I have to credit my husband, Mr. Rad, for this recipe. When he suggested that we try making ginger chews at home, I flashed back to my original thoughts on making marshmallows at home. Ginger chews are not "food" in my mind. Their ingredients could be spun gold, melted wishes, and Hobbit sneezes for all I know.
The Mister was undeterred, and I sat back skeptically as he made his first batch of chewy candies. Batch #1 was darn close, and my interest was piqued, I was by his side for Batch #2. By Batch #3 we were feeling confident that we had cracked the code on ginger chews. And with that, I share the recipe with you.
Ingredients & Equipment Needed:
Several pieces of fresh ginger
Take 1 cup of sugar and place in saucepan over medium heat. Melt sugar completely until it caramelizes. Add 2 tablespoons maltose and stir together. Add 3 tablespoons fresh ginger juice. Allow mixture to bubble together.
Place wax paper on a large plate or cutting board. Generously sift tapioca starch onto wax paper. With your finger, make gentle depressions in the starch and pour candy mixture onto the depressions. While you allow the mixture to cool, sift a bit more tapioca starch over them.
Once the pieces are cool enough to handle, use a cold knife and cut the candy strips into bite-sized pieces.
Store in an airtight container with ample tapioca starch to keep the pieces from melting together. Enjoy!
Notes: This recipe is a work in progress. If one of you reads this, tries it, and can improve upon it, please share your work! We are open to suggestions!
These ginger chews work wonders on scratchy throats and pesky coughs.
Warning: These ginger chews are similar to the kind you would suck on, not actually CHEW on. Chewing them could cause you to pull out your dentures! Ask my father-in-law...