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Help! Went to buy extracts for hard xmas candy last night. Ran around for 4 hours looking for clove extract, apparently nobody here has heard of it, including Penzey's and they boast such a wide variety. Any ideas on making my own? I did find clove oil, $29.50 for .10 oz I could hire Martha Stewart to come make my candy at those rates, and we complain about gas prices? LOL. Thanks all! Happy Holidays!

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Last updated: Dec. 13, 2008 7:54 pm
Posted: Dec. 13, 2008 10:28 am
Answered by: SPEARL20
Dec. 13, 2008 10:34 am
what kind of candy are you wanting to make with clove extract?
Dec. 13, 2008 10:37 am
Im making hard candy, like candy canes but i'm not forming them into canes, just dropping them like little round globs hehe.
Dec. 13, 2008 10:38 am
If the recipe calls for extract, then I would make clove extract by soaking the cloves in vodka... That's kind of how you make vanilla extract.
Dec. 13, 2008 10:41 am
look up "Homemade vanilla extract" on this site. Of course it takes awhile to get the flavor out... Have you eaten clove candy before?? I've never had it before... it sounds kind of weird (:
Dec. 13, 2008 10:45 am
Yes, I grew up with Clove candy, you've probably eaten it many times during christmas and thought it was something else, which many people do. It's usually in the "old-fashioned" xmas candy mix. I make my own vanilla too, not sure if that'd work for cloves, probaby take awhile as they're pretty hard, but then again, they're also quite strong.
Cindy Capps Lepp
Dec. 13, 2008 10:52 am
Did you try a Health food store? I see on the Internet it used for homeopathy...not sure if that would be the same but as long as it is made for internal use, at least it won't kill you(hopefully, LOL) Says they use it for toothaches...
Dec. 13, 2008 11:06 am
Cindy mentioned clove oil for toothaches and it brought to mind that there is a product called Dent temp (not sure if that is exactly right) There is a small bottle of clove oil in it and you can get the product at almost any store. under $5.00
Dec. 13, 2008 11:48 am
The health store is the place I found the oil for almost $30 for a teardrop amount. Not sure about the Dent Temp thing Rach, but I'll check it out later when I go BACK to the store. Cheers!
Answered by: Sarah Swank
Dec. 13, 2008 10:44 am
you can order it online. an ounce is only like $7. but then again you have to wait for them to ship it...
Answered by: Keri
Dec. 13, 2008 10:52 am
Hi chaplinj! Happy hard candy making. I don't know if you have time to order your stuff online, but you could check out They have all kinds of hard candy making supplies. That's where I finally ended up ordering my flavorings from. I don't remember if I saw clove flavoring there or not, but it's worth a shot!
Answered by: sueb
Dec. 13, 2008 12:05 pm
Did you check at the drug store?
Dec. 13, 2008 7:54 pm
I don't think you want to use clove oil in place of clove extract. Clove oil is what Novacaine is made out of. We use it for toothaches and it is STRONG numbs everything it touches. Kind of late getting this in, but I thought I'd better warn ya! Good luck!!!
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