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Pulverizing hard candy

Jaze Jul 23, 2007 09:45 AM

I would like to make a powder out of some hard candy to use as a garnish. Is there a particular technique from turning hard candy into a dry, granular powder? I want a consistency something like fine sugar, and suspect that a blender will turn it sticky and melty with the heat.

Any suggestions?

  1. j
    Jaze Jul 24, 2007 09:11 AM

    Thanks, all - I'll swing by FedEx a little later...

    I had an idea of making lemonade a bi more interesting by crushing different flavoured candies - raspberry, blackberry, watermelon - into a powder, then dipping the wet rim of the serving glasses into them. I'd also though of serving fruit hard candy lollipops with lemonade for a related effect.

    1. pamalamb Jul 23, 2007 11:14 AM

      My immersion blender came with a small food processor attachment, and I use that. I do think that this has dulled the blades a bit, though. I hate the plastic bag/rolling pin method, as I find that the sharp edges of the candy will rip holes in the plastic as you bang away.

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      1. re: pamalamb
        renov8r Jul 23, 2007 12:42 PM

        Some brands/textures of zipper seal bags are better for this than others.

        1. re: renov8r
          MMRuth Jul 23, 2007 12:51 PM

          Yes - better to use the freezer ones, which are more heavy duty.

          1. re: MMRuth
            ipsedixit Jul 23, 2007 02:19 PM

            Don't use the ziplock bags -- they break too easily.

            If you are going to pound them with a hammer, use one of those FedEX large envelopes. Much tougher, and can withstand the pounding.

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        slowfoodgrrl Jul 23, 2007 10:28 AM

        If you break them a little first with a hammer or a brick, it would also work to put them in a coffee grinder with the spinning blade. I'd do this rather than put them in the processor, mostly because I am paranoid about breaking mine (even though they are supposed to be essentially bomb-proof) and it's cheaper to replace a grinder if it dies. Grinders are also easy to clean. Throw some raw rice in there and spin. Good luck.

        1. geg5150 Jul 23, 2007 09:53 AM

          I use the ziplock and rolling pin method. Put a dishtowel over the bag in a single layer as the candy can get some sharp edges and cut through the bag. I don't know if you'll be able to get it as fine as fine sugar, and certainly not that uniform. I find that the variations in texture are actually nice. Good luck....what are you making?

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            hollyeve Jul 23, 2007 09:50 AM

            I crush candy canes to use in christmas cookies every year! I use the food processor.

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              Louise Jul 23, 2007 09:49 AM

              You may not be able to get it completely finely ground. Food processor might be a better bet. Also, heat will probably be less of an issue than moisture--how's the humidity where you are? Keep in mind lots of tiny little pieces have that much more surface area to absorb any degree of water around.

              1. MMRuth Jul 23, 2007 09:48 AM

                I'd put the candy into a zip lock back and take a hammer, or the flat side of a meat tenderizer to it. That's how I crack pepper.

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