How to Use a Candy Thermometer

To make a successful batch of candy, you need the precise temperature, consistency, and timing during the cooking process.


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You Will Need

  • A candy thermometer that reaches 400 degrees Farenheit
  • A pan
  • A candy recipe
  • Candy supplies


  1. Step 1

    Check for accuracy

    Check the thermometer for accuracy by clipping it to a pan filled with water. After the water has boiled for 10 minutes, the thermometer should read 212 degrees.

  2. If the reading is not 212 degrees, figure the difference for the correct temperature.

  3. Step 2

    Follow candy recipe

    Follow a candy recipe as directed. Mix ingredients to a boil.

  4. Step 3

    Clip on thermometer

    Clip the thermometer to the side of the pan. The thermometer bulb should not touch the bottom of the pan.

  5. Step 4

    Cook to desired temperature

    Read the thermometer at eye level and cook the candy to the desired temperature.

  6. Step 5

    Remove from stove

    Remove the pan from the stove when it reaches the desired temperature. Continue with the candy recipe. Carefully remove the thermometer and let it cool before washing.

  7. Did you know? White chocolate has no caffeine, but has the highest fat and sugar content of all chocolate.