Butterball hard candies are a halloween staple. Their popcorn-like fake buttery goodness is so addicting, we’ve almost broken teeth biting them in vain (and dumb) attempts to sate our desire for more of that flavor in a single go. The hard candy melting process is not for the impatient like us. So we decided to make them into soft chewies that we can eat faster, and thus consume more of, in the same time frame.
While this recipe may seem simple enough with only 4 ingredients, we labelled it as difficult because timing is everything. Cook the ingredients too long and the candy will end up too hard to chew—defeating the purpose of this whole exercise (unless you just wanted to add more butter to your candy, which works too). You also have to stretch the candy while it’s still pretty hot and thus soft, so do wear gloves. Not all hands are made to withstand this heat too. Sealing the candies in an airtight container is key to keeping them chewy, and individually wrapping them should help too.