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Homemade Xylitol Candy
Instructions
Xylitol 25g {approx. 2 flat tablespoons}
Small glass jar {glass not metal or plastic}
Coffee cup warmer {25W read feedback link for more info}
Flavorant {optional}
Parchment paper {aluminum foil is ok, wax paper is not}
Two clothespins or more {just clips of some kind}
This procedure was designed to be cheap and doable without having to buy much of anything. It really is too but if you are someone who just wants to know what to buy to have everything work I added an Equipment link.

Melting Xylitol
Place the xylitol in the glass jar, then heat on the coffee cup warmer, if you are using a lid make sure it is loose so the expanding air can escape or do not cover. The time needed will depend on your model but expect it to take 30 to 45 minutes to melt completely the first time. It's faster the next time after everything is warmed up.

While the xylitol is melting make your pour moulds.

Now that your form is ready when your xylitol is completely melted you can add a flavorant if desired. Adding flavor compounds is what makes this whole process tricky since this is essentially adding an impurity to a substance that wants to crystallize. Adding too much or the wrong thing will produce a syrup that will not harden or some type of quasi amorphous polycrystalline solid

Pouring.
The easy part, pour your liquid goodness into the parchment mould just do Not try and scrape out every last drop. If it doesn't drip out leave it for the next batch. Seriously!

Now walk away ... really ... do something else for 20 or 30 minutes. What you have is a supercooled liquid and you want it to stay that way until it gets close to room temperature. Do NOT try to rush it or blow air over it or any number of clever tricks ... your patience will be rewarded

After 20 or 30 minutes it will be just a little warm and if you look at it it will hopefully be all liquid still. If not don't panic it's probably fine ... but now is the time when you add a little sprinkling of xylitol crystals over the top. Just a pinch over the surface, these are "seed" crystals which will act as nucleating centers to begin crystallization and form the desired hard xylitol candy.

Waiting.
The hard part, it's going to take atleast 24 hours to fully harden and I usually wait 48 hours. Again your patience will be rewarded ... if you crack them open too soon the center will still be liquid. When they are fully set just break into candy sized pieces and enjoy
chemistry  xylitol  sugar_alcohol  melting  candy  food  cooking  crystallization 
12 weeks ago by geekgirl397
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