Sweet travel tips
November 2, 2012 5:45 PM Subscribe
I want to make homemade candy for holiday gifts but am traveling from a semi-humid place to a quite humid one. Help me avoid a sticky mess! +other travel-with-candy tips.
posted by jorlyfish to Food & Drink (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm interested in taking up candy/confection making as a sort of weekend hobby sort of thing, as I have done with baking for a handful of years. I'd like to start testing out recipes to give as Christmas gifts to family and friends. I live in Providence, RI (humidity on a non-rainy day this time of year is around 60% or so) and am flying home to Houston, TX (where the humidity can be up in the 80-90% range, even in winter) for the holidays. I often get off the plane and can feel the humidity change as soon as I'm there. Making the candy in Houston is not desirable.. I only see my family once or twice a year, and I don't want to hide away in the kitchen for a few days to make all of this.
While Providence certainly isn't arid, I'm concerned about the shift in humidity and/or other travel factors making a mess of it. I have done some reading and know some candy can be particularly sensitive to humidity (mostly that you should not be making candy when there is a rainstorm outside, etc.), and I don't want people to open up a tin of goo, or to find goo in my suitcase. Is this a valid concern, or is the change not big enough to warrant me factoring it in when choosing recipes? If it is of concern, are there any types I should avoid - "no marshmallows", "no toffee", etc. would all be helpful.
I'd also like any tips on how to best travel with it. Should I carry it on? Keep it in tupperware til I'm in Houston where I can repackage it into a more gift-y tin/box?