If you have ever watched Food Network Challenge on Food Network, you may have seen the three types of sugar art at any time on these shows. On occasion, Food Network Challenge has sugar art challenges of the top sugar artists.
You may also know Kerri Vincent is a top sugar artist and judge on the show. She is very critical to begin with, but when it comes to sugar art on the show, Kerri becomes more critical of the challengers.
Pulled Sugar Art
After cooking the sugar to the correct temperature, it is folded repeatedly until cool enough to be handled. Once it has reached a cool enough stage to be handled, pulled sugar is folded again repeatedly to allow the air to be incorporated into the sugar so it will have a bright shine.
Taffies are an example pulled sugar. If you have ever made a taffy candy, you have made a pulled sugar art.
The hard, large lollipops the “Lollipop Guild” from the “Wizard of Oz” is another example of pulled sugar. Even though this type of lollipop is rolled together, it is one form or sugar art.
Blown Sugar Art
To make a piece of blown sugar art, a piece of the pulled sugar art is place on the end of a wood or metal tube. Any for of a hand pump attached to the tube. While the air is forced the tube the pulled sugar fills with air like a balloon. While it is being blown, the sugar piece can be shaped into form. Fans are used to cool the piece while it is being blown and turned so it can be cooled evenly.
Cast Sugar Art
Cast sugar art starts out the same as the pulled sugar, but it is poured into molds in its liquid state rather than being folded. Molds for cast sugar art can range from tubes to pre-made molds made for sugar art. The casts have to withstand the temperature of the liquid sugar.
Pictures of the Three Types of Sugar Art
Sugar Art Gallery
This website has a photo gallery of the three types of sugar art mentioned in this article. You will see competitions of people who are sugar artists, different types of sugar art decor, and various other things related to sugar art.
Food Network Sugar Challenge Images
Since I mentioned Food Network Challenge in the beginning of this article, it is only fitting some of the sugar artists and creations should be shown. Not all the images are from the show, but the ones who are shows some of the items made by sugar artists.
Sugar Art Explained; Sugardecor.com