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Old December 23rd, 2015, 09:10 PM
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Tried to make a batch of coated candy today. I had made the dipping syrup yesterday and I think I did not boil it long enough. It was about 70 brix. I did not see much crystal formation on the syrup or the candies after 6 hours. They seem to have a little crust but not much. Also was only about 60 degrees in the sugarhouse. so maybe a little cool to form good crystals.

The real question is on the drying. Took the candies out, let them drain, patted the syrup off. and then I placed them in a dehydrator on low heat 95 deg F. After a hour they are fairly dry. I am going to leave them in over night. May have little hocky pucks in the morning. Was just trying to short cut the 4- 7 days of dry time! Anyone else try a dehydrator? If so what was your method and did it work?
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I bet 3rdgen has and they tasted like beef jerky.
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I was going to wash the trays!:) I do have to make some more jerky but not at the same time.
Second third and fourth batch of coated candy came out with more crystals and after patting each dry I just let them air dry. Testing one, it did have a exterior nice crunch to it.
Each batch was about 20 1/3 oz leaves. If I was going to do a lot of coating this would have to be sped up.
I will let you know how well I did in about a month!
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Maple coated jerky-now I'm hungry...
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That just might be the ticket. My wife loves bacon soaked in syrup so why not?
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Fifth small batch is in the soak syrup. Most folks say three soaks and then make the syrup into cream? What determines the amount of times this soak syrup can be used?
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