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  • BEARBOB
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    Originally posted by kobuk View Post
    I've made a "bear sucker" a few times and I like how it will last all season. When you make yours without corn syrup, are you still making a hard candy? If so, that would be nice to be able to make hard candy without buying that corn syrup.
    Yes hard candy (hard as a rock even after a year in storage).

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  • Rob B
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    Looks like a fun spring time project. Add some heavy twin and make them easy to hang.


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  • Bushwhack Jack
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    I like this idea, I might try it

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  • kobuk
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    I've made a "bear sucker" a few times and I like how it will last all season. When you make yours without corn syrup, are you still making a hard candy? If so, that would be nice to be able to make hard candy without buying that corn syrup.

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  • BEARBOB
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    Correction

    I typed in the second Jello cost as $6.92. it should read $3.92. The totals are correct



    25lb sugar $13.38
    7-3oz jello $3.92
    2 medium lemons 1.04
    Total $18.34 divided by 2.7 gal or $ 6.80 a gal.

    Bearbob

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  • BEARBOB
    started a topic Make bear hard candy for $6 a gallon

    Make bear hard candy for $6 a gallon

    The recipe in the attachment below, is one of the best hard candy recipes for bears I have encountered and have used it a lot.



    https://www.archerytalk.com/vb/showthread.php?t=1197261



    The problem is the cost, which is roughly $19 per USA gallon (prices based on Walmart Anchorage).


    25lb sugar $13.38
    One gallon of light corn syrup $33.66
    7- 3 oz of Jello 3.92


    Total $50.96 which should make approximately 2.7 USA gallons or $18.90 per gallon.


    After experimenting and research, I have come to the conclusion that the corn syrup is not required. Itís main purpose is to avoid crystallization which makes the candy glossy (pretty) and more like the candy you can buy in the store. I have found that the bears do not care if the candy is pretty or fit for sale, as long as it has thousands of calories.
    Having said that and not wanting to risk screwing up the recipe, I also researched and found out you can substitute 12 teaspoons of lemon juice (real lemons, approximately 2 medium lemons) and it will stop the crystallization. (You can also use cream de tartar but I never tried it) .


    In the batches (6-8 full) I have made with lemon, I have not run into any crystallization yet, (again, not that it matters to the bears), the candy is rock hard and my hunting partners have not noticed any difference.


    So cost is now
    25lb sugar $13.38
    7-3oz jello $6.92
    2 medium lemons 1.04


    Total $18.34 divided by 2.7 gal or $ 6.80 a gal.


    I was going to wait till I did some more testing before I posted this but I see that your bear season is approaching (I am in Canada) and I thought you might want to try this sooner and save some money. If you do get crystallization and it is a problem, I would like to know.



    Bearbob

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