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Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup

July 08, 2020

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy
Would you like to have some fun Now and Later? Well, you’re in luck! Making our Now and Later Syrup will ensure you and your younglings have a blast making it Now, and Later, you can get creative and daring figuring out all the yummy goodies to top with the syrup, like pancakes and ice cream. We even have a special recipe for an adult beverage later in the blog. See, candy isn’t just for kids!

This recipe is very simple and can be made in 30 minutes or less. The beauty of using Now and Later Fruit Chews is the wide variety of flavors available to choose from. Virtually everyone can be a happy camper when you have options like Mango, Grape, Banana, Extreme Sour Cherry, Extreme Sour Apple, Extreme Sour Watermelon, Splits Lemon-Blue Raspberry, Splits Lemon-Lime, and more!

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Kiwi-Strawberry and Pineapple Now and Later Fruit Chews
Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Strawberry-Kiwi and Pineapple Now and Later Fruit Chews

We used Strawberry-Kiwi and Pineapple Now and Laters for the syrup we made. If you need even more of an endorsement to try making Now and Later Syrup, our skeptical president, Elisabeth, thought the Now and Later Syrup was "pretty darn tasty."

In addition to the ingredients for this recipe, you’ll also need:

  • A medium-sized pan
  • A heat-proof spatula or spoon
  • A bowl, large enough to hold all the Now and Laters
  • A metal or glass storage container (half-pint mason jars work great)
Now and Later Syrup Recipe

Ingredients
6 Packs (6 pieces per pack) of your favorite flavor of Now and Later Fruit Chews
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1-1/2 Cups Water

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Ingredients

Instructions
1. Remove wrappers from all of the Now and Later squares and place in a bowl.

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Remove Wrappers

2. In a medium-sized sauce, bring water to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Pour the sugar and unwrapped Now and Laters into the boiling water and stir until the Now and Laters are dissolved.

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Add the Now and Laters to Boiling Water

4. Lower heat to medium and continue to boil the mixture for 15 minutes.

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Boil for 15 Minutes

5. Remove the Now and Later syrup from the stove and pour into a heat-proof storage container to cool. You can rapid-cool the syrup in the fridge or freezer if you can’t wait.

6. Once cool, use a spoon to remove the thin layer of wax that settled on the top of the container (Now and Laters are coated in wax to prevent the paper wrapper from sticking to the candies).

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Let Cool and Scrape off Wax

Now your syrup ready to use, or you can keep it refrigerated for up to two weeks, if it lasts that long!

As we mentioned earlier, you can use this versatile Now and Later Syrup in a variety of tasty ways:

  • A sweet topping for your morning waffles
  • Mix it into a vinaigrette
  • Flavor some carbonated water to make your own flavored soda pop

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | Use as Ice Cream Topping

You can also use the Now and Later Syrup to make beverages for an “of age” crowd at your socially distanced BBQ this summer. Here is the promised BONUS recipe for our All City Candy Cocktail “The Darci,” named after its creator, and our store manager.

“The Darci” All City Candy Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients
1 Shot of your favorite Vodka
1 Shot of Kiwi-Strawberry Now and Later Syrup
1 Cup of your favorite Lemon-Lime Soda
3-4 Ice Cubes (More or less if you prefer)
Lime Garnish

Instructions
1. Pour all ingredients except ice into a medium-large glass or plastic cup.

2. Stir with a swizzle stick.

3. Add in your desired amount of ice and garnish with a lime wedge.

Cooking with Candy: Now and Later Syrup by All City Candy | The Darci Adult Beverage

We’d love to see what goodies you top with your Now and Later Syrup. Be sure to tag us on Social Media if you make this or any of our other Cooking with Candy recipes.

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