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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.



<p>Great Instructable! Works awesome.</p>
<p>Thanks! Much appreciated!</p>
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?
<p>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?</p>
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.
<p>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</p>
Haha, great to hear! Thanks for sharing!
<p>Worked well, except that it burnt easily and cracked when I took it out. I also ran out of molasses. I substituted the rest with honey and peanut butter. My suggestions are:</p><p>-Put tin foil in the mold first so you can just pull the block out without breaking it.</p><p>-Keep constant check of the boiling syrup.</p><p>-Experiment. I used different ingredients and the deer loved it. Deer love sweet, salty, crunchy, chewy, so try different stuff.</p><p>Good luck this season.</p><p>P.s. didn't include an image because its all gone.</p>
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.<br><br>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.
<p>I'll try that. Thanks for the information</p>
<p>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?</p>
Thank you for your comment and definitely you could try experimenting with different flavors/ingredients to the recipe. <br><br>You may try substituting a different type of syrup instead of molasses and then try adding the other flavors you mentioned.
<p>I'll be trying this out soon. Do you think you could make apple or peanut butter flavors instead of molasses? Maybe, like substitute apply jelly (or even some other flavor) for the molasses? I'm somewhat familiar with making hard candy but I'm not sure what would work and what wouldn't.</p>
<p>Great Project. This recipe made six Dixie cup.</p>
<p>Wow, those look great! Good job and thanks for sharing.</p><p>Good luck and I'm sure the deer will love it! </p>
<p>How do you remove it out of the plastic cup? Do you coat the cup with anything first?</p><p>I was thinking about making them shallower and putting a long screw through the hole thing so i have the head of the screw open on one end to be able to use a screw gun to put them in hard woods. Do you think they would crack if i screwed it through after they hardened?</p>
<p>Thanks for your comment. Yes, I usually coat my plastic mold with butter or peanut oil.</p><p>I haven't tried applying a screw or other item after it's hardened but I would think it would be difficult, but not impossible. You may be able to find or make your own mold that is the exact shape you are looking for as well.</p>
I don't kno why but I couldn't get mine to set up hard
Its a great product and works great but only problem is the cleaning it hardens to the bottom of the pan
<p>Thanks for your compliment. I've had luck cleaning my large pot with hot water and soap. It usually just takes bit longer.</p>
Wasn't prepared for how high everything boiled up. Nearly had a major messenger!!!<br><br>Mine turned black compared to the caramel colour of yours. Great instructable. Will be hanging it this weekend
Thank you very much for your comment and glad you made it successfully! It does boil up high and I found using a larger pot and putting more butter helps keep it down. Don't be afraid to add a lot of butter.<br><br>One of our members on our website said they had more success using vegetable oil instead of butter. <br><br>Good luck using it and we look forward to hear more!
How hard does this mixture get??
Once set up and completely cooled.
<p>Thank you, Roger! It should have the consistency of a hard candy such as lollipop or hard caramel candy once completely cooled.</p>
<p>And good luck!</p>
<p>Made this Saturday, went out with dog Sunday morning with the camera at 16 pics, friend bow hunts that afternoon, sees 22 deer coming from my stand, checks camera, 189 pics! All on the same day!!! Only with the minor tweak of adding a apple scent to the deer candy. Anything else in store! Deer just fight for it. 10 and 7 that is.</p>
<p>Thanks for the pic Larry! That is awesome to hear and I know it's even more rewarding when you get that kind of result from something you made yourself!! Also, great idea adding the apple scent.</p>

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