How to Crush Candies

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Peppermint candies are crushed to use in recipes.
Peppermint candies are crushed to use in recipes. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Hard candies are sweets that have been cooked to the hard-crack stage, making them too hard to chew. They must be melted slowly by the natural heat of the mouth. These candies are also used in various recipes after being crushed. Peppermint candies that are crushed are used to flavor hot chocolates and to give a minty crunch to chocolate candies or coatings. These candies can be crushed using a simple technique.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
  • Plastic food storage bag
  • Hammer, rolling pin or meat tenderizer

Place the hard candies that are to be crushed into the plastic food storage bag and seal the bag.

Lay the bag on the cutting board.

Strike the bag with the hammer, rolling pin or meat tenderizer until the candy is crushed fine enough for your purposes. A light stroke is generally all that is needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • These candies can be crushed between two sheets of plastic wrap, but care must be taken so bits of the crushed candy don't shoot out from between the plastic sheets.
  • Use the crushed candy as soon as possible in your recipe. Crushed candies absorb moisture from the air and will begin to stick together.

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