Here’s the thing about ginger candy.
It’s misshapen and the color is weird. It’s like those animals that look all prickly and freaky because they want their predators to know that they pose a threat. Ginger is the stone fish of candy.
Except ginger candy isn’t poisonous. Okay maybe that’s not a good analogy after all.
It’s looks won’t win any awards but the taste certainly will. This is what I like to call a grown-up candy. Don’t give this candy to kids and expect them to like it. It doesn’t taste like the ginger candy that’s sold in the packaging with the cute little ginger dude on the front. This recipe has a kick to it. A chewy, delicious kick in the tongue.
Recipe from Ming Tsai -The Food Network
Makes 25-30 pieces
- 1 1/2 cups ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1 3/4 cups vegan refined sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
The original recipe also includes directions for making ginger ale from the syrup left over after cooking the ginger, which I think is a great idea. How cute would it be to receive a gift of homemade ginger ale and ginger candies?
The first step is to peel and chop your ginger. Peeling ginger seems daunting, but I promise it’s not. The skin is very thin and you can use a spoon to scrape it off.
I like using a spoon in place of a knife or vegetable peeler because you save more of the ginger this way.
Once your ginger is peeled, chop it up into pieces that are a little bit bigger than bite-size. They’re going to shrink down when you cook them.
Preheat your oven to 225 degrees Fahrenheit.
In a small pot, bring the ginger, water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to a slow simmer.
Allow the mixture to simmer until it is reduced by about fifty percent. You’ll know it’s done when a thick syrup is formed. It will take roughly 20-30 minutes.
Remove the ginger and coat in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.
Spread the pieces out onto a baking pan lined with aluminum foil and bake for 2-3 hours, until the ginger dries out. You want them to be dry but chewy, so test a piece after 2 hours, and then in 15 minute increments, until you reach the desired consistency.
Remove the candy from the oven and allow the pieces to cool to room temperature before biting into them.
Oh one more awesome thing about making these candies – your kitchen is going to smell so good!