Candy-making wizards, help me save this date candy recipe that didn't set properly (or tell me I'm screwed and should start over from scratch).
I made this recipe
for date loaf candy on Sunday, and while the result tastes delicious, the humidity that day + non-digital candy thermometer = the mixture didn't harden/set properly, and now it's just a gooey, sticky mess rolled up in waxed paper.
Since I'm making this for a dessert contest at work, I need to have a solution by Thursday morning (that's two days from now).
I believe I have three options:
Reheat the mixture to the proper temp and try again. My candy thermometer read 230 degrees F when I pulled it out, but the recipe calls for 234F; it was starting to roll/boil, and I was paranoid about scorching it so I probably pulled it off the burner too early. Is this feasible to try, or a Bad Idea?
Try to salvage this tasty goo in another format. My gut says that reheating may ruin the taste/texture, so what if I instead stored it in the freezer until it was a bit more solid, then rolled it into small balls, which I could then coat with a layer of crushed walnuts, and then top each one off with a coating of semi-sweet chocolate? I have no idea if this will work, but it sounds reasonable.
Give up and start a new batch from scratch using the remaining raw ingredients I have left over. I'm OK with this, but worried I'll end up with two giant tubes of goo and nothing to show for it in time for the contest.
I've made hard candy before successfully, but nothing like this; if you have other suggestions that aren't listed here, I'm all ears. Thanks, y'all!