold water. I just kind of went by time and color. It turned out perfect. Good thing because it's not inexpensive to make. I'm a happy girl.

Nov 23, 2016
Reheat candy NEW
by: Jackie

I reheated my cinnamon hard rock candy. Added a little water to the pan and stirred constantly. Cooked to 325 degrees and it turned out great.
Thanks for the tips.

Nov 12, 2016
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My sugar glass didn't hardened how do I make it harden and what is the cold method for cing temp

Oct 14, 2016
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by: Joy

I am making candy for the deer some didn't set up vote nuts safflower in it can I melt and try again

Apr 14, 2016
reheating hard candy mixture NEW
by: Mrs V

I was making alcohol lollipops for a bridal party and i only had for candy molds so i had to wait for those to harden before i could use the rest of the candy mixture. which had already begin hardening in the pan. basically you can reheat your candy mixture by just adding some water a tip i got from one of the answers on here and it worked you just have to bring it back to a boil and start that process all over again until it reaches the crack hard stage again. so yes it can be done

Mar 17, 2012
Reheating Hard Candy NEW
by: Anonymous

I am currently making hard candy suckers for Easter. I also didn't have enough molds for the candy! While I was letting the first batch of suckers set up I tried to reheat the candy after it had already started to set. I added about 1/4 cup of water. I brought it to a boil and stirred frequently until it was all liquid once again. I am boiling it to 300 and then I am gonna take it off the heat and proceed with another batch of suckers! It can be done!

Dec 19, 2011
Reheat Hard Candy
by: Angie

Hi Tam,

I don't think you'll have much luck reheating hard candy mix if it has already set, but you could give it a try. You'll probably need to add a bit of water and then cook it longer to reach the 300 degree F. hard crack stage, giving the water a chance to evaporate.


I'm not 100% sure that will work without burning the mix, but I'll be interested in hearing if it does!


If the situation occurs again that you have more mix than molds, you can use the remaining candy to make "hard tack" candy right away rather than worry about what to do with the excess hard candy mix after the fact.


Just pour the remaining hot mixture onto a buttered/oiled cookie sheet. Butter your hands and start cutting the warm candy into small pieces and roll between your palms to keep from having too many sharp edges.


You can then toss the candy pieces in powdered sugar and store in an airtight jar. This makes nice bite-sized pieces of candy and you don't have to waste a drop of your mix.


Hope that helps!
Angie

Dec 19, 2011
Reheat Hard Candy Mix
by: Tam

I wanted to know if I would be able to reheat hard candy mix? I made a pot of hard candy and I didn't have enough molds so, I have a half pot sitting.

I wanted to know if I can reheat it and if it still would be good?? Please Help Me!!!

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