Sierra, who runs Bookyum, decided to try her hand at creating this Honeydukes-featured candy after finding no real-life models that matched the description in the novels. What makes this peculiar-sounding treat even better is the explosive “snap” and “fizz” experience eaters enjoy on account of the addition of the sherbet, or in this instance Kool-Aid, powder. This definitely makes for a great conversation starter and an amusing addition to any festive menu.
- food coloring (select a color of your choice, it should be oil based)
After ensuring all equipment is dry, mix the powdered sugar, Kool-Aid, and baking soda together in a bowl.
Taste your mixture at this point. If you wish for there to be a stronger fizz, you can add more baking soda 1/2 teaspoon at a time until you are satisfied. Be careful not to add too much since it can lead to a salty, baking soda taste.
Carefully melt 4 tablespoons of coconut oil if needed. Coconut oil is solid at temperatures under 76F. So if you live at temperatures of 76F or more, the coconut oil is liquid at room temperature, and you do not need to melt it. If your oil is solid and you do need to melt it, you can do this by setting the closed jar in hot water, or in the microwave on low. It should take about 15 seconds to melt, so check often to stir and make sure the oil isn't spattering or getting too hot.
Add the oil to the sugar mixture 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring after each time. Only add enough to make the sugar the consistency of moldable "dough." If you add too much and it becomes sticky or wet, dust with more powdered sugar until it is workable again. It should feel and look almost like "Play-Doh."
Add food coloring if desired. Oil colors are recommended because they will not set off the reaction the way water-based ones will. However, water-based will work in a pinch. You only need a few drops. Mix and knead thoroughly.
Roll your candy "dough" into balls. You can make the balls whatever size you wish. You may want to follow the description in the book literally and make them massive, about the size of a golf ball. This way, however, would make them a bit difficult to eat, so you may prefer to make them smaller.
You can also make marbled balls with different flavors and colors. Just make a few different batches using different types of Kool-Aid, and when you roll your candy into balls, use some of each type of "dough" for a cool and marbled effect!
Roll the balls in a coating of powdered sugar and place them on wax paper to dry. Let your candy dry at least 24 hours. They should be completely hard before you eat them. You can even go as far as to let them harden for a whole week, and they will turn out perfectly.