My daughter is growing in her expertise as a candy maker. Fudge is one of her top items. What is the best POT for this effort? She currently uses one of my heavier cook-pots, I am looking for a 'specialty' pot for her as a gift. Any suggestions?
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I think a clad stainless saucepan is as good as it gets for this purpose.. With any sugar work, stainless lets you see and judge color accurately. A dark non-stick surface makes it more difficult to judge the color. Of course, a thermometer is better than color for the right sugar stage, but color is useful too. Probably 3 quarts/liters is easier to work in than anything smaller. Brand isn't particularly important as long as it's not an unknown. Costco in the US has a clad 3 qt Tramontina in their kitchenware aisle currently that's pretty reasonable.
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We use an all-Clad pot to boil all our sugar. The MC2 is my preference. It's a tri ply with stainless on the inside and solid aluminum core. I think it's the most even heat without hot spots. I used copper for years when I demoed sugar. I don't think they are even close to being as efficient to clad pans.
Now, I'm talking before isomalt.
You've been looking for years? PM me with a shipping address and I'll send you one. It will need a little elbow grease. I have a couple of sugar boxes in my garage that I need to break down and store. I can see copper pots up there.