Candy is kind of the best. And chewy candy is the best of the best, because chewing is so satisfying. I think you will really enjoy this round up of chewy candy recipes.
Some of these candy recipes are my own while others are from around the Internet. All will satisfy your need to chew while you savor!
How to Make Chewy Candy
The most important thing to remember about making chewy candy recipes is the temperature you cook your sugar to has everything to do with the texture of your candy once it cools.
If you don’t cook it hot enough, you’ll end up with a soft candy or even a sauce. If you cook it too hot, you’ll end up with a crunchy candy.
And the worst for dental work: hard candy that turns super chewy and then sticks your teeth together. Yikes!
I have a stages of sugar chart that you should find helpful in figuring out how hot to cook your candy to get the texture you want.
Other Ways to Make Candy Chewy
Aside from the temperature of the sugar, you can also make chewy candies by adding either pectin or gelatin, like for gummy worms, marshmallows or other fruit chews.
The temperature is still important, but the pectin or gelatin adds body and mouthfeel.
What Is the Best Temperature for Making Chewy Candy Recipes?
For other candies that don’t contain pectin or gelatin, the “chewy range” is between about 245F and 270F.
Cook the sugar any hotter, and you’ll end up with super sticky candy that will glue your teeth together (like a Sugar Daddy or an Astro Pop, where it’s pretty hard to begin with but as you chew it gets really, really sticky.)
You May Need…
I’ve been talking about both gelatin and pectin. I don’t use any fancy brands or stuff only pastry chefs can find. These are the ones I recommend:
And there you have it, friends. Ten amazing chewy candy recipes for you to make and enjoy at home, or to give as gifts.
Thank you for spending some time with me today.
Take care, and have a lovely day.