Makes: Roughly one pound
Time: 2–3 hours with cooling time
- ¾ cup water
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- Purple food coloring, as needed
- Cornstarch, as needed
- Doughnut-shaped silicone mold
- Candy thermometer
- Mix together the water and food coloring.
- In a pan on medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and vinegar together, but don’t stir.
- Bring mixture to 271°F. Once it reaches this temperature, take the pan off the heat, carefully. Let set until the sugar looks clear with few bubbles.
- Pour syrup into plastic or silicone molds. Cool for 2–3 hours.
- Cover work surface with corn starch. This will make the candy not stick to you.
- Make a hole through the center of the candy. If you used the donut mold, skip this step.
- Hand pull the candy, making sure it is consistently the same thickness throughout. Once the circle is getting big, make a figure eight, fold it over, and continue to stretch. Repeat until you have the amount of strands that you'd like. In just 20 pulls, you'll have 1,048,576 strands!