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My love for candy dots is hard to explain. Reminiscing on the colorful little bottoms, I remember that they always had a little paper stuck on the bottom. (Not delish.) They also don't taste like much of anything, besides sugar. And they're not chocolate, which is an immediate strike in my candy opinion. Despite all of this, I loved them as a kid ... and I love them now.
The idea of buying dots for myself, however, seemed downright ridiculous the more I thought about it. I decided making my own homemade version was the mature thing to do. Even if it's not the most logical of thinking, I'm very happy I made them. Not only do they taste exactly how I remember them ( minus the stuck paper on the bottom), they're therapeutic to make.
The process is super simple. Just whip together pasteurized egg whites, sugar, and vanilla until glossy. (You're basically making royal icing.) Then divide the mixture into separate bowls to dye different colors. The piping is the most time consuming, but it's also the most enjoyable IF you have time. It's the perfect activity to zone out to. Need to clear your head? Make candy dots!
WARNING: Piping the dots onto cute little parchment paper strips is great when you want to bake them. All they need is 5 minutes in a super low oven. The only issue is that the dots will slip and slide if you try to move the parchment. If the de-organization of the rows upsets you, pipe the dots onto strips of regular paper instead. The little sugar circles don't technically need to baked (because of the egg whites are pasteurized!). You can just let them harden at room temperature instead. You'll just risk a little paper on the bottom. But hey, it's what you're used to!
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