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What happens as the candy maker boils the sugar syrup?

What happens as the candy maker boils the sugar syrup?

As a sugar syrup is cooked, water boils away, the sugar concentration increases, and the temperature rises. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball.

How long does it take to reach hard crack stage?

Continue boiling, uncovered, not stirring the mixture but shaking the saucepan occasionally to distribute the heat as the mixture turns amber in about 9 minutes, then darker amber as it registers 305 degrees on the thermometer (hard-crack stage ), about 3 minutes longer.