Polkagrisar / Peppermint Candy

TYPE : Classic
Candy
YIELD : 100 small pieces
CALORIES : 18 kcal
PREP TIME : 30 mins
COOK TIME : 45 mins
TOTAL TIME : 1 hr 30 mins

INGREDIENTS :

  • 2 cups (5 dl) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (0.5 dl) light corn syrup (or use 2 tbsp white vinegar (5%))
  • 1/2 cup (1 dl) water
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract, dried ginger or other flavoring
  • a few drops of gel food coloring

INSTRUCTIONS :

  • In a saucepan, stir to dissolve then simmer until the temperature reaches 300°F (150°C).
  • Meanwhile, set the oven to 200°F (90 – 95°C).
  • Pour 2/3 of the mixture onto a silicon mat or lightly oiled baking sheet. Leave the rest in the saucepan and place it in the oven.
  • Mix in flavoring with a lightly oiled metal spatula or dough cutter.
  • When the candy is cool enough to handle, begin stretching (heat-resistant gloves like these make it a lot easier).
  • Keep stretching and folding the candy until it turns white and glossy, then shape it into a log.
  • (If the candy becomes too hard to stretch, you can reheat it in the oven to soften it up.)
  • Now pour out the remaining mixture, mix in flavoring and food coloring and shape it into two thin logs.
  • Place the colored logs on each side of the thicker white log and twist or fold the logs to create stripes.
  • Roll the striped log thinly then cut it into pieces with a pair of kitchen shears.
  • Allow the pieces to cool separately.

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