DRAGON’S BEARD CANDY Hand-pulled Cotton Candy Recipe – FAILS Included!
Greetings my beautiful lovelies. Hello its Emmy. Welcome back. Today I’m going to be attempting to make dragon’s beard candy.
Now this candy has been requested by so many of you so I am here today
to finally attempt it. And if you’re not familiar with this candy, it is a hand-pulled candy where you take a solid
puck of hard candy and you transform it from something that looks like a noodle into something that looks so fine
it’s like hair, or a dragon’s beard.
So this candy is said to have originated in China,
but is made in many different countries and it goes by many different names including Pashmak and Kkultarae.
So today I’m gonna be making the most basic white
traditional form — I’m not even gonna add any food coloring and I’ve watched several videos —
shout out to Clifford and Corrine and Jen for doing all the legwork for me. So, hopefully this will be you know, relatively manageable
So, this is really simple:
basically we’re going to be making a syrup that we’re going to cook down to a very specific
temperature and stage of sugar. Now sugar is pretty amazing:
if you heat it up and get it to a certain temperature it changes its solid state
We’re gonna be cooking this particular syrup to about 170 degrees, which is the hard ball stage
But it’s gonna act a little bit more like a taffy because we’re going to be stretching it.
So this is what’s very interesting about this. Also the technique of making the actual candy is
fascinating. I’ve watched so many videos of Korean vendors in particular doing this in front of people and it’s
fascinating and mesmerizing,
and so satisfying to see the math of
one ring becomes two, becomes four, becomes eight, becomes sixteen, becomes thirty-two. And then you get to see a visual representation of
exponential growth, or compound interest like “yeah, all right, I get it. Exponents.”
Anyways geeking out a little bit too much about this. Let’s go ahead and make this syrup. Two cups of sugar.
And put it into our saucepan
I’m going to add a quarter cup of
light corn syrup
Spatula and get every little bit of that. This is the interesting ingredient. We’re going to add 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar
One cup of water.
So now we’re gonna heat this up on medium heat and-
we’re gonna bring this up to 268 degrees and then we’re going to turn off the heat because then it’s gonna
Have some heat inertia and bring it up to 271 degrees
That’s the temperature we want it at. So a candy thermometer is pretty important in here.
I picked this up for about ten dollars, really inexpensive, and I actually use it a lot
So recommend doing that. Now we’ve got it to a boil. It actually smells very vinegary. (Laugh)
Hmm, vinegar steam bath, lovely. Actually had dragons beard candy for the first time, I think was in one of my Emmy eats Korea videos
I’ll put the link down below.
I haven’t done the Emmy eats video in a long time. But if you want to see me eat lots of international treats
I will put the link down below and also put a link to a map that shows you all the countries that I’ve eaten
in my Emmy Eats series. Super fun, super fun.
You learn so much about a culture through its food. While this is cooking go and take a brush
We’re going to rub the sides of the pot with some water and that’s going to remove any
Crystals that have formed on the outside crystals of sugar now
we don’t want those crystals of sugar to enter the syrup because that can act like a seed and
Threaten to crystallize the whole pot of syrup. So I will be back when this gets to
Bubble bubble toil and trouble.
So my syrup has come up to temperature and here we are now now we’re gonna let it cool to about 212 degrees
So it doesn’t melt our plastic takeout containers
we’re going to pour the hot syrup into this and the reason why is
The sugar is going to harden and it will come free of this plastic container pretty easily so we can just kind of squeeze it
out. So before we can work it into a candy, we’re going to allow the syrup to harden almost completely.
It should still have some give to it but it should still be pretty firm.
So many of you think that I am perfect and I am far from it.
I have editing on my side and there are plenty of bloopers if you watch my videos to the very end
You’ve probably seen some of them. At any rate the first batch of syrup that I cooked, I let go too long.
It went to about 300 degrees. It’s getting close to the hard crack stage. It is at the hard crack stage.
Rather than throwing this out,
I poured the syrup onto a Silpat sheet and then I divided it into two blobs and it is cooled down
Quite a bit and is quite malleable.
I cannot make Dragon’s beard candy with this because it is overcooked. Candy will be the wrong texture.
But I think what is interesting is I think this might actually be the texture in which I can blow the candy.
I want to share my failure with you because a lot can be learned from it. In fact, that’s how we learn, right?
This is a pure experiment. I’ve never done this before take some of this and wrap it around something.
Yay! Look at that, I got a balloon. I got a balloon. So awesome. Lesson learned: Is that don’t throw away your failures.
Don’t be discouraged because you could discover something new. Awesome. I have a big tray of-
Here we go.
When I watch the Korean vendors doing this, they had a special little wooden awl they used. It almost looked like a citrus reamer
But it was flat and they poked right into the middle of it
now we’re just gonna work this so lots of squeezing and lots of
I love that sound. Can you hear that?
Oh, not good. So, that was too hard. Let’s try that again. To start shaping this ring.
Ring. Then we’re gonna twist.
And now we have four. Oh, I very-
Cleverly wore a black shirt
Not very clever. Twist, back together again.
Now we have eight. This takes some strength. And definitely some patience. Oh, I just broke mine.
See, this is not working.
This does not look like a beard. Moustache?
Beautiful dragon sweet candy, isn’t it gorgeous? Look, it looks just like edible hair.
Like, if you have like stalagtites for hair. Alright, so I’m gonna try this again.
I’m not gonna cook it for as long.
And, I might not be wearing black.
Greetings my lovelies. I am back, so last night around 11 o’clock
If you follow me on instagram
You probably saw my stories that I cooked up another batch of this syrup.
This is the third batch of this syrup.
This is becoming, like, worse than jiggly cheesecake in terms of just the level of, you know, a names I
made sure I carefully monitored the temperature and as it was heating I did it slower, and then as it got closer
to the 268 degree range I turned off the heat and removed from the heat and it still went up a little bit
But it didn’t climb above like it did on my second batch
And I think that’s what the problem was, is that it actually went above 270 degrees started to go into the hard crack stage.
Which made the syrup too brittle to stretch.
That’s my hypothesis at least.
That’s just the way it goes, right?
Now, this is gonna take some muscle.
All right. Now, we want to try to apply as even pressure as possible because we want to maintain this
shape and make sure that it’s equidistant and centered.
Feels better already.
Doo doo doo. Driving the car. Okay, stop it.
I don’t want to do this too quickly because I don’t want to thin this out
Too thin in certain spots and have it be too thick in other spots. So we have a ring, it’s probably about-
15 inches across. Now we’re going to twist it-
And double it up. So from two, we have four. So, with every twist we’re going to be doubling this
Twist, figure eight, pull together. Now we have eight. Love this.
Make sure we keep dusting because we don’t want these to stick as we’re pulling. It’s amazing is if you do this more
It becomes easier to pull them.
It’s getting kind of messy. Alright, doubling it again. So we’re at 256.
Doubling it again.
Now we’re at 512.
512 do it again and this is —
1024. And now it becomes really easy to stretch once you get it really thin. Twist and pull.
2,048, pull, twist, keep pulling.
Now we’re at 4,096. Man. This is awesome. Two more turns.
8,192. This is my 13th twist and pull.
All right, this is so awesome!
Look at that. Okay, and now, final pull.
Definitely not perfect, but this is 16,384 strands.
I love it, it is so…
awesome! I did it. I’m so happy.
So this candy is very sensitive to humidity, and we have a thunderstorm coming in,
so it is very, very humid.
So it’s going to be very important to use a lot of cornstarch and then use pair of chopsticks to kinda
twirl it ever so gently.
And that’ll be a serving. And then tear it.
So now that everything is covered in cornstarch, let’s give our dragons beard candy a taste.
All right, I’m gonna try this little dainty one that looks like a little cocoon. Here we go. Ah
It’s absolutely delightful. It has such a wonderful texture. It has that same familiar melt-in-your-mouth
Consistency of cotton candy, but it’s a little bit more substantial.
There’s actually a little bit of a chew to it, a slightly kind of taffy-like feeling but it just kind of all
dissolves. And although we didn’t flavor this with anything. This has still got some flavor to it.
It’s a little bit caramelized because we have cooked the sugar to a pretty high temperature,
so it’s got a slightly caramelled flavor the bit of vinegar in there does not make this tangy at all
It actually makes it less sugary, which is nice
But it’s not at all unpleasant. It’s really really delightful. I think for me mostly it’s about that melt away
simultaneous chewy texture.
Delightful. Alright, thank you guys so much for watching. I hope you guys enjoy that one
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