Portuguese Burnt Sugar Candy
This traditional candy is typically enjoyed during the Christmas holiday, but I won’t tell anyone if you make it during the rest of the year. It has a unique flavor and is a whole lot of fun to make. Be careful with the hot sugar when it is melted, it can be very easy to get burned if you don’t practice kitchen safety.
- 1 cup white sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
In a small saucepan, stir together sugar, water, vinegar and honey. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a full boil for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture turns a dark golden brown color. Be careful of the heat, and make sure the mixture doesn’t splash up onto the sides of the pan as it may burn or smoke heavily. If you have a candy thermometer, the temperature should reach 300 degrees F, but the color is a good indicator of when the mixture is ready.
Remove from the heat and pour into well-buttered candy molds, or onto several well-buttered dinner plates. If you choose the plate method, watch for the candy to begin hardening. When the temperature has cooled, but it is still pliable, begin stretching and twisting the candy into long contorted strands and cut into bite-size pieces with kitchen scissors. Store the candy in an airtight container.
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