Ribbon Candy Crafts
Although many find it way too sweet and sticky, ribbon candy has long been a holiday staple. This thin hard candy was invented in Massachusetts by F. W. Washburn c. 1856. While still warm, the candy is crimped into shape, giving it a ribbon appearance and a glossy shine. Popular flavors include spearmint, cinnamon, orange and lime.
A couple of quick crafts for last minute holiday fun.
And for good measure, I’ll include a recipe.
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
2 Tablespoons corn syrup
3 drops flavoring
2 drops food color
Combine sugar, water, and corn syrup in a saucepan. Stir over med-low heat until sugar is dissolved. Stop stirring and continue cooking until soft-crack stage (290 degrees F). Scrape sides of pot to dissolve sugar crystals.
Remove pan from heat; let stand for 3 minutes until all bubbles have disappeared. Stir in flavoring and coloring.
Pour syrup onto a nonstick cookie sheet. Cool until it is easy to work with (about 10 minutes). Turn up edges of candy with a spatula.
Tear off pieces, pull them like taffy until they are light and shiny. Fold each piece back and forth, curl around a wooden spoon handle until it looks like folded ribbon. Let cool completely and wrap in plastic wrap.
Hope you’re having a very sweet season of holiday surprises!