Hard candy woes... boiling too fast
I just joined this forum, b/c I am in such desperate need of help!
I am trying to make lollipops, and after three attempts, just can't get them to work. Try one, despite no mixing, no sugar drips on the side of the pan, and my candy thermometer, the syrup started boiling up until it was over the side of the pot! I got it to hard crack, by turning down the temp, but it was all a foamy mess. Try two, I kept the temp lower, just what was needed to boil, and cooked it for nearly an hour! It managed to caramelize, and practically burn without ever getting to hard crack--the lollipops were bitter, and they would sort of bend with pressure. Trial three went like trial one, at a higher temp, the syrup got hot without burning, but it was almost foaming over.
Any help? I see that the very last posted thread was similar, but the solution of turning down the temp might help with carmilization, but not with this weird foam problem, I think?
I am using a large pyrex pot, a gas stove and metal or wooden spoons.
any help would be sooooooo much appreciated! thanks