Candy & Confectionery Recipes > Acid Drops

How to make acid drops:
A very old fashioned sweet/candy from England. See Cooking with Sugar for information on the tricky process of boiling sugar.


2 cups caster/superfine sugar
1/2 pint water
pinch cream of tartar
caster/superfine sugar for dusting
(see measure conversions for more information)


- Dissolve the sugar and water in a heavy based saucepan.
- Boil, with stirring, to 315oF/155oC or until the syrup is golden brown.
- Make sure the hotplate is no larger than the pan or that gas flames do not rise up the sides of the pan.
- Pour the mixture onto an oiled work surface and sprinkle with the cream of tartar.
- Fold the sides to the centre to mix them together.
- Roll the sugar into sticks, cut it into little drops and roll the drops in caster sugar.