Make “Junk” Food into “Good” Food

Okay, so even if you could define Junk Food; you really can’t make any food GOOD or BAD aside from using the terms in relation to how any particular food affects your body’s system (For example; I am now starting to consider Wheat a BAD food since it wreaks havoc on my digestion for hours!)
However, I was trying to look up the ingredients in Jolly Ranchers to see if there was any gluten in the ingredients and got an awesome recipe that I wanted to share for home-made ones!  After all, once you take a “Junk” food and turn it into a “Home-made” food; it’s no longer “BAD” for you.  (Again, no. But you’re still welcome to enjoy the recipe! Just don’t think it somehow makes you a martyr for not eating the store-brand.)
The notion that the nutritional value of food is directly proportional to the amount effort the housewife spends on preparing it, is widely accepted. Thus, coffee prepared from whole, roasted, coffee beans (which the housewife herself has ground to powder) is nutritionally better than instant coffee. Coffee, on the other hand, prepared from dandelion roots, picked and roasted by the hostess herself, is better still; it is, indeed, classified as nothing less than a “health”-food, as is home-baked bread, home-grown beans, and home-cultivated honey. This principle is, in fact, of such fundamental and overwhelming importance that the “junk-food” epithet of almost any childhood delicacy can always be counteracted by the expenditure of enough time and physical effort in the kitchen. Thus a home-baked cake is seldom called “junk”, whereas the factory-baked variety invariably attracts this label.
Okay so home-made doesn’t REALLY have an more of an intrisic value than the store-bought product.  But if you still wanted to make some hard candy without the added chemicals then here’s the way.  The first part is the list of ingredients in the actual store-candy.  The rest is the recipe!
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Contains 2% or Less of: Malic Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavor, and Artificial Color (Red 40, Blue 1, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6).

Or make your own with out the chemicals:
All you need is a little corn syrup, sugar, water, and flavoring. Just a little amount of money can create pounds of your own jolly ranchers [hard candies].

What You Need
A bag of sugar [You will need 2 cups]
A bottle of light corn syrup [you will need a 2/3 cup]
Water from the sink [3/4 cup]
Bottle Flavoring/Extract of your choosing
No Stick Aluminum foil

Time to Cook
In a sauce pan, mix together all ingredients except for the flavoring. Heat mixture to 250o F or just before boiling. Allow the mixture to slowly heat to around 295o. This temperature is required for the mixture to fully harden as it cools. If you do not have a candy thermometer [likely], take a cup of cool water and repeatedly test the mixture by dropping a small sample into the cup. The syrup dropped in the water will harden soon after. At this time your mixture is ready to be removed from heat.

On removal from heat, begin to mix in the flavoring. The amount of flavoring required varies by type of flavor. Pour generous increments of flavoring in the mixture [be careful as the hot mixture will react to cool flavoring] and test the mixture after each increment by pouring a sample of the mixture [now with flavor] into your cup of water. Test for taste. Once you have reached your desired flavor begin to pour mixture onto trays lined with no stick aluminum foil.

After this step, you must now wait for the mixture to cool [can be placed in refrigerator]. No Pam or butter lining is necessary if you use ‘no stick’ aluminum foil. Once mixture cools all you must do is break it apart [will have irregular pieces].

That’s it!!! Now you have your own home style jolly rancher hard candy.

Now enjoy! 🙂

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