Halloween always calls for candies and what better way to celebrate than making homemade candies? This Mary Jane candy recipe will provide you with the perfect step-by-step instruction to help you make good candies.
The best part is, you don’t have to make them only during Halloween, and you can make them whenever you want to. The process is not that complicated that you will feel like giving up in the middle of the process. It is a very easy recipe that you can follow through to the end and enjoy your candies.
How to Make Mary Jane Candy?
You surely have little children come up to your door during Halloween for “trick or treating”. Candy prices are sometimes hard to bear for a large amount of candy.
So, this recipe to make delicious little treats of Mary Jane peanut butter taffy will definitely help you out. You can have these candies during any other occasion or just as a regular treat you keep to enjoy something sweet whenever you like.
The process requires pretty basic ingredients to make these delicious little treats. The basic elements to create the base are sugar, water, and syrup. These are ingredients that can be found in abundance. You can get these ingredients in any local grocery store or departmental market.
As for the other ingredients, you will find them in those stores where you will be getting the basic ingredients. But you may have to consider the choices you will get there. Or you can just order those things online and have them delivered right to your doorstep.
So, here is the peanut butter taffy recipe to make delicious and sweet candies.
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Mary Jane Candy Ingredients that You Will Need Are:
One Cup of Granulated Sugar
Three Tablespoons of Molasses
One Cup of Light Corn Syrup
One-Third of a Cup of Water
Half a Cup of Peanut Butter
One-Fourth of a Cup of Powdered Sugar
One Egg White
One-Fourth of a Cup of Cornstarch for Dusting
Method of Preparing the Mary Jane Halloween Candy Step by Step:
Step 1: In a medium saucepan, mix the water, corn syrup, and sugar. Stir constantly while it simmers, till the sugar begins to boil, then continue to cook, checking the temperature with a candy thermometer.
In a microwave-safe bowl, beat the egg white until firm and forms peaks when the sugar reaches 240 degrees or the soft-ball stage.
Half of the beaten egg white should be discarded. (This recipe just requires half of an egg white, which is simpler to divide when beaten to a liquid consistency.)
Step 2: Now, all you need to do is stir in the molasses. Continue the procedure until the sugar reaches to the hard-ball stage at the temperature of 265 degrees F, and then pour the mixture into the egg white in thin streams while mixing on low speed with an electric mixer.
Using the mixer will ensure a good chance of the ingredients being mixed well. Besides, it saves you the hassle to manually do it. After 3 to 4 minutes of beating, pour half of the mixture into a buttered 9×9-inch baking pan and chill for 5 to 10 minutes.
Step 3: Mix the peanut butter and powdered sugar in a bowl. On top of the hardened candy, spread a thin layer of the peanut butter mixture. Microwave the remaining candy mixture on high power mode for a minute, it should soften by then.
Step 4: Over the peanut butter layer, pour the softened candy which you just microwaved. Turn the candy out onto a surface (preferably the kitchen counter work station) sprinkled gently with cornstarch when it is cold but still malleable.
It may be approximately around 20 minutes. Roll the candy to about one-fourth of an inch thick with a cornstarch-dusted rolling pin. Cut the candy into one or half-inch-sized rectangles using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife to make the Mary Jane peanut butter taffy candies. Store, serve, and enjoy!
The recipe includes cornstarch but if you are worried it may not be an optimum option for dusting the candies, you can always use a little bit of powdered sugar along with the cornstarch.
This will get you properly dusted candies with even flavor and texture. The candies will be a great addition to the store-bought ones. Because homemade candies and treats are always more special than the typical store-bought candies.
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