Soft ball stage | candy making (2024)

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…termed in kitchen parlance the soft ball stage, that point between 234 and 240 °F (112 and 115 °C) at which a small ball of the candy dropped in ice water neither disintegrates nor flattens when picked up with the fingers. Butter and vanilla are added as the candy cools,…

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Soft ball stage | candy making? ›

For example, at 235° F, the syrup is at the "soft-ball" stage. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball. Most candy recipes will tell you to boil your sugar mixture until it reaches one of the stages below.

What is the soft ball stage of fudge making? ›

making of fudge

termed in kitchen parlance the soft ball stage, that point between 234 and 240 °F (112 and 115 °C) at which a small ball of the candy dropped in ice water neither disintegrates nor flattens when picked up with the fingers.

How many minutes until soft ball stage? ›

about 18 min to reach boiling. about 40 minutes to reach soft ball stage. 60 minutes to cool.

How do you determine soft ball stage? ›

Using a clean spoon, carefully take a little of the syrup and drop it into the bowl of cold water. Leave to cool for a moment then pick up the ball of syrup. If it's pliable, sticky and can be moulded in your fingers easily, it has reached the soft ball stage and the syrup can be used to make fudge and marzipan.

What degree is soft ball stage? ›

If the candy forms a soft pliable ball, it is in the softball stage, about 235°— 240°F. This is the stage you would cook to if you are making fudge. If the candy forms a firm but not hard ball, it is in the firm ball stage.

Should fudge be soft ball or hard ball? ›

For perfect fudge, the syrup should form a soft ball that can be picked up, but easily flattened. If the syrup is undercooked, drops of syrup will sink to the bottom of the glass in threads or simply dissolve. If the syrup is overcooked, the ball will be hard and difficult to flatten with your fingers.

How do you make a soft ball stage? ›

For example, at 235° F, the syrup is at the "soft-ball" stage. That means that when you drop a bit of it into cold water to cool it down, it will form a soft ball. Most candy recipes will tell you to boil your sugar mixture until it reaches one of the stages below.

How do you test for soft ball stage fudge? ›

You can also test for soft ball stage by using a glass of cold water. When the fudge has boiled for about 10 minutes start to test by dropping a little of the mixture into a glass of cold water. If the mixture forms a thread as it sinks into the water then it needs cooking for a little longer.

At what temperature should you beat fudge? ›

Experience has shown that you should beat the mixture when its temperature ranges from 43°C to 45°C (110°F to 113°F), which normally occurs 15 minutes after the pan is removed from heat. The fudge is warm, but not burning hot.

What to use instead of a candy thermometer? ›

It is easiest to make candy by using a candy thermometer but you can also use the Cold Water Test. The Cold Water Test can also be used along with a thermometer for the most accurate results.

What does sugar look like at 240 degrees? ›

Soft-ball Stage – Your sugar has reached the soft-ball stage when your sugar thermometer reads between 235 and 240 degrees. When you perform the cold water test, your sugar will form a squishy ball and when removed from the water, it will flatten. This stage is ideal for things like fudge and fondant.

How long does it take to boil candy to 300? ›

Heat sugar, corn syrup, and water in a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture is boiling, about 5 minutes. Stop stirring and boil until a candy thermometer reads 300 to 310 degrees F (149 to 154 degrees C), about 25 minutes.

What temperature does sugar brown at? ›

When the sugar rises above 320°F/160°C, the solid crystals begin to melt together into a colorless syrup. Then another 10 or 20 degrees above that, the syrup begins to turn brown, emits a rich, mouth-watering aroma, and adds tart and savory and bitter to its original sweetness.

Can I use a meat thermometer for candy? ›

To make candy or jelly at home, it's essential to have a thermometer that can process particularly high temperatures. Though a meat thermometer might seem like a convenient substitute, it doesn't have the ability to read and process temperature to the same extent that a candy thermometer does.

Do I really need a candy thermometer? ›

Sure, they're great for monitoring the state of sugar for some homemade nut brittle or caramel topping for ice cream, but they can do so much more. A candy thermometer is perfect for deep frying — another notoriously fickle task in a home kitchen.

At what temperature does sugar crystallize? ›

The sugar re-crystallizes into different tex- tures based on temperature. The range extends from 215°F (known as thread stage) up to 310°F (hard crack stage), after which caramelization and burning occurs.

Why did my fudge not get hard? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

Why is my fudge squishy? ›

The amount of time you cook fudge directly affects its firmness. Too little time and the water won't evaporate, causing the fudge to be soft. Conversely, cook it too long and fudge won't contain enough water, making it hard with a dry, crumbly texture.

What is the softball test? ›

Sugar goes through different stages when it is boiled with water. It depends on the temperature. Thread stage is when the sugar is forming threads when pulled between thumb and index finger. Softball is when you drop some sugar in cold (iced) water and it forms a soft pliable ball. Next stage is hard ball and so on.

What temperature is the soft crack stage? ›

What Temperature Is Soft Crack Stage? The candy soft crack stage begins at 270 degrees Fahrenheit (132 degrees Celsius).

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