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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40 Discussions

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AmberB83
AmberB83

4 years ago

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

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 1 year ago

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

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HerbW2
HerbW2

Question 1 year ago on Introduction

Tried this. Mines black not Carmel assume it has something to do with type of molasses. It tastes terrible! You sure the deer like this? Guess only time will tell. Curious what you used for a mold. I tried a plastic bucket, which melted! I tried a Teflon lined pan. Couldn't get it out! Thinking an paper milk carton for next try.

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Answer 1 year ago

thanks for your message and sorry you’ve had so many issues with your molds. I use a plastic cup that has been sprayed with butter inside...also I stir the mixture in the pot a while when it’s off the burner to let it cool down before I pour it into my molds.

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TinaC172
TinaC172

Question 2 years ago on Introduction

My husband recently tried this and they came out GREAT. Only problem was we couldn’t get them out the mold! He put a crazy amount of butter and it was still stuck. Any tips?

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Answer 1 year ago

Thanks, I’m glad it turned out good and sorry it got stuck in the mold. What was the mold made of? I used big thick plastic cups. The kind that you can wash and use again.

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VictoriaT37
VictoriaT37

2 years ago

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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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 2 years ago

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

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BobbyS79
BobbyS79

2 years ago

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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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 2 years ago

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

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 2 years ago

thanks for sharing and hope it works great!

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drdave319
drdave319

3 years ago

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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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 2 years ago

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."

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ViciousBaitDye
ViciousBaitDye

3 years ago

Great Instructable! Works awesome.

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 3 years ago

Thanks! Much appreciated!

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DavidF418
DavidF418

4 years ago

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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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

Reply 4 years ago

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.

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DavidF418
DavidF418

Reply 4 years ago

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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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

4 years ago

Haha, great to hear! Thanks for sharing!

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Bootleg Outdoors
Bootleg Outdoors

4 years ago

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.