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Feb 21, 2007 06:16 AM

Sour Sugar


I was wondering about the powdery coating that goes on sour candies. I think it is a confectioner's sugar coating of sorts but it is the sour element that I am interested in.
Do you know whether I can purchase this sweet/sour sugar concoction anywhere?
If not, does anyone have a recipe on how to make it?

Any suggestions or ideas are much appreciated!


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  1. I don't know if you can purchase it together, however, the tartness comes from citric acid mixed with the sugar.

    1. Thanks
      If i wanted to make it, how would you suggest i do so? (lemon juice, or do they have citric powder of sorts at the bulk food stores?)

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      1. re: sugarcube

        ya, I would just experiment with citric acid powder mixed with sugar until you get a combo that you like (fun experiment!)

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        Don't know if we are on the same page, but places like Bulk Foods has Citric Acid.

        http://www.bulkfoods.com/default.htm (Home
        )http://www.bulkfoods.com/spices.asp (Listed in this section).


        1. The sour stuff on most sour gummy candies (sour patch kids, etc) is called "sour sanding", and is a combination of sugar, citric acid and tartaric acid, along with some binders and stabilizers to keep it from getting moist or clumping.

          1. it's also sold under the name "sour salt" and can be found in Russian or Jewish or Eastern European stores. The basic incredient is citric acid though so any format of that will get you there. I have some of this in my cupboard - http://www.rokeach.com/itempage-rk015...