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How to Dissolve Hard Candy

Updated April 17, 2017

Hard candies are sweet foods made almost entirely of sugar and some flavouring. These candies are made by dissolving sugar in boiling water and allowing the sugar to reach an extremely high temperature. When you put these candies in your mouth they dissolve as you eat them, but if you need the candies dissolved before consuming them, a different process is needed. You can easily dissolve the candies for use in recipes or other preparations.

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  1. Fill a saucepan with water and set the covered pan on a high flame. Leave the water on the flame until it comes to a full rolling boil.

  2. Measure how much candy you need to dissolve in a large measuring cup. Pour all of the candies without their wrappers into the cup and check the measurement on the side of the cup.

  3. Multiply the amount of hard candies in the cup by 2 to calculate the initial amount of water needed. For example, if you have 2 cups of hard candies, start off with 4 cups of boiling water.

  4. Pour the starting amount of boiling water into the measuring cup on top of the candies. Stir the water and the candies together thoroughly.

  5. Stir the candies continuously until they are dissolved completely in the water. If the water starts to cool down, add an additional ½ cup of boiling water at a time until the candies are dissolved.

  6. Tip

    You can use liquids such as brandy or other flavoured drinks to give the dissolved candies extra taste for your recipe.


    To prevent burns, don't touch the melted candies until the water cools.

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Things You'll Need

  • Saucepan with cover
  • Water
  • Large measuring cup

About the Author

Jim Stewart

Based in Princeton, N.J., Jim Stewart has been writing travel- and business-related articles since 1987. His work has appeared in “Inc.” and “Business 2.0” magazines and online at Wired. Stewart received the John Goldenberg Award in 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University in Ohio.

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