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Old 09-10-2019, 09:33 AM   #1
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What type of coloring to use for candy making

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Iíd like some input on what type of coloring to use for taffy and hard candy. Iíve been looking to buy some and Iíve noticed that many contain sugar/corn syrup but I was always taught that you should never add anything containing sugar to your candy while itís cooling, because doing so could cause it to sugar (recrystallize). Does anyone have any thoughts on this? Is this true? What kind of coloring is best/worst? Any input is appreciated, thanks Iím advance.


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Old 09-10-2019, 10:35 AM   #2
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I have NEVER made taffy.

But if I did I would probably use gel coloring.

Here's a link to Wilton food coloring gel on Amazon. It says it won't thin frosting so it should be good for taffy? It does contain sugar. Hope this helps.

https://www.amazon.com/Wilton-Icing-...W6SYWT7NR9N0XF
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I've made sugar glass and used regular Wilton food colouring. No problems.

I've never made 'hard' candy per se, but using red food dye when making candied apples has never been a problem either.

The only taffy I've ever made was 'pulled' taffy and it starts as a dark caramel colour, lightens up considerably after pulling. I vaguely remember adding some colour as we pulled it. It was long ago, the only colours available back then were the liquid type. I don't remember it being a problem.

I assume you are thinking of making soft 'salt-water' taffy? I've never made that. Wouldn't even know where to start. Try googling it and see what you come up with.
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Wouldn't you be adding the food coloring while the sugar solution is heating, not while it's cooling?
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GG - Most colours are generally added at the end, especially if you are dividing the recipe for more than one colour.

Mind you, unless you have people helping with extra hands it is a little more difficult for the pulled type as it must be worked fairly quickly.
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GG - Most colours are generally added at the end, especially if you are dividing the recipe for more than one colour.

Mind you, unless you have people helping with extra hands it is a little more difficult for the pulled type as it must be worked fairly quickly.
As you can t, I'm not a candy maker So have you heard about food coloring causing problems if it contains sugar?
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We saw an episode on one of the cooking show channels where the guy was making taffy in a horse drawn trolley. I can't remember for sure, and neither can Craig, but he made the taffy plain and then used extracts and food coloring (we can't remember whether it was gel or liquid), down the middle of some flattened taffy, sealed it, and then started pulling to mix the color/flavor into the plain taffy. It's Roman Candy Company. You might be able to find a video of it.
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We saw an episode on one of the cooking show channels where the guy was making taffy in a horse drawn trolley. I can't remember for sure, and neither can Craig, but he made the taffy plain and then used extracts and food coloring (we can't remember whether it was gel or liquid), down the middle of some flattened taffy, sealed it, and then started pulling to mix the color/flavor into the plain taffy. It's Roman Candy Company. You might be able to find a video of it.
I saw the same technique on the "How Its Made" TV show a few years back..and.. That's the method used by Carousel Taffy and Candy on the wharf on Monterey Bay.. They have been doing so for approx 50 years..

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Of course, we've mostly been talking about taffy, pulled or not. But hard candy might be a different matter. As colour while heating sugar is very important, so it can also be done with your basic 'soft', 'medium', hard crack stages. If you are using that way your colour stages might not be that important.

Again - I don't know, never made 'hard' candy (other than by accident even had to throw out the pan and my mother was NOT impressed when she got home) Things move so quickly once things start to heat up I don't figure you have much choice as to when to add colour.

Hope all this helps the OP.
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