Molasses Deer Lick

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Introduction: Molasses Deer Lick

We've all seen a lot of different types and flavors of expensive deer licks at the store. The main ingredients are usually the same as if you were making hard candy, so I found a few recipes out there for hard candy and used molasses instead of corn syrup. The result was great and the deer love it!!

Ingredients:

-- 2 cups of Sugar
-- 1 cup of water
-- 2-3 tablespoons of butter
-- 1 cup of Molasses
-- 1 tablespoon of salt
 

Tools:

  • Candy thermometer
  • Large pot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large 32 ounce cup (or other substitute for a mold)
  • Stick or large screw (depending on how you want to use the deer lick)

 

Directions:

1. Place all the ingredients in large pot and mix together.

2. Put the candy thermometer in place.

3. Set on medium to high heat and begin to boil.

4. It will need to reach about 270-280° degrees F. or what they call soft-crack stage.

5. Once it gets to 270-280° degrees F., I take it off the burner and let it cool for a while.

6. Before it gets too thick, I will pour into mold.

7. Can put the stick or screw in it probably hour later when it starts to harden.

 

When it gets above 200° F., you will see it start to bubble up a lot. When I first tried this recipe, it kept boiling up too high and I could never get to soft-crack point, then we found another recipe that included adding butter, which was the secret to keeping it from boiling up too high. If it boils up too high, you can try adding more butter. It will get extremely hot, so BE VERY CAREFUL!


Then after cooking it for a while and the water starts to evaporate, it will lower back down and you will see it just simmering in the bottom. I stir it a little bit and just keep cooking it until it reaches 270-280° F. Here is a picture when it’s been cooking for a while.


Finally, as soon as it hits 270-280° F., you can take it off the burner and let it cool for few minutes while you stir it. Then when it cools down a bit, you can pour into your molds. Also, be sure to put some butter or light grease in your mold so it won’t stick. Again, please BE CAREFUL and always use precaution when cooking with high temperatures.



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I made this today.. I doubled the recipe... I added a protein feed additive to the block and I coated both sides with it... I also made one that will screw into a tree... Thanks for the DIY.. I like knowing what is in the attractant that I am putting out. I plan on trying different additives to see what works the best.

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Thank you very much for the pictures and ideas. For sure deer need protein, so that makes perfect sense to me!

made my first one this evening. So far so good. I did forget to greese the container before i poured in the mixture. I have it outside cooling now. I'm gonna put it in the freezer in the morning then try to get it out when i get home tomorrow. Hoping freezing it will make it easier to get it out. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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if you take a foto, we would be grateful if you share it with our members on our website as well. Thanks again

Hmm....I ended up with something closer to caramel than candy. I didn't use molasses...used maple syrup (not REAL maple syrup, though). Any suggestions how to get this to harden? My screw (bolt) ended up falling into it after refrigerating overnight! Ugh...!

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Thanks for your message. How high did the temperature get? You need to get to what they call a hard crack stage. "a small spoonful of syrup is dropped into cold water, and the characteristics of the resulting lump are evaluated to determine the concentration of the syrup. ... At the "soft crack" stage, the syrup forms threads that are just pliable. At the "hard crack" stage, the threads are brittle."

I left mine on the counter but keeping it in the fridge may speed up the process.

To get the mold too harden can you set it in the fridge or just leave it on the counter?

I just did it with Evolved Habitats molasses. I will let you know in the morning how well it worked. I do have to ask when yours hit about 245-250 did it start to smoke, almst like it wanted to burn to the bottom of the pan?

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Thank you, please do let me know how it turns out. When I make it, there is a lot of water evaporating as it gets real hot, but not smoke. I'm curious how it will turn out with the evolved habitat molasses. I don't know what all is in that, so please be cautious.

Here is how it turned out with stock molasses. it's a lot darker. wish I would have used a taller skinnier mold. put a link to this in the description so people know were i got this great idea. I did notice to much sugar makes it really settle in the middle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjG-yjfqR8U

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Glad you had some good results! I have another recipe I will post soon making fortified feed block. I may try using the feed grade molasses in that to see if that works. The recipe is similar to this one but more room for error, so let's see.

I made this recipe last year using black molasses. It was a big hit and drawn in some lovely bucks and doe. this year i been a little more frugal, and purchased feed grade molasses instead of the black strap. I have not yet attempted to try to make the deer canfy with the feed grade...but am curious if anyone else has and how it turned out?

I can understand your frustration and I messed up a few licks until I got the candy thermometer.

My first thought is you may have added too much water. One of our members on our website substituted vegetable oil for the butter and said he had better results as well.

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I'll try that. Thanks for the information

I'm having a problem with getting it to harden. I leave it on the stove top until it gets between 270-280. Would you happen to have any ideas what I may be doing wrong?