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Talking about divinity again made me think about candy thermometers again.  I use those things a lot. I must own 9 or 10 of them.  Walmart sells three different kinds and I have all of them
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Candy thermometer??

posted at 10/24/2012 9:10 AM EDT
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Talking about divinity again made me think about candy thermometers again.  I use those things a lot.
I must own 9 or 10 of them.  Walmart sells three different kinds and I have all of them.
What kind do you have?   Do you like and trust it?   If so, where did you get it?

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posted at 10/24/2012 12:07 PM EDT
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Candy thermometer have one don't use much as it is not good for living in high places  it is off as water boils at a much lower temp

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posted at 10/24/2012 12:09 PM EDT
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I don't have a thermometer.....never had use for one.....any kind of candy I make, I just use the method that my mother taught me about 70 years ago.  Drop a half spoonful of the candy into a glass of COLD water.  If it disappears...it's not done!  If it turns into a ball, proceed with the task at hand.  Works every time!!

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posted at 10/24/2012 2:06 PM EDT
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Darla - that's what my mom used too --- a cup of cold water.   But when I started really cooking I was so much more confident with a thermometer.  I don't think I could get along without one.

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posted at 10/24/2012 4:37 PM EDT
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I have my Grandma's! Love it - works great everytime!!

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posted at 10/24/2012 5:07 PM EDT
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I have the typical glass candy thermometer.  I got it a few years back and I think I have used it once.  My have to try making caramels again just to use it.

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posted at 10/24/2012 7:06 PM EDT
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In Response to Candy thermometer??:
Talking about divinity again made me think about candy thermometers again.  I use those things a lot. I must own 9 or 10 of them.  Walmart sells three different kinds and I have all of them. What kind do you have?   Do you like and trust it?   If so, where did you get it?
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy, I have 6 of them. Always have to have a backup for divinity. I also use
them for butternut toffee and fantasy fudge.  I almost forgot I use them for my
pizza dough!

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posted at 10/24/2012 9:57 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Candy thermometer??:
In Response to Candy thermometer?? : Nancy, I have 6 of them. Always have to have a backup for divinity. I also use them for butternut toffee and fantasy fudge.  I almost forgot I use them for my pizza dough!
Posted by Carol P


LOL LOL -- A backup for divinity ......... me too!  When I'm making divinity I use two at a time.
Butternut toffee ??   Can we have that recipe with lots and lots of instructions?

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posted at 10/25/2012 2:17 AM EDT
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I have to use my candy thermometer for the Almond Roca I make, but I only have one in my kitchen. I use the drop in cold water method for the fudge I make also. The rest of the candies that I make I just go by texture.

Oh boy, Nancy, now you've got me thinking about digging out my Christmas recipes and getting the ingredients ready. lol

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posted at 10/25/2012 2:49 AM EDT
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Hey Verlee ........ I'm sure thinking about making some divinity !  Oh, that sounds good.

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posted at 10/25/2012 9:09 AM EDT
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Oh I had one,i lent it out to a girl on our street and she never returned it.She moved away and I'm betting so did my thermometer.:(

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posted at 10/25/2012 9:47 AM EDT
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i actually have 2 that are just the plain hook-on things
don't use them much
when i make fudge------------it's the one w/ marshmallow cream       out of a bottle and i don't need it for that
and even tho my d.i.l. 's fav is divinity      it requires too much stirring for my hands to tackle
i've told her i'll help her w/ it          but so far  she hasn't asked

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posted at 10/25/2012 12:25 PM EDT
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Nancy not sure about where you are but it is so humid here right now there is no way I would even begin to think about making any candy other than the "no fail fudge".

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posted at 10/25/2012 1:24 PM EDT
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Gale - I'm in east central Missouri, overnight low of 67, now it's a bright day, almost 80* ....... late this afternoon the temp will crash to around 43*, T-storms, rain, and overnight low of 39.  However -- the humidity is fine for divinity.   But I'm lazy.
We measure temps, wind speed, humidity and so on.   I wish we had some sort of thing to measure laziness.

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posted at 10/25/2012 4:19 PM EDT
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In Response to Re: Candy thermometer??:
Gale - I'm in east central Missouri, overnight low of 67, now it's a bright day, almost 80* ....... late this afternoon the temp will crash to around 43*, T-storms, rain, and overnight low of 39.  However -- the humidity is fine for divinity.   But I'm lazy. We measure temps, wind speed, humidity and so on.   I wish we had some sort of thing to measure laziness.
Posted by Nancy G


Nancy I think you were answering Nikki's post? But anyhow we're about the same temperature here in Ohio and yes I'm lazy today and tired

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posted at 10/25/2012 7:07 PM EDT
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You're right Gale .... I apologize to both of you.
And right now it's raining so hard I can't see more than a block ........ and it's now 45!!
 
A great excuse to not make divinity.

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posted at 10/25/2012 8:31 PM EDT
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You're right Gale .... I apologize to both of you. And right now it's raining so hard I can't see more than a block ........ and it's now 45!!   A great excuse to not make divinity.
Posted by Nancy G


No apology necessary.We are @76* now and tomorrow rain and 61* then the rest of the week will be in the 40's I'm thinking there will be no Halloween party on my street next week it's supposed to be in the 40's next week too.Maybe I'll stay in and make some candy myself..

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posted at 10/26/2012 2:59 AM EDT
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Nancy, Here is the recipe for Butternut Toffee:
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnuts chopped fine ( I use a nut grinder)
Topping
1   6 oz. pkg. choc. chips ( semi-sweet)
1/2 cup nuts chopped fine
In a heavy dutch oven pan(5 quart) stir together the sugar, water, butter,
and salt. Put the candy thermometer in the pan, I use medium heat, and
a wooden spoon to stir often. When it reaches 250 degrees, stir constantly
until it reaches 285 degrees. Quickly stir in the cup of nuts and place the
mixture in a 13 x 9 well greased jelly roll pan. Cool. Melt the choc. chips
and spread over the cooled toffee. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of nuts over the
choc. before it cools. When set break into bite size pieces. I use a thin
spatula to lift it a little to get it started so it will break in pieces easier.
Cover with alum. foil.

Note: I'm going to try Nestle's dark choc. chips this year.

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posted at 10/26/2012 6:41 AM EDT
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Thank you Carol ........ I've never tried anything like that.  Now I will!!

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posted at 11/3/2012 9:24 AM EDT
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In Response to Re: Candy thermometer??:
Nancy, Here is the recipe for Butternut Toffee: 2 cups white sugar 1/2 cup water 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup walnuts chopped fine ( I use a nut grinder) Topping 1   6 oz. pkg. choc. chips ( semi-sweet) 1/2 cup nuts chopped fine In a heavy dutch oven pan(5 quart) stir together the sugar, water, butter, and salt. Put the candy thermometer in the pan, I use medium heat, and a wooden spoon to stir often. When it reaches 250 degrees, stir constantly until it reaches 285 degrees. Quickly stir in the cup of nuts and place the mixture in a 13 x 9 well greased jelly roll pan. Cool. Melt the choc. chips and spread over the cooled toffee. Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of nuts over the choc. before it cools. When set break into bite size pieces. I use a thin spatula to lift it a little to get it started so it will break in pieces easier. Cover with alum. foil. Note: I'm going to try Nestle's dark choc. chips this year.
Posted by Carol P


Ready for a stupid question?.......
Can I use pecans or almonds for this rather than the walnuts?

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