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Old 11-30-2006, 09:07 PM   #11
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Thanks alot guys.
My mom wouldn't let me do it today, she was expecting a friend who never showed up. :P
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:10 PM   #12
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danger! danger!

absolutely don't use regular vanilla for hard candy! you must use an oil based flavoring. because the temperature of the candy is way above the boiling point of water (and even more above the boiling point of alcohol) adding water or vanilla essence will result in searingly hot sugar syrup violently boiling over or splattering around.

if you're experienced and know what you're doing, you can get away with it by ... well... i'm not going to tell you, because it's too dangerous for a novice. just remember that you can get severely burned by hot sugar. make sure you're wearing long sleeves, and don't go poking your nose near it to see how it smells. don't do anything in haste, and whatever you add, do it drop by drop. if for any reason you need to lower the temp. use boiling water (not room temp. or cold), again very little by very little.

don't let this put you off from making candy. it's actually easy and safe if you use some common sense. i just want to give you a heads up on this, 'cause a lot of "common sense" is learned in hindsight after making mistakes. in this case, a mistake could result in a bad burn if you're not careful. good luck!
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Old 11-30-2006, 10:24 PM   #13
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Would these be considered oil based flavorings?
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:01 PM   #14
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I think those are alcohol based. Check the label gobo, they will list it there.
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Okay, you're right. It's alcohol based. Thanks
I don't know where I can get an oil based flavoring.
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:23 PM   #16
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I use LorAnn Oil Flavorings for my candies. They haven't let me down yet..
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Old 11-30-2006, 11:27 PM   #17
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I've never heard of those.
I think I'll take I look at the Bulk Barn.
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Old 12-01-2006, 12:19 AM   #18
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Hello,
Hum...well I have never heard of not using regular vanilla for candies but I guess I might have never used it for hard candies...mostly for caramels...I don't see a horrible problem but if you try it out just be carefull when you do. Always be carefull when cooking with sugar...I have seen someone get hot sugar all over their hand and it had to be wrapped up for a month because it burned all the skin on his hand...just be carefull.
Look up essential oils online or go to a whole foods store...many times they have some there...

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Alright. Thanks.
I'll check a few stores soon, and then if all else fails, I'll try vanilla.
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Hot Boiling sugar=Confectionery NAPALM
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