This is my late mother's recipe for cream candy like that in a Blue Monday.
- 3 cups sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup cream
- pinch of baking soda
Combine the ingredients in a heavy, greased sauce pan. Heat, stirring until boiling. Cook covered about 3 minutes until the sides of the pan are washed free of crystals.
Remove the cover and cook without stirring to the hard ball stage (262°F).
Pour the mixture over a buttered marble slab. Let cool enough to handle easily. Cut into short ropes, grease your hands with butter, and pull the candy (fold it over on itself and pull, fold again and pull...) about 15 minutes until it begins to set (it will begin to lighten as it does).
Cut into pieces (about 1-1½ inches long) with well buttered scissors.
Wrap the candy pieces in foil and store in a closed tin.
After it has set, you may also cover the candy with dark chocolate if desired.