Tool: Candy Thermometer
A Candy Thermometer is a tool used to measure the temperature of candy syrups while cooking. It is designed to measure temperatures from as low as 40 F (4 C) up to a high of 400 F (204 C).
Candy thermometers can have a liquid based feature or have a digital display. The liquid based type requires the user to watch the rising line to measure the various temperature stages for heated sugar, while the digital type allows the user to clearly identify the various stages of heated sugar which include soft ball, soft crack, hard crack, very hard ball, thread and caramelized.
A Candy Thermometer is vital in the making of candy to ensure that the desired consistency is achieved at the end of the candy making process. Without one, the end result could be disastrous.