Trouble Reaching The Correct Temperature

I having trouble reaching the correct temperature (250-270f) when making candy.

I am trying to make dragon beard candy. The recipe requires me to heat maltose, sugar and water to a temperature of 250 degrees.

I don't know if my stove is hot enough but the highest temperature I get is about 220 F. I am using a candy thermometer.

Is there anything I can do that will help? I need the candy to be real firm but not rock hard.

Thank you.


You may just not be cooking the mixture long enough. It can take pretty long for the candy to gradually increase in heat until it reaches the temperature you desire.

Unless you reach the right temperature, it won't get hard enough.

Also, if you haven't already done so, test your thermometer to be sure it is reading accurately. (It should read 212 F. for boiling water).

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