If you have seen the movie Frozen, you know that Princess Elsa has the power to create ice and snow. After something happens in the kingdom, Elsa goes up on a mountain and builds herself a beautiful ice palace to live in.
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You only need a few ingredients to make ice candy. It is very similar to Rock Candy, but much quicker from start to finish. In a big pot, add 3 and 3/4 cups of white sugar, 1 and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup, and 1 cup water. Food coloring and extract flavoring are optional. Start to cook the sugar, syrup, and water on medium heat, stirring to make sure that all of the sugar dissolves.
While you do not "need" a candy thermometer to make ice candy, I "highly recommend" it. The first two times I tried to make this candy, it did not set right because I did not get it hot enough. I had no idea because I could not find my thermometer. Boil the sugar mixture until it reaches 300 degrees, or until it hardens into threads when a dropped into cold water. If you do not get it hot enough, the candy will not harden and set. It looks pretty, but it will be sticky and syrupy no matter how long you wait or how long you refrigerate it. I was successful on my third try. I was actually surprised with how long it took to reach 300 degrees. It confirmed that I took it off the stove way too early the first two time.
Once you reach 300 degrees you can remove it from the heat, and add a few drops of food coloring. For my candy I used liquid blue coloring. I decided not to add a flavor extract. Pour into a cookie sheet with sides sprayed with cooking spray. I could immediately tell it worked on this attempt. It looked like a giant piece of glass. Allow to cool either by allowing it to sit, or put it in the refrigerator.
Because I had used the cooking spray, the candy was easily removed in one piece.
When I broke the candy, I noticed it even looked glass while in pieces. This might not be the "safest" treat to make for real young kids. If your Frozen party is for young guests, it might be best to pour the ice candy into candy molds instead of making it in one sheet.
I left some of the candy in big pieces. These would be perfect to decorate the cake or turn into an ice palace.
The smaller pieces are a good size to serve by themselves. I "filed" down some of the sharper corners with a fine grater. They have a sweet taste and are very easy to bite into and chew. Something that I always seems to do, no matter how many times I tell myself otherwise. I guess I am like the Tootsie Roll Owl from many years ago.
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