Candy cigarettes could be found in stores as far back as the 19th century. In 1970 and 1991, a ban was considered in the United States but was never passed. Today, candy cigarettes aren't as widespread as they once were, but fortunately, you can create a recipe for yourself from the comfort of your own home.
Put your cooked egg whites into a mixer bowl. Use a flat paddle and turn the mixer on its highest speed setting for about 10 to 15 seconds. This should help to break up the egg whites.
Place 2/3 cup of powdered sugar aside. Turn the mixture to its lowest speed setting and add the leftover sugar into the mixture. This should be done very slowly.
Turn up the speed to medium and let it mix for about three minutes.
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Measure out 12 teaspoons of tylose and place it into a small separate bowl. Tylose is a gum paste powder.
Change the speed setting on the mixer to low. Sprinkle tylose in very quickly. Turn the speed up in order to help make the mixture thick.
Sprinkle the remaining powdered sugar on a counter that has been covered with wax paper.
Use a rubber spatula to move the mixture from the bowl onto the wax paper and powdered sugar.
Add shortening to your hands and knead the mixture, implementing some of the extra powdered sugar into it to form a soft dough. The dough should not be sticky. Fingers should always come out clean from the mixture.
Add the dough to a plastic zip bag and then place the mixture inside of a second bag. Seal the bags as airtight as possible. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for 24 hours to allow it to mature.
Remove the paste from the refrigerator and allow it to set and become room temperature. Take a small amount of shortening and create your candy cigarette in stick shapes. Place them on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and place it in the freezer. Freeze for a few hours or until hardened.
Candy Cigarettes (Gumpaste)