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Making chewy candy without corn syrup is possible by using alternative sweeteners and binding agents. Here’s a recipe for chewy candy without corn syrup:

How to make chewy candy without corn syrup

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Course candy
Cuisine South African


  • - 1 cup granulated sugar

    - 1/2 cup honey

    - 1/2 cup water

    - 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

    - 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    - Food coloring (optional)

    - Powdered sugar or cornstarch (for dusting)


  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, honey, water, and lemon juice. Stir the mixture over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved completely.
    2. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan, making sure it doesn't touch the bottom. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it simmer until it reaches the "hard ball" stage, which is around 250°F (121°C) on the candy thermometer.
    3. Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for a couple of minutes.
    4. Stir in the vanilla extract and add a few drops of food coloring, if desired, to give the candy some color. Mix well until the color is evenly distributed.
    5. Prepare a baking sheet or a flat surface by dusting it with powdered sugar or cornstarch. This will prevent the candy from sticking.
    6. Pour the candy mixture onto the prepared surface. Allow it to cool for a few minutes until it's cool enough to handle.
    7. Grease your hands with a little oil or butter to prevent sticking. Begin to pull and stretch the candy, folding it over onto itself repeatedly. This process helps aerate the candy, giving it a chewy texture. Continue pulling and folding until the candy becomes opaque and firm.
    8. Once the candy is sufficiently stretched and firm, roll it into a long rope or shape it into small bite-sized pieces. Cut the candy into your desired shapes using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife.
    9. Place the cut candy pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet or another non-stick surface. Let them cool completely and dry out for a few hours or overnight.
    10. Once the candy has hardened, store it in an airtight container with a dusting of powdered sugar or cornstarch between the layers to prevent sticking.
    Enjoy your homemade chewy candy without corn syrup! Remember, the texture and consistency of the candy may vary slightly from traditional recipes that use corn syrup, but this alternative method should still result in a delicious and chewy treat.



Here are some additional notes and tips for making chewy candy without corn syrup:
1. Sweetener Substitutes: Honey is used as a natural sweetener in this recipe. You can also experiment with other liquid sweeteners like agave syrup or maple syrup. Keep in mind that using different sweeteners may slightly alter the flavor of the candy.
2. Candy Thermometer: Using a candy thermometer is crucial to monitor the temperature of the candy mixture accurately. This ensures that the candy reaches the right consistency. Make sure the thermometer is accurate and properly calibrated before use.
3. Flavor Variations: You can customize the flavor of your chewy candy by adding extracts or flavorings. In addition to vanilla extract, you can try adding almond extract, peppermint extract, or any other flavors you enjoy.
4. Food Coloring: If you want to add color to your candy, mix in a few drops of food coloring after removing the mixture from the heat. Gel food coloring works well, as it doesn't add extra moisture to the candy.
5. Stretching and Folding: When stretching and folding the candy, be careful as the mixture will be hot. Greasing your hands helps prevent sticking, but use caution to avoid burns. Take breaks if needed to let the candy cool slightly before continuing.
6. Drying and Storage: After cutting the candy into desired shapes, allow it to dry and harden on a parchment-lined baking sheet or non-stick surface. This drying process helps achieve the desired chewy texture. Store the cooled candy in an airtight container with powdered sugar or cornstarch between the layers to prevent sticking.
7. Texture and Consistency: The candy made without corn syrup may have a slightly different texture compared to traditional recipes. It might be a bit softer or less elastic. Adjustments to cooking times, temperatures, and stretching techniques can help achieve the desired chewiness.
8. Experimentation: Feel free to experiment with different sweeteners, flavors, and techniques to find the perfect chewy candy recipe that suits your taste. It may take a few tries to get the texture and consistency you prefer.
Remember to exercise caution when working with hot sugar mixtures to avoid burns. Enjoy the process of making your own chewy candy, and have fun creating unique flavors and shapes!


Serving: 50g
Keyword Chewy candy
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