So I’ve been meaning to try my hand at some recipe videos, but just haven’t had the time. Video as I discovered today takes about 3 times as long as a normal photoshoot. However, Breaking Bad has been weighing on my mind in the past few weeks (I gather it’s also weighing on the minds of millions around the world as well). So I guess as a sort of a last “Hurrah” to the series, I broke bad again, this time for your audio/visual benefit. This batch was definitely more pure than my 1st one (99.1% I bet!). The trick was to be ultra careful with the blue food colouring.
Breaking Bad Blue Ice Candy
(Yields 3 handfuls)
1 cup granulated sugar (I used caster)
1/3 cup of glucose syrup (or corn syrup)
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon coconut essence (you can use whatever flavour essence you like)
1-2 drops blue food dye (depending on strength of the dye)
Prepare a large shallow baking tray with a sheet of baking paper (you’ll be pouring your mixture onto this).
Add sugar, glucose and water together in a saucepan on medium heat. Stir and make sure sugar is dissolved. Use a wet pastry brush to brush down any remaining sugar crystals from the side of the pan.
Once sugar has dissolved, crank the heat to high. The mixture should reach a bubbly boil. Use a candy/fryer thermometer to keep track of the temp and once the mixture has reached 145C/293F take the pan off heat. This step may take awhile. For me there was a stage where the temperature stayed the same for around 5min. Be patient, the mixture needs to reach that temperature. And watch out, this shizz is liquid napalm, you’d want to keep your face out of it and wear gloves if necessary (truely BB style).
Once off the heat, wait until all the bubbles have popped from the mixture, then add the essence and food dye. Mix well and pour onto the pre-prepared tray. Hold the pan and tilt the mixture until it sets into a thin layer. Work fast, you’ll be surprised how fast rock candy sets.
Once cooled and solidified, smash it into small crystal chunks