Sunday, December 19, 2010
Melting Candy Canes
So first some warnings- Melted candy cane is HOT. Don't get it on your skin unless you like some serious burns. Also, keep a close eye on it, so it doesn't burn.
I start with a small non-stick sauce pan. Turn the burner to low, and then put a few broken candy canes in the pan. You could probably crush them, and they'd melt faster, but I have this sick fascination with watching whole pieces of candy can melt. I also don't use any sort of non-stick spray on the pan, since I'm not sure how that would affect the final product.
After bit, you'll see the candy canes start to melt. Let them melt a bit, it'll look like the exterior of the candy cane is starting to melt off, and then take a spoon sprayed with Pam and stir. Stir occasionally until the candy canes are completely melted- it'll look like a thick pink syrup.
To drizzle, you have to work fast, as it hardens quite quickly. You can pour right from the pan, although I almost always use a spoon. Be very careful not to get it on your skin. You'll also find it leave threads, though if you just wait a few minutes, the threads will harden and you can easily clean them up.
To clean up the pot, pour water into the pan, and boil. If there are any sticking to your spoon, stick that in the boiling water as well.