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Acid Drops are a hard candy or confection made very sour through the addition of acid. Citric acid and tartaric acid are commonly used.
Ingredients[edit | edit source]
- 2 cups (480 mL) sugar
- 1 cup (240 mL) water
- ½ tsp (2.5 mL) cream of tartar
- 1 Tbs. (15 mL) citric acid 
- powdered sugar
Procedure[edit | edit source]
- Bring the sugar, water and cream of tartar to boil over medium-low heat. Stir gently until syrup reaches 310ºF (155ºC/hard crack stage) or is pale brown. Syrup should harden completely when dropped on to a cold plate and snap between the teeth when cold.
- Pour the mixture onto an oiled heatproof work surface, and sprinkle with the citric acid.
- Use a greased spatula to fold in the sides and thoroughly work the acid in.
- When the candy is cool enough to touch but still pliable, roll it into sticks and snip off drop-sized bits.
- Sift powdered sugar onto the candies, and shake to coat.
- Allow to cool and harden completely. Store in an air-tight container.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- In the United States, citric acid is available from some Armenian and South Asian grocers, and on-line from cheese-making suppliers.