Saturday, November 20, 2010

Ginger Candy

My sweet husband has been trying to find solutions to help me feel better. Upon realizing that drinking peppermint tea and sucking on lemon drop candies (not together) both help some, and then reading that ginger is supposed to help soothe morning sickness, he decided to combine all three. And he made me some ginger-peppermint-lemon hard candy to suck on.  So far it hasn't "cured" me, but it has helped so that I'm not actively throwing up all day long.  Which was kind of putting a damper on my teaching.  Bonus:  These candies are delicious!
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My sleepy face, ready to eat my delicious candy
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1/3 cup freshly minced ginger
1/3 cup fresh mint
splash of lemon juice
1 1/2 cups water
2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup

  • Take the minced ginger, fresh mint, and lemon juice and put it in 1 1/2 cups water. 
  • Boil it, then let it simmer for 20 minutes. 
  • Strain out the ginger and mint, and add water if needed to the liquid to make a cup. 
  • Put the liquid in a 3 or 4 quart saucepan (nonreactive material such as pyrex or steel) with sugar and corn syrup. 
  • Put a candy thermometer in and bring it to a boil, stirring. 
  • Lower the heat until the liquid is at a steady simmer, and don't stir it at all. 
  • If crystals form along the sides of the pan, wet a basting brush or pastry brush with water and wash down the sides with it. 
  • Grease a 7x10 metal pan with vegetable shortening. 
  • When the liquid reaches about 290-300 degrees on the thermometer, spoon out a small bit and drop it into cold water. 
  • If it's hard, not chewy at all, it's ready to take off the heat and pour into the pan. 
  • Let it cool in the pan for a bit, and when its solid enough to hold the mark, score it with a knife to make it easier to break into pieces. 
  • Let cool completely, remove from the pan and break up, then toss with powdered sugar so pieces don't stick together. 
  • Store in an airtight container in a cool place.


The Harkers said...

what a sweet husband! :)

Sustainable Eats said...

If he can make candy just imagine how good he'll be at diapers! And you should check out sea bands which you can get at Bartell's. They are like sweatbands you wear on your wrists with a pressure point dot on the part that controls nausea. I wore them while pg or on boats and they really help. Hang in there!

Anonymous said...

What a sweet husband! Sorry you are feeling sick, hope it passes soon! Love you guys! Carina