1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Candy Making Chart

Temperatures for Cooking Confectioneries

By

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.

Cashew Brittle

Photo © 2010 Carroll Pellegrinelli, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Some cooks prefer to use a candy thermometer and some prefer to use the old-fashioned cold water way to test the doneness of candy. Below there are directions for both.

Look at the bottom of this chart for several candy recipes just for you.

Thread Stage - begins at 230 degrees F. - Makes a long thread when dropped in cold water.

Soft Ball - 234 degrees F. - Forms a soft ball that doesn't hold its shape. Cream candies, fudge, fondants are done at the soft ball stage.

Firm Ball - 246 degrees F. - This ball will only flatten with pressure. Divinity and Caramels.

Hard Ball - 250 degrees F. - This ball will hold its shape when pressed. Taffy.

Soft Crack - 270 degrees F. - Separates into bendable threads. Toffee and Butterscotch.

Hard Crack - 300 degrees F. - Becomes brittle. Peanut Brittle.

Caramelize - 310 degrees F. - Sugar turns dark.

Use Your Candy Thermometer with These Recipes

Candied Apples
Chocolate Truffles
Pralines
Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake
Popcorn Balls

Thermometer-Free Candy Recipes

Gourmet Chocolate Covered Nuts
Ginny's Peanut Brittle
Marble Bark
Peanut Butter Fudge
Crunchy Fudge
Walnut Fudge

More Candy Recipes

Related Video
Candy Cane Fudge
Caramel Candy Apples

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.