These days, fondant might be best known as the thick sugar paste used to cover wedding cakes and specialty desserts. But don’t confuse that fondant—known as “rolled fondant”—with traditional candy fondant. Candy fondant is a versatile sugar-based dough that can be used to make everything from soft cream centers to the liquid filling in chocolate-covered cherries.

In its simplest state, fondant is a simple mix of sugar, corn syrup, and water—not much different than a basic lollipop recipe! But whereas the goal with lollipops and other sugar candy is to avoid crystallization, making fondant depends on the formation of crystals through a precise ...

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