What Is the Soft-Ball Stage?


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The soft-ball stage is a phase in candy cooking when a small amount of syrup gets dropped into cold water, forms a ball and does not keep its shape when pressed. The temperature the candy reaches at this stage is between 235 to 240 Fahrenheit.

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Some types of candy made in the soft-ball stage include fudge, fondant, cream, penuche and maple. Confectioners use the cold-water test to see what happens to a small amount of syrup when it cools. If the syrup holds its shape and is still pliable, it is in the hard-ball stage. If the syrup forms a ball and remains sticky, it is in the firm-ball stage.

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