Indulge in the sweet and delectable world of Gibraltar Candy, a beloved traditional treat that has been enchanting taste buds for generations.
This delightful confection embodies the rich cultural heritage of Gibraltar, a small British Overseas Territory nestled at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
With its enticing blend of flavors and textures, Gibraltar Candy captures the essence of the region’s culinary artistry and brings a piece of its vibrant history to life.
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Food coloring (optional)
- Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Prepare the Candy Mixture:
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, water, and lemon juice. Stir the mixture gently to ensure even distribution.
Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. You’re aiming for the “hard crack” stage, which is around 300°F (150°C).
Add Flavor and Color:
Once the mixture reaches the desired temperature, remove the saucepan from heat immediately.
Carefully stir in the vanilla extract and a few drops of food coloring, if desired. Be cautious, as the mixture may bubble up.
Shape the Candy:
Working quickly, pour the hot candy mixture onto a silicone mat or a greased baking sheet.
Allow the mixture to cool slightly until you can handle it without burning yourself.
Forming the Candy:
With lightly greased hands, begin pulling and stretching the candy. Fold it over itself and pull again. This process incorporates air and gives the candy its characteristic texture.
Cut and Dust:
Once the candy has a glossy, opaque appearance, it’s ready to be shaped or cut. You can pull it into long ropes and twist them into shapes, or use candy molds for more intricate designs.
Dust the finished candy with confectioner’s sugar to prevent sticking.
Allow the candy to cool completely before enjoying. Store it in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
Serving Size: 1 piece (15g) Servings Per Recipe: Approximately 20 pieces
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Gibraltar Candy is more than just a sugary delight; it’s a testament to the artistry of candy-making and the cultural tapestry of Gibraltar.
With its captivating flavors and captivating history, this candy invites you to savor a taste of tradition while relishing in its sweetness. Share these treats with loved ones, and let the essence of Gibraltar’s culinary heritage enchant your senses.