Sugar sculpture is the art of producing artistic centerpieces entirely composed of sugar and sugar derivatives. There are many competitions that include sugar sculpture, and popular television networks, such as Food Network, televise many of these events.
Sugar showpieces can be composed of several different types of sugar elements. All begin with cooking sugar, and possibly an acidic agent and/or non-sucrose sugar product to avoid unwanted crystallization, to the hard crack stage, around 300 °F
When all components are completed, they are welded together using a gas torch. The sugar is melted, and then joined together.
Types of sugar sculpture
Pulled sugar – Blown sugar – Cast sugar – Pastillage – Pressed sugar – Rock sugar – Spun sugar – Sugar people