Candy Making Temperatures

Thread: Begins at 230F, Makes a 2" thread when dropped from a spoon.

Soft Ball: Begins at 234F, A small amount dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but flattens when picked up.

Firm Ball: Begins at 244F, The ball will hold its shape and flattens only when pressed.

Hard Ball: Begins at 250F, The ball is more rigid, but still pliable.

Soft Crack: Begins at 270F, A small amount dropped into chilled water separates into threads that bend when picked up.

Hard Crack: Begins at 300F, A small amount dropped into chilled water separates into threads that harden and are brittle.

Caramelized Sugar: 310F to 338F, Between these temperatures, it will burn dark golden, but will turn black at 350F.

Plural: Candy Making Temperatures

Season: available year-round

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