Whether you’re planning a casual beach bbq or a swank city dinner party, put a creative spin on dessert with these whimsical treats dreamt up by contributor Shauna Sever from her latest book, Real Sweet. A handful of simple ingredients combine to create this deliciously delicate candy cloud that’s sure to surprise and delight guests of all ages!
To create: Prepare an area to spin the sugar. Gather 2 long-handled wooden spoons and lay them at the edge of the countertop with 10″ of overhang. Weigh the sticks down with something heavy. Cover the entire floor surface underneath your workspace. Coat the sticks with nonstick cooking spray. To make the sugar syrup, combine 1-1/4 cups of turbinado sugar, 1-1/4 cups of maple sugar,1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1/8 tsp of salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir gently until sugar is dissolved and syrup comes to a boil. Clip a candy thermometer and increase the heat until it reaches 310°F. Immediately stir in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Remove pan from heat carefully and place near sugar spinning set-up. Take 2 forks and hold them back-to-back. Pull the forks out of the syrup and hold them 12″ above the pan. The syrup should resemble a honey-like consistency with spider web-like threads flying off the sides. Swing the forks back and forth about 10″ over the sticks. Beginning at the end of one side of the sugar strands, carefully gather them and begin rolling them up towards the sticks. Gently lift the stands as you continue to roll up the cloud of spun sugar, winding down the second side of the sticks, until all the sugar strands have been collected. Insert a paper straw into the cloud of sugar. Continue to spin the remaining syrup.