Our family tradition is to make lots of candy and give it away..
What is your Tradition and would you please share pictures and recipes?
It would be nice to have the story behind certain food Traditions if you would like to share..
here is some pictures of making some candy....
carmels and English Toffee..
6 Cups Granulated Sugar
2 cups Corn syrup
2 cups Butter
2 pints Heavy whipping cream
put this in a large pan and with low heat stir it together and melt the butter, then turn the heat to medium and let cook for about 30 minutes at a low boil until the temp reaches 230 degrees.
Then slowly pour in 2 cups Evaporated milk making sure it remains at a steady boil..
now you are going to stay with the candy stiring it constantly,, making sure you don't let the bottom get to hot and burn the candy..
when the candy reaches about 235 degrees, slowly add Nuts if you like.. I add about 5 cups of half walnuts..
continue to stir under medium heat until mixture reaches 242 degrees..
remove from heat and add 2 caps of vanilla...
pour mixture immediatly into a 1/2 sheet buttered pan..
let it cool slowly ( do not put in refrigerator )
it will take several hours to cool so you can cut it nicely with a knife.
you can wrap these with cello wraps, or dip in chocolate..
2 cups Butter
2 cups gran sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons Corn syrup
put in medium pot and melt butter and sugars, then bring to on medium heat.. no need to stir for a while...
When you see the temp get to around 230 degrees, you need to tend the candy by gently stirring to make sure it does not scorch in the pan..
when the candy gets to 295 degrees, and is a deep carmel color,,,
pour onto a buttered sheet pan,,,
spread it out with a spat and then sprinkle some chocolate chips on top of the hot glass like candy.... in a couple of minutes the chocolate will be melted enough to spread out with a spat.. after you have covered the candy with an even layer of chocolate.. sprinkle some toasted slivered Almonds over the chocolate..
put the candy in a cool area.. ( not the fridge though )
it will set up in about a half hour or less..
after the chocolate is set firm.. you can bust it in to bit size pieces..