Dragons beard candy is hand stretched candy pulled into tiny strands of sugar beards. (gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free, vegetarian, egg free, coconut free option)
What is Dragon's Beard Candy?
Old legend says that Dragons beard candy was served to the Emperor's of China. It was said that the Hans dynasty Emperor would eat the candy and the white wisps of candy would get stuck in his beard and resemble the whisks of the dragon. It's also thought that the candy was simply named after the mythical dragon creature.
What is It Made of?
The candy has a very simple ingredient list:
- Corn Syrup
How to Prepare
You will heat the sugar, water, corn syrup and vinegar until it reaches a certain temperature. Then you will allow the mixture to cool before pouring it into a silicone mold to finish cooling completely.
Once it's cooled you will drop the candy in cornstarch, then stretch it out to make long strands of beard.
What Additions Do You Add to the Candy?
This is totally optional but there are some additions you can add to the candy including:
Your Dragon's beard candy can be stored in an airtight container for a week or two.
Tips, Recipe and More!
First, candy is my nemesis. Next to steak. So I'm going to give you the recipe site we went to make it. Tastemade had the simpliest instructions and prettiest pictures making it simple and easy to make with the kids. Who first found it on TikTok and then HAD to make it!
The mold is also important. We used this silicone round donut pan mold to place our dragons beard syrup into.Silicone Round Donut Candy Molds
- We thought the candy was a little bland. So we added ½-1 tsp of flavoring and it made it much better to eat the candy.
- You also do not need to add the the dye. Traditionally it was not made with any dye.